With help from a French decorator, the actress creates a spare and stylish retreat

By Mackenzie Schmidt
Updated February 13, 2017 02:47 PM
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Hilary Swank’s relationship with her Paris apartment is a love story.

The Oscar-winning actress and ‘athluxury’ clothing designer, 42, tells Architectural Digest she began frequenting the European capital thanks to a romantic tryst, but when that ended, she stayed for the love of the city and her incredibly chic Left Bank home, which is on display in the magazine’s February issue.

“I fell in love with Paris,” she says. “It’s more beauty than your eyes can even imagine, every which way you look.” The same could be said for the rooms she designed with help from a French interior designer.

Though the decorator was originally brought on to design a custom piece of furniture for the project, the pair had a creative connection and he ended up outfitting the whole space. “He has this joie de vivre that I instantly gravitated towards,” Swank says.

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Swank and her decorator chose two colorful, streamlined daybeds in lieu of a traditional sofa-and-chairs arrangement for the living room, though the actress won’t likely have too much time for lounging in the near future: This year she’ll star in the films 55 Steps and Lucky Logan, and a TV series for Starz called The One Percent.

See the full feature in the February issue of Architectural Digest.