Friday, April 2, 2010

Loving Gerard’s Place

If you’ve read my blog before or have followed it, you will know that it takes a LOT to impress me.  I’m one of those kind of people who don’t like to have what everyone else has.  I don’t like the normal, the conformed, the popular.  There are exceptions of course, but for the most part, I like unusual, eclectic, foreign and different.

This month when I received my Architectural Digest in the mail I was met by the handsome Gerard Butler sitting in a chair in his Chelsea loft in New York.  Although Gerard (Gerry as his friends call him I believe) looked good..honest eyes… I was not impressed by his surroundings.    However, upon turning the pages and coming upon the article featuring his loft, I had one of those wow moments!  Wow!  This loft is different.  Wow!  This place has character!  Wow!  This is a man who isn’t afraid of inventing a new landscape.  Wow!  I found a new design aesthetic I really like!


The VERY handsome Gerard Butler. 


This is the picture that I love!   The exposed beams, the worn walls, the casual furniture, the rudimentary dining set, the crystal chandeliers!  Love, love, love!  It’s always been a dream to have a loft space of my own!


A stone lion’s head from an old library was used  in Butler’s theater area.


The dining area with the rustic dining set and three fabulous chandeliers lighting the area.  If you can’t decide on one chandelier style, go with them all!



The theater room.   The columns frame the screen and the furnishings are comfy and casual.


The kitchen’s cabinetry was made out of leftover flooring materials.  Love sustainable design!  The use of glamorous crystal chandeliers juxtaposed against distressed wood and worn walls is fabulous!


Another view of the kitchen, but this pic has a different center island.  Perhaps this was the first go-round with Designer Elvis Restaino?  I like the black island above better.



The stone-like tiles used as a black splash against stainless sink with Celtic markings is another juxtaposition that I find intriguing.  It’s THIS kind of design that is interesting!



A view into Butler’s office.  I love tall windows that open up to the world. 


I believe this is Elvis Restaino in Butler’s loft.   Restaino is an accomplished set designer, working on such sets as Star Wars and Moulin Rouge.  Check out his website here.  What a talented man!



Entranceway before…


and after…


and after….  ahhhh….. Note the mural on the ceiling, the crystal chandelier, the worn walls and the archway and columns separating the space from the rest of the loft.  Perfect!

Now if Restaino would only come help me envision my home!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Life's not always fair.  Sometimes you can get a splinter even sliding down a rainbow.  ~Terri Guillemets


Kare said...

I totally agree! It is a fab loft!!!! It doesn't feel totally masculine. There is a feminine side to it too! This is definetly one for the files!

Jeanette {A Passion for Home} said...

What an incredible loft. I'm trying to think how I missed this in the last AD issue? I must run home and look again.

There is not one thing I do not like about his space. The home theater is fabulous too.

Very, very, very inspiring post.

vicki archer said...

Love, love, love this loft....Have a very happy Easter Becky, xv.

Karena said...

It is truly amazing, so unique and a work of art in its truest sense.

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Alicia said...

Holy crap its fabulous!! And this I said outloud. The picture got me too. As masculine as it is the softer touches i.e. chandelier, pillows piled on the sofa & greenery everywhere made it for me. Hopefully it was for not just the spread.

Developing Designs said...

Chick, dang, I can see how you were impressed! The juxtaposition between rustic and formal elegance is amazing! I don't know what I am in love with more (ah hem, Gerard does top the list :))the cabinets made out of old flooring, that lion, oh my, that lion, the entry way, those doors, the walls? I am not sure, I am loving it all. Thank for sharing.
I hope you had a wonderful Easter. xo

Chic Coles said...

I think I just fell in love with Gerry even more...

cindy said...

Beautiful loft!!! Thanks for sharing.

Sanity Fair said...

Rustic elegance - I love it! Thanks for sharing. Having picked up this issue yet. Have a great weekend -
Sanity Fair

Callie Grayson said...

oh yeah! when I flipped to his loft, i flipped head over heals! his loft is amazing!!!

Cristin said...

This loft is lovely, but a bit too masculine for me. The chandeliers however are stunning.


Laura Trevey said...

Absolutely stunning... just as easy on the eyes as he is!!

Halcyon House said...

It's different alright.
Personally, I'm not a fan (of the space, not Gerry)...I suppose the one thing that stands out the most is how dark the space reads. Maybe they styled/photographed it that way on purpose to project a more masculine feel. I just seems a bit overdone, IMHO.
Anyhoo--to each their own I suppose.

ChrisCampuzano said...

I love readding, and thanks for your artical.........................................

Carpenter1 said...

fyi, that is Elvis in the chair in Gerard's loft.

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Carolina Girl said...

Though the elements alone are very stunning, IMHO the space lacks warmth. It is appealing from a furniture design sense, but reminds me too much of the high-priced furniture marts in High Point, NC. Too eclectic for my taste and lacks the comfortable feeling of a home environment.