Local artisan, Paul King, using CENTURIES-OLD TECHNIQUES, hand-burnished the pigment onto the walls adding GOLD WAX as the final layer. In the familyâ€™s formal dining room, the stunning amethystcolored Venetian plaster walls were inspired by the damask linen curtains. Local artisan Paul King, using centuries-old techniques, hand-burnished the pigment onto the walls adding gold wax as the final layer. At candlelit dinner parties, the walls are especially magical. The expressive painting of the Moorman River in the snow above the fireplace was created by Dean Dass, a University of Virginia art professor and a family friend, while a lovely pair of antique gilt French mirrors flank the doorway leading to the newly constructed part of the house. Post dinner, the party can head through the doorway into the kitchen and family room, a wide-open space ideal for entertaining.