Ricky Martin and husband Jwan Yosef have cultivated a serene home base for themselves and their two children, 9-year-old twins Matteo and Valentino, that includes lots of open space and natural materials—and Ellen DeGeneres would like to cause a little chaos. The Beverly Hills home features classic pieces by Ray and Charles Eames, Milo Baughman, and Hans Wegner, as well as more-modern furnishings from the likes of BassamFellows and Tom Dixon. And their art collection largely consists of works by young artists and friends of Yosef, a Syrian-born Swedish artist, rather than works by any famous names. However, if the couple had hired DeGeneres instead of Nate Berkus to handle the decor, their bedroom—and entire home—would be filled with photos and sculptures of the talk-show host.
DeGeneres went so far as to create a mock video (based on the Architectural Digest original, found here) with the artwork she would choose for the home. There are paintings of DeGeneres with Marlin, her clownfish co-star from Finding Nemo, stuffed animals in her likeness, and a scandalous shot of Ellen on the cover of “Tugboats magazine,” hanging in pride of place over the couple’s bed. Serious design junkies shouldn’t mock, though. DeGeneres is a verified real estate mogul and interior design wiz; she has renovated nearly a dozen homes over the past 25 years, has a lifestyle brand that includes housewares, ED by Ellen, and even has a book to prove it all (not to mention her very own cover of Architectural Digest with wife Portia de Rossi). Perhaps Martin and Yosef should take notes—or perhaps the couples could swap homes, Trading Spaces–style. Nevertheless, we wouldn’t trade out black-and-white photographs of music superstars like Janis Joplin, David Bowie, John Lennon, Louis Armstrong, and Frank Sinatra or the sculpture by Larry Bell, either.
Watch the hilarious video, below—and be advised that Architectural Digest is not responsible for any of the creative choices.
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