Celebrity Homes: Ellen Pompeo’s Transformed a Classic Barn into a Home – When Ellen Pompeo talks about overhauling her vacation home in Sag Harbor—a “modern barn,” as she calls it—the story quickly creeps into comedic territory. It seems from the moment the Grey’s Anatomy star purchased the property eight years ago, while pregnant with her daughter Stella, things did not go according to plan. “I loved the history of the property. There was a cabin, which was built by a woman who was a civil rights activist lawyer.
She actually built it with her own two hands,” Pompeo explains. “Originally, I was given the advice to build on the original footprint of the cabin, because it would save time and money. Well, it didn’t save either,” she laughs.
The plan was to turn the cabin into the guest house and build a larger main house next door, but the main residence took a backseat to a different project: a beach house on the West Coast. “A house in Malibu that I had fallen in love with became available, so I abandoned the original plan, and I don’t know if I will ever end up building the main house in Sag Harbor,” she says. With construction finished on the guest house—which would now have to function as the main house—Pompeo set out to tackle the decorating process. Working with a fraction of the footprint she’d imagined for the main house would be a challenge, and it wasn’t long before she ran into another snag. “I hired the architect as a decorator as well,” she explains—and their aesthetics just didn’t jibe. After they parted ways, Pompeo—a serious design enthusiast—did some decorating on her own, but her dreamy Malibu home required more of her attention and the Sag Harbor property was temporarily forgotten.
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