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New traditionalist Erin Sander digs modern design with a twist

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Dallas interior designer Erin Sander of Erin Sander Design. Photo courtesy of Erin Sander Design
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Sander creates airy, elegant and clean spaces, like this master bedroom from a recent project. Photo courtesy of Erin Sander Design
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Sander likes to use dynamic tiles as a focal point in a bathroom or kitchen — like these mosaic tiles from New Ravenna, which have the graphic and ethnic qualities of ikat. Photo courtesy of New Ravenna
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A kitchen from a recent home project from Erin Sander Design. Sander takes traditional shapes and architectural elements and adds a modern twist. photo courtesy of Erin Sander Design
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Sander likes to hang interesting mirrors along tile walls in her bathroom projects for a contemporary edge. photo courtesy of Erin Sander Design
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Erin Sander Design bedroom
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Dallas interior designer Erin Sander learned the power of great design at a very young age. Her family moved quite a bit, but they had a knack for creating beautiful and comfortable spaces everywhere they went.

“My mother took great pride in making each new home we settled in unique and all our own,” Sander says. “I was able to see firsthand what potential there was within each new space and fell in love with what beautiful design can add to a family’s life.”

Sander opened her business, Erin Sander Design three years ago in Dallas. She appreciates the city’s willingness to embrace trends despite its traditional tendencies.

 “Dallas is constantly experimenting with new design trends all the while managing to stay firmly planted in its traditional roots,” Sander says.

“Dallas design stands out because it is constantly experimenting with new design trends all the while managing to stay firmly planted in its traditional roots,” Sander says. “The blend of the old and the new creates an identity that is uniquely Dallas.”

She describes her style as simple and tailored, with a focus on integrating the interior architecture of a space with balanced and well-appointed furnishings. “I love adding a freshness and energy to my designs through a modern interpretation of traditional forms and unexpected accents,” she says.

Sander’s designs weave together clean, modern and traditional elements — often with pops of color and surprising shapes or patterns. In fact, one of her favorite trends at the moment is using dynamic tiles to create a focal point in a bath or kitchen.

New Ravenna has a gorgeous new ikat mosaic that blends the graphic and ethnic qualities of ikat into a tile design,” she says.

Sander admits her favorite room to design is the kitchen, which she believes can be the style hub of the house. “When designed well, [kitchens] can be a place for the family to relax, entertain and enjoy life together,” she says. “It can also be a space that defines the style of the home through the materials used, architectural elements incorporated and colors selected.”

 “Inspiration for my projects is most often found during the collaborations with my clients,” Sander says.

As for inspiration, Sander looks to interior designers Barbara Barry, for the simplicity and restraint of her designs; Kelly Wearstler, for her ability to transform raw materials into dynamic parts of her interiors; and Bobby McAlpine, for his vision and commitment to creating the inheritable house. But she is also influenced by a much closer source.

“Inspiration for my projects is most often found during the collaborations with my clients,” she says. “Truly learning about their needs and what moves them inspires me to create a home that will perfectly complement their lives.”

With the holidays upon us, Sander has a few ideas about how to ready your home for the season.

“Choose a holiday style and color palette that complements your interior, stick with it and build upon your look each year,” Sander says. “In a pinch: fresh white flowers, natural winter elements, mercury glass, and candlelight can create a festive and current holiday table.”

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