Miami interior designer Leta Austin Foster established Leta Austin Foster and Associates more than thirty years ago with two objectives in mind. The first being that one job should never look like another, and the second being that attention to detail should be her trademark. In order to guarantee her first objective she insists that every design project begins with the client’s vision. The ideas of the client engender a working collaboration, so that the finished product is a distinct reflection of themselves rather than a mere showcase. Such a process has lead her into some unexpected directions, such as reconstructing a baroque Italian villa, complete with grotto, on an empty Texas hillside. Her touch for modern, traditional, French and English decors is evident throughout her designs. Take a look below at her tropical bedroom design from the 2011 DCOTA Designer Show House and what she had to say about the project!
“Our movie was ‘Some Like It Hot’. We were not actually trying to do a room based on that movie, (Most of it took place in a Pullman train Car) but rather the feeling of Miami back before the days of high rises and air conditioning. Thus the filmy white curtains and the ‘woven raffia’ looking design style in the fabric and the wallpaper (petite zigzag) from China seas. We used lots of vintage rattan and an iron bed with cool white linens. The prints on the walls are 1940’s grant wood lithographs from the series A Day on the Farm. Their orange backgrounds made great juxtaposition to all the blues in the room.”