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Museum Re-Design

Monticello is getting back to its roots. The neoclassical home that Thomas Jefferson started building in 1769 now has a dining parlor that looks like it did over two hundred years ago. Designer Carleton Varney, president of the interior design firm Dorothy Draper & Co, decided to use a yellow shade similar to the highly fashionable one that was there in 1815. Varney is the same guy designing the luxury train to take people to the Greenbrier Resort and says he has found plenty of inspiration from Jefferson's style. For a rundown on some of Jefferson's innovative design themes that are still around today, click on over. Turns out he did way more than invent the dumbwaiter. [WSJ; previously]