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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My vintage teacups & saucers

Nicole's Latest Post

2014 Color Trends for Home

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… Read more »

December 10th, 2013

My Uniform for Painting Clothes

  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… Read more »

Categories: Getting Started, Painting Tips

July 29th, 2013

Tips for Using Painters Tape

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… Read more »

Categories: How to Paint, Painting Tips

June 20th, 2013

Fun Front Door Colors

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… Read more »

Categories: Color, Inspiration

May 30th, 2013

Using Mood Boards to Decorate

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… Read more »

Categories: Color, Inspiration, Planning Your Project

April 18th, 2013

How to Choose Bathroom Finishes

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

March 26th, 2013

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 »

Categories: Color, Inspiration

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