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Gerard Butler Opens Up His NYC Loft to Architectural Digest!

Architectural Digest's April cover boy is none other Bounty Hunter star Gerard Butler. In the new issue, on newsstands April 6, the actor opens up his 3,300-square-foot Manhattan loft, designed by production designer Elvis Restaino, which sits on the sixth and seventh floors of a converted manufacturing warehouse in Chelsea.

According to AD, the loft boasts, "13-foot-tall mahogany doors; a ceiling and wall frescos; plaster walls chipped and mottled with age; massive columns supporting limestone lions; crystal chandeliers casting spidery shadows," and plenty of furnishings from New York décor mecca ABC Carpet & Home.

It's pretty funny to imagine Gerard Butler describing his bachelor pad:

I wanted something elegant and gorgeous and at the same time rather masculine and raw. I guess I would describe the apartment as bohemian old-world rustic chateau with a taste of baroque.

Want to read more quotes from Butler and see photos of the interiors?

Butler on life in his loft:

I like the area — on the edge of Chelsea. I knew it was going to take a lot of work to turn the loft into a place where I actually wanted to live. But I didn't realize it would be four years before I spent the night.

Butler on how it's a city escape:

More than anything, I use my apartment as somewhere to retreat and spend time on my own. New York is such a frenetic, crazy city, so I love to use the place for just some peace and quiet.

Restaino on his design inspiration:

We re-created things that came into Gerry's life — from his travels in Europe or even from an old coffee shop in New York.

It's a really beautiful, expansive space. While the Old World-meets-baroque style isn't quite my thing, I do love the loft's mix of raw, worn materials like the columns and well-loved wood pieces with the more polished, feminine furnishings like the chandeliers and ornate tin ceiling tiles.

The plants and subdued palette also create an calmness that lets the loft's architecture, and what I imagine are magnificent views, take center stage.

What do you think of the space? Want to see more? Read the feature in Architectural Digest, and check out more photos of the loft.

Photos by Harry Benson and Durston Saylor

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