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.


5 Reasons to Paint Your Home this Winter

by Nicole Balch on February 5th, 2013

Maybe it’s because we’re all spending so much time indoors lately (hello, winter in Chicagoland), but I’m feeling extra-inspired to repaint lately. New kitchen color? Bring it on. Hey, let’s…. Read more »

Categories: Inspiration


My New Laundry Room

by Nicole Balch on December 19th, 2012

My husband and I are avid DIYers, but when it came time to remodel our scary basement, we hired a contractor. The transformation from unfinished basement to cute laundry room…. Read more »

Categories: Before & Afters, Inspiration


My Dining Room’s Evolution

by Nicole Balch on November 27th, 2012

My dining room has been slowly changing, bit by bit, layer by layer. When my husband and I first moved in, it was all white.     So we painted….. Read more »

Categories: Before & Afters, Dining Rooms


My Lovely Home Office Makeover

by Nicole Balch on October 25th, 2012

My home office has gone through a few changes in the five years I’ve lived in this house. It started out an unfortunate peachy color. I painted it pink right…. Read more »

Categories: Before & Afters, Offices


Pink? In The Living Room?

by Nicole Balch on September 27th, 2012

Of course! Why not think pink? It isn’t a conventional choice, but it’s one that works well for me and my family. And yes, my husband is fine with it….. Read more »

Categories: Color, Living & Family Rooms


Inspired By Grandma’s Kitchen

by Nicole Balch on August 30th, 2012

My husband and I completely redid our kitchen when we moved into our home five years ago. He and I ripped out the old cabinets and replaced them with new…. Read more »

Categories: Before & Afters, Inspiration, Kitchens, Painting Tips


A Neutral Chameleon of a Bedroom

by Nicole Balch on August 3rd, 2012

Our bedroom was a sort of dingy off-white when my husband and I moved into our home. I knew I wanted to paint, but I like the idea of a…. Read more »

Categories: Bedrooms, Before & Afters, Color


A Budget Bathroom Makeover

by Nicole Balch on July 2nd, 2012

When my husband and I bought our house, we thought we’d redo the bathroom right away. It was an odd design mishmash of blue fixtures from the sixties and a…. Read more »

Categories: Bathrooms, Before & Afters, Color


Thinking Beyond White for Ceilings

by Nicole Balch on May 30th, 2012

When you think of painting a room, you think about choosing a color for the walls. Maybe you even think about choosing more than one. But do you think about…. Read more »

Categories: Color, Examples


Turning a Girl’s Nursery into a Boy’s

by Nicole Balch on April 27th, 2012

I have two children, a boy and a girl. (People joke and say “oh, you got one of each, you’re done!”) So that means I’ve decorated a nursery twice, once…. Read more »

Categories: Bedrooms, Color, Nurseries, Planning Your Project

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