Sister Parish

by Laura Casey Interiors on June 17, 2010

The entire Sister Parish lineage has long been inspiring to me. Albert Hadley and Bunny Williams, who i have written about many times, and Terry Sullivan, for whom I worked in design school. In Vogue’s May 2010 issue I was happy to see a nod to her.

While working on schemes this week for a green and white bedroom I was reminded of Ramey Caulkin’s fun green and white bedroom that used many of Sister Parish’s fabrics.

Her granddaughter and protege, Susan Bartlett Crater and Libby Cameron have successfully kept Sister Parish’s prints in demand by opening Sister Parish Design.

They also wrote a tribute to her, which I consider to be required reading.

Sister Parish was able to remain timeless in her designs. I have always loved the Master Bedroom at the White House that she designed for President and Mrs. Kennedy. It still looks current.

I discovered an interesting fact while reading (please don’t tell anyone) Wikipedia – Sister Parish and Dorothy Draper were cousins!

Sister Parish- I can never get enough.

Photos Credits: via Sara Gilband, Vogue May 2010, via The Peak of Chic, Ramey Caulkins (Coastal Living July 2009), Sister Parish Design, via Design Public

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 pve June 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm

layering patterns of one color, now why did I not think of that? so striking, yet so simple! :)

2 Maryruth June 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm

The Hint of Fall colors are bright and beautiful.
I like these season colors with a hint of coolness in the air.

3 style chronicle June 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Love, love, love her too. I am even more obsessed with Hadley! Great post!!

4 Karen June 18, 2010 at 2:14 am

That first image is one of the most beautiful rooms ever!!

Art by Karena

5 LLH Designs June 18, 2010 at 7:21 am

I love the quote at the top. I’ve never heard it and honestly didn’t know who Sister Parish was until recently, but that quote is how I decorate my home. Instinct has served me well in creating a very personal, very “me” kind of home. Now I wish my instinct would lead me to the right table soon so we aren’t eating on the floor for too long! ;)

Happy Friday!

6 pam June 18, 2010 at 8:46 am

Wonderful post for a Friday morning! Sister Parish, I think, practically invented cozy! Have a blessed day!!

7 Jessie June 18, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Seriously interesting fun fact!

8 Vicki Archer June 19, 2010 at 2:28 am

Neither can I ….love this post. Sister Parish had such a wonderful and natural eye. xv

9 pretty pink tulips June 19, 2010 at 11:05 am

SP was a total pioneer! I love knowing that she and Dorothy were cousins — some creative gene pool!!

10 beadboardupcountry June 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I think she was very inspiring for her time and you still see touches of her work inspiring designers today. Thanks for the reminder. Maryanne xo

11 Splendid Willow June 20, 2010 at 7:11 am

Classic. Timeless. That way if thinking whether it is architecture, fashion or design always wins long-term.

And her fabrics feel so current now! I am so glad to read that her grand daughter keeps the business going. I will hop over and see.

Happy Sunday and give your husband a hug from Seattle!

12 The Zhush June 20, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I adore both Parish and Draper…can not believe I never knew they were cousins! Really enjoyed this tribute to Sister Parish, thinking I need to add that book to my collection.

13 seleta June 22, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Loved this post – and also a huge fan of hers too! Saw her book at ADAC and loved it.

14 traci zeller designs June 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I loved the tribute to her in Vogue … so much so that I wrote about it as well! Great minds think alike ;-)

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