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*Oprah Winfrey, 59, came to a realization that her extravagant Santa Barbara, Calif., home – albeit impeccable – wasn’t an accurate reflection of who she is, reports People.com.

“I knew my house was impressive,” the talk show host writes in the March issue of O magazine. “I mean, just about every guest I ever invited for dinner told me so as they perched on the edge of the opulent sofa, trying not to get fingerprints on anything. I owned a stately home and I poured my heart and soul into making it perfect.”

But it wasn’t until she brought over respected designer Rose Tarlow, who pointed out, “This house has nothing to do with you,” that she realized things needed to be modified. It was then, with Tarlow’s assistance, that Oprah began redecorating her entire living space.

“The gilded mirrors, marble urns, the lavish carpets and sherbet palette – it was all very grand, but it wasn’t very true to myself …,” she wrote. “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.”

View pics from Oprah’s remodel below.

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