Ten years after purchasing their second home in Durango, Colorado, a Texas couple stumbled upon a historic home nearby surrounded by seven creekside acres. The gardens were overgrown and some of the fruit trees withering, but the bones remained beautiful. The couple vowed to restore the grounds and elevate the existing structures including a stone cottage, a 1930s log cabin, and several outbuildings. San Antonio architect Don B. McDonald oversaw renovations and an addition, and Palm Beach designers Leta Austin Foster and India Foster transformed the interiors. Leta had decorated their Texas residence several decades ago.
“The wife was clear that she wanted rooms to be light and bright, with no dark walls and nothing too Western-y,” Leta told Flower magazine. “They love traveling in Germany and Austria, and that guided us in a Tyrolean, alpine chalet–like direction,” she says. Leta painted the woodwork in every room Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore, and the design team mixed sophisticated floral prints with neutral fabrics and pops of red throughout. Almost all of the furniture was designed by Leta’s firm to be elegant yet comfortable, and bedroom walls were upholstered to create a cozy haven after days spent skiing, hiking, or working in the orchards and garden.
To read more, please visit Flower magazine. You can see more of Leta Austin Foster’s work, as featured by The Glam Pad, by clicking the links below… I also highly recommend her book Traditional Interiors.
- LETA AUSTIN FOSTER’S PRETTY FABULOUS ROOMS
- PALM BEACH REGENCY – AN EXCLUSIVE HOME TOUR WITH LETA AUSTIN FOSTER
- AN EXCLUSIVE HOME TOUR WITH LETA AUSTIN FOSTER
- LETA AUSTIN FOSTER’S 10 TIPS FOR TIMELESS INTERIORS
- A FLORIDA CLASSIC BY LETA AUSTIN FOSTER
- CLASSIC FLORIDA STYLE BY LETA AUSTIN FOSTER
- LETA AUSTIN FOSTER DESIGNS A 1930S OCEANFRONT MASTERPIECE
- LETA AUSTIN FOSTER REVITALIZES VIRGINIA’S HISTORIC MILBURNE
- TRADITIONAL INTERIORS BY LETA AUSTIN FOSTER
- PALM BEACH PERFECTION ON PENDLETON
- STYLE PROFILE: SALLIE GIORDANO (Leta’s daughter)