Thursday, June 25, 2015

LE BOUDOIR SHAM

According to the Dictionary, the French word boudoir translates to mean  "sulking place" or "pouting room".  It is a lady's inner sanctum, her girl-cave, if you will.  Most often it is a space of soft colors, soothing fabrics and millions of pillows (which their significant others complain about profusely).  However, for those of us who love pillows, there are pillows of every size and shape to fulfill our pillow addiction.

The Boudoir Pillow is a small, usually 12" x 16" pillow filled with feathers, down or polyester fibers.




It is small enough to prop under that crook in your neck, or elevate your knees every so slightly. You can place it between your knees to alleviate hip pain or just squish it in your arms like a cherished pet.  Of course you will need to clothe your fluffy friend in a beautiful sham so it will compliment all the other linens adorning your bed.

There are so many styles of  Boudoir Sham to choose from that you may need to invest in a couple of different ones. You may want it to match your linens or you may want it to be an accent piece.

Some of the plethora of boudoir shams we carry in the Boutique are printed like these 
by D. Porthault of Paris.




Some shams are embroidered by machine,




and some are hand-embroidered.




They can be appliquéd,




or monogrammed.





Whatever your style, we can find a Boudoir sham (or two) for you in our cabinets which are stuffed with sham-filled baskets or we can help you to design your own unique cover and a sheet set to keep it company, naturalment !!


XOXOXOX
LETA



Monday, June 15, 2015

RED, WHITE AND TRUE BLUE

We are approaching another 4th of July, so it's time to get uber patriotic and don your red, white and blues.  Here in the Boutique, we have dressed our windows for the celebration and made sure we have lots of adorable holiday outfits on hand for your little ones.

We had Baroni copy a vintage dress in crisp, white piqué with scalloped collar and cuff and little ladybug smocking. Perfect for a lawn party or picnic.



If you toddler is a little more rambunctious, you might prefer this red gingham check shorts set which allows for a bit more rough and tumble.




If you'll be down at the shore, don't forget these water shoes by Archimede. Little toes will thank you as they wade past all those nasty sharp seashells and pebbles.




A super cute Navy and White cotton knit hoodie is just what's needed for a late afternoon at the beach.




And how perfect are these trunks.....red,white and navy stripes by Baby CZ will be a hit at the pool or the beach !  Little Cienta canvas sneakies are perfect for surf or turf.



What could be better than drying off with a sailboat embroidered towel ?



Red, white and blue always lend themselves to nautical attire. Anchor sweater can be ordered in sizes from infant to 6 years. You choose the color combo, but we love Navy on Red.



Better buckle up.....anyone can wear this monogrammed belt (His or Her Royal Highness) but you can also order with your own initials.




One of our very favorite sweaters from Patricia Roberts of London, this cotton sailboat cardie is waiting for just the right Yankee Doodle Baby to show it off. It can also be ordered in a multitude of colors.




Don't neglect your tootsies on the 4th ! The perfect shoe will complete the outfit whether it's for play or party-going.




If you are lucky enough to have a 6-12 year old, there are lots of adorable tops, shorts and skirts that are on sale and perfect for July 4th. Sadly, we won't be stocking the bigger sizes next year, so this is your chance to get a super deal !!




When it's time for nighty-night, why not pad off to bed in style. Rachel Riley's classic English slippers are the icing for a custom-made tailored robe from Baroni and a crisp, white pair of red-piped pj's from France.




Now that Dick and Jane are all set, don't forget your own 4th of July needs. Did you remember to get invites to your fireworks gala ?




All set with glassware....




and paper cocktails or guest towels ?




If you have hit the road and headed north for the 4th, give us a call (561)655-7367 and we will be happy to mail you a care package in time for America's Birthday !!


XOXOXO
LETA

Friday, June 12, 2015

GUSTAV MAAS HOME


 I WAS VERY PLEASED TO SEE A BLOG POST ON A HOUSE FOR SALE, SINCE IT HAPPENED TO BE ONE WHICH I HAD DECORATED (AND FOR A CLIENT WHO HAS ALREADY HIRED ME TO DO THE NEXT HOUSE).  
I LOVE THIS HOUSE, A BEAUTIFUL FEDERAL STYLE DESIGNED ORIGINALLY BY ONE OF PALM BEACH PREMIER ARCHITECTS, GUSTAVE MAAS, AND IT IS ALL DECORATED IN SOFT PASTEL COLOURS WITH BRIGHT ACCENTS SHOWING OFF A LOVELY COLLECTION OF ANTIQUES.

 I HOPE THAT THE PERSON WHO BUYS IT WILL LOVE IT AS MUCH AS I, BUT REGARDLESS, I WANT IT TO BE SEEN, SO I AM REPRINTING IT BELOW.  SOME OF THE PICTURES FROM THIS HOUSE WILL BE IN THE BOOK TRADITIONAL INTERIORS, LETA AUSTIN FOSTER, SALLIE GIORDANO, INDIA FOSTER, IN BOOKSTORES ON THE FIRST OF SEPTEMBER AND AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDERING AT BOTH AMAZON.COM AND BORDERS AND BARNES AND NOBEL. 

IN CASE YOU SUDDENLY FEEL THE NEED FOR A NEW HOUSE IN PALM BEACH, IT'S FOR SALE THROUGH SOTHEBY'S, PALM BEACH, LISTING BROKER, RIDGELY FOSTER, MY HUSBAND.  WELL, OF COURSE.

Taken from www.theglampad.com, full link below.
The Glam Pad

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015

PALM BEACH PERFECTION ON PENDLETON

My favorite thing about living in Miami is that it is so close to Palm Beach, and one
of these days we would love to have a little weekend home there. In the meantime,
I stalk the MLS. My latest find is this British Colonial style home built in 1931 by
society architect Gustav Maas.













This charming home is located in-town on charming Pendleton Avenue
and features 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, and 4,462 square feet renovated and
decorated to perfection. You can read more about it here.

UPDATE: I was thrilled to learn that this home was decorated by none
other than the renowned Palm Beach decorator, Leta Austin Foster. You
can see the magazine quality shots over at The Foo Dog Blog.

    http://www.theglampad.com/2015/05/palm-beach-perfection-on-pendleton.html

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015


    PALM BEACH SANDALS

    Summer is here.....90 degree days, bathing suits, frozen custards and your favorite Palm Beach Sandals.





    We have lots of colors in our shop and a whole ring of leather colors to choose from so you can design your own !




    These sandals have been a Palm Beach staple for over 50 years. Originally these were designed and made by Eva and Benny Bonanno, cobblers who worked for Luigi Pucillo the owner of a shoe repair shop on the Island, for none other than Jackie Kennedy !  Jackie had purchased a similar pair on a trip to Capri and wanted a few new pairs made while here in Palm Beach.  A few well-published photographs later and everyone wanted the "Luigi" sandals that Jackie was wearing.





    In 1963 Eva and Benny Bonanno opened their own shoe repair on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. They continued to make the "Luigi's" which eventually became known as "Bonanno's" after their son, Stephen, took over the business in 1980 and had his name stamped on the footbed of the sandals.






    Currently the company , now under the name "Palm Beach Sandal Company", is owned by Stephen Bonanno's ex-wife who, as part of her divorce settlement, was given the original Bonanno factory, machines and original patterns and dyes.




    Here at the Boutique, we have stock of some Bonanno sandals, Palm Beach Sandals (which is the company we currently order from) and, just to further confuse you, Jack Rogers Sandals.




    Jack Rogers is a Miami-based company that capitalized on the "Luigi" frenzy by producing their own version of the classic Palm Beach sandal. Jack really helped to spread the popularity of the style throughout the country and was a whiz at marketing. Today, many people refer to these sandals as "Jack Rogers" despite the fact that he is not the original creator of the style. We carry stock of Jack's for these (uninformed) customers, but once we educate them, we usually have an immediate convert because Jack Rogers are not all leather, are painted rather than dyed and , despite the USA stamped on the footbed, are NOT made in the United States.

    Palm Beachers so love their Palm Beach Sandals that the Boutique painted a picture of one and had our inimitable embroidery house stitch them in various colors onto simple white linen hemstitch towels. They were a big hit !!!!



    So check out your closet and decide what is the best color for you and give us a ring, an
    e-mail or a snail-mail and let us help you "get your sandal on" !!  Your tootsies will thank you.

    XOXOXOX
    LETA


    Sunday, May 24, 2015

    OUR BOOK IS HERE ! !






    Finally, the long awaited and much anticipated book "Traditional Interiors" is available for pre-order at Amazon.com. This is an exciting moment for us and for all of you that were anxious to see more of our work. After our wonderful inclusion in Farrow and Ball's book, "The Art of Colour", we were invited to showcase more of our Design jobs in an exclusive tome.






    This book is written by the same talented author that penned "The Art of Colour", 
    Brian D. Coleman. His love of historic architecture and decor is evident in his detailed descriptions of my treasured works. 




    This time, famed interiors photographer, Erik Kvalsvik, has teamed with him to capture the beauty of the fabrics, the wall coverings and all the design details that come together to create wonderful, comforting and timeless homes for our clients.




    Come November, ( Monday, November 30th at 2:30 to be exact ) I will be giving a Lecture and Book signing at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach. I'm so looking forward to this and I would love you to come.


    XOXOXOX,
    LETA