Leta Austin Foster Creates Thai-Inspired Study for Kips Bay Palm Beach

Palm Beach local interior designer Leta Austin Foster of the firm Leta Austin Foster & Associates brought a beautiful mix of Asian influences to the “Tropical Study” room of the 2020 Palm Beach Kips Bay Decorator Show House.

The space, full of bold blues and wonderful textures, was created as a tribute to Jim Thompson, a luxury texiler and American businessman and Thai silk industry connoisseur who disappeared in Asia in the 1960s.

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“We hope Jim Thompson would approve of the room we designed for Kips Bay Show House Palm Beach,” the designer shared on Instagram.

Photo via Leta Austin Foster Instagram

“Inspired by the ‘Thai Silk King’, Jim Thompson, known for bringing Thai Silks to the mainstream fabric industry, and then mysteriously vanishing in the late 1950s. A museum holds a collection of his Asian art and his legacy in Bangkok, Thailand. The room is intended to feel like a private loft or study inside a luxurious bungalow on an island.”

Throughout the space, guests can find an eclectic mix of art pieces, accessories, and posed toys that look like they were collected over a lifetime of travels.

“China Seas ‘Nairobi’ wallpaper by Quadrille in a custom colorway covers the walls with whimsy,” added a Kips Bay press release about the room. “Wood blinds by The Shade Store, decorative Asian elements, Chinese porcelain, and a collection of books fill the space, showcasing the dwelling of an eccentric, yet sophisticated seasoned traveler.”

Additionally, the space features several pieces by Pretty Fabulous Rooms, Bennison Fabrics, Fortuny, and more luxury vendors and artists.

Click here to view more photos from the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach 2020.

The Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach, located at 260 Palmetto Lane, will be open now through March 1, 2020. General admission tickets are available for purchase on the event’s website or at the door. All of the proceeds earned from ticket sales will go to fund the work of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.

Stay tuned for more news from this season’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House, coming soon to House Tipster Industry.

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