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:


































17 September 2014

Nest + Co in Boston Home's Fall Issue

I recently styled the interiors of a home in Brookline that is featured 
in Boston Home Magazine's current Fall Issue.



Here is a look - see.

The amazing Eric Roth did the photography, and the interior design is by uber talented Lisa Tharp of K Tharp Design

Photo styling by Yours Truly.

Pick up the mag to see them in all their glossy glory!


PHOTOGRAPH BY ERIC ROTH. STYLING BY TRACY PARKINSON. 
PHOTOGRAPH BY ERIC ROTH. STYLING BY TRACY PARKINSON.

PHOTOGRAPH BY ERIC ROTH. STYLING BY TRACY PARKINSON.

PHOTOGRAPH BY ERIC ROTH. STYLING BY TRACY PARKINSON.


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

always

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.


Before




After



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.

Enjoy.


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