02 October 2013

House Stalking | Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi

Design experts say that vintage items bring heart and soul to any room, but getting the mix just right is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult elements of decorating. On the spectrum of bland-and-boring to Aunt-Muriel's-attic, finding the perfect balance requires a deft eye.

One couple who's got it right? Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi.

Nestled against the Santa Monica mountains in Hidden Valley, California, Ellen and Portia purchased their 26-acre ranch back in 2009. It took just one year for Ellen and her design team to fully rehabilitate and renovate all eight buildings on the property. One year! Unbelievable.

What I love best about Ellen and Portia's property is how approachable it feels; not precious or stuffy. On the flip side, you're not overwhelmed by dusty, musty country-kitsch, either, which can easily happen when decorating with rustic elements.

This ranch is simple, sexy and full of character (just like it's owners!)

Featured in in the May 2013 print-edition issue of Elle Decor, click here for the full 17-photo online tour.

So tell me, could you live here? How do you incorporate antiques into your decor?

All photos by William Abranowicz for Elle Decor