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Meg Ryan, Architectural Digest

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If there's one thing Meg Ryan loves, it's a fixer upper.

After recently giving her SoHo loft a makeover—her ninth home renovation overall—the Ithaca director decided to showcase her sanctuary in Architectural Digest. E! News has the exclusive first look at Ryan's refurbished digs, which will appear in the magazine's November 2016 issue.

"I know it sounds crazy to most people, the idea of renovating that many houses. But I love renovating. I think it's tied to living the actor's life. As an actor, you are so rarely in control. You're always saying words that someone else has given you, standing in a room that someone else has designed, to create a reality that someone else wants to see," the actress explained. "But with decorating I am in control; it's a chance for me to bring my vision into the world."

Meg Ryan, Architectural Digest

William Abranowicz/Architectural Digest

Meg Ryan, Architectural Digest

William Abranowicz/Architectural Digest

E! News got a peek at her living room. Rogers & Goffigon fabrics cover the sofas and ottoman, John Rosselli & Assoc. designed a pendant, and Holland & Sherry created a custom rug for Ryan. The You've Got Mail actress also strikes a pose inside her airy kitchen.

Ryan decided to make the loft her permanent home while living in her fifth rental. When she first toured it, she realized she'd been in it years ago at a party. "It was all quite different back then, and the space had been through many eras. At one point Cindy Sherman had used it for her photo studio. In fact, what's now my coatroom was her darkroom," Ryan, 54, revealed. "But even when I had visited all those years ago, I was amazed by the volume. It was like so much of New York: cinematic. That's what attracted me," she said. "That's what I wanted to work with."

To see more of Ryan's loft, buy Architectural Digest's November 2016 issue.