Brooke Shields sits in her renovated Greenwich village town home. William Waldron/AD
And she did just that. With the help of designer David Flint Wood, Shields transformed the dilapidated four-story brownstone into a modern-meets-French countryside architectural marvel — but not before spending three years completely gutting the circa-1910 structure for which she paid $5.6 million. "I could see our future there," says the model-actress, who has been married to television writer Chris Henchy for a decade. "My bathtub in a niche by a window. Our daughters' playroom on the top floor. A light-flooded, parlor-floor kitchen with a big hearth and a balcony. That kind of instant certainty is rare for me — I'm a Gemini — but for once, I was sure."
Brooke Shields' living room. William Waldron/AD
The family's living room is the heart of it all, literally. A Keith Haring painting (a gift from the artist) hangs above the cozy fireplace and is flanked by portraits of Shields' two daughters, Rowan, 8, and 5-year-old Grier. Louis XVI-style armchairs, a French Empire commode, and a 1970s Lucite-base cocktail table add a touch of warmth — which is all offset by the cool Chelsea Gray wall paint.
The Shields-Henchy dining room. William Waldron/Architectural Digest
In the kitchen, George III-style dining chairs complement the MADE table, which is positioned right in front of a fireplace decorated with glazed tiles by Mosaic del Sur. For formal meals, Shields, Henchy, and their two daughters all gather around a vintage Ralph Lauren Home marble-top pedestal table, paired with crimson Jansen chairs for a pop of color in the dining room's black-and-white setting. The Parisian touch here? Zuber's Les Lointains wallpaper, which envelops the room.
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Now that "The Addams Family" has ended its brief run on Broadway, Shields has plenty of time to sit back and relax -- and enjoy her years of hard work and patience in creating her dream home.