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How One Designer Decorated a Petite Parisian Apartment

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Considering the fact that Scandinavian furniture designer Gesa Hansen
has spent her whole life dabbling in various interior design outlets—including some years studying at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, and a few more spent with various design firms in Tokyo—it stands to reason that her Parisian apartment looks as stylishly appointed and effortlessly cool as it does. Outfitted mostly in pieces from Hansen's own line—called the The Hansen Family—the compact space works within a generally muted color palette of pale whites and grays, though done in plenty of overlapping patterns and textures.

Other quirky, custom details include black slate tiling in the kitchen with a matching backsplash, bold, jungle print wallpaper in the master bedroom, and walls of simple white shelving units used to display just a few quirky accent pieces. "Like most cities, space is at a premium in Paris, so people tend to have too much piled up in their apartments," says Hansen of her edited collections. "I think you need a lot less than you think you need; getting rid of stuff is the most important step in setting up a home."

· A Scandi Furniture Designer at Home in Paris. [Remodelista]