ELLEN AT HOME
The ranch house near Hollywood includes a unique piece in DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi’s dressing room. “I saw a TV on an easel in a book a long time ago, and I thought, ‘That is such a great idea because it makes it art,'” says the talk show host. “And if you want, you can actually put a piece of art in front of it to hide it.”
This rustic Tuscan villa in Santa Barbara, California features vintage portraits, African art and quirky antique finds. “It just gives you a moment to look at,” says DeGeneres.
THE BRODY HOUSE
A mid-century masterpiece in Holmby Hills, California, this home features a sleek yet cozy kitchen that includes art lined shelves instead of glassware. “The woman in the central portrait “is a whore and you can see her nipple. I just thought that was the quirkiest thing I ever saw. People would walk in and go, ‘What is that?!'”
The couple is often asked to sell their homes furnished, but they always keep their art – like the 1800s sculpture in this Beverly Hills mid-century property. “It’s an amazing piece,” says DeGeneres, “It does have a head but I liked it better without!”
The headless sculpture found a new home in the a pair a adjacent condos in L.A., this time alongside a slate-topped coffee table. Placement of art and furniture in a new house “is a collaboration” between the couple.
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