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Antiquarian Alain, and his wife Claude, Fassier turned an old

nineteenth century French girl’s boarding school in Rémalard,

a newly chic country town 90 miles southwest of Paris, into a

remarkable home and antique shop. When Alain carefully peeled

away coats of paint on the second floor landing…  the original

celadon green paintwork of the landing, with trompe l’oeil

fluted columns and pilasters, came magically back to life…

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A glass bell displaying a paper-mache algae plant by

Farfelus Farfadets, Paris

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A worktable from an electronics atelier is strewn with

19th century globes, engravings and posters in gouache…

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Glass cases of haughty winged creatures and shelves burgeoning

with books infuse the room with a scholarly atmosphere.

” I wanted to respect an ambience that is a little boarding school

and nineteenth-century,” Alain says.

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Antique chairs and a vintage leather chesterfield sofa, a set of

antique lanterns leaning in a corner, antique paintings hung

somewhat haphazardly in the living room …

you wonder whether items regularly rotate between the

downstairs antique shop and the family quarters…

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In the living room Alain inserted double doors

with stained glass panels…

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Maison a Vivre

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Elle Decoration

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Sources: House and Garden Maisons a Vivre , Elle Decoration

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