30 August 2014

The Power of Paint

A few dramatic before and after pics of two rooms in a home newly purchased by clients.
We needed to brighten and lighten these dark, rather depressing rooms quickly (mere days till move-in) and as inexpensively as possible.

The answer is


White Paint

Before: The family room was a ghastly gold with heavy black accents.

After: A beautiful pale gray on the walls and white white white make an impressive improvement.

Before: A massive entertainment center came with the house. 

After: Behold the power of white paint.

We ripped up carpet and put down a lovely whitewashed hardwood.

Dark has it's place when done right. Anyone who knows me knows I love a dark painted door. We did all of the first floor doors in this great dark blue - green.
The molding stays white, so the door does not feel heavy.

Dark doors add visual interest and weight, and an opportunity to add an accent color to your palette.

Before: Wood cabinets in the kitchen.

After: White paint and new hardware are the first steps to a mini makeover that will also include new lighting and backsplash tile.



We decided on a lovely soft green accent color on the center island, for interest and to alleviate all the white since there is so much cabinetry in this kitchen.
The new hardware looks particularly pretty against the green.

I will post more on this kitchen re-do as it happens, since affordable mini makeovers are something many of you can do to freshen up a tired room without breaking the bank.

16 July 2014

Pleasures of the Porch

I love a porch. 

Small, large, front, back, screened, open. Read, nap, eat, sip, daydream, chat.
I love them all.

It used to be that front porches were used as a social tool before television and air conditioning drove us all inside. People sat outside and chatted to neighbors and passers-by.

Well, I admit I'm not much of a social butterfly; I actually hang curtains and arrange large plants in order to increase the privacy of the two porches, front and back, I am lucky enough to have.

Here's a peek~

back porch by nest + co

front porch peeking into my office

Here are a few more that I think are perfection. I noticed as I posted these that I am consistent in what I react to decor-wise: simply decorated, one or two over sized plants and/or topiary, often a bit of black.


via aerin lauder
via allie b pinterest

via kevin sharkey

via houselovely.blogspot

via this old house
via houzz

k. tharp design

via kelly gates

via suziebeezie.tumblr

30 June 2014

Summer House

Just in time for the official start of summer....

Here is a little peek at a quintessential new england beach house my friend Kelly and I recently shot with our good friend and great photographer, Eric Roth.

interior design by Kelly McGuill Home
photos by Eric Roth
styled by Nest + Co (that's me)

Just a little peek I said! 

To see more (and you want to, you really do) 
or my website or click here to see the little feature story that Houzz did on the project.

Happy Summer!

24 June 2014

Outside Showers Bring.......




VIA christopher bentley

via house and hold.com

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04 June 2014


After many years of designing, styling, and photographing.....

Nest and Co has a website! 

I finally sat down to edit and organize years worth of photos, and designed a site that hopefully represents who I am as a designer; proud of my work, grateful that I get to do what I love every day, and careful to keep it all solidly in perspective.

Yes, the site is a marketing tool for my business, of course, but it is also, hopefully, an inspirational tool for the searchers, and my own personal flagpole on the moon.

Please visit!


01 April 2014

Moore is More!

door: breath of fresh air #806

While recently reading House Beautiful magazine, I came across some ads for Benjamin Moore Paints which had some drop dead beautiful photography and ridiculously genius photo styling. 

This is not a solicitation, I have not been hired by Benjamin Moore. I simply thought I'd share the pretty.

{After all, my blog is named after my Fav BM color......}

mt ranier gray 2129-60 and normandy 2129-40

breath of fresh air #806

breath of fresh air #806 and van buren green hc 120

flint af 560

breath of fresh air #806

nightingale af 670

wickham gray hc 171

19 March 2014

Scenes from a Designing Life

Hello! Too much time has passed since my last post, I know, I know.

Here are some pics to illustrate what I've been lucky enough to have been working on lately.

Styling holiday display windows for retail clients

Assisting Kelly Mcguill in styling print and television
 ads  for Boston Interiors  

Have you seen them yet?

Do they make you want to run out and buy buy buy?

Styling print ads for various clients, this one for 

Traveling to High Point Market in search of great finds for lucky clients

Yummy detail

Everything looks better in multiples

What? Just yes.

Interior Design by Nest + Company

And gathering photos of my work for my embarrassingly long overdue website, which is coming very very soon. 

So thanks for your continued views of a napping blog.........