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.

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Looking for Baby Room Ideas

by Nicole Balch on July 10th, 2014

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…

Categories: Color, Examples, Nurseries, Planning Your Project
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Create an Inspiration Board to Help You Decorate

by Nicole Balch on April 8th, 2014

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…

Categories: Bedrooms, Getting Started, Inspiration, Planning Your Project
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How Long Does Painting Take?

by Nicole Balch on February 25th, 2014

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…

Categories: Getting Started, How to Paint, Painting Tips, Planning Your Project
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2014 Color Trends for Home

by Nicole Balch on January 16th, 2014

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…

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My Uniform for Painting Clothes

by Nicole Balch on December 10th, 2013

  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…

Categories: Getting Started, Painting Tips
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Tips for Using Painters Tape

by Nicole Balch on July 29th, 2013

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…

Categories: How to Paint, Painting Tips
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Fun Front Door Colors

by Nicole Balch on June 20th, 2013

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…

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Using Mood Boards to Decorate

by Nicole Balch on May 30th, 2013

When you think of helpful decorating tools, you might think of a tape measure, fabric samples, or a floor plan. I think mood boards should be included i…

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How to Choose Bathroom Finishes

by Nicole Balch on April 18th, 2013

Bathrooms are tricky; rarely do we actually get to design and live with the style we want. Instead, we inherit whatever someone did years (often decades) ago. And in most…. Read more »

Categories: Bathrooms, Getting Started, How to Paint, Painting Tips
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Fresh Laundry Room Colors

by Nicole Balch on March 26th, 2013

When it comes to choosing laundry room colors, I tend to shy away from anything too bold or strong. It’s not that I don’t love those options, I just prefer…. Read more »

Categories: Color, Inspiration
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