Michael J. Fox on why he and Tracy Pollan renovated the family’s NYC apartment: ‘We beat the hell out of it’

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It's been more than 15 years since Michael J. Fox and his wife, Tracy Pollan, first decorated their Manhattan apartment, which overlooks Central Park. Back then, they were parents to twin toddlers and an 8-year-old. Today, their brood consists of a 20something, two teenagers, and an 11-year-old … which means that during those years in between, their home has seen plenty of wear and tear.

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"This place has raised four kids," Fox tells Architectural Digest of their New York City home. "We beat the hell out of it." Pollan also knew it was time to make some changes to the home, but couldn't pull the trigger until recently. "Our tastes changed, but we held off redecorating — it seemed like a big undertaking," Pollan explains in the December issue. "Something would rip, and I'd say, 'Just wait.' The paint would peel. I'd say, 'Just wait.'"

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While many talk about their tastes maturing as they grow older, Fox and Pollan admit they've gone the opposite direction. Fox says he wanted "a younger-style apartment than we had when we were younger."

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To bring their vision to fruition, the couple hired New York interior design firm Gomez Associates to help get rid of things like antique rugs and patterned curtains and replace them with "clean lines, neutral colors, and sleek modern furnishings," their designer Brooke Gomez explains.

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The apartment now includes blue-glass table lamps and a pair of sleek sofas in the living room, Shaker-style cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances, and marble countertops in the kitchen and a unique 1940s glass chandelier in the dining room (along with protective pads on the table for when the kids do their homework there).

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There are a few things, or, actually nine things, that are markedly missing from the home, however: Fox's four Golden Globes and five Emmys, which he's won over the last three decades for his roles on "Family Ties," Spin City," and "Rescue Me." Those actually live over at his office. "I'm not shy about the awards," jokes Fox, who will star next year in a new NBC sitcom based loosely on his own life as a father and husband diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. "But they're to intimidate, not to impress."

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As for what his most famous character of all, smart aleck and staunch Republican Alex P. Keaton from "Family Ties" would say about the family's New York pad, says Fox: "Alex would call this apartment economical. But not cheap."

The December issue of Architectural Digest hits newstands on November 6.