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By Debbie AndersonMay 26, 2021May 28th, 2021No Comments

Style and Grace

By Meda Kessler
Photos by Ralph Lauer

This remodeled dining room is a welcoming spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner

Designer Erin Letz of Modern Grace Interiors admits that her 1996 home is in a constant state of remodeling, but she’s pretty content with her dining room.

Crypton fabric used on four of the dining chairs complements the soft colors of the tableware. Letz loves the character of the oak table, which features natural splits along the grain.

The wallpaper and pottery collection give the space Far East flair

Originally painted brown, with a bulky wrought iron chandelier, it’s one of the first rooms you see when entering the residence, which features an open dining/living room. “This house has such good bones; I just wanted to bring it up to date,” says Letz. “And this space needed to make a good first impression.”

With its high ceilings, the room was perfect for a couple of “vintage” Restoration Hardware pieces — a large two-piece glass storage and display cabinet and an oak dining table — she had purchased years ago and that have made several moves. Examine the 9-foot dining table closely and you’ll see not only the wood’s exposed knots but also a few permanent marker scuffs left by the kids — both of which give the piece character. 

But it’s the surrounding players that give the furnishings a fresh feel. 

Letz has lived in Japan and South Korea, giving her an affinity for Asian decor. She collects ginger jars and Rose Medallion porcelain, and has found a way to work both into the room. To set the scene, she chose David Hicks’ The Vase wallpaper from Clarence House, opting for a neutral beige that immediately lightens up the space. Letz replaced the heavy chandelier with a more modern design and had it centered over the table. “The fact that it was slightly off to one side originally was one of those things that I just couldn’t live with,” says Letz with a smile. 

The designer’s collection of Rose Medallion porcelain includes everything from bowls to spoons to scallop-edge plates. Pieces are on display in the china cabinet and on the walls.

Rose Medallion was produced in China in the early 1800s and mainly exported to Europe and the United States. Most pieces depict the peony, the national flower of China, along with other florals, fruits, birds and people. Letz has been collecting pieces for about two years, and the vibrant palette complements her love of soft neutrals. While she uses functional pieces such as bowls and candlesticks, she displays plates on the walls and in the china cabinet. 

Letz added a pair of RH head chairs to the mix, customizing them with a Greek key trim from Fabricut. “With the pandemic, the lead time on custom furniture was at least three to four months. So I found similar silhouettes at retail shops like RH and customized them to get the look I wanted a bit quicker,” says Letz. 

She opted for Crypton performance fabric and trim for the existing dining chairs and again turned to a local retailer. “Calico, in Southlake, was so easy to work with; I could make an appointment, drive a few miles to the store to see and feel the fabrics and also check out large swatches to take home.”

With Skipper, the family’s friendly Bouvier des Flandres, and the kids, Letz is content to keep the area rug, as it has proved to be family-friendly. “I never want anything that’s too precious. Comfort is just as important as style.”

Erin says her husband has always talked about owning a boat. While on a market trip with his wife, Eric purchased a pair of framed prints that reminded him of his time living on Martha’s Vineyard. They now add a little nautical flair to the dining room.


Modern Grace Interiors instagram.com/moderngraceinteriors

Wallpaper The Vase by David Hicks for Clarence House, Culp Associates Dallas (to the trade), culpassociates.com

Fabrics Greek key trim, Fabricut, fabricutcontract.com; Crypton performance fabric, Calico, Shops of Southlake, 1465 E. Southlake Blvd., 817-748-3220, calicocorners.com

Upholstery Kingston Fabrics & Upholstery, 2358 E. State Highway 114, Southlake, kingstonfabric.com

Chandelier France & Son, franceandson.com

Pottery Letz acquires her pieces from various sources, including Etsy, Round Top antiques markets and On Consignment Dallas, 2719 Fairmount St., 214-720-1818, Dallas, onconsignmentdallas.com