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

How to Paint Your Stairs

Interested in sprucing up a stairway? I have all the information you need on how to paint your stairs! Begin by prepping the stairs. If there was a… Read more »

September 22nd, 2015

3 Tips for Painting Beadboard

Painting beadboard can be tricky. All those grooves! Nooks and crannies! Do you use a brush, or a roller? Both!? Fear not. I’ve done it. You can do it,… Read more »

Categories: Bathrooms, Examples, How to Paint, Painting Tips

August 18th, 2015

How to Paint Small Spaces

If you have a small entryway, bathroom, powder room, or other small area to makeover, you may be wondering how to paint small spaces. The basics are the… Read more »

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

June 2nd, 2015

Office Boxes and Bins for Stylish Storage

We all need to keep our work spaces organized. Having plenty of office boxes and bins on hand can help, with bonus points if they look good while doing… Read more »

Categories: Color, Inspiration, Offices

February 26th, 2015

Flat, Gloss or Satin Paint: How Do You Choose?

Confused about how to choose the right paint finish for your project? Flat, eggshell, and satin paint are best for walls, whereas semi-gloss and gloss… Read more »

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

February 10th, 2015

Need Baby Boy Nursery Ideas? Get Inspired by Zebras!

I’m planning a nursery for my son right now, so I have plenty of baby boy nursery ideas swirling around in my head lately. One fun one that I didn’t go… Read more »

Categories: Inspiration, Nurseries, Planning Your Project

January 20th, 2015

Bathroom Organization Ideas

Bathrooms have to function well, first and foremost, but they’re so much more pleasant when they’re beautiful. That goes for the storage that goes into… Read more »

Categories: Bathrooms, Inspiration

November 25th, 2014

Decorating Black and White Bathrooms

Black and white bathrooms are common for a good reason: they use a classic color palette that never feels out of date. The timeless look can be kept to… Read more »

Categories: Bathrooms, Color, Examples, Inspiration

October 21st, 2014

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 »

Categories: Color, Dens, Inspiration, Living & Family Rooms

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