She was a legend when she was alive…she is still a legend. Two weeks from today will see the release of a major book on American decorator Sister Parish. Near and dear to our hearts here on the island, we often forget her impact on American decorating and decorators that continues to this day.
Sister Parish: American Style by Martin Wood releases November 8th and will be a landmark study of Sister Parish and her work before her partnership with Albert Hadley and up to her death in 1994. Despite high profile jobs like her work in the early 1960s for Jacqueline Kennedy in decorating portions of the White House, Sister Parish was best know for her development of what is now known as “American Country Style.” I can assure you that the book will be well researched and lavishly illustrated; we have a hard time keeping Wood’s previous biographies of Nancy Lancaster, John Fowler, Gertrude Jekyll and Laura Ashley on the shelves. I can’t wait to learn his take on Sister and her place in the world of interior decorating.
Although I never knew Sister Parish, the stories I have heard over the years from family members, friends, and those who worked for her the one takeaway I always get is that she was a force to be reckoned with. E-mail or call and we will reserve your copies and do our best to have them to you that day. It will make a fabulous Christmas gift.
You know Sister would want you to have a copy or two. Let’s not disappoint her!