Nicole Balch

Nicole Balch is transforming her so-so old house into a lovely home and blogging about it on Making it Lovely. She loves mixing patterns, pairing old with new, and has a fondness for the color pink.

Nicole's Inspiration

My vintage teacups & saucers

Nicole's Latest Post

Decorating Rooms with Custom Built-Ins

My home is a Victorian with unpainted oak trim throughout the first floor, so when my husband and I had custom built ins created to house our book… Read more »

September 30th, 2014

Tips for Painting Baseboards and Trim

Painting baseboards and trim is a great way to update your home. Whether you’re going from one color to another, bare wood to painted, or just putting a… Read more »

Categories: How to Paint, Painting Tips

September 4th, 2014

The Rule for Using Accent Colors

Sometimes I think that when it comes to rules in decorating, it’s helpful to know them and completely acceptable to break them! So if you’re looking for… Read more »

Categories: Color, Examples, Getting Started, Planning Your Project

July 10th, 2014

Looking for Baby Room Ideas

My third baby is due soon, which means I get to work on my third nursery! I’ve been on the lookout for baby room ideas, as I’m looking to do something a… Read more »

Categories: Color, Examples, Nurseries, Planning Your Project

April 8th, 2014

Create an Inspiration Board to Help You Decorate

One of the best ways to get started on decorating a new room, or redecorating a space, is to create an inspiration board. You’ll be able to keep track… Read more »

Categories: Bedrooms, Getting Started, Inspiration, Planning Your Project

February 25th, 2014

How Long Does Painting Take?

Maybe you’re looking around you, thinking you’d like to make some changes. Wouldn’t that room look better in a pretty shade of blue? Or maybe a sunny… Read more »

Categories: Getting Started, How to Paint, Painting Tips, Planning Your Project

January 16th, 2014

2014 Color Trends for Home

Let’s talk 2014 color trends for home, shall we? Word around town (well, around the internet) is that fashion and home accessories will be celebrating… Read more »

Categories: Color

December 10th, 2013

My Uniform for Painting Clothes

  When I was a teenager, I worked as a house painter. I wore the standard uniform of white painter’s pants, a white tee with the company’s name on the… Read more »

Categories: Getting Started, Painting Tips

July 29th, 2013

Tips for Using Painters Tape

It takes a fair amount of practice to be able to paint a nice clean line where the wall meets the ceiling, or along trim. Fortunately, for those of us… Read more »

Categories: How to Paint, Painting Tips

June 20th, 2013

Fun Front Door Colors

My husband and I were house hunting recently. It was a long process, but we enjoyed it! I really loved looking at all of the different houses to see… Read more »

Categories: Color, Inspiration