Living Small: All in the Mix

Old meets new in a designer's Cambridge digs.

By Courtney Hollands | Boston Home |

Rooms in Amanda Reid’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, “makes the place feel like it evolved over time, or that it’s lived in,” says Reid, the founder of interior design firm Mandarina Studio. “It’s just more interesting.” Because it’s a rental, Reid hasn’t renovated the bathroom or kitchen, but she’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.

mixing interior design styes(All photos by Kent Dayton)

1. Reid commissioned this textured collage painting from Brooklyn artist Scott Faucheux. “I love that it’s layered,” 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 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 “Mangosteens” by Daniel Hall shares the mantel with glass vessels from Morocco.

mixing interior design styesReid often builds a room’s décor around one element. This patterned pillow, for example, inspired the living room’s color palette.

mixing interior design styes

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 “elegant, formal feeling—perfect for a dining room.”

3. The abstract print is by Fort Point artist Robert Siegelman.

4. “I love the scale; it seats six but it’s not too huge, “Reid 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.

mixing interior design styesThe interior designer in her Cambridge apartment.

mixing interior design styes

1. The ornate lamp from Shine by S.H.O. is “overscale, so I like juxtaposing it with the simple, clean lines of the Parsons table,” Reid says.

2. Though Reid doesn’t consider herself a collector, she does own several Asian brass-and-enamel cloisonné boxes. The hall table is also home to a Cmielow porcelain sculpture from Poland.

mixing interior design styesReid spray-painted frames white to showcase Japanese wrapping paper from Paper Source.

mixing interior design styes

1. Old issues of Domino (which folded in 2009) and other design magazines line the shelves of Reid’s office.

2. An African juju hat, made from feathers and raffia, is the room’s centerpiece.

3. The slick desk and cabinets are from West Elm. “I just wanted it to be clean and white for the most part,” she says.

4. The Persian Bijar rug “is a work of art to me,” Reid says.

mixing interior design styesJust call it a feline fetish: Reid recently added these brass bookends to her collection of cat-themed décor, which also includes a door knocker.

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