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Enchanted dining room

A Post-Impressionist-inspired mural makes this Cambridge space playfully unique.

“The room is celebratory and playful. It appeals to the child in all of us,” says Heidi Pribell. “It’s also sophisticated, but not in a formal, stuffy way.”

Eric Roth

“The room is celebratory and playful. It appeals to the child in all of us,” says Heidi Pribell. “It’s also sophisticated, but not in a formal, stuffy way.”

Eric Roth

The dining room of this late-19th-century home in Cambridge had lovely historic details, but the homeowners, who have young children, wanted to revive it, to make it feel more comfortable. “The owners had the courage to be bold and embracing of color, concept, and texture,” says interior designer Heidi Pribell. She redesigned several rooms in the home, which features both classical and Arts and Crafts-style architectural elements. Inspired by Prohibition-era and post-Impressionist art, Pribell established a spirited and chic vibe with a mix of Art Deco elements, futuristic pieces, and contemporary furnishings. The dining room’s original carved molding frames a vibrant new mural that wraps around the entire space, forming an enchanting, one-of-a-kind showpiece.

1 | The original handblown-glass panels in the cupboard doors are believed to have been made by famed 19th-century New England Glass Co. of Cambridge.

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2 | Pribell replaced an arched opening to the family room with a mirror. “Before the rooms were like railroad cars, one after another,” she says.

3 | A brass Ruhlmann chandeliersets the tone for the room, says Pribell. “It’s glamorous and sleek; it seemed very 1930s Manhattan.”

4 | Comfortable gray linen chairs “feel modern in a commercial, corporate way, but they work in the room,” says Pribell, who purchased the chairs through the hospitality industry to hold down costs.

5 | A curved mahogany pedestal table manufactured by Hickory Chair complements the chandelier.

6 | A candelabra made out of crisscrossing driftwood pieces has a futuristic appeal. “I like the twist on the typically formal object,” says Pribell.

7 | Pribell worked with Medusa Studio to design a mural inspired by the works of Rousseau and Gauguin. “We incorporated animals and exotic plant life,” she says.

8 | Dishes and serving pieces are stored in a reinterpretation of a 17th-century Baroque chest made of steel and wood. “It seems a little steampunk in style,” says Pribell.

9 | This rug made of indoor/outdoor material has a pattern that looks like an abstract maze of terrain and plays off the mural’s nature theme.

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