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Brad Pitt Turns Interior Designer

Jul. 30 2009, Published 5:15 a.m. ET

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Fresh from his Inglorious Basterds premiere in Berlin, Brad Pitt made what can only be described as a pit stop at Chateau Miraval, the estate he and Angelina Jolie are leasing in the south of France.

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Brad flew into Marseille, France July 29 for a one-day stop over at the Chateau to inspect the nearly $5 million in renovation work he has underway.  The Jolie-Pitts are almost halfway through their three year lease-to-own deal with the Chateau owners - a transaction that was necessitated by complicated French tax laws - and Brad is busy overseeing dozens of contractors who are bringing the estate up to his standards.

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The 1,000-acre property backs up to a forest that previously had no security.  That's changing under Brad - fencing and walls worthy of Fort Knox are being installed.  He is updating some of the 35-room main home's interior, and he's having custom-made furniture built.  Brad personally designed the furniture, and it will come with a final price tag of nearly $500,000.

Brad and Angelina are hoping all the work is done by the end of the year.  They'll eventually make the Chateau their primary home.

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