Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard authors the popular DIY home decor blog Makely School for Girls. She strives to help her readers easily create vibrant spaces that combine individual family needs with an eclectic flair.

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An unexpected color combination

Lindsay's Latest Post

Update Your Home Using a Modern, Graphic Stencil

Long gone are the days of decorating your kitchen with a stenciled country duck or grapevine border! As decorating styles have become more modern, we… Read more »

January 1st, 2015

4 Ways to Build an Easy DIY Padded Headboard

One of the first projects I ever attempted for our home was a DIY padded headboard. My husband thought I was losing my mind, but I marched us to the… Read more »

Categories: Bedrooms

December 16th, 2014

How to Choose an Unexpected Winter Color Palette

Traditionally, a home decor winter color palette features red and green. These colors are synonymous with the Christmas season, and you can easily find… Read more »

Categories: Color, Inspiration

October 28th, 2014

How to Pair Orange Decor with Neutral Colors

Orange is a great color to keep in mind when you are looking to add a pop of color to your room. Paired with neutrals, well placed shots of orange will… Read more »

Categories: Color, Inspiration

October 3rd, 2014

Paint Color Ideas for an Untraditional Nursery

Putting together paint color ideas for expecting clients is one of my favorite parts of my job. The parents-to-be are always so excited to welcome their… Read more »

Categories: Color, Inspiration, Nurseries

August 26th, 2014

How to Use Paint Chips to Make Color Choices Easier

Believe it or not, all of those little rectangle paint chips on a paint store’s wall serve more purpose than to just to make your paint color choices… Read more »

Categories: Color, How to Paint

July 29th, 2014

Designing a Color Palette Inspired by Caribbean Colors

My husband and I recently returned from a dream trip to the Southern Caribbean, complete with the absence of the Internet, cell phones and our children…. Read more »

Categories: Color, Inspiration

June 17th, 2014

Using Graphic Paint Patterns As Contemporary Art

One of the things that I hear a lot from my blog readers is that they are scared to hang artwork after they give their walls a fresh coat of paint. The… Read more »

Categories: Color, Examples, Inspiration

April 30th, 2014

Want to Update Glass? Spray Paint to the Rescue!

There’s a little joke in my family that I will paint anything that stands still. The sad thing is that it’s a pretty true statement. There is really no… Read more »

Categories: Before & Afters, Color, Examples, Painting Tips

April 11th, 2014

Yes, You Can Paint Light Fixtures!

As a lover of interesting light fixtures, I’m a big believer that the right fixture can really change the feel of a room. I have purchased unique… Read more »

Categories: Before & Afters, Inspiration, Painting Tips