October 03, 2014 01:00 PM

After keeping the birth of her second daughter a secret for two months, Ellen Pompeo is ready to reveal all the latest updates in her life.

The Grey’s Anatomy star, 44, opened the doors to her Los Angeles home for Architectural Digestgiving readers a glimpse into her 16,000 square-foot abode, located in Los Feliz.

Although the home was originally built in the 1930s, when Pompeo and her husband Chris Ivery purchased the property in 2009, updates throughout the decades had left much to be desired.

But Pompeo was up for the challenge.

“Everything has been done before, so the question becomes, ‘How do you take something classic and make it fresh for a new generation?’ ” she tells the magazine.

Roger Davies, Architectural Digest

The couple worked with L.A. decorator Martyn Lawrence-Bullard and the actress focused her efforts on “giving the house the attention it desperately needed.” In addition to brightening the rooms with plenty of natural light, rebuilding the rustic kitchen and creating an outdoor oasis, the mom-of-two also designed two extra special places in the family home.

For Sienna May‘s nursery, Pompeo — who welcomed her baby girl via surrogate two months ago — brightened the white walls with colorful headdresses from Nickey Kehoe, which complemented the fuchsia crib.

Offsetting the white and yolk-colored dresser is a child-sized chair from Pierre Jeanneret and a cozy carpet from the Rug Company.

Roger Davies, Architectural Digest

Not only did Pompeo share Sienna’s nursery, she also revealed daughter Stella Luna‘s colorful sleep space.

Centered around mix-and-match patterns, the 5-year-old’s room features bean bags, an ottoman and matching bedding all from Missoni Home. Adding to the comfy setting are oversized pillows with fabric from Stark, a few plush pals and a chevron-print lantern hanging from the ceiling.

“When something is so respected, you can turn it into something else, so that you are looking at it anew,” Pompeo says. “Reinvention is invention.”

Roger Davies, Architectural Digest

— Anya Leon

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