Photographs by Michel Arnaud, styling by Carlos Mota
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After designing every room in her Santa Barbara home, Oprah was ready to turn the design reigns over to someone she trusted. So she called on her hairdresser and confidant of 20 years Andre Walker and his partner of 10 years David Simmons. Before they could say, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,
it was time to shop. "We went to the finest place for furniture that a person can go to—Oprah's storage space," Andre says. "She has an amazing collection of heirloom quality furniture from the farm she used to own in Indiana. It was all just sitting there waiting for us to start reupholstering. We felt like kids at Christmas, and she was Oprah Claus," David says, sounding, well, like a kid at Christmas.
Watch as Oprah gives a tour of her newly redesigned guesthouse.
For the spacious, high-ceilinged living room, Andre Walker and David Simmons used glorious taffeta draperies and plush seating grouped around a black marble fireplace. The coral sofa is upholstered in fabric from Pierre Frey; the easy chairs, from George Smith, are in a buttery yellow fabric from Country Swedish; the ottoman is in a Schumacher check; the taffeta is from Bergamo Fabrics. Woman with Mandolin, a painting by Eugene A. Montgomery, is from the Richard Norton Gallery. The flowers throughout the guesthouse were arranged by Oprah's California floral designer, Diana Dolan.