He found it in a remote up-country region, where the houses that dot the moss-covered rock hillside face the ocean. Bob then convinced Oprah to look at a nearby property for sale. "He was worried that some developer might swoop up the land and build condos," Oprah says.
Instead, she bought the land—and has no plan to build any condos.
Oprah called Ellie, her Hawaiian decorator, after seeing a photograph of Ellie's Connecticut home on the cover of a magazine; she was attracted to its informal American country style. When the phone rang and Ellie heard Oprah on the other end of the line, Ellie says, "I jumped out of the bathtub, grabbed my cell phone, and ran out on the driveway for better reception—wrapped in only a towel. Oprah said, 'I want you to do my house in Hawaii.' I thought we should meet first."