The Rustic Beverly Hills Home is the seventh home the host-comedian and her wife, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi, have shared; one for every year they’ve been together.

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Residential compounds are nothing out of the ordinary in Beverly Hills, where privacy, security, and exclusivity are the sine qua nons of daily life. But even in this more-is-more city, there can’t be too many properties that take up the better part of a street. The lane in question proceeds through a series of forbidding gates and winds steeply up a dramatic hill before arriving at the main house—a modern pile with stucco walls and a steel pitched roof.

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A Ping-Pong table by Argentine artist Rirkrit Tiravanija makes a playful statement in the entrance hall, which features a Spanish Colonial bench from Lief and a Serge Mouille.

 

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In the living room, a pair of slipcovered sofas and a cocktail table, all by Kathleen Clements Design, are grouped with Louis XVI bergères; the Avalon blanket is by Hermès, and the fringed throw is an antique textile. A mixed-media sculpture by Catherine Willis takes pride of place over the hearth; to its left are a Roman bust and works by Mark Grotjahn and Ed Ruscha. A Ruth Asawa sculpture hangs to the right of the fireplace.

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DeGeneres and De Rossi added a pond to the grounds of the estate, which consists of adjacent properties acquired over time.

Built by the renowned architects Buff & Hensman for actor Laurence Harvey, the single-story residence has been inhabited over the years by actor Joan Collins and, most recently, Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick. Under his watch, interior designer Melinda Ritz expanded the house and warmed it up with reclaimed-wood floors and ceiling beams.

 

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The living room’s vintage library ladder displays a mask from DeGeneres’s collection of African art; the stool is by Clarke & Reilly, the 18th-century table is from Axel Vervoordt, and the vintage lamp is a Jean Prouvé design.

 

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DeGeneres and De Rossi added a screened porch, where a 19th-century trestle table is paired with wicker armchairs.

 

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A custom-made glass display case in the kitchen stores tableware; the range is by Wolf, the rugs are antique, and the rustic floor is crafted of reclaimed teak beams from China.

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Antique French cane chairs surround a 17th-century farm table in the dining room; the work on paper is by Warhol.

When it came to the 9,500-square-foot main house and its two guest cottages, DeGeneres wanted to make the rooms “a little less uniform and formal.” So it is that the very first thing one notices upon entering the house is a Ping-Pong table. Not your regulation folding Masonite number, but a steel-and-glass version—one of ten executed by Argentine artist Rirkrit Tiravanija in 2008. It sits on a 19th-century Agra carpet in the entrance hall, which also accommodates pieces as diverse as a Serge Mouille chandelier, a Spanish Colonial bench, and a Jeff Koons puppy vase (it holds the Ping-Pong balls). The living room, in its current rendition, is equally eclectic. A Roman bust gazes past a graphic painting by Mark Grotjahn, Louis XVI bergères mingle with slipcovered sofas, and a Jean Prouvé jib lamp casts light on one of the African masks DeGeneres has collected.

 

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A floor of brass-trimmed leather distinguishes the library rotunda, where a 19th-century English marble-top table is centered beneath a skylight.

 

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In the master bedroom, a custom-made bed is upholstered in a Great Plains fabric and topped with an antique French textile from Lief; the Torpedo floor lamp is by Jane Hallworth, the cabinet is a Gustavian antique, the walls are upholstered in gray flannel by Holland & Sherry, and the nightstand on the right is a 17th-century Tuscan table from Richard Shapiro Antiques and Works of Art

 

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DeGeneres keeps her Emmy awards in a 19th-century cabinet in her office.

 

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In a corner of the office are a vintage industrial cabinet, a Victorian wingback settee, and an 18th-century Italian santo figure; the bronze side table was found at Blackman Cruz.

 

The comedian enlisted a handful of L.A. dealers and designers—among them Tommy and Kathleen Clements, Cliff Fong, and Harrison Holman—to help her cherry-pick furniture, objects, and art for the house. Some pieces are museum-quality, some are deeply personal, and some are both. In one of the guest rooms is a Cité chair by Prouvé, which De Rossi had Fong track down in Europe as a surprise for DeGeneres when they first started dating. The Diego Giacometti feline sculpture in the master bathroom was another gift, marking DeGeneres’s 50th birthday (the couple has three cats in addition to the dogs). They both admire the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose raw Neo-Expressionist painting Untitled (Aopkhes) enlivens a corner of the living room. In the dining room, Basquiat cohort Andy Warhol is represented by a large-scale rendering of a Puma sneaker.

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Elegant surfaces predominate in the master bath, with stained-walnut vanities, limestone countertops, and a marble floor; the mirrors with mother-of-pearl inlay are from India, the mobile is by Kevin Inkawhich, and the bronze cat sculpture is by Diego Giacometti

 

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Brazilian-granite coping borders the pool.

 

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DeGeneres and De Rossi’s shoe shelves are filled with their respective sneakers and stilettos.

 

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The bathtub overlooks a private garden.

 

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Country Floors tile lines the shower, which is set beneath a skylight; the shower fittings are by Rocky Mountain Hardware, and the stools are African.
Source: Architectural Digest

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