Posts by Nicole Balch

Nicole Balch

Get the Look: A Happy Transitional Kitchen

TREND: All-neutral kitchens in a transitional style, but with happy hits of color and whimsy.

With so many kitchens these days sporting white cabinets, wooden floors, and stainless steel appliances, we tend to turn to artwork and accessories to bring color and personality in. The kitchen above is a great example of how adding just a few whimsical elements and colorful pieces can elevate a space and make it feel lived in. If you like the look and want to introduce similar elements into your home, you can do so with the items below!

  1. Rope and Clear Cylinder Glass Pendant Light, Shades of Light
  2. Small Lacquer Tray, West Elm
  3. Andalusia Wool Dhurrie, West Elm
  4. Fish Pitcher (used as vase), GurglePot
  5. Nine-O™ Barstool in Green, Emeco
  6. Happy Bird Print, Studio Mela

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: Decorating with Pink and Blue

TREND: Pink and blue move beyond the baby’s nursery.

When you hear of decorating with pink and blue, especially paired together, people tend to think of nurseries or kids’ rooms. The colors can easily look right at home in adult spaces too though! The trick is to keep either the pink or the blue bright and saturated, as opposed to using pastel “baby” colors. The living room above is a great example of this in action. The blue is soft and sweet, but that vivid pink (almost magenta) keeps things lively. You can get a similar look with the items below.

  1. Blue Lacquer Hexagon Tray, Jonathan Adler
  2. Pink Hydrangea Stems (Faux), Pottery Barn (or use fresh flowers, of course!)
  3. Paint: Tropical Breeze, Behr
  4. Louis XVI Hand-Carved Upholstered Chair, Restoration Hardware
  5. Campaign Coffee Table, Horchow
  6. Athena Bone Glazed Lamp, Lamps Plus
  7. Fruit Bowl and Plate with Biscuits, Cézanne print, Art.com
  8. Eton Sofa with Slipcover, Ballard Designs
  9. Eyelash Coral Pillow, Crate & Barrel
  10. Linden Lake Pillow, Linden Lake Pillow

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: Demijohn as Statement Piece

TREND: Demijohn bottles as singular statements.

The dining room above gets a boost from an interesting sconce and chandelier, but most of the focus is drawn to the spray of pink blossoms in a large, blue demijohn. Take that centerpiece away, and the room falls flat. It seems people have been drawn to these small-necked, large-bottomed glass vessels as standalone design statements with increasing frequency over the past few seasons. The oversized scale is appealing, and the transparency of glass allows them to take up a lot of space in a room without overwhelming it. If you’re drawn to the look, you can achieve it with the similar items below. And don’t forget a couple of flowering branches or long-stemmed blooms to complete the look!

  1. Claire Chandelier, Ballard Designs
  2. Multi Mirror Star Wall Sconce, Shades of Light
  3. Vintage Paper Chandelier Shade, Shades of Light
  4. Threshold Demijohn Blue Vase, Target
  5. Claire de Lune Cane Arm Chair, Wayfair
  6. Caprice Pedestal Table, Ballard Designs
  7. Dusty Miller Paint, Glidden

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: A Patterned Pair

TREND: Patterned chair pairs.

The living room above starts with a fairly neutral base. Natural wood, a cream sofa and Moroccan rug, a mirror and a white lamp all look fine together, but they need a little oomph. Enter a pair of fun green chairs, and accent wall that subtly picks up on the color, and a few bright accessories, and you have a lot more interest in the room! You can get a similar look with a pair of any of the chairs below.

  1. Helmes Wing Chair in Matisse Ikat Moiré, Ballard Designs
  2. Stockholm Mosta Green Chair, IKEA
  3. Helmes Wing Chair in Damask Green EasyCare, Ballard Designs
  4. Thatcher Upholstered Wingback Chair, Pottery Barn
  5. Helmes Wing Chair in Trellis Kiwi Sunbrella, Ballard Designs
  6. Study Wheatgrass Wingback Chair, CB2

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: New Boho

TREND: Channeling bohemian style in a new, more tailored way.

Take one part vivid colors, one part rough-hewn vintage texture, and one part pattern. Mix well and serve as the new take on bohemian style. The cozy spot above is a home office that embodies the look, and you can get a similar room with the items below. Get those dining chairs in multiples and set the table with dishes instead of books, and it would make a fantastic dining room, too!

  1. Parker Settee, Ballard Designs
  2. Solid Slate Kantha Throw, West Elm
  3. Phaleonopsis Orchid, Hooks and Lattice (this one is faux, but real ones are easy to come by at florists)
  4. Simone Wicker Dining Chairs, Ballard Designs
  5. Vintage Ladders, Treasures by Betsy
  6. Parallel Reality Rug, FLOR
  7. Wine Barrel Chandelier, Restoration Hardware

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: A Kid’s Room with Antique and Vintage Touches

TREND: A collected over time look for the home, even in kids’ rooms.

We continue to see a trend away from mass-produced and obviously new items when decorating, and that translates to all spaces in the home. Yes, even for kids’ rooms! There’s something wonderfully warm and homey about living among storied pieces with a sense of history, isn’t there? The dresser in the kid’s room above is most likely an antique, and several other elements in the room may be true vintage or antique finds as well, but you can get a similar look with the items below.

  1. Zebra Print Pillow, Pillows by Dezign
  2. Welcome to the Jungle Quilt, The Land of Nod
  3. Framed World Map, National Geographic Store
  4. Framed U.S. Map, National Geographic Store
  5. Eames Molded Fiberglass Dowel-Leg Armchair (DFAW) , Design Within Reach
  6. Ashby Dresser, Pottery Barn

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely