The Sister Parish Story
Sister Parish Design finds inspiration in the past to design for today. With a sensibility rooted in traditional, American decorative arts history, we celebrate the beloved designs from the prolific Parish Hadley archive.
To understand the story between iconic decorators Sister Parish and Albert Hadley, is to recognize the diversity and variety of our collection. Bold and beautiful. Soft and subtle. Masculine and feminine. Theirs was a special relationship that flourished in the mutual respect of their complementary point of views.
With a deep appreciation of our craft heritage, from the artisans on the Lower East Side to the banks of Louisiana, every print has its own American Story. A melting pot of influence and creativity. We honor the story of great American houses, which reflect the people who lived in them. Decorating continues to be the prism in which we live our lives, and it is our privilege to collaborate with our clients in telling these stories through our collection.
Decorating is to dream, and Sister Parish Design is a family of dreamers.
Sister Parish began her career in 1933 in Far Hills, New Jersey. The New York Times noted "Mrs Parish's six decades of decorating epitomized the rise of women in her own and other professions in 20th century America . The one person business she started during the Depression evolved into the noted firm Parish Hadley Associates, whose clients included, among others, President and Mrs. John F Kennedy, and a veritable list of Who's Who in America".
SISTER PARISH TODAY
While holding the baton for her family's design legacy as President of Sister Parish Design, Susan created a passion-inspired prints and wallpapers collection based on Sister's and Albert's designs, which had originally been sold exclusively to their clients. Susan's goal was make these designs accessible for the next generation of enthusiasts of her grandmother's iconic style. Susan's daughter, Eliza Harris joined the firm as Creative Director in 2018, and has brought the studio into a new renaissance of fresh designs and products in keeping with Sister's design philosophy.