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



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.......


SOOOO MUCH MORE THAN MAY FLOWERS. 

BLISS. PURE BLISS. 

SIGH.


VIA christopher bentley

via house and hold.com

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VIA LEMONITEUR.FR

VIA PALOMA81.BLOGSPOT

VIA PALOMA81.BLOGSPOT

VIA TRENSPANARNA.NU


04 June 2014

Finally......




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!

WWW.NESTANDCOMPANY.NET