The Oscar-winning actress and ‘athluxury’ clothing designer just finished decorating her Paris home.
‘I fell in love with Paris.’ Swank purchased a Left Bank home that blends traditional charm and contemporary design. Peek inside Hilary Swank‘s newly decorated apartment as she gives a tour in Architectural Digest magazine’s February issue. There’s a sense of midcentury flair and modern edge throughout the apartment, the home is meant to catch the eye.
Swank, 42, tells Architectural Digest she began frequenting the European capital thanks to a romantic tryst — likely referring to her engagement to former professional tennis player Ruben Torres, which she called off in June of 2016. When that ended, she stayed for the love of the city and her incredibly chic Left Bank home. She tapped Axel Huynh, creative director of the 150-year-old French furniture company Henryot & Cie, to decorate her apartment. “We wanted to create something really lively and fun yet where you could instantly feel at home,” says Huynh.
With its soaring ceilings, polished herringbone floors, intricate moldings, marble fireplaces, and large windows, the apartment has the beautiful bones and soft filtered light that herald the European capital’s best spaces. In the living room, the daybeds are covered in cobalt and aquamarine silk velvets, while azure curtains hang at the windows. “We played with a palette of blue and also brought in some yellows,” Huynh says. “It’s inspired by Saul Bass, a graphic designer from the ‘60s, so monochrome tones mixed with bright colors. The combination is a little bit vintage.”
In the dining room, the legs of cane-back round side chairs are sheathed in a blue lacquer. A contemporary feel also comes by way of jewel inspired colors. “Hilary likes an organic touch,” says Huynh. “Wood, stones, and she loves everything related to the sea.” Hence Ginger and Jagger’s oysterlike wall lamps in Carrara and Nero Marquina marble in the dining room.
Swank’s bedroom is simple luxury with a headboard from Henryot & Cie, modeled on the company’s designs for the Ritz Hotel in Paris, and custom bed linens of Egyptian satin.
Huynh completely redesigned the bath, lining it in white Carrara marble. Gypsum lights hew to the monochromatic theme.
This year Swank will star with Helena Bonham Carter in 55 Steps and Steven Soderbergh’s highly anticipated heist flick Lucky Logan, as well as The One Percent, a television drama by Alejandro González Iñárritu for Starz.
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