Hat queen Diane Keaton recently released an interior decorating book, The House That Pinterest Built, after years of quietly flipping houses (and releasing her own wine). Keaton isn’t alone in her passion for design, and The Cut has rounded up quotes from 25 powerhouse women on their love for interior decorating.
It wouldn’t be a female-centric story about design without an appearance from dream home enchantress Nancy Meyers. We’ve obsessed over the kitchens in her movies before, and it’s refreshing to hear that she delights in making them as much as we do fantasizing about them:
“I do love [decorating], I must say. It’s a world I find tremendously fun. I can’t redo my own house every three years, so I put all that energy into a movie. I start like any homeowner would. We bring in fabric samples, look at construction drawings. We really do build the house from scratch. I get to be the homeowner without any of the bills. And I get to have a lot of great people helping me. I work closely on each set with set decorators like Beth Rubino and the interior designer James Radin, who did my own house and advises on my movies.” —Elle Decor, July 2012
Martha Stewart offers up indispensable advice on keeping a friendship intact, even when design styles differ.
On whether she gives friends unsolicited decorating advice when visiting their home: “I learned many years ago never to criticize, only compliment. Even if their home is horrifyingly awful.” —her Reddit AMA, March 2014
Ellen DeGeneres, who hosted her own design show, offers up some pretty sage advice.
“First of all, start before you move in — envision where, say, your sofa is going to go, where certain pieces will go. And not that I believe in feng shui completely, but I do think there are certain aspects of it that make sense. Like, you want to have a clear path, you don’t want a lot of things in your way as you walk through a room. And you don’t want to see the backs of things when you enter — if you have to position the sofa that way, put a console behind it. And always remember: paint makes all the difference in the world.” —The Los Angeles Times, November 2015
And a woman who needs no introduction, Cher.
“My houses are passions … Though I loved collecting Gothic and can spend hours drawing with every shade of Pantone pen, I prefer a neutral palette, especially in my bedrooms, because the colors are so easy to live with … I always wanted an apartment that was one big bedroom because that’s really where I live, starting from the days when Sonny and I could only afford a bedroom.” —Architectural Digest, July 2010