Leta Austin Foster
Leta Austin Foster founded her interior design firm over forty years ago. Guided by years of experience and an exceptional range of styles, she has always followed her mantra to “never do the same job twice.” Her company has become one of the well established design firms of the East coast, with a range of clients and project locations. She has worked on jobs from contemporary to traditional, from a sleek Manhattan townhouse to a 19th century mansion in Northern California to a colonial, Bahamian island house on the beach in Florida, working always to keep design schemes grounded within their environments and in tune with the client’s vision.
Leta has established herself as a leading talent in the interior design world and has been lauded by House and Garden as one of America’s Greatest Interior Decorators and by House Beautiful as one of America’s most trailblazing designers. She has contributed design advice to Elle Décor, Traditional Home, Veranda and House Beautiful. Her work has been published in several books and all major design magazines and was commemorated in the book, “Traditional Interiors: Leta Austin Foster, India Foster and Sallie Giordano,” by Brian Coleman (Gibbs-Smith, 2015).
Leta has participated in the Kips Bay, the Rogers Memorial in Southampton and the Red Cross in Palm Beach show houses. Leta was asked to be the inaugural speaker of the Polly Jessup Design Series, an annual design lecture series at the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. In May, 2017, Leta received an honorary doctorate from the New York School of Interior Design. Leta has been awarded the Addison Mizner Award for Interior Design from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art; the award was received in February, 2018.
India is the youngest in the firm. She has a Baccalaureate from Franklin University Switzerland in Modern European Literature and Modern History. She began her design career at Tedrick & Bennett in San Francisco and joined the Palm Beach office of Leta Austin Foster in 2006. Her work comprises a range of modern and traditional projects, all with an unmistakable fresh, comfortable atmosphere. Whether the project is historic renovation or contemporary new construction, her work adheres to sustainable and ethical practices. She has collaborated with architects, artists, builders and artisans on unique projects across the country and maintains longstanding partnerships with her clients. Her work has been published in Traditional Home, Verandah and Elle Decor and Traditional Interiors: Leta Austin Foster, Sallie Giordano and India Foster.