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Hello, I'm Nicole.

Pleased to meet you.

I’m Nicole Balch, and my team and I would love to work with you to decorate or renovate your home. I’ve been designing and styling for corporate clients and have chronicled the design and renovation of my own homes since 2007 on Making it Lovely. I’m now offering services directly to clients, both in-person and through e-design. Let’s work together!

I’m as comfortable picking fabrics as I am picking up a saw. I may not be personally getting my hands dirty on your project, but I’ve done my fair share of renovating, and my background in both architecture and as a former handyman means I understand home renovation from all angles.

I work on houses new and old, specializing in the design and renovation of historic homes. We can be sensitive to a home’s past while incorporating the best of today. Miles of unpainted wood to work with? I’ve been there. Old home quirks? Of course! I live in an 1891 Victorian in Oak Park — I know all about quirks. Let’s respect the best of your old home while modernizing to make it work for you and your family today.

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Nicole Balch