You may have seen articles on Sister Parish and her Design company, founded by her granddaughter, Susan Barlett Crater, and protege, Libby Cameron, in magazines such as Elle Decor, Architectural Digest and House Beautiful. However, for those of you that may need a little refresher as to what all the hype is about, here is a little background. Sister Parish (1910 - 1994) was an American designer and well known socialite. She put her personal twist on the English country house aesthetic, and was the first designer brought in to decorate the White House while the Kennedys were in office. Other clients included Babe and Bill Paley, Charles Engelhard and Ann and Gordon Getty. Her cousin is one of my absolute favorite designers of all time, Dorothy Draper.
As we were looking at the fabric line, we were told that Mrs. Parish's daughter, Apple, had a store in Isleboro, ME, and that she carried the fabric line as well. Isleboro was just a 15 minute ferry ride over from the nearby town of Linconlville, so we couldn't miss it. Unfortunately the store was closed when we arrived, but we got to peek in the windows and explore the beautiful island of Isleboro, where celebrities such has John Travolta and Kirstie Alley have summer homes. The little adventure was worth the effort!
|Sister Parish Design - Clara fabric|