Posts by Nicole Balch

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Get the Look: Colorful Kitchen Cabinetry

TREND: Bright, bold colors for kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen cabinetry tends to come in two very popular flavors: all-white or a stained wood finish. Maybe that’s why it’s so refreshing to see the trend of choosing bold, happy color for your kitchen cabinets taking off! Why not go with a fantastic green, your favorite shade of deep blue, or in the case of the kitchen above, a strong yellow? It’s so much more personal, and shouldn’t that be the goal for your home?

You can achieve a similar look with the items below. Get ready to break out the paint!

  1. Pendant Chandelier, LampsPlus
  2. Large Scarlet Disc Pitcher, Fiestaware
  3. Salong Glass White Vase, IKEA
  4. Le Creuset Cast Iron Dutch Oven, Williams-Sonoma
  5. Light Turquoise Bowl, IKEA
  6. Galvanized Marais Chair, Industry West
  7. Canary Song Yellow Paint, Glidden
  8. Martha Stewart Living Purestyle Cabinets, The Home Depot
  9. Glass Votive Candle Holders, Glassybaby

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: A Neutral, Natural Christmas

TREND: Understated Christmas decorations.

There is, of course, no right or wrong way to decorate for Christmas. Among the shine of gold and silver and the bold color schemes however, a more simplified approach has stood out this year. Understated decorations, fitting in with ease to the decor already in place are a lovely way to deck the halls. The room above is a wonderful example, and you can achieve a similar look with the items below.

  1. Golden Pine Christmas WreathLynch Creek Farm<
  2. Mixed Greenery, Lynch Creek Farm
  3. Burlap Ribbon, Amazon
  4. Glass Cookie Jar (as vase), eBay
  5. Ivory Burlap Curtains, West Elm
  6. French Script Pillow, Home Living
  7. Personalized Wall Plaque, Ballard Designs
  8. Henry Coffee Table, Cost Plus World Market
  9. Handspun Jute Rug, Rugs USA
  10. Ektorp Sofa, IKEA

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: Woven Reed Texture in the Bedroom

TREND: Natural woven reed textures like wicker, seagrass, and rattan in the home

Beachy, natural textures are perennial favorites in the home, but lately, the look has taken a decidedly modern bent. Who says wicker has to read country? Take out the fuss, mix in some graphic patterns (stripes or other geometrics), and add a touch of industrial style to the mix for a fresh take. The bedroom above is a perfect example, with it’s clean lines and mid-century styling. That bed is a wicker model that IKEA sold years ago, but you can get a similar style with the items below.

  1. Vintage Suitcase, Epoch Co
  2. Forsa Work Lamp, IKEA
  3. Tallulah Duvet Cover, Bed Bath & Beyond
  4. Striped Favorite Throw, West Elm
  5. Ashby Park Bed, Homeclick.com
  6. Mid-Century Nightstand, West Elm

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: Black, White, and Wood

TREND: Minimal black and white palettes, with natural wood tones

Oh, how I love this room! White walls, mixed with graphic black and white patterns, can look a bit stark. Add in some rough textures and natural wooden tones though, and the space warms right up. It seems that we all can’t get enough of this look lately, judging by my Pinterest feed, and I’m definitely on board with the look.

Try the items below for a similar design.

  1. Antique Portrait Painting, eBay
  2. Stacked Logs Installation Tutorial, Pepper Design Blog
  3. Ornate Antique Chairs, Chairish
  4. Vertigo Striped Wallpaper, Ferm Living
  5. Luxembourg Tufted Chaise, Ballard Designs
  6. Zig Zag Throw, Jonathan Adler
  7. Threshold Bronze Pharmacy Lamp, Target

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely

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Get the Look: A Natural Nautical Dining Room

TREND: Nautical stripes and colors, plus natural textural elements

The dining room above is mixing two great trends to great effect. Nautical stripes get a traditional nod in the throws and a playful jolt in the rug, and the color palette is a classic navy blue and white (plus a little warmth from the red side of the color wheel). The room also has natural elements at play though, from the cool marble of the table top to the woven chairs and wood blinds. You can get a similar look with the items below.

  1. Fiddle Leaf Fig, Check Local Nurseries
  2. Woven Wood Shades, Blinds.com
  3. Saudades Pillow, CB2
  4. Favorite Striped Throw, West Elm
  5. Como Pendant Lamp, Crate & Barrel
  6. Genevieve Gorder Junction Rug, Hayneedle
  7. Seagrass Bucket Armchair, Pottery Barn
  8. Isabella Wallpaper, Graham & Brown
  9. La Coupole Bistro Table, Williams-Sonoma Home

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: Hot Pink and Green in the Office

TREND: Strong colors and patterns, mixed together

This office uses elements that are anything but subtle (see: hot pink chair, zebra-print ottoman, et all), but mixes them together in a way that looks cohesive and even calm. The key is sticking with a tried and true color palette like the preppy staple of pink and green, and then punching it up with bolder versions of that color within the room. Then just vary the textures and scale of patterns, and you’ve got a winning room.

You can get a similar look with the items below.

  1. Alisha Ottoman Bench, Walmart
  2. Geo Zipper Orange Drum Shade Pendant, Shades of Light
  3. Billy Bookcase (with a DIY plywood overlay), IKEA
  4. Croft and Barrow Outdoor Pillow, Kohl’s
  5. I Like Big Books and I Can Not Lie Print, Theloveshop
  6. Reid Adjustable Desk Lamp, Lumens.com
  7. Rose Silk Paint, Benjamin Moore
  8. Baby Seal Black Paint, Benjamin Moore
  9. Jacqui Console/Desk, Bungalow 5
  10. Peonies for the Table Print, Pratt Creek Art
  11. Fuchsia Nina Chair, Cost Plus World Market
  12. Slim Coffee Table, Room & Board

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely