Where Oprah Goes to Get Away from It All
Get exclusive access to Oprah's Hawaiian farmhouse, her Santa Barbara guesthouse and her Montecito, California, teahouse.
Oprah's Hawaiian Farmhouse
Once an ordinary little gray ranch that Oprah saw "for less than 10 minutes" and considered a teardown, her Hawaiian home has been transformed into the perfect 21st-century farmhouse, with great pieces of folk art, beautifully embroidered curtains, comfortable furniture and inviting colors.
Go inside Oprah's tropical getaway
"The American farmhouse is an emotional concept, the idealization of what life was once like," says Elissa "Ellie" Cullman, the New York interior decorator who was in charge of the renovation. "In that spirit, Oprah's new house is filled with well-crafted objects and has warmth and a very positive energy."
Next: Oprah's Santa Barbara guesthouse
What do you get when you combine three long-term relationships, six eyes for detail and a whole lot of passion? The fantastic 4,500-square-foot Santa Barbara guesthouse that Andre Walker and David Simmons created for Oprah. Both refined and rustic, sumptuous and kick-your-shoes-off cozy, there is absolutely no possibility that any guest she invites to stay is ever going to leave.
Get ready to make yourself at home!
Next: Explore Oprah's book-filled haven
Where does the woman who got America reading curl up with a good novel? Decorated with soft, celadon-green walls, sage-colored chairs, fresh flowers and elegantly lit paintings, Oprah's library is the kind of place where a beloved dog is allowed to hop up onto the furniture.
Explore Oprah's book-filled haven at her California home
Next: A cup of tea and a view to remember
Surrounded by hundreds of rosebushes, thousands of hydrangeas and a sea of dahlias, Oprah's teahouse sits on the spot and faces the view, not any view, but the
view, the reason Oprah bought her home in Montecito, California.
Shadowed by the Santa Ynez Mountains, this is the place Oprah comes to read, meditate and enjoy a cup of tea. She could listen to music at the touch of a button, but doesn't: "I don't want to affect the mood here." She could transact business here, but doesn't: "No meetings, ever."
Go inside Oprah's retreat
Next: Oprah's secret rose garden
Oprah's Secret Rose Garden
Oprah doesn't consider her teahouse's rose garden a collection. "I don't think of flowers as something material," she says. "Flowers come, and then they go back to where they came from. You can't hold them for long." And yet, the 600 rosebushes she has planted come in enough varieties to impress any aficionado.
Take a look at 7 varieties Oprah chose for her garden