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 Decorate a Bedroom in Calm Colors

I love a bold color palette, but when it comes to bedrooms, I’m more drawn to calm colors. Creamy neutrals, soft grays, and quiet blues are my go to… Read more »

December 16th, 2015

Festive Kitchen Inspiration From Christmas Cookies

You’ve seen rooms that draw inspiration from fashion, right? How about from cooking? Well, I’m taking festive kitchen inspiration from Christmas… Read more »

Categories: Inspiration, Kitchens

November 13th, 2015

Colors From Germany

Glidden has created several color palettes for an interactive new display at Disney’s Epcot Center, each based on a different country. One of these, The… Read more »

Categories: Inspired by Epcot

October 27th, 2015

Is Choosing New Paint Colors as Simple as Black and White?

I love analyzing design magazines, paying attention to popular homes online, and sussing out design trends. I’m not one to shy away from color in… Read more »

Categories: Color, Inspiration

October 1st, 2015

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 »

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

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