COTE DE TEXAS: Palm Beach Regency & More: Leta Austin Foster & Clarence Mack

Palm Beach Regency & More: Leta Austin Foster & Clarence Mack

With Christmas almost a week away – just a story if you have time to steal away on your own and read about interior and architectural design in the town where the President’s Winter White House is.

AND for all of you and your family – here’s wishing you a wonderful safe and healthy Christmas and New Years.


I have had a design book on my sidebar for a while, but haven’t really showcased it until today:

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Order HERE

It was published in 2015, but it was newly bought by me earlier this year.   The book is “Traditional Interiors” by Leta Austin Foster and her two daughters, India Foster and Sallie Giordano, and also by Brian Coleman.  Photographs by Erik Kvalsvik, who took many of the photos shown here, today, save for the House Beautiful photographs.


Living room by Leta Austin Foster

Leta Austin Foster is a southern designer, a classic designer.   Imagine that Dan Carithers and Charles Faudree were melded into one woman – that would be Foster.   She’s the female ying to Carithers and Faudree’s  yang but be sure to mix in a bit of the English touch via Mario Buatta.  If you are missing those wonderful designers, Ms. Foster is their equal.    Her portfolio is a GREAT joy to peruse.


Another living room by Foster


Leta’s designs are so wonderfully classic, they will always be in style no matter the age or the date.  She has worked in the business for over 40 years, toiling over the country from the east to the west coast.  But to me, she is grounded in the southern tradition of beautiful fabrics in soft colors, exquisite detailing, fine antiques, handpainted wallpaper, porcelains and accents of chinoiserie –  that look we, here, all love.  If you are reading this blog, you know her aesthetic, no doubt.

 

I love this bedroom by Foster


Foster hails from a Florida family – her grandfather settled there in 1854.   She was a natural designer, having first practiced  her aesthetic on her grandmother.  She chose design because back then, it was a profession where women could make as much money as men – a rarity.   I always say, another occupation that women can make big money in, without needing a secondary degree, is real estate. 

 

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One of my favorites by Leta. LOVE!!!

Foster’s first Palm Beach office in 1972 was inside her garage.   An internship with Colefax & Fowler put her on the map.  In America, she took C&F’s jobs that they were either too busy for or which were too small for the venerable firm to take on.   Looking at Leta Foster’s portfolio today, you can still see the Colefax & Fowler influence. 

The biggest surprise about Leta?  The house of her dreams is Japanese. 

Foster has been a great success and what I love is how she has kept it in the family.   Today her daughter India works with Leta in their Palm Beach office, located in the Via Mizner.  There, they also have a wonderful shop below the office, filled with Palm Beach themed clothes and décor.  Leta and her husband live in an apartment right down from the shop.  A second daughter, Sallie Giordano, runs the New York office where the interiors tend to be more contemporary.  AND there is yet a THIRD daughter in design, Elizabeth Dinkel whose decorative business is in California HERE.  Wow!!!  Four Foster Designing Women –  amazing.   I can’t think of another successful design family with four women. 


Gorgeous image from a Foster bedroom

AND so…earlier this year, while I was enjoying my new Leta Austin Foster book, I stumbled upon an Instagram account.   I have no idea how I found it, but I started following it because the owner had such a beautiful house in Palm Beach.  Filled with chintz-covered furniture, I would stare at each photo loving her décor, commenting effusively.   Imagine my delight at opening the new Christmas issue of House Beautiful and seeing THAT same Palm Beach house, decorated by the one and only Leta Austin Foster.   HEAVEN!!!!!

No WONDER I loved that Instagram house so much!  Leta had designed it!!!


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The new House Beautiful, with the Foster designed house inside. 

AND as it always happens, there is SO much more to this story than just Leta and the Palm Beach house she designed.  There are awards and there is an important architect and there is a Landmark District and more.  Nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

The story is thus: 

Foster has designed three houses for the same clients in the House Beautiful story.    Ten years ago, she first designed a Palm Beach apartment, a vacation home, for the north-eastern based couple.  Soon after that job was completed, they decided apartment living wasn’t for them – they wanted a house.  They chose an architecturally important house, designed by Gustav Maas, and asked Leta Foster to decorate it, using much of the furniture first procured for the apartment.  And later, just a few years ago, the couple moved again, to yet another house,  this time a Regency, designed by the famous Palm Beach architect Clarence Mack.  And once more, Foster was called upon to design the interiors, reworking their existing furnishings. 

Foster’s work on this Regency house was recognized by the ICAA, for which she received a prestigious award.  Kevin Asbacher HERE was the architect who renovated the house for Foster’s clients. 

Today, let’s first take a look at the original Palm Beach house that Leta Austin Foster designed for her clients.  The house is featured on her web site’s portfolio and is also shown in her book.  Additionally, there are the real estate photos from when it was sold.   

The First House

This 1931 house is a two story Colonial Revival designed by the “society” architect Gustav Maas.  Maas designed many houses and buildings in Palm Beach, some with his partner, John L. Volk, another famous architect in town.  This house has numerous bedrooms and baths, perfect for vacationing friends and family.  So charming!!!


The back of the house – built around the swimming pool, added onto over the years.


Real Estate photograph:   The foyer.


Real Estate photo.  The living room as designed by Leta A. Foster.  Beautiful chintz by Bennison.  Those curtains!!  Notice the detail on the pelmet!  


From Leta Austin Foster’s web site – beautiful photograph of the room.


From Instagram and Foster’s book:   Christopher Spitzmiller lamps – as always, Spitzmiller lamps are the jewelry in the room.  Closeup of the Bennison chintz.  And behind the sofa is the Gracie Studio screen which had come from the owner’s previous apartment and which will later move to the new house.


Foster’s Web site:  The dining room – once, the sunroom.


From Instagram & Foster’s book.  The dining room with the beautiful custom curtains.   I love this photograph.

Be sure to visit both Foster’s web site and her Instagram where she details all her sources. 


From Foster’s web site:  The family room. 


From Instagram & Foster’s book:   The breakfast room off the kitchen has Swedish furniture – a bench and table with chairs.

 

From Instagram & Foster’s book:  The sunroom is furnished with vintage rattan furniture painted a mint green.  This Colefax & Fowler fabric has been discontinued, Leta informs us on her Instagram.  Such a popular fabric, the question is Why? 


Web site:   The sun room.  I love how “Palm Beach” this room is!   Wood planks & beamed ceiling.  The guest room is seen through the French doors, which are so pretty. 

Can I say it?  Can I?  I’m getting a little tired of all the black metal “French” doors that are everywhere today.  Don’t these original wood French doors seen here look so pretty instead?  OR…follow what Kathryn Ireland did in her newly renovated house.  She replaced only ONE window with a black metal door.  HERE.

 

The guest room off the sunroom – French antique furniture, classic elements – the basis of Leta’s aesthetic. 


From Foster’s Web site:  The master bedroom.  When the owners moved to their new house, she wanted this same fabric, but again, this Pierre Frey fabric was discontinued.  On her Instagram, Leta explains how she worked around the fabric to recreate this bedroom in the new Regency house – without having to buy more fabric.


Details of the fabrication – the trims, the pleats.

Leta’s calling card are the details.


Here, a mix of Swedish and French.   Another pretty photograph!   Love those plates - I assume they are French.

Foster tends to follow this rule of John Fowler's "every English room needs some French furniture." 

So true, so true!!!


Real Estate photos:  One of the upstairs guest rooms.  Pretty ceilings.  And I assume that is Chelsea Edition fabric on the stools.  I’ll pick this room for a weekend stay!  Thank you!

After living in this two-story house for a number of years, the couple wanted a one-story house – where the main living spaces were all on the ground floor.  They found another house located in an area with four other houses – all designed by Clarence Mack, a well respected architect of his day.


Clarence Mack

In 1935, Clarence Mack came from Ohio to build speculative houses in Palm Beach and he remained there until he passed away in 1982.  His name is cited along with Addison Minzer, Maurice Fatio, Marion Syms Wyeth, John Volk and Gustav Maas as one of the most influential architects of Palm Beach. 

Maas, of course, designed Leta’s clients’ first house, shown earlier, while their second house was designed by Clarence Mack.   It’s obvious these clients appreciate very fine architecture. 


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Above.   One of Clarence Mack’s most famous houses in Palm Beach is Lakeview, once owned by the former Duchess of Marlborough, aka Consuelo Vanderbilt.  This room at Lakeview was published several times, here in a book called the “100 Most Beautiful Rooms.”

 

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Today, the same living room without the same millwork or fireplace or doors, etc.  And missing an entablature.  Gulp.  For more history of this fabulous house go HERE and HERE.


A well known, important house designed by Clarence Mack in Ohio.  Mack was basically a speculative builder.  Waiting for his houses to sell, he would live in them, furnished with antiques he had bought in Europe.


There is one fascinating tidbit about Clarence Mack - his representation of himself as an architect.    Mack actually started out as a window dresser in Shaker Heights, Ohio.  He learned the building business from his family and extensive research has never turned up any diplomas, apprentices, or licenses issued in his name.  One of the most successful and admired classical architects of Palm Beach was not a trained architect at all.  Today, this would have probably landed him a prison term as an imposter!!

The house that Mack designed for Leta’s clients was built late in his career – 1959.

The original real estate photographs from Leta’s clients’ house are online so we can compare how it looked before it had the “Leta makeover” along with the renovation by architect Kevin Asbacher.   As previously stated, Leta A. Foster received an award from ICAA for her work on this house.

The house is located in Regents Park – an enclave of five houses all designed by Clarence Mack in the Regency style.  Regents Park recently became Palm Beach’s newest designated historic district in over 25 years.   This district was hurriedly awarded after another Regency styled house by Mack was allowed to be razed.  Now, this historic district designation will ensure none of these classic houses will be torn down.   The story of these five houses would make a wonderful book, showing each house as it was originally designed by Clarence Mack -  and how it looks today; all have been sensitively renovated over the years.




Clarence Mack spent five years in Europe after he left Ohio and before he landed in Palm Beach.  Hanover Lodge in Regent’s Park is said to be the inspiration for his own Regents Park complex, where Leta A . Foster would later decorate the house for her clients.   Looking at this drawing it is amazing how much of the detail Mack used on his own Regents Park.


Hanover Lodge – as it looks today after many expansions.

Using Hanover Lodge as an influence, Mack similarly designed all five of his Regents Park houses with overscaled rooms, high 12 ft ceilings and an open plan where rooms flowed into each other without halls.  Other common features are pediments and classical dentil moldings and columns.  The two houses at the front of his Regents Park entrance are actually mirror images of each other.

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 Regents Park is located just south of Mar a Lago, President’s Trump winter White House.    Three of the five houses front Lake Worth, or the Intercoastal Waterway.   The other two houses are located on the left and right of the entrance.

Here’s a plat of the area from Google Maps – showing the houses in shadow, for privacy:


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First, let’s look at Foster’s clients house that they moved to and which is shown this month in House Beautiful. 


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BEFORE:   From Real Estate photos. 

You can see the house was a deep cream, almost a peach, actually.  The door was obscured by bars.  But you can see the trademark Clarence Mack details:  the pediment, the arch, the columns, the molding.


AFTER:   from Instagram. 

The house is painted a fresh white.  The bars are thankfully gone!  The new architect, Kevin Asbacher, retained Clarence Mack’s trademarks – the columns, the moldings, the arch, the pediment.    Foster added a wonderful lantern.



AFTER:   From Kevin Asbacher’s web site.

Another view from another day.


From Instagram: 

The architect’s photo shows a  side view of the house.  Here you can see how lovely the house is in white – now that all the peachy cream is gone!!   Another of Mack’s famous pediment is in full view.




BEFORE:  Real Estate Photos.   The entry is quite lovely in what looks like Farrow & Ball wallpaper.  But it is too busy for this quiet house and those a/c vents are so distracting.


AFTER:  From Instagram.

From the entrance, a few steps lead up to the foyer.  Mack used double foyers in most of his homes. 

It looks like the marble floor remained, but notice the obtrusive air conditioning vents are GONE!!!!  Today there is paneling in place of those awful vents.  Additional paneling is added above the two doorways and the arch.  The walls are painted the light shade of ivory.  Rattan furniture seems the right touch, here on the water.  A beautiful Venetian mirror hangs, flanked by pineapple sconces.   Two charming lanterns hang.  And the surprise?  A wood door for contrast.


 

BEFORE:  Real Estate photos.  

The living room overlooks the terrace and pool area.  Again, very pretty though it seems a bit dated with the peach walls and white trim.



AFTER:  From House Beautiful, photos by Francesco Lagnese

Why does this look so “today” when compared to the BEFORE photograph?  What is different?  Both have chintz fabrics.  Both have curtains.  Yet this looks like a very young family lives here compared to the BEFORE photo which looks so dated.  Why????

I think the white paint makes a HUGE difference bringing the décor up to the 21st century.  It still looks classic, traditional  - but it looks young and fresh and without a doubt beautiful.  So beautiful!!!   So elegant and so chic.

Do you ever ask “what is a good white paint color?” Here is your answer.  Fabulous.   Farrow & Ball’s Wimborne White.

Much of the furniture was reused, but recovered.  Missing pieces were added.  The chintz??  You want it, don’t you!!!???  I do!!!  Colefax & Fowler, of course!

 

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From House Beautiful:  

The green marble mantel remains, original.  Billy Baldwin was rumored to have been the original designer of this house so Foster channeled his aesthetic:  mixing modern with traditional, using slipper chairs for easy conversation, using contemporary art, mixing in antiques and chinoiserie.  Foster even used Baldwin’s upholsterer to redo his vintage pieces she bought.

Another way to make the house more chic for today?  Mix a bright chintz with a bold contemporary piece of art!!  LOVE!

Through the door is the family room/dining room.



From Instagram @erikkvalsvik:  Taken by Erik Kvalsvik. 

Another GORGEOUS photograph by Eric - of the banquette sofa in the corner.

This shows the corner where Foster introduced the green velvet. 

Note:  The green picks up the green marble in the mantel and the colors in the chintz fabric.

Photo from Kevin Asbacher’s web site: 

The only shot of the breezy panels at the windows.  Compare these to what was there before and you will see how Foster got it so right – billowing sheers blowing in the wind, just as you would want at a resort/beach house.  The sofa comes direct from the previous house, updated only with pillows.   And in the back corner – I love the game table.  I’m sure it is put to good use in Palm Beach:  Mah Jong?  Cards?  Backgammon?



BEFORE:  

The previous owners used two round tables in the dining room.  Again, very pretty, but dressy and too peachy!


AFTER:  From Kevin Asbacher’s web site.  

Instead of using this as a dedicated dining room, Foster divided the large room into two:  the family room & dining room.   The furniture was reupholstered with new fabrics. 


  From Kevin Asbacher’s web site:  

The view towards the other side of the room.  Judging from the Real Estate photos, the family are voracious readers and lots of space is needed for books.   The bookcases were added on each side of the room.  Two Billy Baldwin styled slipper chairs flank the sofa.  Dodie Thayer lettuce ware makes a pretty accent color.  On the other side of the sofa is the dining table.

The large rooms are a trademark of Clarence Mack’s here in Regents Park.  I like how Foster divided this room into two uses – it cozies it up a bit and leaves the larger living room to shine on its own.


 

From Foster’s Instagram:  

The dining area of the family/dining room shows a custom Parsons Table – a nod to Billy Baldwin.    You can see the windows line up from one room to the next showing both sides of the property.

 

In House Beautiful – the breakfast room is shown – a nod to the owner’s love of blue, blue and blue.  The wallpaper is China Seas.   The furniture is the Swedish pieces seen in the previous breakfast room, before. 


From Kevin Asbacher’s web site: 

The room leading into the master suite.  A closet?   Not sure.  The Gracie Studio panel has been moved to all three Palm Beach homes.  The console, one of two, is a contemporary nod to Billy Baldwin.  And here, you can see the master bedroom rug.  I wish there were more photos of the beautiful bedroom!!!!


House Beautiful:

The bedroom.  Notice the trim around the headboard.  Foster says the trim is actually three fabrics, rolled, then pleated.  She was taught this by a Frenchman in Palm Beach. 

 


BEFORE:   Real Estate photos

The loggia from the previous owners.



AFTER:   In House Beautiful 

The loggia today, in beautiful blue and white with a matching striped rug. 


And finally, from Kevin Asbacher’s web site. 

What a back yard!   The two front houses in the five house enclave don’t have water frontage which is probably a lot quieter and peaceful.  The foliage is incredible.   Just beautiful!! 

Job well done by both Leta Austin Foster and Kevin Asbacher. 



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Clarence Mack’s personal house is at 500 – on prime property,  at the end of the cul de sac, right on Lake Worth. 

His house was sold a few years ago, and the real estate photos show off a view of the lake:


Clarence Mack’s original home at 500.  Here is how the house looked a few years ago when sold.  The double columns frame the view to Lake Worth.

Another house, at 100 on the corner, has star power.  Tom Murry, the former CEO of Calvin Klein bought the #100 which was decorated all in pink.  I happen to love the way it was decorated  HERE:

All in pink.  Obviously the Calvin Klein ex honcho did not like pink.  They got rid of it all.  But, how pretty this looks!   

What’s interesting is the house 100, shown here, sits opposite 200 – the Leta A. Foster house shown in House Beautiful.  Their floor plans look almost like mirror images of each other.   The foyer, the living and dining rooms are the same in each house.  Even the fireplaces are pairs:


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The fireplace is the same – with a few changes in detail, but the columns and moldings and arches are deliciously the same!


The dining room has hand painted wall paper in more pink!!!  It is now gone.


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The new living room in yellow and peach.  Very pretty too.  Very nice.

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And here, all the pink handpainted wallpaper is long gone.  The house sold.  See more photos of it HERE.


While all five houses are beautiful, Leta A. Foster won the coveted ICAA Award for her client’s renovation.  The house at #300 also won an award, the Robert I. Ballinger.  #300 is owned by Mary Ourisman, a former US Ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean (think Barbados) under President George W. Bush.  Her husband recently passed away.  The house is large at 6,900 sq ft but when the Ambassador bought it – it had flooded through its large skylight during a hurricane and it had never been fixed.   It took two years to renovate #300 and rid it of all the water and wind damage.

While most of the Clarence Mack houses in the complex are similar, #300 is missing a terrace which overlooks the backyard and Lake  Worth.    The yard was a wasteland – with nothing that stopped the eye from the house to the lake.  Worse, the wasteland was huge – the size of a football field.   A terrace became the first “must.”   The Ambassador, Mary, likes to swim, so a 60’ cobalt blue pool was installed in the “wasteland.”  The terrace was built, along with a pediment – an addition that was hard to believe Mack hadn’t built himself.    The pediment was actually copied from another pediment built by Mack in Regents Park. 

Let’s look at the Before & Afters of this beautiful, award winning house:


Before – all before photos are from Real Estate pictures before the Ambassador bought the house.  

Here, deep yellow and white with a balustrade, entablature and columns – all classic architectural details.


AFTER:   The house is now light cream with white trim. Urns were added to the top.    The house is now named Pelican House.  The Ourismans boat is Pelican’s Nest.  


BEFORE:   The Ambassador had to overlook all the ferns to see the bones of the house.  But, here you can see the beautiful oval shaped foyer that is past the entry behind this room.   The arch is actually a mirror to fool the eye. 



Inside, the first foyer with marble floor and custom door.  The interior designer was William Eubanks, a friend and long time collaborator of the Ambassador.


Black and white marble with touches of blue were used in the double foyers and in the kitchen.   Most of Mack’s houses in Regents Park have an inner foyer, as is seen here.

There is a skylight in the inner foyer which adds light to the windowless room.


To the right, the hall leads back to the master suite and the kitchen.   Here, the kitchen is at the back of the house, hidden away.  It’s obvious meals are catered for parties.  Guests don’t gather around while the host whips up dinner – hence the hidden away kitchen. 


The inner foyer – the living areas are off to the left.


BEFORE:   The living room and casual dining area.  Notice the fireplace with the green marble is the same as used before, and is similar to the one in Leta Austin Foster’s house, shown before.


AFTER:  The fireplace was either restored and painted or replaced.  The mirror behind the mantel was removed.  Notice how the classically designed crown molding is so much more visible here, painted in the light beige color.  Instead of a casual eating area, the formal dining room is now past the columns.


The new or restored fireplace.  Love the mantelscape!


William Eubanks and Mary chose the decorative theme of the house: champagne color, rock crystal, and a touch of ocean blue.   Eubanks said that just coincidentally Mary looks best in these colors.  Not sure about looking good in rock crystal, but you can find one of those three elements in every corner of the house.  Above are obelisks of rock crystal, along with sconces of the same, champagne walls, and a hint of blue on the chair cushion.

Rock crystal – I love it.  Nothing is prettier than an chandelier with a few rock crystals hanging from it. 


A Eubanks trademark – Oriental screen and leopard! 


The view into the inner foyer.


BEFORE:  The more casual dining room. 


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AFTER:  The dining room is wrapped in Gracie Studio paper.


More rock crystal.


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Rock crystal, blue and champagne!


BEFORE:  The formal dining room sits off to the side of the house.  Today, this is the library. 



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TODAY:   The dining room is now the library.  The center window was removed to create a wall for the sofa.  Instead of windows, there are now French doors that open to the newly built loggia. 


BEFORE:   At the left of the dining room is the library. 


Mrs. Ourisman’s study takes up the space today.  Again, instead of a window – there is now a French door that opens to the loggia.


Rock crystals hang from the light fixture.


Hidden in the mirror is the TV.


BEFORE:   The Ourisman’s house was missing a covered terrace.  Obviously this was desired and needed to create a shield against the hot sun.   The architects, Kirchoff & Associates, chose to use a Clarence Mack pediment design when adding a covered terrace. 


And here you can see the design cohesiveness the architects created by using the same pediments as seen throughout Regents Park.


Here is the football sized yard, before the restoration. 


And after.  Halfway down the yard,  two lattice style pagodas were added at each side for extra shade and a bit of folly.



Romantic nighttime view.


From the loggia, the view of the pool and the new boat dock.


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Hidden at the sides are two fountains, one is a hot tub.

Photo from Private Newport – HERE for more photos of the beautiful house!


The new loggia is used for eating, watching the sunset (and TV from a hidden set) and sitting by the fireplace.  Notice the lines in the columns.  Hidden are a series of sunshades that come down if the sun gets too bright. 


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The Ourismans built a new boat dock, which,  with its rope hand rails and lanterns, adds much atmosphere.  Benches allow for closeup sunset watching which the late Mr. Ourisman said was the reddest sun he had ever seen.  It does look gorgeous!!



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AND, if you are a fan of the way the Cambridge kids dress, listen up!!!


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Leta Austin Foster has a fabulous shop in Palm Beach where she carries clothes fit for the local royals, and dishes and bedding and lots of other things that you will love!

Go to her Instagram that is loaded with pics from her shop – then call and order from Leta!!

I just wish she had one in Houston!!!


The shop front


And Miss Leta in her trademark straw hat.


SHOP ADDRESS:

64 Via Mizner
Palm Beach, Florida 33480

 561.655.7367


                                                                                                       

I hope you enjoyed reading about Leta Austin Foster today!!!

Be sure to visit both Foster’s web site and her Instagram.

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  2. I used to shop in Leta's shop when we lived in Florida...so full of fun stuff.

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  3. Joni,
    Dying to know: what Instagram account did you stumble upon when you discovered this home? I want to hitch a ride!

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  4. Having grown up in this environment - not ready for this staid, country club look to return. Too much detail and cannot stomach seeing spider back chairs - please do not bring them back for at least another decade. Old grapes dying on the proverbial Palm Beach vine...

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  5. more like sour grapes !! lol the whole point is that Leta made the house look young and new, ageless. I adore it.

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  6. Wm Eubanks decor is a bit more old Palm Beach. I see that, of course, I do really like what he did to the Ambassador's house.

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  7. What a talented designer! I loved just about everything.

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  9. I love all the before/after shots. As you point out, sometimes the furniture and upholstery are nearly the same but the paint color changes everything. All the warm tones seem so dated next to the cooler shades of the afters. Kind of like eyeliner on the bottom lid--everything looks good yet something feels off, dated, but it's hard to pinpoint what it is, exactly, until you see the after shot side by side with the before.
    Leta has a beautiful name! Not very common.

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  10. So pretty, another interesting article, Joni. Love to see all the pictures and agree about the paint. I just changed a yellow shade to a white shade and what an update it did in a Florida home. I was once able to talk my hubby into an overstuffed, large floral sofa (similar to one in Mrs. Ourisman’s study) and I loved it. He was never a big fan. Had to part with it when we moved to a new home and changed the design look. Though I considered it a monumental accomplishment owning a floral sofa once. haha

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  11. Gorgeous interiors and I am so glad that store is nowhere near me. I could get into a lot of trouble!!

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  13. What an amazing home, with a lovely back story too! We got married on Anna Maria Island, and stayed in a similar house (all the family)... lovely experience!

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  14. Hi Joni,
    Even with my magnifying glass I couldn't figure out the three fabric rolled then pleated trim on the headboard in the lovely blue and white bedroom. I'd love to do something like that for a pillow trim. Have you heard of this technique before? Any directions on how to achieve? Would love to try it.
    Will have to pick up House Beautiful and study again. Can you believe it? The stores where I used to pick up House Beautiful have dropped the magazine. It's travel far or get a subscription.
    Have a marvelous holiday Joni and family
    Best to all you readers
    Pat

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