12 April 2016

Cover Shot

I styled a photo shoot for This Old House Magazine in Newport, Rhode Island, and was thrilled to see it  
made the cover of the current May, 2016 issue.

The home was a lovely old Queen Anne Victorian.


all beautifully photographed by Nat Rea

Pick up the issue to see more!

25 August 2015

Great Project

I am thrilled to again have my work published in a recent Boston Globe feature.
click here to read and get the details!

This was a wonderful collaboration with clients who had a clear vision of what they wanted. They had done much of the legwork and I simply had to make it a reality.

a dream!

The story was written and produced by the talented Jaci conry at the globe and photographed by Peter Urbanski. 

18 May 2015

Gone Global...

A recent interiors project of mine has been featured in today's Boston Globe.
It is written by the talented Jaci Conroy.

So proud and excited!

I did blog about this project recently, but the photos above are additional  and were taken specifically for the Globe story.

Click here to read the article and see additional photos.

Big Thanks to my fantastic clients who were a very large part of the planning and beauty of the finished rooms, and more big thanks to Sarah Winchester who took such lovely photographs.

15 April 2015

Styling work in Cape Cod Home Magazine

Last June a did a small teaser blog about a home I styled on Cape Cod.

That home has been featured in the newest issue of Cape Cod Home Magazine.
here is the link to the full article with more pics:

The home was designed by kelly mcguill, whom you all know from my frequent mentions here; she is one amazingly talented gal. 

Photo styled by nest + co, photos by the always great Eric Roth.

09 April 2015

Current Project, Before + After

Here is a sampling of a recently completed project.  Before and Afters are the greatest, aren't they?
This one was for a young couple moving out of the city and into their first suburban home with their very young son.

We started with a blank slate, as these before pics show. I was tasked with furnishing the family room and living room. 

The family room fabrics are durable and stain proof and can stand up to a one year old, and colorful, as befits this young, fun, modern family. 
There is a separate play area tucked behind the sofa.

Chairs upholstered in cowhide are indestructible and stylish. This couple have a great collection of ethnic carpets from their travels.

Since the living room was adjacent to the family room, they did not want to end up with two complete seating areas and a "formal" living room that they would seldom use, so we furnished it as more of a "library" space, with shelves for books and mementos, great comfortable chairs, and a dining height table for more books, or a place to have pre dinner cocktails when entertaining.
Or to have pre- dinner cocktails when NOT entertaining.
Or to have pre-dinner cocktails and no dinner.

The library is useful, welcoming, and cool.

A great hounds tooth check on the seat cushions. My Outlander moment.

(wink to anyone who knows me)

Detail shot of the brass accents sprinkled about.

All of the beautiful photography (afters) was done by the lovely and talented Sarah of sarah winchester studios

04 March 2015

Yankee Magazine Feature

I am once again happy to share that my styling work has been featured in print,
 this time in the current March/April issue of

We shot this unique house, located in Maine, last spring. 
The home owners are avid 18th century antique collectors, and have mastered the art of period stenciling.

For the complete article and full set of photos pick up a copy of Yankee!

all photos by eric roth / styling by tracy parkinson

19 December 2014

Photo Styling Before, During, and After

 I am lucky enough to be part of the team who designs the sets for  the Boston Interiors television commercials and print ads.

I try to take pics for blog posts when we are shooting, but most of the time it is just such a whirlwind of activity, with tight time constraints; stopping to take some phone pics is not feasible.

I was recently on the Boston Interiors website and saw that they had some great photos up on their blog of some of our recent shoots.
In particular, they have some great before and after's. I think they illustrate nicely how to build up a well designed room from nothing. 
Same rules apply for your rooms!

I thought it might also be interesting for you to look behind the scenes. See if you can recognize some of the rooms you now see in the tv commercials or print ads!

If you read my blog regularly, you know that I mention photographer Eric Roth very frequently and with much admiration. 
Here is the man himself. 
For some reason, most people who work behind cameras do not like to be in front of them.

I am no exception to that rule. I stay hidden behind the light filters at all times. ;)

This is a great shot of the styling team. 
How many stylists does it take to make a bedspread look camera perfect? 
Evidently four.
I believe we were pinning it. I know we were cranky. It was not behaving.

Here are some Before /After's: