Oprah Winfrey’s $90 Million Montecito Home


I wonder if this was Oprah’s Valentine’s Day gift to herself.  Enjoy !

An aerial view shows Oprah's Montecito mansion.

The Promised Land

Oprah called her property the Promised Land, named after the land that God gave Adam in the Old Testament. Her main home is a 23,000-square-foot mansion in the Neo-Georgian style. It contains six bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a library, theater, and ten fireplaces.

The property also has a fruit orchard, equestrian ring, and luxurious garden. Oprah has called this garden her “sanctuary.” However, she has never demonstrated an interest in training horses in her equestrian ring.

An aerial view shows Oprah's home in Montecito.

The Property

To get to Oprah’s house, you’d have to drive up a long, private driveway. This aerial view shows the home surrounded by lush lawns and pine, eucalyptus, ad oak trees. Although there is a pool, you can’t see it from this angle.

The First Thing That Visitors See

If you were to walk into Oprah’s Montecito home, this is the first thing you would see. The entrance hall includes antique tables that display Oprah’s personal photos. A custard-colored staircase spirals to the upper floors.

Oprah's entrance includes a yellow staircase with a painting and personal photos displayed.

For anyone who likes this layout, Oprah has bad news. In 2013, she suggested that she was planning to remodel the entrance hall. If she has redone it, she hasn’t posted any updated photos. Time will tell if she kept the creamy yellow staircase.

An Elegant Dining Room

Compared to the rest of her house, Oprah’s dining room appears small. But Oprah actually believes that it is too big. In O, Oprah said that she wanted “dinners to reflect my heart and spirit.” She also wants a space to be homey enough for “people to feel free to ask for seconds!”

Oprah's dining room has a table that seats up to ten people.

The dining table seats up to ten people and holds two dramatic candelabras.

Cooking With Oprah

Oprah enjoys several different design styles, and her kitchen is an example of this. Unlike other rooms, the kitchen has a rustic style with chicken statues and gentle, wood-colored walls. The wall behind the stove brings in some Tuscan elements.

Oprahs kitchen shows an island, counter, and fireplace.

A Closet That Many Would Dream About

This is only a portion of Oprah’s massive Montecito closet. If you’ve ever wondered how many outfits she has, now you know. Shelves upon shelves of shoes, cardigans, shirts, and purses create no shortage of fashionable options to wear.

A peek inside Oprah's closet shoes shoes, clothes, and bags neatly stored.

Like the rest of her home, Oprah shows off her design and organization skills here. Her shoes and clothing are mainly color-coded. Oak shelves are bathed in a warm light that makes it feel like a studio. And of course, there’s a TV for entertainment.

Orpah’s Preferred Bathtub

During a 1998 interview with Vogue, Oprah expressed how she spend much time looking for the best quality bathtub. “I majored in bathtubs,” she joked. So it’s no surprise that her tub at Montecito is luxurious.

An opulant bathtub is in Oprah's bathroom at her Montecito estate.

Oprah mentioned that her love of bathrooms came from childhood when she had to clean her family’s single bathtub. Her Montecito bathroom includes a huge circular bathtub and a roomy shower with a seat. And that view of the Santa Ynez mountains is to die for!

A More Muted Living Room

Compared to the other living room, this room’s design is tame. Coral walls and olive green couches are easier on the eyes than the plaid. However, the sheer amount of decorations and ornate pillows adds quite a bit of detail to this room.

One of Oprah's living rooms has coral-colored walls and green couches.

Oprah’s Sanctuary

When Oprah bought her Montecito property, it came with a structure built for a rose garden. But that didn’t suit Winfrey’s taste, according to Veranda. Instead, she adorned her garden with lilies, dahlias, daffodils, irises, and honey dijon.

Oprah's garden features hedge arches, flowers, and wooden arches.

Oprah’s garden was designed by the rose expert Dan Bifano, who also worked for Tom Ford and Barbra Streisand. The entire garden features networks of arches, cypresses, and hedges. It’s no wonder why Oprah called her garden a “sanctuary.”

A $3 Million Statue

If a visitor were to walk the paths around Oprah’s estate, they would come upon an unusual bronze statue. The artwork is called Grupo de quarto Mujeres de Pie and it was made by the Mexican painter and sculptor, Fransisco Zuniga. Reportedly, Oprah paid around $3.1 million for it.

Oprahs statue, the Grupo de quarto mujeres de pie, stands in her yard.

When translated, the statue is called “A Group of Four Standing Women.” Each of the women represents a different stage of life.

Sorry, Oprah didn’t share her bedroom photo’s with us, but there is much more to see at:


Photo credit:   YouTube/The Classy




A sampling of trending swimwear for 2020.  Time to get ready for spring !



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Bathroom Makeover– Chalk Painted Linoleum Floors


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This is a great way to update any room really.  This article shows how to update a bathroom floor by painting it with stencils.  You can see the result.  The article is long with many pictures, so I’ll post a link to it (Otherwise I’ll be here all morning cutting and pasting, and there’s snow that needs shoveling so…)  I hope you enjoy this and perhaps use this idea on one of your floors.


Shelter Takes In The Chubbiest Cat They’ve Ever Seen

When shelter staffers first saw Bazooka Joe, they had to do a double take. Pictures of the gentle giant just didn’t do him justice.

a person holding a cat

Tipping the scales at over 36 pounds, Bazooka Joe couldn’t even fit in a normal cat carrier. In fact, when he tried to squeeze into one, he got stuck.

He can barely fit in someone’s arms. a man holding a cat© SPCA of Wake County“It’s jaw-dropping how large he is — and how long he is, too,” Darci VanderSlik, director of communications for the SPCA of Wake County, told The Dodo. “He’s 34 inches long, so he’s a very square cat.”

Bazooka Joe entered the North Carolina shelter system when his former owner, an elderly man with dementia, passed away. The large cat arrived at the shelter matted and dirty. His girth prevents him from caring for his coat adequately — and, boy, is there a lot of coat to care for.

“He’s struggling to groom himself properly, he’s struggling to play with toys, to do what normal cats do,” VanderSlik said. “But he’s still very agile for the state that he’s in — he’ll jump up on the bed and climb up the stairs.” a cat lying on top of a table© SPCA of Wake CountyAt only 5 years old, Bazooka Joe is still a young cat with a long life ahead of him, noted VanderSlik: “He’s got this kitten personality in this oversized body.”

And while he looks imposing, his personality couldn’t be sweeter. “This cat is the coolest cat ever. He’s so mellow and chill,” VanderSlik added. “He’s just happy all the time.” a person holding a cat© SPCA of Wake CountyRobin Anderson was scrolling through the Maine Coon Rescue Community on Facebook when the tabby’s sweet face popped up on her screen. After losing her Maine coon in August, she had finally found a cat large enough to fill the hole in her heart.

Anderson immediately called the shelter, hoping that the cat hadn’t already been adopted. a person holding a cat© SPCA of Wake CountyWhen shelter staffers heard her personal story, they knew they had found the perfect home for Bazooka.

“She herself had lost over 120 pounds and now runs marathons,” VanderSlik said. “So she was super excited to step in and help him and document his weight loss journey. She even wants to harness train him so he can get some cardio.”

Bazooka Joe went home Monday, less than a week after arriving at the shelter, and has since been renamed King Augustus.  For now, the chunky kitty is taking a few days to get acclimated to his new surroundings, but soon he’ll be meeting his “little” brother, a 10-pound dog named Rufus.

With a new name and a family, it’s clear that King Augustus will have many happy — and slimming — years ahead.


Hilary ? Again ? Really ?

First this:

Now this:

Hillary Clinton “Feels the Urge” to Run Against Trump Again

by Matt Palumbo
There’s still nine months to the election, but things aren’t looking great for the 2020 Democrats. In the hypothetical head-to-head polls President Trump trounces all his opponents, and the bookmaker’s odds favor his re-election.

It’s late now – but could another candidate enter the race with the ability to defeat Trump? One has reported thinking about entering – but we already know they don’t have the ability to defeat Trump.

As the New York Post reported: Nearly four years after President Trump defeated her in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton said she has an “urge” to run again because she thinks she can win this time.

The main stream media just might be starting to dump on Joe Biden to make way for Hilary Clinton to run against Trump again.  It will happen at DNC convention.
Credits to ABC News & Dan Bongino.com & Twitter


Lakers bring in grief counselors following Kobe Bryant’s death

By Vincent Frank, Sportsnaut

We were reminded the hard way on Sunday that NBA players are much more than those who provide highlight-reel plays on the court. Following the tragic death of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant at the age of 41 in an helicopter accident, this became all too real.

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One day after the fact, many people are still having a hard time processing the tragedy.

The Lakers are doing what they can to help their employees. That includes the organization bringing in grief counselors to help, both in one-on-one and group settings.

This is the right way to do things. Lakers players will be forced to take to the court against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. No matter what transpires between now than then, they will do so with heavy hearts.

At the very least, some professionals can help the likes of LeBron James and Co. continue with their grieving process.

Bryant was among nine killed in Southern California late Sunday morning, along with his daughter Gianna.

Our thoughts continue to go out to the Bryant family, the Lakers organization and the families of those impacted by the tragedy.


The Top 5 Fashion Trends That Will Rule 2020

If nothing else, I am all about fashion. Right ?  Well, maybe you are.  And if you are, you’ll want to read all about this year’s fashion trend because that’s the kind of person you are.  So dive into this year’s predictions courtesy of stylecaster.com:

“Without further adieu, here are the top fashion trends we’re sure will hit big in 2020—and how to shop them now and be ahead of the curve.”

1. Western Wear

Street Style, Spring Summer 2020, New York Fashion Week, USA - 07 Sep 2019


Fashion stylist Courtney Sharp wants us to know that the western trend can’t stop, won’t stop in 2020. “Especially cowboy boots,” she tells StyleCaster. “I think we’re going to see that a lot more, especially in the summer.”

2. Power Suits

Street Style, Fall Winter 2019, Paris Fashion Week, France - 05 Mar 2019


Maybe it’s because the 2020 presidential election is here or perhaps we just love a good co-ord set—either way, the power suit is back, and we couldn’t be more excited. The key is to keep it monochromatic. Shirts are optional. And you win extra points if your suit is oversized and slouchy.

3. Voluminous Silhouettes

Street Style, Spring Summer 2020, Paris Fashion Week, France - 29 Sep 2019


According to Sharp, there’s a high chance that we’re going to see a lot of puffy sleeves and architectural silhouettes. She tells StyleCaster that there will be “a lot of volume in the kind of material—like organza and tulle—and tiered, floofy bits.”


4. Marabou & Ostrich Feathers

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The early 2000s are back, and I’m so ready for it. First, I’d like to start by saying thank you to Maddy Perez from the HBO drama “Euphoria” and her glittery homecoming outfit for this ostrich feather revival.

5. Not Your Average Leather

Street Style, Spring Summer 2020, Milan Fashion Week, Italy - 20 Sep 2019



Tired: black leather jackets. Wired: Literally any other color and style of leather. Leather will be big in 2020, but as an earth-toned overshirt, jumpsuit, or even trousers.

Well that’s it from me.  Oh there’s much more at this web site, for those who are more adventure-minded: