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A modest dining room with mid-century modern flavor

Small-scale furnishings are just right for the not-so-large room in a Chestnut Hill Colonial.

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Since she moved in four years ago, interior designer Amanda Reid has been slowly making over the center-hall Colonial in Chestnut Hill she shares with her husband, who has owned the house for 15 years. Reid, founder of Mandarina Studio, recently completed the formal dining room. Small-scale furnishings with mid-century modern lines don’t overwhelm the not-so-large room but still provide impact, while artwork and upholstery add color and shine. “I wanted to create an eclectic, contemporary vibe with a mix of styles,” Reid says. Next up is the living room — but, in a shoemaker’s-kids-go-barefoot twist, only on a schedule dictated by her clients. “I hope to get it done this year,” she says.

1 The color scheme grew out of the Turkish rug, from Woven Art in Chestnut Hill. “Rich textiles counterbalance the more casual furniture, making the room feel more elegant and formal,” Reid says.

2 Reid reimagined the 1960s Danish rosewood chairs with shimmery fish-scale-patterned cut-velvet seats. “It really dresses them up and adds glamour,” she says. The new walnut table is from Thos. Moser.


3 Artwork pops against the neutral walls, painted Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray. Reid picked up the water-color, by Marianne A. Kinzer, at the artist’s South End studio.

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4 The Aerin Cristol chandelier is dramatic but not dominating. “The ceilings aren’t high, so I didn’t want an overpowering design,” says Reid.

5 Montreal-based artist Dominique Fortin’s dreamy painting over the credenza is the room’s focal point. “You can see the deer grazing through the dining room windows in the front of the house,” Reid says.

6 The pale wood of the Scandinavian-style white oak credenza by Nickey Kehoe ensures that the dining table and chairs remain the room’s centerpiece. “I like to mix woods,” Reid says.

7 The pink Japanese raku vase from Winston Flowers pick up the light colors in the carpet. The tall, sculptural vase, bought in Montreal, echoes the lines of the trees in the painting.