Erik Kvalsvik’s Palm Beach Photography

I first heard Erik Kvalsvik‘s name when he shot Barry Dixon’s second book, Barry Dixon Inspiration (which now graces my coffee table) in 2011. Then I saw more of of his amazing work when he shot a book for Fortuny (whose New York showroom Barry designed) in 2012. He’s also shot portfolio photography for many of DC’s finest designers.

Erik doesn’t slow down much. This month, he’s got a new book out as the photographer Palm Beach (and New York) designer Leta Austin Foster, called Traditional Interiors.


Great timing, since we’re heading right into the cold weather—high season for South Florida.


This photo was taken at Hobe Sound, north of Palm Beach, which is near Stuart—where I first started my career as a reporter for the Stuart News.

I had lunch with Erik last week, and he told me about his experiences shooting Foster’s interiors, both in Florida and, in a couple cases, up here in Virginia. He was kind enough to share his thoughts about some of his favorite pictures from the book.

As for the photo above, he told me that though most of the book was shot around Palm Beach, this one gave him the only opportunity to include palm trees and the ocean in the shot. Erik also admires the sculptured plaster chandelier and sconces by Thomas Messel, which look like coral.

This dining room is in the same home as the living room above.

This dining room is in the same home as the living room above.

Erik also likes this dining room, which has a similar feel:



Now it’s on to another formal living room, but I was especially drawn to a puzzle area nearby:





The next couple photos were taken in a “very dark” apartment in an oceanfront building, Erik says — favorites of his because they look naturally lit, and because it’s more in keeping with his personal style:







I got to look through the book myself, and now it’s my turn—the following pages are my own favorites, as Foster’s design and Erik’s fine photography prove that, without a doubt, “traditional” can be TOTALLY cool:











  1. Thanks for a beautiful post Jennifer. Can’t say enough superlatives about the book – a must for every designer’s library!