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Designer Nicole Balch transforms the so-so into the lovely. As she begins decorating her new home, a Victorian painted lady, she invites readers of her blog, Making it Lovely to follow along, offer advice, and gain inspiration from her creative process. Making it Lovely was named one of the 50 World’s Best Design Blogs by the London Times Online, and Nicole’s work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune Magazine, Time Out Chicago, ReadyMade, Everyday with Rachael Ray, CS Interiors, and other publications.

Recent Posts by Nicole Balch

Hello, Fall

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There’s a chill in the air and depending on where you live, autumn leaves are displaying fantastic golds, reds, and oranges. Fall is here and in full effect! Why not celebrate the season with a few changes to the inside of your home to reflect the changing outside? The vases above would complement autumn’s colors perfectly, as would any of the items below.

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3 Styles to Pair With Caesarstone’s Calacatta Nuvo

3 Styles to Pair With Caesarstone’s Calacatta Nuvo

Calacatta Nuvo is Caesarstone’s latest offering, bringing you the beauty of marble in an easier to care for material. The look has been popular for years now, but it is a timeless addition to a kitchen and it pairs well with a wide range of finishes and styles. Here are a few options to consider!

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Constance and Laurent’s Office

Constance and Laurent’s Office

The office of Parisian couple Constance and Laurent is simple and luxe at the same time. The furniture’s clean lines and the architecture’s simplicity are complemented by a plush Moroccan rug, classic window treatments, and a bit of softness on the seat, courtesy of a sheepskin. You can create a similar look in your home with the items below.

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Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Accessories in the kitchen can make a well-designed space look even better, and can distract from a multitude of sins in a kitchen that might need a little updating. If you need a dishtowel, make it a cheery one! Like cooking with fresh ground pepper? Add a colorfully designed pepper mill to your counter! Below are some fun finds for the kitchen that add style as well as function.

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12 Fun Patterned Runners

12 Fun Patterned Runners

Hallways and long, narrow spaces can feel unfinished, undecorated, and forgotten. It’s easy to perk these utilitarian spaces up though, just by adding a fun, patterned runner! Below are a dozen of the best ones out there, in a range of styles, colors, and prices, so you’re sure to find a winner among them for your home.

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Get the Look: Minnie Mortimer’s Library / Dining Room

Get the Look: Minnie Mortimer’s Library / Dining Room

Image: Vogue, Photographed by Claiborne Swanson Frank The room above in Minnie Mortimer’s home beautifully does double duty as a library and a dining room. The choice was practical (too many books, not enough storage), as well as aesthetic (a wall of books is beautiful!). You can get a similar look by lining your walls in  Continue Reading »

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Get the Look: Zoe Murphy’s Dining Room

Get the Look: Zoe Murphy's Dining Room

The dining room of Zoe Murphy is simple, comprised of just a few key pieces, and yet it has tremendous impact. The iconic Eames dowel chairs are instantly recognizable and lend a certain design cache, and they look fresh paired with a modern table and oversized green pendant lamp. White walls recede into the background, letting the furniture shine, and the palette is restrained with just the green for a real shot of color. To achieve a similar look in your own home, try incorporating the items below!

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An Affordable Flush Mount Light Goes Glam

An Affordable Flush Mount Light Goes Glam

I love that brass has made a big comeback in the design world, and I hope it’s here to stay for a while. Sometimes the finish comes at a higher cost though, as most of the big box stores are still focused on bronze as an alternative to the standard nickel fixtures that are still so prevalent. With a little DIY know-how though, you can transform a basic flush mount light into something a lot more luxe, which is just what Sarah Gibson did.

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15 of the Best Upholstered Benches

15 Best Upholstered Benches

Upholstered benches are great at the end of a bed, along a long hallway, or in a corner of the living room. A little extra soft seating is always a nice thing to have, and they’re great in a pinch when you have guests in need of a place to perch. The upholstered benches below would be great options if you’ve been thinking about adding one to your home. They may even inspire to you find a spot for one! (For our favorite unupholstered benches, see part one of this article.)

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12 of the Best Unupholstered Benches

12 of the Best Unupholstered Benches

Maybe you have messy kids, or a dog that likes to jump up on the furniture with muddy paws. Maybe you want to pull up a bench to the dining table without worry of spills and crumbs dropping and staining. Or maybe you just like the look of unupholstered benches. If you’re on the lookout for one to add to your home, here are a dozen of the best to choose from. (For our favorite upholstered benches, see part two of this article.)

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