February 03, 2016 01:24 PM

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Turns out second time’s the charm when it comes to interior design — according to Naomi Watts.

In the March issue of Architectural Digest, on newsstands Feb. 9, the actress gives fans an exclusive look inside the New York City duplex apartment she shares with husband, Liev Schreiber, and their two sons, Alexander and Samuel.

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While the polished home isn’t Watts’ first home in the Big Apple, the star tells the magazine her first apartment — which she purchased after seeing it once — was a lot less dreamier than her current home.

“Not because I loved it but because of the pressure!” she recounts. “I had no idea deals here moved that fast. After I closed on it, I showed it to my mother, who is a bit of a bohemian — and a super-talented decorator. She walked in and said, ‘This is horrible. No soul. No character. It’s a businessman’s apartment.’ I was crushed. But she was right.”

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But none of that matters now, considering the family’s current duplex vibe was dreamt up by esteemed design duo Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro of the firm Ashe + Leandro.

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It took a total of 10 months for the entire the 19th century inspired home to come to life. According to Leandro, Watts “brought a great eye and taste to the project,” which mimicked a modern take on vintage décor staples by incorporating graphic details such as black-and-white tiles in the kitchen, while still staying true to the retro feel by adding in chairs and art from that era.

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“One thing I’ve learned,” Watts tells the magazine, “is when it comes to big renovations, no one gets an easy ride.”

But from the looks of the family’s downtown Manhattan abode, it was certainly worth it.

—Grace Gavilanes

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