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Casual comfort by day, elegant dining by night

All of the textures and the tones work together very nicely to create a warm and comfortable place,” said Jessica Dormitzer of JD Interiors LLC of Wellesley, who steered the dining room in this young Colonial in a contemporary direction. “We looked at a few blues before we settled on the grays.”

Other rooms in the Wellesley home have gray tones with pops of color, lending continuity on the first floor, she said. The butler’s pantry is almost a sagey green, however. “It adds a pop of something different, so when you look in the room, it catches your eye.”

The owners have four children and like to entertain poolside and to hold holiday parties.

“You could definitely eat there with your kids and not feel like it was a stuffy room,” Dormitzer said of the dining room. “You could also have an elegant dinner party there, and it would also look fabulous.”


The wall covering is by Stark. “It’s a very large-scale tone-on-tone pattern,” Dormitzer said. “It’s a big room with a big ceiling, and the wallpaper complements the scale of the room.”


The light fixture, from Visual Comfort & Co., replaces a chandelier that was more of a nondescript spec house type of thing, Dormitzer said. The new one, of crystal, is “more on the contemporary side. It adds a nice shape. It has a nice presence without being too big.


These pieces were original to the room. “We started with... a lighter finish,” Dormitzer said. “We went from mid-brown to a sort of espresso.”


These blue-glass accessories, which add pops of color mirrored in the painting above, are from Home Goods.


The plush seats from RH are clad in a tufted velvet that is extremely durable, Dormitzer said, and “the curvature of the chairs is very pretty. In a way, it echoes the chandelier.”


Dormitzer thought having the high tray ceiling echo the other colors in the room would be a nice addition. “This color is a little bit reflective,” she added.


The accessory “has a texture to it that’s like a Chinese lantern,”Dormitzer said, noting that the leaves that were set in it blend in with a corner of the artwork, adding a new dimension.

- Eileen McEleney Woods

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State approves plan for Salem’s Bentley School to become a charter

Salem’s Bentley School, one of the lowest achieving public schools in the state, will become a charter school next fall.

Last week, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded two new charters, choosing Bentley, a K-5 elementary, and the UP Academy Charter School of Springfield. Both will be Horace Mann charter schools, funded by the local school districts but run by an independent board.

The Salem school will be called the Bentley Academy Charter School.

“The in-district charter gives us an opportunity to focus — and I think in a stronger way — on some of the needs of the students in that school,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, who also chairs the School Committee and supported Bentley’s shift to a charter.

For the last four years, Bentley has struggled with academic achievement.

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