Jessica Chastain‘s New York home has more than its fair share of Hollywood cred.
The stately Victorian apartment the actress, 39, shares with her aristocratic fashion executive boyfriend Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo has belonged to a host of big names over the years. Composers, including Leonard Bernstein, and performers — from cabaret singer Bobby Short to ‘6os TV star Larry Storch — have all called the address home. And the building, near Central Park, once counted film stars Lynn Redgrave and Vera Miles among its A-list residents. But the home, which is featured in the October issue of Architectural Digest, out now, has a standout historical presence that doesn’t come in the form of a previous resident, but rather a piece furniture.
A tufted armchair in a floral print that once belonged to the legendary Lauren Bacall sits beside one of the apartment’s many fireplaces. “It feels like she’s sitting in the room with us,” says Chastain of the piece she bought at an auction following Bacall’s death. “I imagine she’s sitting here judging us.” The chintz-upholstered seat once resided in the actress’s home just a few blocks away in another iconic New York City apartment building, The Dakota.
The actress, who won a Golden Globe for her performance in 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty and is already garnering awards buzz for her forthcoming Miss Sloane, according to AD, worked with designers Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller on the decor. “Soul retrieval was the real transformation here,” says Chastain of the revitalized space. “I have emotional connections to everything. And I want things to make me feel good when I’m around them.” Chastain, Passi, Carrier and Miller all worked together to give the home a respectful facelift full of the good vibes the actress was after.
The traditional interiors are far from the glass-box homes of many an L.A.–based celeb. The walls are upholstered in silk in the library (top) and textured with a luxe faux-suede finish in the living room (not pictured). Furnishings, including a paisley-printed ottoman, a restored 1954 Rock-Ola jukebox and even a silver chandelier in the kitchen feel homey in the grand space. Or, as Chastain puts it, they returned the space to its “warm and cozy glory.”
Pick up the October issue of Architectural Digest to see more of Jessica Chastain’s New York City home, including the copper pedestal tub in the middle of the master bedroom.