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andréa krueger: charming decorating ideas for a paris apartment

photographs by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE text by CAROLINE BIGGS 

interior design by ANDRÉA KRUEGER

In her light-filled Parisian flat, fashion consultant Andréa Krueger mixes
tailored furniture with fine art to create a bright, bohemian aerie.

  Krueger and her English cocker spaniel,   Leopold, stroll through Paris’s Left Bank.

Krueger and her English cocker spaniel, Leopold, stroll through Paris’s Left Bank.

In 2012, Andréa Krueger and her boyfriend, Maxime Mussard, were presented with a rare opportunity: to purchase their rented apartment in Paris’s 7th Arrondissement. Due to the space’s prime location and its outdoor terrace (a rarity on the Left Bank), it was an offer they couldn’t refuse. So, without hesitation, the couple bought the flat and embarked on a two-year redesign process. “The apartment had been renovated eight years ago, and lacked the charm of an old French home,” Krueger explains. “So my ultimate goal was to create warmth and coziness through its decor.” For inspiration, she knew exactly where to turn. “In terms of design, few things are more appealing to me than Bauhaus,” she says of the early-20th-century German
aesthetics movement that mixed high art with functional crafts. “Bringing the work of artists and craftsmen together really moves me.” Throughout her home, Krueger paired whimsical prints and textiles with practical furnishings.

  In the living room, a framed Alexander Calder tapestry   and an Anna Skladmann photograph highlight the burnt   oranges and reds of the surrounding furnishings.

In the living room, a framed Alexander Calder tapestry and an Anna Skladmann photograph highlight the burnt oranges and reds of the surrounding furnishings.

For Krueger—who runs a consultancy for boutique fashion brands, including Mussard’s own Twins for Peace—the apartment’s petite size presented a big renovation challenge. “In each room, there are so many little nooks and crannies that it was nearly impossible to find furniture that fit the space while also staying true to our vision,” she says. “For two years, I spent most of my free time going to auctions and furniture dealers, and searching online—I’m a bit of a furniture addict.” Krueger’s research paid off. Today, the 600-square-foot space is filled with her discoveries: a plush (but compact) sofa, small-scale chairs and tables, and versatile storage pieces. “My career and my apartment are directly linked,” she says. “When designing our home, it was crucial for me to band together my passions for art and design.”

  Krueger scored this Gerrit Rietveld “Zig-Zag” chair   on a trip back to San Francisco, her hometown.

Krueger scored this Gerrit Rietveld “Zig-Zag” chair on a trip back to San Francisco, her hometown.