Take a Look Inside Brooke Shields’ Colorful New York Cottage (PHOTOS)

08/13/2015 at 07:09 PM ET

Brooke Shields Home
Eric Piasecki

Brooke Shields already has quite a lengthy résumé, and now it’s safe to say she can add interior decorating to her list of skills.

The actress, 50, who recently rented her Los Angeles home to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner following their split, took Better Homes & Gardens on a tour of her other home — a stunning cottage in Long Island, New York.

The kicker? Shields decorated the entire house herself. With a beach motif and a gravitation toward rooms that she calls “neutral with a pop of color,” the house has a refreshingly casual yet vibrant look.

And while it may look top-of-the-line, Shields’ secret to success was finding unique items in unexpected places. “I love, love, love tag and estate sales, flea markets, auctions,” she tells Better Homes in their September issue. “I can envision the transformation of anything.”

The family room sets the beachy vibe of the house, with casual furniture, plenty of natural light, and a see-through coffee table that opens up the space.

Brooke Shields Home
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The basement family room has a vibrant hot pink pop that’s balanced out by neutrals, with Shields’ love of horses on proud display in the artwork.

Brooke Shields Home
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With all-white counters, cabinets, and tile backsplash the “pops of color” in her kitchen come from fresh produce, flowers, and a yellow enamel dutch oven on the stove.

Brooke Shields Home
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You can’t say “breakfast nook” without feeling cozy, and this one lives up to the name. The blue-and-white color scheme lends to the bright vibes of the house, and the overhead beach scene photograph hanging adds an eclectic, yet fitting, touch.

Brooke Shields Home
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Did someone say “dinner party al fresco”? This patio setting complete with perfectly manicured hedges is an ideal casual entertaining space.

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—Shay Spence, @chezspence

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DaisyMoon on

Love it all, except the chairs in the breakfast nook (such a silly word), and the photo collage thing on the wall…looks too cluttered.

Renee on

Just what I’d expect from BS; classy and sophisticated yet casual. Not my style but beautiful none-the-less.

K.B. on

None of that looks like LAY-Z-BOY to me. I love that top pic with the pink accents. Very sophisticated and classy, Ms. Shields!

Ginger on

Very pretty. Nice job, Brooke. I too love yard sales, antique shops, flea markets. Such treasures to be found!

Kathleen Carpenter on

I love it……love the pops of color…..especially the Reds….it’s a very bright, happy place.

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I’m her neighbor on Lewis Street in Southampton…she had a decorator

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It had been completely renovated before she bought it. All she did was change out the furniture.

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