Sister Parish, the grande dame of American interior decorating, was a young Depression-era mother when she embarked on her career. She had no formal training in design, and yet she went on to reimagine the rooms of the White House with Jacqueline Kennedy after her husband became president.
Mrs. Parish exalted luxury, yet the interiors she and her business partner Albert Hadley created for the homes of Brooke Astor, Bunny Mellon and Oscar de la Renta had a comfortable, lived-in feel. Rooted in traditional American decorative arts, she was the first to mix and match furnishings from different eras, styles and price points.
A fan of chintz and ticking stripes, she treasured collections and used vibrant colors in her decorative schemes; she painted floors, layered textiles and put great emphasis in selecting furniture that would give a house a sense of permanence. She worked well into her 80s and died in 1994.
Sister Parish Design, a line that her mother, Susan Bartlett Crater, introduced nearly 20 years ago and which focuses on recreated fabric and wallpaper patterns from the archives of Mrs. Parish and Mr. Hadley. (Ms. Crater’s mother is Apple Bartlett, Sister Parish’s now 88-year-old daughter.)
Montage Antiques in Millerton, N.Y. until Nov. 28. The pop-up is tented in the holiday version of the Parish Dolly fabric, a rose pattern that was in Caroline
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