Photo: Stephen Simons

Oprah has said yes to a half-dozen trends (sleek and modern? sure! English chintz? why not!) and always dressed her house to impress. The result? Decor that looked picture-perfect—though somewhat impersonal. But recently she received some wise counsel: Where you live should reflect who you really are. Now—finally—she’s turning her house into a home that’s all her own.

See the photos of what she’s changing!

Oprah's library

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“It’s not easy to do an entire library that says, ‘Do not touch the books,’ but I somehow managed. words are precious to me, so I’m looking
for ways to incorporate my love of them into every room in my home.”

Oprah's white couch

Photo: Stephen Simons

“I can honestly tell you: Not once in ten years did I ever sit here—for fear of getting the fabric dirty.”

Oprah's dining room

Photo: Stephen Simons

“This is a very grand space, but I don’t want to live in a grand space anymore. I want dinners to reflect my heart and spirit. I want people to feel free to ask for seconds!”

Oprah's kitchen

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“When you have friends over, everybody tends to end up in the kitchen. I like being there, so I’m getting rid of the fireplace and the pizza oven to gain some space. Everything else is staying put.”

Oprah's Santa Barbara home

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“Maya Angelou once told me you can become either an old female or a wise woman. All I can tell you is that I’m evolving, my taste is, too, and someday soon this room will represent the person I’ve become.”

Oprah's living room

Photo: Stephen Simons

Silk slipcovers? That was then…

Oprah with Ashlee Mayfield and Urania Greene

Photo: Luca Trovato

“I wish everyone had an awesome team like Ashlee Mayfield (left) and Urania Greene. I couldn’t have tackled this project without them. Okay, them, and some strong guys with a serious knack for packing.”

Fancy chairs

Photo: Luca Trovato

Pack ’em up and ship ’em out!

Marble vase

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Losing my marble…

Oprah's home makeover

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“What you find beautiful has a lot to do with where you’ve been and what you’ve seen.”

Oprah's dogs

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My babies—the ultimate keepers!

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