Oprah Winfrey has redecorated her home after growing tired of seeing guests "perched on the edge of the opulent sofa".

The talk show queen owns many properties, including a 42-acre estate in Montecito, California. She loves the home, which is called The Promised Land, but recently began to realise is wasn't as comfortable and inviting as it could be.

"I knew my house was impressive," she told the March edition 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"

Oprah enlisted the help of designer Rose Tarlow when it came to the redesign. Although she was in awe of The Promised Land as soon as she saw it, Rose was also open about what was wrong. She immediately told Oprah she hadn't put any real personality into the decor.

The TV star realised the designer was entirely right and so spent some time thinking about the way things could be improved. The living room is now much more reflective of who the 59-year-old is.

"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 said. "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."