Mad for monograms and a monogram giveaway!

Hello and happy Friday late day to you….kind of glad this week is over. Between my husbands pneomonia, my own root canal and a stomach bug……I am totally ready for a relaxing weekend,? I think I have earned a few glasses of wine or champagne (maybe even a bottle)!

OK, its definitely no secret how very much I love monograms. I mean really love them. I would monogram just about anything? that isn’t nailed down (and often do). I just cannot get enough…..how about you?

So today, I was tickled pink to get a signed copy of Victoria’s new Monogram issue in my mailbox. This magazine is absolutely exquisite and a MUST HAVE for anyone who loves monogram. Filled from front page to back cover of the most fabulous, droolworthy pictures of monograms, on linens, silver, china and stationary…it made me a bit weak at the knees! Seriously…I cannot stop looking at this magnificent collection filled with the most beautiful images. You must get a copy!! You will thank me:)

Best part? Hoffman Media? sent me two extra signed copies!! So I am giving away two issues to two very lucky monogramming loving readers. For those of who need to get a copy for yourself pronto, you can order it by clicking here. It is not to be missed, pure and simple. This is one of those magazines (like my many Southern Accents) that you will just not throw away!

So first a look at some of the wonderful ways monograms are being used today. And details on how to enter the drawing on the bottom…….enjoy!!

?Amazing what? three little letters can do to a bed!
The master “Leontine” of beautiful luxurious monogrammed bedding

?Love my Jack Rogers monogrammed sandals…….in all their many colors.

Aren’t these stunning green shantung silk pillows with their over sized monogram exquisite! Number Four Eleven

?Monogrammed silver flatware? Yes please!

?Don’t you love seeing a beautiful monogram on a chair?

?And how about these darling monogrammed clutches available here

?Love the personalized touch of monogrammed dinner napkins on a nice crisp linen napkin, Mark and Graham

?No one does stationary as beautiful as Alexa Pulitzer’s gorgeous monogrammed versions…….

How about? these darling belts in all their many colors and patterns!! Leta Austin Foster

A gorgeous bed with a single pillow graced with a monogram is the picture of elegance……

?Number Four Eleven monograms absolutely gorgeous pillows and linens!
?I love the idea of gorgeous monogrammed bar ware, such as the ones I sell on my online shop

?Carolyne Roehm? created this gorgeous blue and white setting complete with stunning monogrammed napkins

?LOVE these cookies! Flourpotcookies.com

Another example of how even one statement pillow bearing a monogram gives a “Wow” kind of effect, Number Four Eleven

?As beautiful for a kids room as they are for a master bedroom…monograms are always a great idea!

?Love seeing a beautiful old antique silver item monogrammed…..magnificent!
?Love monograms in fun bright colors too, Liz Caan

?Think the effect of a large scale monogram on a dining chair is so very beautiful, Number Four Eleven

Gorgeous room by Jill Rootes Interiors

?How about a beautiful colorful monogrammed cocktail napkin with this beautiful hemstitch detail?
?Nothing beats cozying up to a beautiful monogrammed blanket…Mark and Graham
?Hey if you can get away with bearing this monogram….go for it!
How adorable are these monogrammed wine stoppers!
Adore this beautiful monogrammed chair, Dixie Delights
And of course Stubbs and Wooton make the ultimate monogrammed? shoe!

?A beautiful monogrammed ice bucket is a great item to own and give as a wonderful gift

?Love the pop of color and dose of happy these beautiful linens give this bathroom

Now if this didn’t get you in the mood for monograms, don’t know what will! Feast your eyes on this? cover of the gorgeous edition of Victorias’ Monogram special edition magazine! Two lucky winners will each receive a signed copy (by Phyllis Hoffman, the media mogul behind this exquisite magazine). How to enter? Easy peasy……
Visit my monogram shop online and come back and tell me a favorite item. That’s it! If you want a second chance leave a comment on The Enchanted Home Facebook page by clicking here.
A winner will be announced on Monday morning……

Thanks for stopping in……hope you saw something here that you loved. Wishing you a wonderful Friday evening and fabulous weekend! Until Monday…..

Mad for monograms and a monogram giveaway!

Hello and happy Friday late day to you….kind of glad this week is over. Between my husbands pneomonia, my own root canal and a stomach bug……I am totally ready for a relaxing weekend,  I think I have earned a few glasses of wine or champagne (maybe even a bottle)!

OK, its definitely no secret how very much I love monograms. I mean really love them. I would monogram just about anything  that isn’t nailed down (and often do). I just cannot get enough…..how about you?

So today, I was tickled pink to get a signed copy of Victoria’s new Monogram issue in my mailbox. This magazine is absolutely exquisite and a MUST HAVE for anyone who loves monogram. Filled from front page to back cover of the most fabulous, droolworthy pictures of monograms, on linens, silver, china and stationary…it made me a bit weak at the knees! Seriously…I cannot stop looking at this magnificent collection filled with the most beautiful images. You must get a copy!! You will thank me:)

Best part? Hoffman Media  sent me two extra signed copies!! So I am giving away two issues to two very lucky monogramming loving readers. For those of who need to get a copy for yourself pronto, you can order it by clicking here. It is not to be missed, pure and simple. This is one of those magazines (like my many Southern Accents) that you will just not throw away!

So first a look at some of the wonderful ways monograms are being used today. And details on how to enter the drawing on the bottom…….enjoy!!

 Amazing what  three little letters can do to a bed!
The master “Leontine” of beautiful luxurious monogrammed bedding

 Love my Jack Rogers monogrammed sandals…….in all their many colors.

Aren’t these stunning green shantung silk pillows with their over sized monogram exquisite! Number Four Eleven

 Monogrammed silver flatware? Yes please!

 Don’t you love seeing a beautiful monogram on a chair?

 And how about these darling monogrammed clutches available here

 Love the personalized touch of monogrammed dinner napkins on a nice crisp linen napkin, Mark and Graham

 No one does stationary as beautiful as Alexa Pulitzer’s gorgeous monogrammed versions…….

How about  these darling belts in all their many colors and patterns!! Leta Austin Foster

A gorgeous bed with a single pillow graced with a monogram is the picture of elegance……

 Number Four Eleven monograms absolutely gorgeous pillows and linens!
 I love the idea of gorgeous monogrammed bar ware, such as the ones I sell on my online shop

 Carolyne Roehm  created this gorgeous blue and white setting complete with stunning monogrammed napkins

 LOVE these cookies! Flourpotcookies.com

Another example of how even one statement pillow bearing a monogram gives a “Wow” kind of effect, Number Four Eleven

 As beautiful for a kids room as they are for a master bedroom…monograms are always a great idea!

 Love seeing a beautiful old antique silver item monogrammed…..magnificent!
 Love monograms in fun bright colors too, Liz Caan

 Think the effect of a large scale monogram on a dining chair is so very beautiful, Number Four Eleven

Gorgeous room by Jill Rootes Interiors

 How about a beautiful colorful monogrammed cocktail napkin with this beautiful hemstitch detail?
 Nothing beats cozying up to a beautiful monogrammed blanket…Mark and Graham
 Hey if you can get away with bearing this monogram….go for it!
How adorable are these monogrammed wine stoppers!
Adore this beautiful monogrammed chair, Dixie Delights
And of course Stubbs and Wooton make the ultimate monogrammed  shoe!

 A beautiful monogrammed ice bucket is a great item to own and give as a wonderful gift

 Love the pop of color and dose of happy these beautiful linens give this bathroom

Now if this didn’t get you in the mood for monograms, don’t know what will! Feast your eyes on this  cover of the gorgeous edition of Victorias’ Monogram special edition magazine! Two lucky winners will each receive a signed copy (by Phyllis Hoffman, the media mogul behind this exquisite magazine). How to enter? Easy peasy……
Visit my monogram shop online and come back and tell me a favorite item. That’s it! If you want a second chance leave a comment on The Enchanted Home Facebook page by clicking here.
A winner will be announced on Monday morning……

Thanks for stopping in……hope you saw something here that you loved. Wishing you a wonderful Friday evening and fabulous weekend! Until Monday…..

Leta Austin Foster….round 2!

Hi there…..and how was your Memorial Day weekend? Ours was not quite what we had planned, soggy weather and 50 degrees kept us from going away the first two days, so we stuck around and had dinner with friends, went on a friends boat, went to a winery and charming east end town when the weather finally cleared so it ended up being a lot of fun…even managed some down time around the house which is always a welcome treat.

Every now and then, a favorite designer of mine warrants a second post on his/her work. Leta, as she is known to me is one such designer. I am a huge huge fan of her timeless classic style, and having had a three hour phone conversation with her……..I can say with authority that beyond her talent,? she is a gem of a person and as kind, witty and full of life as they come. I see she has added some beautiful new rooms to her gorgeous portfolio so thought it was all worth sharing, I am certain you will agree! With offices in New York and Palm Beach, Leta travels all over the U.S. and turns houses into beautiful homes bearing the “Leta touch”.

She is probably one of the designers who most closely matches my own style and tastes, Cathy Kincaid would be another. Leta’s talents are the kind that would allow me to hand over an empty house to her and never look back. She is that good. Check it out and decide for yourself……..

Adore everything about this!

Major swoon!

Love the softness, the fabrics and the way this feels like landing on a cloud…….
Closer up, how pretty is that fabric!

She uses checks brilliantly!

Aren’t her bedrooms dreamy? And what about the window treatments? She is a total master….love her liberal use of blue, the gorgeous wallpapers she has a finesse in choosing and the way her rooms have such a timeless, serene and soothing feeling. Leta, you are one talented dynamo! Have a favorite Leta room? Do tell! Click here to visit and learn more about the uber talented Leta Austin Foster. Wishing everyone a fabulous day…….

Leta Austin Foster….round 2!

Hi there…..and how was your Memorial Day weekend? Ours was not quite what we had planned, soggy weather and 50 degrees kept us from going away the first two days, so we stuck around and had dinner with friends, went on a friends boat, went to a winery and charming east end town when the weather finally cleared so it ended up being a lot of fun…even managed some down time around the house which is always a welcome treat.

Every now and then, a favorite designer of mine warrants a second post on his/her work. Leta, as she is known to me is one such designer. I am a huge huge fan of her timeless classic style, and having had a three hour phone conversation with her……..I can say with authority that beyond her talent,  she is a gem of a person and as kind, witty and full of life as they come. I see she has added some beautiful new rooms to her gorgeous portfolio so thought it was all worth sharing, I am certain you will agree! With offices in New York and Palm Beach, Leta travels all over the U.S. and turns houses into beautiful homes bearing the “Leta touch”.

She is probably one of the designers who most closely matches my own style and tastes, Cathy Kincaid would be another. Leta’s talents are the kind that would allow me to hand over an empty house to her and never look back. She is that good. Check it out and decide for yourself……..

Adore everything about this!

Major swoon!

Love the softness, the fabrics and the way this feels like landing on a cloud…….
Closer up, how pretty is that fabric!

She uses checks brilliantly!

Aren’t her bedrooms dreamy? And what about the window treatments? She is a total master….love her liberal use of blue, the gorgeous wallpapers she has a finesse in choosing and the way her rooms have such a timeless, serene and soothing feeling. Leta, you are one talented dynamo! Have a favorite Leta room? Do tell! Click here to visit and learn more about the uber talented Leta Austin Foster. Wishing everyone a fabulous day…….

Late week musings….and a winner!

Hello everyone. Busy week….can’t believe we are officially in? March, so spring really is not so far away. Cannot wait. Bring on the flowers, pretty soft colors, blue skies and bright green grass! I am ready. How about you? Happy to say goodbye to old man winter? I definitely am, really happy we got that one huge monster of a snowstorm but am perfectly happy to skip into spring now……..lets get started! First things first, was so happy everyone loved the new kids in town, (they are now online click here to visit) the wicker bags are under new additions. I picked a winner and that lucky person is…….

Result:

56?

The silver salt and pepper set would make a lovely addition to my table. Love the handbags and clutches too.
Sam

Please contact me by clicking here…..and congratulations!


Moving on…….on the homefront, I love crystal decanters. Bought one old Baccarat and one Waterford? to add to my growing collection. I have more in storage which I really need to bring out.? Love them…..I have some beautiful silver wine tags I need to find (think still in one of my storage boxes up in the attic) and get busy pouring! A few odds and ends…..

?Say hello to my newest paintings, these are quite old, signed and stunning!! I loooove them. The frames need minor repairs but aren’t these such gorgeous landscapes? (G.Williams)

?Love my new tureen, now on my online shop…..it’s so elegant!!

A few random spaces that I awe of. I? just love love love these rooms each for totally different reasons……..

I need a tackroom like this, antlers, oil paintings and all. Oh wait….first I need some horses:)

This is kind of like the ultimate cool, sophisticated ultra swanky ski house…I want it.

Is this a perfect pool house or what? Sign me up! Love seeing all the green… I need spring!?
?If this were my beach house….I would never ever leave! This is exactly how my future beach house will look (notice I didn’t say if I get one)

?How spectacular is this room? OMG…I can almost feel that warm air coming through those french doors!

?I want to have a intimate dinner party it this room, then kick everyone out kick off my shoes, settle into a cozy worn cracked leather chair, light a fire, pour a glass of bubbly and get into a great book…sound good?

And my blogging friend Teri from La Dolfina saw this at a salvage yard for $6,000. Seriously if it was not sold I would have thrown all my sense of reasoning out the window, jumped on a plane and bought this. It would have been worth reconfiguring my kitchen for. I am in LOOOOOVE with this piece!!

The armless dude on the left would have had to stay behind though……..

My friend Marilyn, author of the blog, Pink Martini and pearls. is the genius “behind” these cookies. Are these not the cutest cookies you have EVER seen? She is soooo talented and is always being commissioned to create? cookie masterpieces for big corporations to university fundraisers. I thought these are possibly the cutest cookies I have ever seen,they are appropriately entitled ” tushie cookies” and were made for her sons fraternity fundraiser! How wildly appropriate! Visit Marilyn here.?

Books. Can you ever have too many? Not in my world.? The new book by Hilary Geary Ross, New York, New York just came out so I got a signed one from my buddy Leta Austin Foster…...yes that talented dynamo who creates the most scrumptious rooms out of NY and Palm Beach.

The book features pictures by society photographer Harry Benson.Well this is a funny story. So she sends me the book and it doubles as a free weight…probably weights a good 10 lbs, it huge and glossy and fabulous and keeps you captivated for a long long time. Somehow it ended up in my powder room.
A friend stops by last week with a very “colorful” and ‘flamboyant” character, her friend who is a designer from NY (visualize) really funny, full of life kind of guy visiting Long Island with her. He asks to use my restroom, meanwhile she and I get busy chatting in the kitchen and its a looooong time before I realize hes still not back. I wonder has he taken it upon himself to take a self guided tour of my home? I politely creep towards the powder room and the doors still closed, hum! I quickly get my can of air freshener at the ready for battle..and he soon finally emerges.

He has a smile on his face telling me he got ‘lost” in the book. What book? Then he shows me…oh that book! Totally forgot its there. He loved it and apologized but he said he couldn’t? put it down, that he knew some of the people featured,etc and that he could not wait to go and buy it….so Hilary if you are reading this, your book delivers even in the powder room!
Its a great book and perfect for anyone who loves reading about the glamorous life, the swanky movers and shakers of the big apple and social doyennes that dominate. Think of this as the love child of New York Social Diary, Vogue and Town and Country. Great coffee table book. Wonderful job Hilary and thanks Leta! Click here if you want to order one for yourself!

Speaking of books, say hello to my new official favorite design book. If I were to put out a glossy coffee table book full of beautiful images, this is what it would look like., this practically could have been authored by me. One luscious page after another, it doesn’t just tease you with the front cover, it delivers from front to back! Any book that opens with a two page picture of chinoiserie, then the next page with a luscious blue velvet sofa and blue and white ginger jars is a major keeper. This is? an absolutely gorgeous book that I highly recommend to anyone who wants to add a winner to their design book collection……best one I have seen in ages!

One more thing on the subject of books. Did you like Olive Kitteridge? I did, and Elizabeth Stout’s new book is coming out mid March. I can’t wait…..sounds like a good one! I preordered it, click here if you want to read about it.


Have you seen this scrumptious new china/dinnerware by Scalamandre? Its a new collaboration with Lenox and its so pretty.? Its a love for me! I think the orange might be my personal fave………

I must end this with the cutest photo session I have ever seen. Entitled “Just let me sleep”….is this melt your heart kind of cute or what!! How did she get the pups to cooperate like this! How can you not smile when looking at these……

?I am dying from the cuteness over these…….just totally made my day and melts my heart! On that precious note, wishing you a wonderful day and a good end to your week!

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Late week musings….and a winner!

Hello everyone. Busy week….can’t believe we are officially in  March, so spring really is not so far away. Cannot wait. Bring on the flowers, pretty soft colors, blue skies and bright green grass! I am ready. How about you? Happy to say goodbye to old man winter? I definitely am, really happy we got that one huge monster of a snowstorm but am perfectly happy to skip into spring now……..lets get started! First things first, was so happy everyone loved the new kids in town, (they are now online click here to visit) the wicker bags are under new additions. I picked a winner and that lucky person is…….

Result:

56 

The silver salt and pepper set would make a lovely addition to my table. Love the handbags and clutches too.
Sam

Please contact me by clicking here…..and congratulations!


Moving on…….on the homefront, I love crystal decanters. Bought one old Baccarat and one Waterford  to add to my growing collection. I have more in storage which I really need to bring out.  Love them…..I have some beautiful silver wine tags I need to find (think still in one of my storage boxes up in the attic) and get busy pouring! A few odds and ends…..

 Say hello to my newest paintings, these are quite old, signed and stunning!! I loooove them. The frames need minor repairs but aren’t these such gorgeous landscapes? (G.Williams)

 Love my new tureen, now on my online shop…..it’s so elegant!!

A few random spaces that I awe of. I  just love love love these rooms each for totally different reasons……..

I need a tackroom like this, antlers, oil paintings and all. Oh wait….first I need some horses:)

This is kind of like the ultimate cool, sophisticated ultra swanky ski house…I want it.

Is this a perfect pool house or what? Sign me up! Love seeing all the green… I need spring! 
 If this were my beach house….I would never ever leave! This is exactly how my future beach house will look (notice I didn’t say if I get one)

 How spectacular is this room? OMG…I can almost feel that warm air coming through those french doors!

 I want to have a intimate dinner party it this room, then kick everyone out kick off my shoes, settle into a cozy worn cracked leather chair, light a fire, pour a glass of bubbly and get into a great book…sound good?

And my blogging friend Teri from La Dolfina saw this at a salvage yard for $6,000. Seriously if it was not sold I would have thrown all my sense of reasoning out the window, jumped on a plane and bought this. It would have been worth reconfiguring my kitchen for. I am in LOOOOOVE with this piece!!

The armless dude on the left would have had to stay behind though……..

My friend Marilyn, author of the blog, Pink Martini and pearls. is the genius “behind” these cookies. Are these not the cutest cookies you have EVER seen? She is soooo talented and is always being commissioned to create  cookie masterpieces for big corporations to university fundraisers. I thought these are possibly the cutest cookies I have ever seen,they are appropriately entitled ” tushie cookies” and were made for her sons fraternity fundraiser! How wildly appropriate! Visit Marilyn here. 

Books. Can you ever have too many? Not in my world.  The new book by Hilary Geary Ross, New York, New York just came out so I got a signed one from my buddy Leta Austin Foster…...yes that talented dynamo who creates the most scrumptious rooms out of NY and Palm Beach.

The book features pictures by society photographer Harry Benson.Well this is a funny story. So she sends me the book and it doubles as a free weight…probably weights a good 10 lbs, it huge and glossy and fabulous and keeps you captivated for a long long time. Somehow it ended up in my powder room.
A friend stops by last week with a very “colorful” and ‘flamboyant” character, her friend who is a designer from NY (visualize) really funny, full of life kind of guy visiting Long Island with her. He asks to use my restroom, meanwhile she and I get busy chatting in the kitchen and its a looooong time before I realize hes still not back. I wonder has he taken it upon himself to take a self guided tour of my home? I politely creep towards the powder room and the doors still closed, hum! I quickly get my can of air freshener at the ready for battle..and he soon finally emerges.

He has a smile on his face telling me he got ‘lost” in the book. What book? Then he shows me…oh that book! Totally forgot its there. He loved it and apologized but he said he couldn’t  put it down, that he knew some of the people featured,etc and that he could not wait to go and buy it….so Hilary if you are reading this, your book delivers even in the powder room!
Its a great book and perfect for anyone who loves reading about the glamorous life, the swanky movers and shakers of the big apple and social doyennes that dominate. Think of this as the love child of New York Social Diary, Vogue and Town and Country. Great coffee table book. Wonderful job Hilary and thanks Leta! Click here if you want to order one for yourself!

Speaking of books, say hello to my new official favorite design book. If I were to put out a glossy coffee table book full of beautiful images, this is what it would look like., this practically could have been authored by me. One luscious page after another, it doesn’t just tease you with the front cover, it delivers from front to back! Any book that opens with a two page picture of chinoiserie, then the next page with a luscious blue velvet sofa and blue and white ginger jars is a major keeper. This is  an absolutely gorgeous book that I highly recommend to anyone who wants to add a winner to their design book collection……best one I have seen in ages!

One more thing on the subject of books. Did you like Olive Kitteridge? I did, and Elizabeth Stout’s new book is coming out mid March. I can’t wait…..sounds like a good one! I preordered it, click here if you want to read about it.


Have you seen this scrumptious new china/dinnerware by Scalamandre? Its a new collaboration with Lenox and its so pretty.  Its a love for me! I think the orange might be my personal fave………

I must end this with the cutest photo session I have ever seen. Entitled “Just let me sleep”….is this melt your heart kind of cute or what!! How did she get the pups to cooperate like this! How can you not smile when looking at these……

 I am dying from the cuteness over these…….just totally made my day and melts my heart! On that precious note, wishing you a wonderful day and a good end to your week!

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INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY WITH A DESIGNER- MEET LETA AUSTIN FOSTER



**Hi, I will have my normal “Things I am loving Thursday” post tomorrow, Friday as well as announce the giveaway winner! **




Good morning! Lots of excitement here today!! Sit down, grab another cup of coffee and be prepared to be wowed! This is a long but “worth every word and picture” kind of post! ?I am so excited about this interview today featuring someone who was referred to in 1988 as “One of the great American designers” by House and Garden, and let me tell you they weren’t kidding! Say hello to…..
?Leta Austin Foster?

It is actually a funny and ironic story as to how this interview came to be. About a year ago I was going through one of my Farrow and Ball books, and noticed a few extraordinary rooms, I then noticed the rooms I was attracted to were by the same designer. I ?made note of the name, Leta Austin Foster and stored it in my memory bank.?Mind you this is WELL before I had a blog or even knew what one was! Fast forward nearly a year later, and as many of you know I interviewed Fairfax and Sammons, the wonderful Architectural firm a few months ago. I got a very large and positive response in both comments and emails as everyone was so excited about their incredible work. I had fun going through the many emails and comments that followed. About five weeks ago I wanted to clean up my email box from old mail so was scanning to see what to keep and what to delete and a wonderfully kind and lengthy email caught my eye…….from Leta Austin Foster? THE Leta Austin Foster whose work I so admired a year ago? Was Leta actually reading my blog? ?I promptly?wrote her and YES it was the same Leta I hoped it was! ?Kathy Sue from Good life of Design once said it and its so true….you just never know who is reading your blog…..I?practically?did a back flip across the room!

This dynamo of a person was beyond gracious, and her talent knows no bounds. One thing led to the next and she graciously agreed to grant me an interview. After spending almost 3 hours on the phone talking to Leta who was in Maine at the time, I felt like I saying goodbye to an old friend. It is very clear to me why she is highly regarded both with her colleagues and her esteemed clientele. I love her energy, savvy insight, incredible knowledge about design and architecture, hearing her regale me with her life experiences….it was all such a wonderful treat. We hope and vowed to meet next time either of us are in the others neck of the woods and I will be sure we do Leta!!


A little background on Leta….

Leta has an incredibly successful business that has stood the test of time for nearly 35 years. She has offices in both New York and Palm Beach and works alongside her very talented daughter Sallie whose work was also featured in the Farrow and Ball book. In addition, all three of her girls inherited the “good taste” gene and have each gone on to their own highly successful design careers. Besides Sallie, there is ?Elizabeth, yes?that?Elizabeth ?as in Elizabeth Dinkel and then there is Eliza who practices out of Florida! Classic traditional is the style that appears to be Leta’s forte but she is well versed in many styles as you will see. I know you will be as excited over her work (if you are not yet already a fan) as I was the first time I laid eyes on her fabulous rooms. Enough talking, lets all drool together over her amazing work….


As if this hasn’t been enough of a treat, Leta is also generously offering a signed copy of
Farrow?and Ball’s book, The Art of Color??

in which many of her fabulous spaces are featured!! To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment here and I will announce the lucky winner on Friday!


And now the interview of this talented dynamo……take note lots of great information and advice here.

How long have you been practicing as an interior designer? I have been in business since 1975. I started off with Colefax and Fowler.



What region do you do most of your work in? Is it all residential or have you worked commercially as well? I have worked all over the United States, coast to coast. I have worked in France and Italy and would love to work in England. I have done a few commercial jobs but would love to design a store!



What is the furthest you have traveled for a job? I have been to San Francisco and San Juan island (off of Washington State) in the U.S. and abroad, I have gone to Europe. I have many repeat customers, those who own 2 or 3 homes and often I have done more than one house for a client.




How would you describe your signature style? I guess most would say I am a traditionalist but I am really happy with anything. If you look at photographs of my work, some is extremely traditional (such as the big Richmond house featured in the Farrow and Ball book) or either of the?two houses in the Fairfax and Sammons Book, American Houses. But some- if you look on our website, you will see them, such as the townhouse in Florida with the China Seas fabric on the loveseat and sofa and the white shutters, is more what I would call contemporary classic. I actually love doing flat-out contemporary which we are doing now in a house in Hobe Sound for a young couple who are much more hip. But I will probably never like just all off white furniture with some modern pieces thrown in= you see so much of that in magazines now, and all these houses look alike.



Do you have a “go to” paint color or palette that is a “sure thing”??I most certainly do. I love blue and in particular love pale powder and Borrowed Light, both Farrow and Ball colors. They have really wonderful colors. I love warm rooms too and think those look best in the city. Gray is one of my all time favorites however!



Where do you find your design inspiration? Oh, from all kinds of things. It can be a fabric, a wallpaper, a painting. I am inspired by the works of Stanford White and Karl Larsson, also through great books. And of course nature, take for example a hibiscus, not necessarily my favorite flower but the colors are so beautiful they might inspire you to wonder how that color might work in a room.



Favorite design book and design icon? Billy Baldwin, to me, the greatest designer of the 20th century. He never compromises and has tremendous talent, he is just amazing as is Nancy Lancaster.

For books, I love the Billy Baldwin books as well as the Alberto Pinto book, they really answer every question you might have.



What is the most timeless color palette to decorate with? Gray! It can be a cool gray or a warm gray, it goes with everything. I have used gray and white with black and white stripes and with yellow and its just so beautiful.



What are two or three accessories that everyone can afford that can add a little panache to their interiors? Flowers for sure, and other wonderful things found in nature ?like leaves and branches. Adding greenery to a room makes it feel so fresh and clean. It is something anyone can do. And pictures, everyone loves looking at pictures of family and friends, from special occasions. If you can’t afford silver frames, get lucite ones which work with anything and when you are able switch them out to silver.



For a novice who cannot afford the services of a designer, what are two things that you would suggest that they do? First thing you absolutely should do, invest in the very best mattress you can afford. If you take care of it and turn it once a month it will last forever! Then to buy the best sofa you can buy, you can upgrade it with a better fabric down the road or change things around by adding a slipcover for the summer.



Do you have a favorite design era or style? If so, what is it?

Yes, I do, late 18th century French. But to do an actual reproduction in decoration would be so costly. A signed Ebeniste furniture is beyond most peoples budgets but you can buy Swedish antiques usually quite reasonably and paint them if if you wish. I love all the fabrics, they are so beautiful but often costly. You can then use French fabrics from sources such as Braquenie (throuhg Pierre Frey) or Christopher Hyland who has large selections of toiles and printed fabrics. A good source for less expensive French prints is Nicole Fabre.



Whats your feeling on the following very popular trends right now, reclaimed wood, chevron in fabrics, gray and starburst mirrors?

I love the wood found in old buildings, they have that glorious patina which is so gorgeous. Love Chevron, its been around since the time of the Egyptians, it is especially wonderful in bold woven fabrics like those with cashmere. You know I love gray and adore starburst mirrors, they are so versatile and I use them often.



What is your opinion on the use of wallpaper? I love wallpaper! I favor the old block prints like those by Zuber et Cie and Farrow and Ball.




Any advice when using wallpaper? Yes, I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a good paper hanger. Actually, that is my basic philosophy; good labor is the most important thing of all. It is so foolish to buy expensive fabrics, or papers and then have poor labor make up the curtains, cover the furniture, hang the coverings on the walls. I can see poor labor across the room especially?with wallpaper.



Do you like the idea of mixing styles and periods or are you more of a purist? Absolutely, if that is what the client wants! A period room is great for a showcase Today’s living is more informal and its about comfort and really living in and enjoying our homes, so that is a priority.



How has interior design evolved from lets say a decade ago? Branding! All these young people want to brand themselves and its just a much more popular way of marketing today. Labor is much more and?



Biggest mistake people make when designing window treatments is…..

When they make a treatment that doesn’t move! In addition to looking pretty, they should have a purpose and be functional.They should work so that you can allow natural light into a room. English decorators like John Fowler always made sure his “worked” and his books demonstrate this well.?



What kinds of things does your firm do to adapt during these economically challenging tough times? We keep some things simple like using plain linens on upholstered furniture and allowing the pillows or accessories to change things up. We use “workhorse’ fabrics, those that will stand the test of time. We also change things around by making slipcovers so that you can change the look by season without having to change out the furniture.



What do you think of Million Dollar Decorators? If it applies, do you have a favorite character? I haven’t seen it yet, but keep hearing so much about it. I really want to watch it next season.



Whats your favorite room in a house to design? Definitely the bedroom!



Who?would be your dream client? Dream location? I am so lucky, I already have several dream clients! Ones I love so much that I get excited when I wake up on the days that I am going to see them. For some of my clients, I am on house number 3 or 4 and for one, I have done 9!!! These are people who understand me and whom I understand. I guess if I could have anything in the world, I would have one of them buy a house in Paris and let me do it- or a country house in Italy or England, or really anywhere they want to be!





Thank you Leta! ?Click here to visit her website and see more of her exquisite work as well as visit her store chock full of goodies hand selected by this incredible style maven.And thank you all for stopping by, hope you enjoyed this interview. To be eligible for this giveaway all you need to do is leave a comment here telling me which room you liked or what you liked about the interview! The winner will be announced on Friday. Good luck and hope you have a wonderful day.




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INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY WITH A DESIGNER- MEET LETA AUSTIN FOSTER



**Hi, I will have my normal “Things I am loving Thursday” post tomorrow, Friday as well as announce the giveaway winner! **




Good morning! Lots of excitement here today!! Sit down, grab another cup of coffee and be prepared to be wowed! This is a long but “worth every word and picture” kind of post!  I am so excited about this interview today featuring someone who was referred to in 1988 as “One of the great American designers” by House and Garden, and let me tell you they weren’t kidding! Say hello to…..
 Leta Austin Foster 

It is actually a funny and ironic story as to how this interview came to be. About a year ago I was going through one of my Farrow and Ball books, and noticed a few extraordinary rooms, I then noticed the rooms I was attracted to were by the same designer. I  made note of the name, Leta Austin Foster and stored it in my memory bank. Mind you this is WELL before I had a blog or even knew what one was! Fast forward nearly a year later, and as many of you know I interviewed Fairfax and Sammons, the wonderful Architectural firm a few months ago. I got a very large and positive response in both comments and emails as everyone was so excited about their incredible work. I had fun going through the many emails and comments that followed. About five weeks ago I wanted to clean up my email box from old mail so was scanning to see what to keep and what to delete and a wonderfully kind and lengthy email caught my eye…….from Leta Austin Foster? THE Leta Austin Foster whose work I so admired a year ago? Was Leta actually reading my blog?  I promptly wrote her and YES it was the same Leta I hoped it was!  Kathy Sue from Good life of Design once said it and its so true….you just never know who is reading your blog…..I practically did a back flip across the room!

This dynamo of a person was beyond gracious, and her talent knows no bounds. One thing led to the next and she graciously agreed to grant me an interview. After spending almost 3 hours on the phone talking to Leta who was in Maine at the time, I felt like I saying goodbye to an old friend. It is very clear to me why she is highly regarded both with her colleagues and her esteemed clientele. I love her energy, savvy insight, incredible knowledge about design and architecture, hearing her regale me with her life experiences….it was all such a wonderful treat. We hope and vowed to meet next time either of us are in the others neck of the woods and I will be sure we do Leta!!


A little background on Leta….

Leta has an incredibly successful business that has stood the test of time for nearly 35 years. She has offices in both New York and Palm Beach and works alongside her very talented daughter Sallie whose work was also featured in the Farrow and Ball book. In addition, all three of her girls inherited the “good taste” gene and have each gone on to their own highly successful design careers. Besides Sallie, there is  Elizabeth, yes that Elizabeth  as in Elizabeth Dinkel and then there is Eliza who practices out of Florida! Classic traditional is the style that appears to be Leta’s forte but she is well versed in many styles as you will see. I know you will be as excited over her work (if you are not yet already a fan) as I was the first time I laid eyes on her fabulous rooms. Enough talking, lets all drool together over her amazing work….

As if this hasn’t been enough of a treat, Leta is also generously offering a signed copy of
Farrow and Ball’s book, The Art of Color  

in which many of her fabulous spaces are featured!! To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment here and I will announce the lucky winner on Friday!


And now the interview of this talented dynamo……take note lots of great information and advice here.

How long have you been practicing as an interior designer? I have been in business since 1975. I started off with Colefax and Fowler.

What region do you do most of your work in? Is it all residential or have you worked commercially as well? I have worked all over the United States, coast to coast. I have worked in France and Italy and would love to work in England. I have done a few commercial jobs but would love to design a store!

What is the furthest you have traveled for a job? I have been to San Francisco and San Juan island (off of Washington State) in the U.S. and abroad, I have gone to Europe. I have many repeat customers, those who own 2 or 3 homes and often I have done more than one house for a client.

How would you describe your signature style? I guess most would say I am a traditionalist but I am really happy with anything. If you look at photographs of my work, some is extremely traditional (such as the big Richmond house featured in the Farrow and Ball book) or either of the two houses in the Fairfax and Sammons Book, American Houses. But some- if you look on our website, you will see them, such as the townhouse in Florida with the China Seas fabric on the loveseat and sofa and the white shutters, is more what I would call contemporary classic. I actually love doing flat-out contemporary which we are doing now in a house in Hobe Sound for a young couple who are much more hip. But I will probably never like just all off white furniture with some modern pieces thrown in= you see so much of that in magazines now, and all these houses look alike.

Do you have a “go to” paint color or palette that is a “sure thing”? I most certainly do. I love blue and in particular love pale powder and Borrowed Light, both Farrow and Ball colors. They have really wonderful colors. I love warm rooms too and think those look best in the city. Gray is one of my all time favorites however!

Where do you find your design inspiration? Oh, from all kinds of things. It can be a fabric, a wallpaper, a painting. I am inspired by the works of Stanford White and Karl Larsson, also through great books. And of course nature, take for example a hibiscus, not necessarily my favorite flower but the colors are so beautiful they might inspire you to wonder how that color might work in a room.

Favorite design book and design icon? Billy Baldwin, to me, the greatest designer of the 20th century. He never compromises and has tremendous talent, he is just amazing as is Nancy Lancaster.
For books, I love the Billy Baldwin books as well as the Alberto Pinto book, they really answer every question you might have.

What is the most timeless color palette to decorate with? Gray! It can be a cool gray or a warm gray, it goes with everything. I have used gray and white with black and white stripes and with yellow and its just so beautiful.

What are two or three accessories that everyone can afford that can add a little panache to their interiors? Flowers for sure, and other wonderful things found in nature  like leaves and branches. Adding greenery to a room makes it feel so fresh and clean. It is something anyone can do. And pictures, everyone loves looking at pictures of family and friends, from special occasions. If you can’t afford silver frames, get lucite ones which work with anything and when you are able switch them out to silver.

For a novice who cannot afford the services of a designer, what are two things that you would suggest that they do? First thing you absolutely should do, invest in the very best mattress you can afford. If you take care of it and turn it once a month it will last forever! Then to buy the best sofa you can buy, you can upgrade it with a better fabric down the road or change things around by adding a slipcover for the summer.

Do you have a favorite design era or style? If so, what is it?
Yes, I do, late 18th century French. But to do an actual reproduction in decoration would be so costly. A signed Ebeniste furniture is beyond most peoples budgets but you can buy Swedish antiques usually quite reasonably and paint them if if you wish. I love all the fabrics, they are so beautiful but often costly. You can then use French fabrics from sources such as Braquenie (throuhg Pierre Frey) or Christopher Hyland who has large selections of toiles and printed fabrics. A good source for less expensive French prints is Nicole Fabre.

Whats your feeling on the following very popular trends right now, reclaimed wood, chevron in fabrics, gray and starburst mirrors?
I love the wood found in old buildings, they have that glorious patina which is so gorgeous. Love Chevron, its been around since the time of the Egyptians, it is especially wonderful in bold woven fabrics like those with cashmere. You know I love gray and adore starburst mirrors, they are so versatile and I use them often.

What is your opinion on the use of wallpaper? I love wallpaper! I favor the old block prints like those by Zuber et Cie and Farrow and Ball.

Any advice when using wallpaper? Yes, I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a good paper hanger. Actually, that is my basic philosophy; good labor is the most important thing of all. It is so foolish to buy expensive fabrics, or papers and then have poor labor make up the curtains, cover the furniture, hang the coverings on the walls. I can see poor labor across the room especially with wallpaper.

Do you like the idea of mixing styles and periods or are you more of a purist? Absolutely, if that is what the client wants! A period room is great for a showcase Today’s living is more informal and its about comfort and really living in and enjoying our homes, so that is a priority.

How has interior design evolved from lets say a decade ago? Branding! All these young people want to brand themselves and its just a much more popular way of marketing today. Labor is much more and 

Biggest mistake people make when designing window treatments is…..
When they make a treatment that doesn’t move! In addition to looking pretty, they should have a purpose and be functional.They should work so that you can allow natural light into a room. English decorators like John Fowler always made sure his “worked” and his books demonstrate this well. 

What kinds of things does your firm do to adapt during these economically challenging tough times? We keep some things simple like using plain linens on upholstered furniture and allowing the pillows or accessories to change things up. We use “workhorse’ fabrics, those that will stand the test of time. We also change things around by making slipcovers so that you can change the look by season without having to change out the furniture.

What do you think of Million Dollar Decorators? If it applies, do you have a favorite character? I haven’t seen it yet, but keep hearing so much about it. I really want to watch it next season.

Whats your favorite room in a house to design? Definitely the bedroom!

Who would be your dream client? Dream location? I am so lucky, I already have several dream clients! Ones I love so much that I get excited when I wake up on the days that I am going to see them. For some of my clients, I am on house number 3 or 4 and for one, I have done 9!!! These are people who understand me and whom I understand. I guess if I could have anything in the world, I would have one of them buy a house in Paris and let me do it- or a country house in Italy or England, or really anywhere they want to be!


Thank you Leta!  Click here to visit her website and see more of her exquisite work as well as visit her store chock full of goodies hand selected by this incredible style maven.And thank you all for stopping by, hope you enjoyed this interview. To be eligible for this giveaway all you need to do is leave a comment here telling me which room you liked or what you liked about the interview! The winner will be announced on Friday. Good luck and hope you have a wonderful day.

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