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Home Tour: Muralist Paulin Paris' whimsical illusions

March 6, 2010 |  6:02 am


Don't trust your eyes: The picture above is not some cozy woodsy cabin somewhere up in Big Bear. It's actually the less-than-1,000-square-foot Venice cottage of muralist Paulin Paris. Paris, whose clients include Cartier, Valentino, the sultan of Brunei and chef Thomas Keller's new Bouchon restaurant in Beverly Hills, painted his own home in what writer Emily Young describes as "more theatrical abstraction than photorealistic trompe l'oeil." Indeed, if you look closely you'll notice that the fake wood paneling has a storybook feeling to it, as if it were a set for "Into the Woods."

Paris kept the log cabin theme to the master bedroom. To see how he fixed up the rest of the house, click here for our photo gallery.

-- Deborah Netburn

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Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times