The walls are covered in a striped floral chintz Mrs Parish’s prime concern was always with the lives that would be lived in the homes she decorated, not merely with the effects she created the finest English examples to the commonest farmhouse table; woven rugs, textiles, and patchwork quilts. Quality was always of prime importance, but contrived formality was banished. DINING CHAIRS FOR ROUND TABLE She practised what she preached. An avid gardener, her porch in Maine was crowded to capacity with pots of flowering plants, her vegetable garden was a constant source of pride and of aggravation. Her whimsical decoupage pictures and lampshades are treasured by her friends and family. Late in life, as she spent more time in her own room in Maine during the summer stay, she embellished the walls with cut-out floral designs culled from various fabrics. Her tendency to mix patterns never failed to achieve thrilling results.