Celebrity Interiors: Step Inside Liv Tyler’s Dreamy Abode
With a sophisticated eye for design, actress Liv Tyler brings a fresh new look to this dreamy West Village townhouse. Liv worked alongside a team of renowned designers to restore this beautiful four-story house and in turn, create a home with many personal touches.
Liv Tyler has lived in this neighbourhood for over two decades. Special care has been given to the finer details that make this house a home. It’s Tyler’s devotion to the little things, those most special character-defining details, that turned her property’s renovation into an absolute labour of love.
Built in the late 1800s, the brownstone had already been through a handful of incarnations by the time Tyler purchased the building in 2001. “I had been told that three spinster sisters had lived there, which I loved,” says Tyler. “Then a politician owned it. Each floor was a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment, and everything historic had been taken out of it. When I found it, it was really, really, really run down. You really needed to have a vision to see what it would be—and I could just see it.”
The renovation was undertaken by Scene Therapy favourite Ben Pentreath who stripped the building of its numerous incarnations in order to restore the townhouse to its heyday.
“We gutted it down to the absolute brick. You would be in the basement looking up to the attic. The only thing that we kept was the stairs, all the beautiful carvings and the bannisters, but each step, each tread and riser, had to be remade.” Explained Liv Tyler to Architectural Digest.
Perhaps one of the most note-worthy aspects of the house’s remodelling is the top floor which serves as the master suite with a large and airy dressing room with elegant built-in wardrobes. “The room has little secret drawers and lots of fun little details throughout.”
“The coolest thing in the world, though” says Tyler is the Venetian-style mirror that hangs on the wall. You would never know it, but it opens to reveal the room’s flat-screen television. Tyler had been in the process of designing something similar based on inspiration images, where photographs of flowers would open as a cabinet, “but then we found this one online,” recalls Tyler. “I could not believe it!”
The end result is a beautifully restored residence that feels inviting and lived in.
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