OPPOSITE, LEFT AND BELOW Sister Parishs drawing-room reflects her life-long beliefin comfort. An ovalAubusson rug consolidates a scheme of pale striped walls, off-white damask sofas and a bleached oak parquetfloor. The two bergere chairs are covered in her favourite chintz – ‘Floral Bouquet, by Lee Jofa. A Thirties portrait of Mrs Parish by Edward Murray (below) isflanked by a pair of English Regency girandoles. ABOVE In 1988 Sister Parish wasphotographed by Snowdon, who wittily draped her drawing-room in sheets, for a feature on the top decorators in the US in American House & Garden knew if my subsequent employment was due to my credentials or to a polite response to an awkward situation. FINE DINING VEG RECIPES Mrs Parish was a master of lasting impressions, many of which have become ingrained in the minds of the numerous friends and clients for whom she was decorator and mentor, from the stunning combination of high-gloss red lacquer floors teamed with white-painted mahogany furniture in her first house, to the lobster-bisque-colour glazed walls of her last New York sitting-room set off by the largest Chinese paintings she could fit into the room.