It didn’t take Portia de Rossi long to discover Ellen DeGeneres‘s passion for decorating. “I got a very thorough education in mid-20th-century French furniture within the first weeks of our dating,” she says with a grin. Indeed, there’s nothing the television star and comedian loves more than designing a house. The couple purchased a ranch In the Santa Monica hills that hosted 8 cabins, each one reflecting a different theme and emotion that would quench Ellen’s design obsession thanks to Cliff Fong. The living room of the Cabin 8 ha a beautiful centered brick fireplace with built-in book cases. Note the antique wooden figures and the large white linen upholstered sectional sofa.
England, reproduction sofa in Belgian linen (LSC11), Belgium circa 1920 group of three adjustable lay figures (AT150)
In the Art Barn, there are Danish leather armchairs, bluestone cocktail table, and 18th-century Spanish wood ring. An antique tufted leather sofa sits underneath a collection of antique mirrors.
England circa 1840 leather tufted chesterfield sofa (AZ166)
England circa 1800 small mahogany mirror (AF229), France circa 1880 tramp art mirror (AZ112)
When it came to the overall look of the place, DeGeneres says she wanted “a feeling of country and yet a relaxed sophistication.” She favors sculptural pieces and simple forms, mixing 20th-century designs by Jean Prouvé and Arne Jacobsen with industrial furnishings, and she collects old portraits and fencing masks.
Denmark circa 1950 pair of leather and wood chairs (AY107), France circa 1780 barley twist pedestal table (AY150)
A painting by Corey Daniels hangs in a bedroom of Cabin 8; the chaise is 19th century, the 1940 lamp is by Jacques Adnet, the chairs are by Jean Prouvé, and the table is by Axel Vervoordt. A custom-made bed by Jay Holman is dressed in Matteo linens and a vintage linen matelassé coverlet, and the antique Serapi rug and Tibetan hemp carpet are both from J. Iloulian Rugs.
France circa 1890 painting easel (AY175), England circa 1880 slender pair of mahogany lamps (AX59)
You can read the entire article in the recent May issue of Elle Decor
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