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Paris painted the dresser and the back of bedroom door to complement the murals on the walls. "The shape of the room helped us decide that it would be a warm log cabin," he says, referring to the walls painted to resemble chopped timbers and a pitched ceiling painted to look like rafters. "Since the bedroom used to be the garage and is always a bit colder than the rest of the house, the idea was perfect." The painter attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and trained in faux painting at the Van der Kelen-Logelain institute in Brussels, Belgium. He is a descendant of the early 20th century French portraitist Carolus-Duran, whose work hangs in the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now a recognized artist in his own right, he has been sought out by top designers such as Adam Tihany, Robert Couturier and Christian Liaigre. High-profile clients include Cartier, Valentino, the Sultan of Brunei and Bouchon, chef Thomas Keller's new restaurant in Beverly Hills.
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