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.

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Nicole's Latest Post

Fresh Laundry Room Colors

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 »

March 5th, 2013

Playing with Kitchen Wall Colors

When I last shared my kitchen here, I mentioned that I liked yellow for kitchen wall colors, but after five years of it in my own home, I was ready… Read more »

Categories: Before & Afters, Inspiration, Kitchens

February 5th, 2013

5 Reasons to Paint Your Home this Winter

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

December 19th, 2012

My New Laundry Room

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

November 27th, 2012

My Dining Room’s Evolution

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

October 25th, 2012

My Lovely Home Office Makeover

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

September 27th, 2012

Pink? In The Living Room?

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

August 30th, 2012

Inspired By Grandma’s Kitchen

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

August 3rd, 2012

A Neutral Chameleon of a Bedroom

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

July 2nd, 2012

A Budget Bathroom Makeover

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