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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: 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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Get the Look: Cassandra Karinsky’s Bedroom

Get the Look: Cassandra Karinsky's Bedroom

It seems we’re all in love with white walls these days, doesn’t it? Cassandra Karinsky’s bedroom, pictured above, features a neutral palette and white walls, but draws your attention with carefully chosen pieces and plenty of texture. If you’d like to pull off a similar look in your own home, try incorporating some of the items below.

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The Best Summer Tablecloths

The Best Summer Tablecloths

Summer! The season of tomatoes and watermelon, and all sorts of delicious fresh food! So, since we’re going to be doing all of this wonderful eating, how’s your tablecloth looking? Not so good? Nonexistent? Let’s remedy that, shall we?

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21 Amazing Black and White Art Pieces

Black and White are for your Home

Whether you prefer photography, painting, or illustration, black and white artwork is easy to incorporate into your home. It mixes well with practically any color scheme, and complements other pieces of art nicely as well. Below are several options for various types of art. Hopefully you’ll find a new favorite among them!

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24 Pretty Planters and Pots for Your Garden

24 Pretty Planters and Pots for Your Garden

Looking for a way to spruce up your porch with flowers, or to add interest to your garden? How about a special something for a new houseplant? Here are two dozen of the prettiest planters and pots to choose from.

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Get the Look: Amazing Leather Dining Chairs

Get the Look: Amazing Leather Dining Chairs

These leather dining chairs are totally stealing the show, are they not? They can be purchased through Jayson Home. I’d also love to see a similar space designed around Charlotte Perriand’s Les Arcs chairs. Sadly, they are no longer in production, but the originals can still be readily found on sites like 1st Dibs. They can be pricey at over $1000 per chair, depending on their condition (knockoffs can sometimes be found for a tenth of the price, but the design is lacking).

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Get the Look: A Bold Wallpapered Entry

Get the Look: A Bold Wallpapered Entry

Entryways are great places to make a style statement with wallpaper. They’re often small spaces, so you don’t need to buy and hang as much paper. They’re also the first thing guests see as they enter your home, so the impact creates a great first impression. The wallpapered entry above strikes a nice balance between old and new, with plenty of vintage pieces combined in a modern way and a very current color palette. Get the look with the items below.

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