Nicole Balch has a terrific eye for detail. Her rooms have lots of texture and depth from fabrics to paint to wallpaper. She carefully plots her design plans on the home and often shows a mock-up of the changes before she executes. Her layouts of her decorating ideas are similar to a magazine spread. I also love her idea to photograph her daughter (with handmade number ribbons) every month in the eames rocker to document her growth. Nicole is amazingly talented!
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Nicole's blog has evolved into a very lovely spot to get lost in online. Her design sensibility is fresh and feminine, and her graphic design skills really set her site apart as unique and visually quite stunning.
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On nicole's site I get to move out of my neutral, constantly-renovating world and virtually live in a brave colourful and clean home for a while.
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I love that there are so many fresh ideas drawn from all the different parts of Nicole's life -- her business (designing and selling stationery), her home (remodeled Oak Park bungalow), her family (husband Brandon, and his tolerance of the colour pink) and now baby Eleanor, too -- again, she documents motherhood in her own fresh and lively way.
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Nicole is authentic, approachable, and her own individual. All of these traits shine in her blog.
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Nicole is true to herself and that reflects clearly in her incredible sense of style. What I would do to be half as bold and creative!
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Love her style and how she handles household design with a young 'un in the home. Kid friendly doesn't mean surrendering creative design!
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I really enjoy watching the evolution of Nicole's home and following her process. The clever detail she and her husband put into their home is delightful.
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Nicole's blog makes you think outside the box - she brings such great character and personality to her home (and her shop!) and it makes me appreciate the color pink so much more!
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