Talk show host, comedienne extraordinaire and now designer?
According to Kelly Ripa, her latest venture into the world of interiors came fairly naturally to the Live! star. She recently sat down with E! News to discuss her latest home collection collaboration with Macy's, revealing that her inspiration for the line came from her own experience raising three children with hubby Mark Consuelos.
"We've moved several times in our lives as our family grew and expanded and changed. So we found that our needs grew and expanded and changed. So I really had a very well-rounded idea how my family lived and certainly I don't think we live differently than any other family," the 45-year-old dished.
Keeping in mind the art of balancing function and style, Ripa admitted, "I know that I want my things to be beautiful and welcoming and comfortable. I don't want to sit on an uncomfortable sofa, but I also don't want to die of a heart attack if something spills on it."
When asked if Ripa sought after famous pal Anderson Cooper for any advice on the collection (given his luxurious Brazilian vacation home making the August cover of Architectural Digest), she couldn't help but describe the pair's similarities in tracking serious design forecasts.
"We were pouring over [the issue]," Kelly recalled to textile designer Nancy Fire. "Before it had come out he sent me some advanced photos and I said to Nancy, because we were going over trend boards for next year, and I said, ‘Oh my gosh. You're not going to believe this.' Her trending ideas and Anderson's home are so similar that I couldn't get over it."
Great minds sure do think alike! But as for Ripa's penchant for interior design rubbing off on her kids, she joked, "My kids became teenagers and decided they had to have total autonomy when it came to designing their rooms."
To find out why Kelly's young nieces refuse to go into her eldest son Michael's bedroom, watch the video below. It's safe to say pieces from the aspiring filmmaker's personal space might not be available in your local department store.