It was through the rich pages of my mother’s Vogue magazines in the 1970’s that I fell head over heals in love with interior design. In one issue, the October 1977 issue to be precise, I happened upon Parish Hadley’s work on Ann and Gordon Getty’s glorious San Francisco home. The article was entitled House With a Heart, and showcased Getty’s grand-scale Willis Polk home decorated in the English tradition, but with quite a few San Francisco surprises. I wore that magazine completely out, obsessively thumbing through the sumptuous photographs of this remarkable interior, and I’m thinking now, it’s not at all surprising that I eventually came to work for the legendary Parish Hadley in NYC some decades later!
Of course, while designing with Albert Hadley, I wanted to know everything about the Getty home, and in his typical humility, Hadley gave Ann Getty full credit for the fabulousness of the outcome—praising Getty for her super sophisticated and highly eclectic eye, as well as the museum-level curatorial knowledge she has for art and furnishings. Hadley conveyed that he and Sister Parish had simply helped to create for Getty some rather marvelous backdrops. He rightly sensed that Getty would do fantastically well on her own, and indeed, as we know, she has been hugely prolific, creating some of the most sublime interiors on the planet for her select group of discerning clients.
Luckily for all of us, Getty has been generous enough to share her work, and with the help of the brilliant author and design lecturer, Diane Dorrans Saeks, (see her super chic blog The Style Saloniste) they have now produced the most tremendous Rizzoli tome, Ann Getty: Interior Style. Here we are given a gorgeous glimpse into the exquisite interiors Getty has created for herself as well as for her clients—opulent rooms where often wildly disparate elements live perfectly and harmoniously together—a magnificent “more is more” design approach, all executed to Getty’s impeccable standards.
I am certain you will be as inspired as I have been when you pick up your copy!