"Design Junkie" Julianne Moore On Why She Flipped Her NYC Townhouse's Floor Plan

"Design Junkie" Julianne Moore On Why She Flipped Her NYC Townhouse's Floor Plan

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Tara Bellucci
Oct 3, 2017

"For years I dreamed about living in a townhouse in the West Village," Academy Award winning actor Julianne Moore tells Architectural Digest. "The first time I walked into this one, I knew this was it—I fell in love." That was 15 years ago, and there have been changes and renovations as she and her family continue to make their mark on it.

The house had been converted into apartments when Moore purchased it, so she and husband writer/director Bart Freundlich enlisted the help of his brother, architect Oliver Freundlich and his then partners to convert it back to a single family home.

"There was enough character left that we could bring the house back to its Greek Revival roots without destroying the soul and texture of the building," Moore says.

Moore had a hand in the plans, and the "design junkie"— as AD calls her—stocked the place with quite the collection of objects, including:

[A] George Nakashima cocktail table, lamps by Isamu Noguchi, a Florence Knoll credenza with rattan doors, and a host of un-pedigreed but sympathetic vintage finds. "I like things that have real personality and authenticity," Moore says. "I hate a knockoff."

The kitchen was originally in the basement, as is historically accurate, but when Moore found everyone crowded in the dark space watching TV, she decided to go off script: They swapped the kitchen for a cozy family room and put the kitchen on the bright parlor level. "I cannot recommend more strongly putting your kitchen somewhere with lots of natural light. It changed everything. Now we use the whole house," Moore says.

Read more about Julianne Moore's style and renovations over on Architectural Digest, and November's print edition.