In ''My Passion for Design'' the singer opens her Malibu estate to our prying eyes

By Keith Staskiewicz
Updated November 19, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST

Barbra Streisand has never been one to just sit and putter. When she’s not picking up Grammys, Tonys, Oscars, and awards that haven’t even been invented yet, she dedicates tons of her time to interior design. In My Passion for Design, the funny girl — who’s serious about her wainscoting and antique chaises — opens her not inconsiderable estate in Malibu to our prying eyes. Here are 10 facts that fascinated us.

1. When a movie project fell apart, Streisand wanted something to do, so she decided to build a house.

2. She indulged her passion for colors. Her favorite is burgundy; she dislikes orange because it is ”too in-your-face.”

3. She also indulged her deeply rooted love of dolls: ”the porcelain faces…the wide eyes…the delicately painted eyebrows…the tiny teeth.” (By the way, she just described our nightmares.)

4. She solicited help from the production designer of Meet the Fockers when she needed a staircase.

5. She discovered that a king-size bed was too big and a queen-size bed was too small, but a custom-made bed was juuuuuust right.

6. She installed exercise equipment, then got rid of it because it looked tacky: ”Exercise had to go in favor of aesthetics.”

7. She had a hybrid species specially bred and named after her: ”The Barbra Streisand rose is very healthy and disease-resistant.” Just like the real thing!

8. She became the master of 22 chickens and one rooster: ”Shouldn’t a barn have animals?”

9. She turned her basement into what resembles a vintage street of shops, including a sweet shop, a gift shop, a flower shop, and an antique shop.

10. She learned that one should ”never judge a passion fruit by its cover.” Never, indeed.