Exclusive: Ellen DeGeneres Spills Details on Her New Home Line
When we first caught wind that comedian, television host, and design-lover Ellen DeGeneres was launching her own home line, we couldn’t wait to check it out. DeGeneres has excellent taste when it comes to interiors and has had more than one of her homes featured on the covers of top shelter magazines. With a rustic but sophisticated style that centers around the combination of vintage and antique pieces paired with a variety of textural accents, DeGeneres has a unique but chic aesthetic. We caught up with comedian to discuss her new line ED which launches today. Keep scrolling to hear about the inspiration behind the the pieces as well as her take on interior design.
MyDomaine: What inspired you to start your own line?
Ellen DeGeneres: I love interior design. It’s what I would do if I wasn’t blessed with the gift of comedy. And people seem to like how I decorate. They’re always like, “Where did you get that awesome thing over there?” and “Where did you get that cool thing over there?” I had this moment where a light bulb went on over my head. I thought, I should start my own collection. It turned out Portia had turned the lights on, but still—it inspired me to create this line.
MD: What do you think makes a well-designed and comfortable home?
ED: I guess I would have to say things that are well-designed and comfortable make a well-designed and comfortable home. I think placing objects you love around the house is important. The smell is important. I think it’s up to each individual. You should surround yourself with things and people you love and you’ll always feel at home.
MD: What were some of your inspirations for the home line and the items available?
ED: I’m inspired by everything around me—the subtle color palettes in nature, my favorite animals, the patterns of leaves, soft fabrics, my desk, my phone, my stapler, my tape dispenser, my tissue box, a random key—okay, now I’m just naming things that are around me right now. But I can find inspiration in anything.
MD: What's your favorite piece in the collection?
ED: I love the hand-painted animal plates. Everyone who knows me knows I love animals. And I’m so happy we were able to incorporate them into the collection. It’s very me and me likey very much.
MD: Who do you think is the quintessential ED customer?
ED: Everyone! You! And you! And you! And you! And that guy! It’s for everyone, including goats.
MD: What types of vintage or antique items are you always on the hunt for for your own home?
ED: Just anything that speaks to me. Not literally, that would be creepy. It’s one of those things where I know it when I see it. Like an antique bowl might strike me at one place, and an old painting of a man wearing a hat might strike me somewhere else. If there was an old painting of a man inside an antique bowl, I would for sure buy it.