Born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1910, Dorothy May Kinnicut, or Sister, a family nickname by which she was known from an early age, led a privileged and orderly life. Winter was spent in Manhattan, autumn and spring in the New Jersey countryside, and every summer, until her last, was passed on Dark Harbor Island, Maine. Each family home reflects, in its fine furnishings and refined taste, a devotion to the comforts of family life. After her education, social debut, and then marriage to Henry Parish – a Harvard-educated shown the size of dots and lamps were as big as the moon, but somehow it could all be understood at first glance. DINING BY RAIL RECIPES Our first client visit together was to the new home of some old clients and friends. En route, she described the house she had decorated for them more than twenty years previously, and not a detail was missed, from the breakfront bookcase to the smallest object. When I walked through the door of the new house I already knew where everything would go and how it would look. When asked to share her secret, she would pet one of the dogs, always in her lap or at her feet, and evasively ask to see the next scene for consideration. No one could unravel the secret, but watching her move furniture into place, and making subtle adjustments with complete disregard of the detailed furniture plans in her assistants hands, was like watching a conductor on the podium in front of the best orchestra.