Thursday, June 20, 2013

Parrish Paradise - Jen's Enchanting Abode

Jen Parrish is a phenomenal jewelry artist with a keen eye for all things beautiful and enchanting.  It should come as no surprise, then, that her own home is about as Domythic a space as they come, and utterly magical.  She shared a few images of her bedroom, each more gorgeous than the last!

Two Parrish Relics above.

What's your favorite part of your bedroom?

I love the original tin ceilings, the little pillowed reading corner. There used to be bookshelves there but I took them down to drape fabric that was the same color as the walls and piled the books in a corner where I could access them better. It was a challenge moving David’s bureau into an already tiny room but somehow we made it all work.

Beautiful bags above were embroidered by Medieval Muse and similar styles are available on her Etsy.

Do you have any advice to share on building a collection of treasures and making it look so inherently enchanting? 

Ignore the “rules” and go with your emotions, surround yourself with things that make you happy or remind you of what you love out in the world. Favorite colors, textures, prints. I do like the suggestion of creating visual pyramids or triangles, and try to do that with surface decorating and sometimes on the walls as well.

What's your cat Galatea's favorite part of the room?

Galatea's favorite spot is on the bureau, particularly when we let Shadow up each night to try to get them used to each other.  She loves sitting in the windows, watching the birds and the world go by. Any sunny spots. Her cardboard scratching box, surrounded by pink toys (her favorite!).

What are some of your favorite resources?

Thrift stores, yard sales, sometimes Homegoods. Loved their clearance section for damaged “parts and pieces” that I can work into something else or just hang on the wall “as is”. Many of my most cherished things are gifts from friends or my mother who is an antique dealer and knows my taste very well by now, and I’m very grateful! 

Interior Alchemy by Rebecca Purcell is a huge inspiration and I learned to see fabric as a great tool to divide rooms or create warmth within a space through her book. I also love The Stencilled Home for wall painting magic

Framed postcard on the wall above is by Cynthia Staples and available here along with Burne-Jones designs here.

More Sources:

After nearly a lifetime of collecting, I have stopped completely (ok, maybe a few books here and there) until we move to a bigger house in a few years. This one is packed! Ebay is another good source obviously, as you can enter any particular search term that interests you…”William Morris” and “Gothic Revival” were always my favorites to plug in and see what treasures pop up! You never know when or where you will find something wonderful. I went to yard sales last year with my mother to try and find a bookshelf and exactly the right one was waiting for me, along with a gorgeous lion headed writing desk and the huge framed print of Waterhouse’s “Lady of Shalott” that now lives on the wall opposite the bed. All at one sale! That was an exciting, car-filling stop

Thank you so much, Jen, for sharing your extraordinarily inspiring home with us!


  1. Gorgeous!!!!! And I so love green. It's the perfect color to go with all the other pretty things.

  2. Thank you to you and Jen for sharing her lovely sanctuary.

  3. I have been eagerly awaiting this one!
    What an absolutely magical space... I'd find it so hard to get out of bed in the morning!

  4. This all looks enchanting Jen! You've created another world there. Bravo!

  5. So magical and cosy and wonderfully inspiring. Love the green too! Thank you for sharing your enchanted rooms, Jen.

  6. Ohhh, i tumbled in here from Pinterest. i love how i can see a reflection of her home in her jewelry, just beautiful!!

  7. It was wonderful to see a small house and how a collector has managed to make it all fit in, and look amazing! Having downsized with no chance of upsizing I seek inspiration for living in small spaces. Magically - and Jen has done just that. Thank you for sharing. (Love the cat!) Minerva ~

  8. Jen's space is one of the most inspiring spaces I know of, thank you so much for this fantastic post!!

  9. Hmm... This reminds me of one of my favorite books (and films), Howl's Moving Castle.

  10. Such a beautiful space--I am inspired! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Wow, this totally inspires me to stop being lazy and start decorating my house. And I agree with Judith, this reminds me of Howl's bedroom in Howl's Moving Castle.

  12. This space is stunning! I love the colours, the textures... this reminds me of a pre-raphaelite painting, perhaps a place where The Lady of The Lake might have kept her dresses and books - magical!