Ellen DeGeneres may grace our TV screens every afternoon, and our Facebook feeds whenever an adorable 5-year old points out Russia on a map, but did you know that she also has quite the interior design background? With over a dozen renovations under her belt, a stunning home featured in Architectural Digest, a design show on HGTV, and even a home décor book under her belt, her decorating credentials rival some of the most prolific interior designers.
She can now add two more to her arsenal a furniture collaboration with Thomasville and a new rug and accessories collection for Loloi. “My collection for Thomasville is inspired by the furniture I have in my own home,” the TV host told MyDomaine. “I thought there was a need for more pieces that are functional but stylish and I wanted to help people find that. Also, I needed a new end table.”
While DeGeneres was clearly made for TV, decorating has always played an integral part in her life: “I’ve loved interior design for as long as I can remember,” she told us. “I moved around a lot growing up and was always fascinated by the different styles of houses I lived in. Like most young children, I spent a lot of time weighing the pros and cons of wood paneling.” Always equipped with her quick wit, DeGeneres answered MyDomaine’s rapid-fire questionnaire on all things décor.
Curious to know her top decorating tips or the mistakes she always notices in other people’s homes? Ellen DeGeneres tells all...
ON HER PERSONAL DECORATING STYLE…
“I love a mix of old and new. Antique mixed with modern. I find that to be more interesting rather than trying to match things closely. It’s why I also think it’s okay to wear stripes with plaid.”
- ELLEN DEGENERES
ON HER TOP 3 DECORATING TIPS…
“Do your research, take your time, make all decisions sober.”
ON SOURCING UNIQUE ANTIQUE PIECES…
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“I look for just that—something unique and beautiful. I love finding things that clearly have a history. Then when I get home I make up a fun story about them and tell it to party guests.”
ON DECORATING MISTAKES SHE ALWAYS NOTICES…
“Hanging their pictures too high, getting a sofa that’s too big for the space, not hanging a portrait of me over their fireplace.”
ON GETTING YOUR HOME FEATURED IN ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST…
“Well, obviously I can’t tell you my secret because then everyone else would start doing it. Nice try, pal.”
“My entire collection of furniture, rugs, and assorted décor.”