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

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 »

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

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