Archive for October, 2012

Sister Parish Design trunk show and open house

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

We hope to see all our Friends, Colleagues and Clients tomorrow at an open house

593 Hollow Tree Ridge Road

Light Lunch from 11-3pm

Heavy Cocktails from 6-9pm

Sister Parish Design will be on hand to sell their beautiful things and at the same time view this beautiful Kelly Listing.

Sumptuous and Sweet

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Here are two new lovely additions on Consignment Girl for your consideration.

The first is a gorgeous pair of Scalamandre panels, perfect for an elegant dining or living room. Each one is 64″ width and 95″ length, beautifully felt lined, and so rich and thick, they work well for black out, temperature control, and sound muffling. These sage green and muted cranberry stripes are sure to please the most graceful of rooms.

Price:  $990

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This adorable pair of antique, song book nursery rhymes are gold-framed with a pale mauve matting. The dimensions are 12″ width and 24″ length, and the details are so intricate and sweet. What a charming enhancement to any infant or toddler’s room. Pair with the above panels, and you’ve just created a very sophisticated young girl’s room.

Price:  $145

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SISTER PARISH DESIGN is coming to Darien 10.25.12

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

We are so pleased to launch our first Real in Darien event with Sister Parish Design.  There is no doubt that the influence Sister Parish (Mrs. Henry Parish II) has had in the design world has seeped into our own philosophy at Real in Darien.  Susan Bartlett Crater writes in her book, Sister Parish Design On Decorating, that “the most important legacy of my grandmother Sister Parish is not solely in the realm of wonderful “taste”, but rather in the love of domesticity and the desire to create places within which families will laugh, escape and ultimately love.” That quote from Susan’s (and Libby Cameron’s) book precisely describes our approach when helping people find a new house.  There is nothing more satisfying than getting to know a customer and finding a property that matches their needs and dreams – finding the house that is their “escape” and where their families will create their lives.

The recently launched Home Collection incorporates Sister Parish Design’s fabric patterns and aesthetic to home staples. Laminated trays and dust pans, napkins and tablecloths, desk and travel accessories, tote and duffle bags, notebooks, as well as dog leashes, collars and beds bring the whimsy and imagination of Sister Parish Design into every aspect of life and home.  All will be on display and available for purchase. We have chosen the beautiful home at 593 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, available through Kelly Associates, for this wonderful event.  Doors will open at 11am, and stay open until 3pm with a light lunch served. And then again from 6:30-9pm with wine and hors d’oevres. 10/25/12.


Susan Bartlett Crater and Libby Cameron, partners,
  Sister Parish Design

It will be a sensational trunk show.  We are certain you will agree so don’t forget to mark your calendars!








A Bit of Background:

Sister Parish, the long time partner of Albert Hadley, ran her design firm for 60 years known as Parish-Hadley.  As one of the great American decorators, Mrs. Henry Parish II continues to influence todays top decorators and those of us who love to create our own interiors.

“Sister Parish’s granddaughter Susan Bartlett Crater, and Libby Cameron, Sister Parish’s protégé and colleague, founded Sister Parish Design in order to bring Mrs. Parish’s favorite materials and prints to the general public. Susan and Libby have designed a collection of fabric inspired by the designs Sister loved and used in decorating her own houses. Their recently launched home collection provides an additional way to add charm and whimsy to any setting.”


(All images and some text used are from the site.  Check it out.  You will also love the fabric and wall papers available through your favorite decorator!  In addition, quotes and references are from the book, Sister Parish Design – On Decorating or from the web site.)

A Classic Six

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Looking for some new chairs to spice up your kitchen? Check out these classics:

The set includes two arm chairs and four side chairs, black with fiber rush seats. Only several years old and in fantastic condition, these beauties were hand-crafted by the Mennonites of Pennsylvania so you know the quality is excellent!

The arm chair dimensions are 23″ W x 22″ D x 44″ H and the side chair dimensions are 19″ W x 22″ D x 44″ H.

Price:  $600

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This item is no longer available.

Miles Redd event at the Antique and Artisan Center

Monday, October 15, 2012

We are getting sooooo excited for the Miles Redd book signing at the Antique and Artisan Center on October 17 from 6:00 -9:00 p.m. You can pre-order your book at for $75.00. It is going to be loaded with wonderful pictures full of his distinctive work.  We hear there may be a surprise guest or two!




The de Gournay paper, the velvet chair, the chevron floor.  ooooh, this entry! So chic and sophisticated

Love the red….wish we saw more of this in town.

His townhouse in NYC. Both shutters and awnings!

The most amazing valances I have ever seen.

This is may favorite butlers pantry. I beg someone to PLEASE consider this in their home.

This Scalamadre wallpaper never fails

One of my favorite wall colors – black (or almost).

Note the floors off the blue. The light is perfect in here.

I have no words.

Such a happy room 🙂 The chairs (think they are from Todd Romano)

I do not like pink but I love it here.


Between the peacock lacquered walls, chinoiserie foyer and punch of orange….speaks volumes.

Please look up!

Love his jacket….how cute is he!!!

Can’t wait to meet him and hope to see you all there. XO-Abigail & Kim

10 Catherine Street for $424,900

Thursday, October 11, 2012

We spend a lot of time here at Real in Darien talking about homes most people cannot afford but can only dream of.  There is nothing wrong with that but the reality is times are somewhat challenging for many people and we lose sight as to the reality of our world  So we thought it was important to blog about a house for sale in Darien for $424,900. There are currently 7 homes in the $400,000’s and this is our favorite and the least expensive.

Yes it is small, at almost 1000 square feet but it has 3 bedrooms, an adorable kitchen and a charming backyard with an awning.  This is the perfect home for someone who wants to move here for our fabulous schools but cannot make the jump to the average starter home, or for someone that wants to scale down. Maintenance would be minimal which could be perfect for someone who is single. This home is in pristine condition and is available immediately.

If you would like to see this home, please contact us. (This property is no longer available/Kelly Associates.)

A Post Script….

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I recently referenced  Gil Schafer, the architect who is on his way to being one of the GREAT American architects.  There is no doubt that I am CRAZY about his work, so I thought it was worth mentioning that his book, The Great American House, is superb! If you have even the slightest interest in architecture and or design you should take a look at this book.  In fact, you should probably own it.  He has some great advice. He really gets it.

On sale now. Worth every page!

I managed to collect a few photos to give you a flavor of this wonderful book.  Gill describes three of four projects of his and how they come together.  Very inspirational!

House in Dutchess County New York Designed by Gil Schafer.


A favorite room by Miles Redd in house designed by Gil Schafer


A Stunning restoration project in South Carolina! I am dying over this!


A smashing choice of color on the walls of this fantastic hall. Makes me want to rethink everything in my house.


“Think thin” to quote Gil Schafer. One of the drastic mistakes in home designs is the width.  One, possibly two rooms deep, that is it! Otherwise you run the risk of falling into the McMansion trap. (Love this entry hall).


A beautiful collection of bespoke pieces.  Choose well, and choose what you love. The results will be beautiful.

 (Photo curtesy of Architectural Digest)

A good outdoor room. That fireplace! The stone, the scale. Love the lantern as well. (Its probably from Ann Morris Antiques.)

 (Photo curtesy of Architectural Digest)

 (Photography curtesy of Erik Piasecki)