Sister Parish Design’s new studio is actually an apartment

Turning a bedroom into an office may have been a project for many over the past two years, but Sister Parish Design – named after the famed interior designer who helped design the interiors of the White House during the Kennedy administration – took it to another level. The company has reimagined creative director Eliza Harris’ Chelsea apartment into a studio apartment that certainly doesn’t look (or look like) your typical work environment. Based in Westchester, Harris tells Beautiful house that she “looked forward to establishing a foothold in New York, where the design industry is booming,” adding, “we wanted to provide inspiration and easy access to all designers and design enthusiasts who want to buy Sister Parish.” Now they have it, in the form of a cozy studio that showcases the best of the company’s residential work.

Harris has a special connection to the apartment, as it was the first place in Manhattan she called home and the place where she began her design career nearly a decade ago. She started renovating at the end of 2021 and has just put the finishing touches to the workshop.

The apartment as it is now.

Maura McEvoy

    With the studio acting as a de facto storefront for the company, it was essential to decorate it in a way that matches the aesthetic of Sister Parish Design. As such, Parish herself was the inspiration for the studio decor, resulting in the inclusion of one of her favorite patterns, Cart (which is available both as Fabric and as wallpaper) on the walls in a new cabbage green colorway releasing this spring. And the legendary designer’s influence doesn’t stop there – the space is covered in other fabrics, wallpapers and collaboration pieces from Sister Parish Design, making a jewel case of a 400-foot apartment. squares. And as lifelong New Yorker Parish knew best, creating “peaceful sanctuaries in the bustling city” was paramount, which is why Harris and co. were “after the same effect for our customers to enjoy”.

    Other standout furniture and decorative items on display in the newly renovated space include a rug from Sister Parish Design’s recent collaboration with tibetansconces by Visual Comfort fitted with custom shades by Sister Parish Design New Sheer Burmese Fabrica canvas chandelier from an estate sale, many rugs and antiques from Mount Antiquesand a Brooklyn lucite curtain rod LuxHoldups.

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    The apartment as it was before the transformation.

    Maura McEvoy

      So how does it differ the most from its previous iteration? As a young designer living in Chelsea, Harris was “design savvy but rambling”, and wallpaper was not a luxury she could afford. She did, however, decorate the space with countless antiques, including a wicker bar cart that her grandmother passed down to her. To add more inspiration to Sister Parish, Harris had custom Roman shades made at the company. Plumbago fabric.

      Design enthusiasts who wish to visit the studio and bring the Sister Parish aesthetic into their own home can contact nystudio@sisterparishdesign.com to fix a meeting.

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