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Sister Parish Design

James Andrew.

James Andrew at the Gerald Bland gallery.

I was very happy to attend a book signing party recently for the new fabulous book, “Sister Parish Design,” at the super chic Gerald Bland gallery.

The signing was beautifully complemented by the water colors of the very talented and stylish Mita Corsini Bland whose works illustrate and highlight the many points and stories presented in this recent release.

I must say the event had me remembering my days at the legendary firm of Parish Hadley. Among the many aspects of design put forth there, I think the notion of Comfort was the most singularly important aspect of the Parish Hadley aesthetic. Even in the grandest of interiors there was always a sense of an elegant yet welcoming comfort. This notion is equally as important to me today at James Andrew Interior Design, whether I’m doing a luxe minimal interior or going for a classic high style vibe.

Drawing by Mita Corsini Bland.

Sister Parish's aubergine lacquered drawing room. Illustration by Mita Corsini Bland.

Brooke Astor's legendary red lacquer library. Illustration by Mita Corsini Bland.

Brooke Astor's legendary red lacquer library. Illustration by Mita Corsini Bland.

Celebrating this event, I’m paying tribute to Sister Parish’s delightful drawing room with it’s aubergine lacquered walls and hot pink curtains – I’m wearing an Aubergine silk velvet jacket, shocking pink silk knot turtleneck, black and white mini hounds tooth wool pant all by Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent aubergine suede “Eton” boots, gray H print silk pocket by Hermes and black leather tote by Gucci.


  1. Pink Cinnamon says:

    love these water color illustrations, they give me a very strong 70s feeling…….

  2. Edie B. says:

    This looks exactly like the library we used to have at the country house, now it doesn´t exist anymore…….

    love your velvet purple jacket, I could make something like that for me too 😉



  3. Eugenia Drummond says:

    Dear James,

    I can feel the comfort in every corner you decorate!



  4. Secret Admirer says:

    You look magnificent you knew it?

  5. Sabrina Johnson says:

    Hello James,

    I have heard so much about you, I´m glad that I finally can read your blog!

    love from south carolina


  6. Absolutely in Love says:

    I like the way your hair shines, you are a star my dear James, it´s my dream to meet you one day in person!

  7. your biggest fan says:

    would love to visit that gallery during my next visit to NY

  8. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    Dear James,

    I´m having a really lovely vacation James, but I needed to get a computer to read your blog! I´m visiting a small fisher town now and they have internet, I can´t believe it! WIJW will be famous here too!

    you look fantastic



  9. Monaco Girl says:

    You know James, it would be great to have an illustration like these ones of my old red coupé!

    love and light

    Monaco Girl

  10. Andrew says:

    Looking incredible as ever Mr Andrew

  11. Dean says:

    You look incredible ! Must visit gallery ASAP


  12. Ken Anderson says:

    You simply must let me tell you about Sister’s daughter, Apple Bartlett, from Newbury Street daze. I’ll save these vignettes–and alot more–for our inevitable up clase and personal. Apparently Sister was LOTS of fun, and I mean LOTS!!!!!!!

  13. Mrs. Blandings says:

    “Elegant yet welcoming comfort.” That is what inspires great homes. Perfectly put.

  14. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Mein lieber James,

    Ich freu mich immer auf Dich, jeden Tag ist immer was neues mit Dir und Deinem Blog! Deine Jacke ist unendlich schön und passt sehr gut zu den Schuhen…….immer perfekt

    Alles liebe

    Deine Christiane

  15. Gina says:

    Love the illustrations. So tired of computer generated interior visuals. 🙂 Liking those Aubergine shoes as well..:) x How did I manage to write such a normal comment !!!

  16. Maria La Torre says:

    Querido James,

    Se nota la clase en todo lo que haces, los lugares que escoges para escribir son magníficos, realmente inspiradores.



  17. I have just been introduced to your blog, and I LOVE it! Forget my husband…I want to dress like you!

    I can’t wait to get your next post.

  18. Bruno says:

    I’m so happy to see you wearing clothes with vivid colors, even more with autumn where most of the things you can see are grey or dark. What a wonderful jacket!

  19. i think mita is very talented, very nice work!

  20. Matt says:

    Love your color scheme !

  21. Lusting over this color palette!

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