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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

Get The Look: Bedroom with a Mural Wall

Get The Look: Bedroom with a Mural Wall

The wallpaper in the bedroom above steals the show. The room looks amazing, even managing to look good with a milk crate standing in for a bedside table! If you’re drawn to the look, you can use the items below to recreate something similar for your own home. (Though if it were me, I might skip the crate.)

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Get The Look: Miriam Alia’s Pink Bedroom

Get The Look: Miriam Alia's Pink Bedroom

Miriam Alia’s pink bedroom is more fit for a Bond girl than a princess. Arguably the sweetest color, pink goes glam with a mix of texture, line, and curve. Want to get the look? Start with a white upholstered bed, white walls and white bedding and then layer in the items below.

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Get the Look: A Peter Dunham Living Room

Peter Dunham Living Room

Designer Peter Dunham created the inviting room above. The masculine lines of the sofa against the more feminine wallpaper is especially appealing, and the room looks comfortable and chic at the same time. If you’d like to achieve a similar look in your home, you can do so with the items below.

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Beautiful Bar Carts

Beautiful Bar Carts

There’s something so chic about serving a cocktail from a gorgeous bar cart. Even if you’re not much of a drinker, a bar cart could be an excellent addition to your home. Use one as a coffee/tea/cocoa station, or think outside of the beverage realm and repurpose a cart for something else entirely. Below are some of the best options out there!

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Stylish Small Storage

Stylish Small Storage

We all have odds and ends around the house that need storing, so why not do it stylishly? There are so many beautiful baskets, bins, and boxes out there to choose from, and below are some of the best options.

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Vintage Stove Style

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When dreaming about remodeling a kitchen, most people imagine that everything would be new. We might picture a gorgeous new counter on top of brand new cabinets, a faucet as beautiful as it is functional, and gleaming state-of-the-art appliances. Some though, dream of something a little different: a vintage stove. Whether incorporated into an existing kitchen or worked into a newly designed space, vintage stoves bring added character!

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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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