And so the nearly two-year-long renovation began. "A referee was sometimes needed," laughs Parrish, describing her role as honorary sister and design-dispute tiebreaker. "Meg occasionally needed two of us to bully her into things-two against one!"
At first view, the living room seemed dauntingly large. The solution was to separate it into three distinct zones. "We concentrated the seating around the fireplace and added separate zones for a game table and a piano," explains Parrish. "It really became a surprisingly cozy, functional room."
Boat sculpture (by Curtis Jere): Harbinger LA, 310/858-6884.
Sofas (custom): Designed by Lucas Studio, 310/858-6884.
Sofa fabric ("Velours Trigance''/Spruce #2034-02): Rose Tarlow-Melrose House, 323/651-2202, rosetarlow.com, trade only.
Sofa pillow at left (antique): owner's collection.
Sofa pillow, center ("Silk Denim''/Bronze #2515-06, by Larsen); sofa pillow, right ("Suzani'' by Manuel Canovas; discontinued; for similar, "Byzance''/Turquoise #4571-03);
drapery fabric ("Silk Denim''/Bronze #2515-06, by Larsen): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, cowtan.com, trade only.
Drapery fabrication: Susan Portera, Just Sewing, 732/758-8949.
Rug: Michaelian & Kohlberg, 212/431-9009, michaelian.com, trade only.
Coffee table: Ambiance Antiques, 415/255-9006, ambianceantiques.com.
Elephant side table; sconces: owner's collection.
Petrified wood side table: Berbere Imports, 310/842-3842, berbereimports.com.
Pair of chairs: Charles Fradin Showroom, 323/951-1200.
Lanterns: Charles Edwards, 011 44 207 736 8490, charlesedwards.com.
Stools ("Allegra Bench'' #F-OT08): Formations, 310/659-3062, trade only.
Wall paint ("Manchester Tan'' #HC-81): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.