The inaugural year of the Polly Jessup Design Series will feature Leta Austin Foster as the first distinguished lecturer on interior design in Palm Beach. Foster began her interior design firm, Leta Austin Foster & Associates, Inc. in Palm Beach over forty years ago. Her work in Palm Beach has been inspired by past great designers such as Billy Baldwin and Polly Jessup. The lecture will showcase her designs for a home in the Regents Park Historic District originally decorated by Baldwin in the 1960s.
Leta began her interior design firm with several key principles that she has kept in mind on every project. Each design is inspired by the architecture, location and clients and keeps with the mantra of “never do the same job twice.” Foster has been chosen by House & 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. In May, 2017, Leta received an honorary doctorate from the New York School of Interior Design. She plans to work until the day she dies.