The Life of the Legendary American Interior Designer
Publication Date: September 1, 2012
Categories: Artists, Architects, Photographers
Dorothy May Kinnicutt Parish (“Sister” to her family and friends) was born into a patrician family and grew up at the right schools, yacht clubs, and coming-out parties. Forced to work during the Depression, Parish combined her design ability with social connections to create a still-thriving successful interior decorating firm, Parish-Hadley. Her list of clients reads like an American Who’s Who, starting with Rockefellers, Astors, Whitneys, and Paleys. Parish’s style, marked by cozy, airy, colorful, but understated elegance, came to be known as “American country,” and its influence continues today. Compiled by Parish’s daughter and granddaughter, Sister Parish takes the reader right into the houses—and lives—of some of the most fascinating people of this inimitable woman’s time.