Living Small: All in the Mix
Old meets new in a designer's Cambridge digs.
Rooms in Amanda Reidâ€™s apartment will never have that straight-from-the-showroom feel. Instead, you might find a sculpture from her international travels on a modern end table next to an antique lamp. This blend of contemporary and vintage, of high- and low-end, â€śmakes the place feel like it evolved over time, or that itâ€™s lived in,â€ť says Reid, the founder of interior design firm Mandarina Studio. â€śItâ€™s just more interesting.â€ť Because itâ€™s a rental, Reid hasnâ€™t renovated the bathroom or kitchen, but sheâ€™s managed to find other ways to put her stamp on the 1,000-square-foot space, painting all but one room, swapping out the light fixtures for eclectic chandeliers, and turning the second bedroom into a stunning office.
(All photos by Kent Dayton)
1. Reid commissioned this textured collage painting from Brooklyn artist Scott Faucheux. â€śI love that itâ€™s layered,â€ť she says.
2. The designer chose this velvet Barbara Barry ottoman for the way it played off the rectilinear sofa.
3. Reid found this pair of Chinese-rosewood horseshoe chairs on eBay (she also trolls 1stdibs.com for antiques). The cushions and bolsters were custom made.
4. After snagging a pair of vintage Murano-glass lamps on eBay, Reid had them rewired and outfitted with new shades.
5. A lithograph of the poem â€śMangosteensâ€ť by Daniel Hall shares the mantel with glass vessels from Morocco.
Reid often builds a roomâ€™s dĂ©cor around one element. This patterned pillow, for example, inspired the living roomâ€™s color palette.
1. Living in a small space means that many pieces have to do double duty. Reid keeps her paper supply in the bottom compartments of this bar cabinet, which she found at a North Carolina antiques shop.
2. Reid says she chose this crystal chandelier for its â€śelegant, formal feelingâ€”perfect for a dining room.â€ť
3. The abstract print is by Fort Point artist Robert Siegelman.
4. â€śI love the scale; it seats six but itâ€™s not too huge, â€śReid says of the 1940s wooden dining table she found on eBay. She plans to reupholster the chairs, which she purchased separately.
Reid uses Moroccan tea glasses to serve guests wine and champagne.
The interior designer in her Cambridge apartment.
1. The ornate lamp from Shine by S.H.O. is â€śoverscale, so I like juxtaposing it with the simple, clean lines of the Parsons table,â€ť Reid says.
2. Though Reid doesnâ€™t consider herself a collector, she does own several Asian brass-and-enamel cloisonnĂ© boxes. The hall table is also home to a Cmielow porcelain sculpture from Poland.
Reid spray-painted frames white to showcase Japanese wrapping paper from Paper Source.
1. Old issues of Domino (which folded in 2009) and other design magazines line the shelves of Reidâ€™s office.
2. An African juju hat, made from feathers and raffia, is the roomâ€™s centerpiece.
3. The slick desk and cabinets are from West Elm. â€śI just wanted it to be clean and white for the most part,â€ť she says.
4. The Persian Bijar rug â€śis a work of art to me,â€ť Reid says.
Just call it a feline fetish: Reid recently added these brass bookends to her collection of cat-themed dĂ©cor, which also includes a door knocker.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2012/10/mixing-interior-design-styles/