I was looking through one of my old Veranda magazines (May-June 2006), which included a Paris apartment decorated by Myra Hoefer. Hoefer is a California native and has completed many design projects in Paris for international clients and for the American vacation rental company, Chez Vous. The owners of this apartment are from Sausalito, California.
According to the Veranda article, (written by Jean Bond Rafferty) Hoefer decorated the apartment in just eight days. The furnishings include a mix of antiques, reproductions, refinished furniture, and even sofas from IKEA. The coffee table above was originally a mahogany color.
The apartment is exactly what one would expect to find in Paris. It's elegant and sophisticated, but also comfortable and relaxed.
Above are the IKEA sofas. Can you believe it? IKEA never looked so good.
The entry way, above, includes a chandelier and an Indonesian mirror which was given a makeover with gray paint.
A closer look at a papier-mache figure in the entry way.
Antique oak daybeds and a bust of Napoleon, above.
A plaster chandelier hangs above the dining table and slip covered chairs. The faience plates are from Astier de Villatte.
Again, the yellow silk drapes are stand outs. I've never considered using yellow in my home, but that may change after studying these photos. I'm trying not to gush, but I'm going to do it anyway. This apartment is just beautiful!
The last photo is of the guest room. The room is accented by touches of lavender, including ribbon which highlights the prints on the wall and organizes bundles of magazines. The ivory silk drapes frame a classic French window.
So, if I could have any apartment in Paris this would be my first choice. However, there are plenty of ideas here to bring Parisian style home, whever that may be:
1) Brightly colored drapes (silk or other fabric)
2) A few antiques or good reproductions
3) Pillows in a variety of patterns and complementary colors
4) A collection of inexpensive plates displayed on a wall
5) Candles and fresh flowers
All of these items can be found at a variety of price-points which is good news for those of us on a limited budget.
Visit Myra Hoefer's website to see more of her interiors.
All photos from Veranda Magazine. Interior Design by Myra Hoefer. Photography by Jacques Dirand. Veranda Magazine article produced by Caroline Englefield.