Tour the Charming Connecticut Cabin of Sister Parish’s Great-Granddaughter

The dining room of the home. All of the interiors pictured were styled by Mieke ten Have.

Photo: Read McKendree 

Like so many other New Yorkers, Sister Parish Design’s creative director Eliza Harris sought refuge outside the city in 2020. A desire for a new space led the then-pregnant Harris to a charming cottage in Salisbury, Connecticut, just across the border from what she describes as the burgeoning designers’ enclave of Millerton, New York. Although the house is relatively unassuming from the outside, its interiors are a breathtaking homage to Harris’s great-grandmother Sister Parish. Not only that, but the space also doubles as a living, breathing look book of some of Sister Parish Design’s forthcoming wallpapers, fabrics, and textiles (with a few extra-special artifacts thrown in).

While Harris confesses that she “just kind of randomly landed” in Salisbury, her approach to decorating the residence has been decidedly more deliberate. “I really think about it as a puzzle,” she tells AD PRO. I have all these textiles at my disposal, so it all revolves around the fabric. It’s a very old-fashioned way of decorating.”

A detailed look at one corner of a living space. 

Photo: Read McKendree 

For each room, Harris “tweaked, adjusted, recolored, and rescaled” patterns and textiles to showcase work from the archives of Parish Hadley. In the process, Harris created strong visual identities across the cabin’s living room, dining room, and bedroom—each of which was evocative of the “grandmillennial” design sensibility inspired by her great-grandmother’s pioneering 20th-century work. The three rooms are united by a consistent floral motif, which Harris joked may have been a subconscious desire to bring the (warmer) outdoors in.

The living and dining areas—as well as that bedroom—each has its own distinct color palette, which channels with Sister Parish’s use of “very bold, bright color.” The brand’s Prussian blue performance fabrics excellently contrast with the knotty pine walls of the living room. The dining room’s verdant Grasscloth wall covering in Palms Green Gold finds its match in vintage dining chairs upholstered with Sister Parish Fabric’s Circe pattern. In the bedroom, Sister Parish’s red Sintra wallpaper sets a striking tone, complemented by matching red-flecked Waldingfield fabric in coral