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Nicole Balch/ Making it Lovely  Designer renovating #thelovelyvictorian, our 1891 Victorian home. Mom of 3, fan of pink.

Chicago friends, thank you for making our recent Flash Sale for Charity a success! @yellowbrickhome, @houseofhipstersblog, and I loved seeing your happy faces in person and it felt great to see all of the proceeds go off to our favorite causes. @housingforward, @crisp_chicago, and @jacksonchance11 benefitted, and hopefully you found some fun new goodies to take home with you too. ❤️ Should we all do it again sometime?

Hippity hoppity happy Easter! 🐇The kids have found all of the Easter eggs and are currently running on sugar.

BRB, just watching my kid learn how to work this space weapon thing. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Star Wars Celebration was held here in Chicago this year. Brandon was in nostalgia heaven. I’ve seen about half of the movies, so I’m definitely the odd one out here (at the conference and in this family). #starwarscelebration

I've been making plans for our backyard. I can't take specific plant ideas from Palm Springs, but I’m always inspired by the secret garden feel of walking around at the Parker. ⠀
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#palmspringsstyle #marimekko #caftan #garden #gardenlove #gardeninspiration #interiorandgarden #gardendecoration #outdoorliving #instagarden #MyBHG #myhousebeautiful #casualchichome #BHGflowers #getgrowing #palmspringslife #palmspringsmodern #palmspringsliving

Lily got her first big haircut and no longer looks like a shaggy muppet. She’s dog-shaped again! Calvin kept saying he really liked “this black and white dog” and when he started talking about naming her James we realized he had thought that we traded Lily in for a different model. 😂

Brandon made one small change to our home decor while I was gone. I spotted it immediately upon my return.

First, there was the dress that I knew matched my living room. Then came the accidental (yet perfect) match with the guest room. So I figured, hey, three makes it a series! Look at me just blending right in with these stripes. Where’d I go!? (What can we call this? #housetwinning?) 👯 #thelovelyvictorian #liketkit #LTKhome @liketoknow.it http://liketk.it/2AzBx

Two years ago, my son’s room got this big makeover. The somewhat unconventional desk placement has been perfect for LEGOs and more than one kid playing at a time (one at the chair, one or two sitting in the bed). The upholstered bed still looks new, and the wall color (Dutch Boy, Frosted Olive) is that perfect blue but not baby blue that we wanted (North-facing window makes it more blue than the name would lead you to believe). Small changes to a room that’s not overly “kid” and themey will keep it growing with him. The most important addition for him lately? A radio. And headphones. #thelovelyvictorian

Instagram’s back! I, uh, hadn’t noticed it was down for a whole day, nope... 👀

Once again, I’ve dressed to match my home. 💁🏻‍♀️ Except this time I didn’t even realize I had until I watched my IG Stories about making room for the big dollhouse after getting this @younghouselove dresser! I color-blocked perfectly to blend in. Well done, me. Also, this is perhaps the most awkward spot to stand and photograph myself in? I had some questions about the pants though, so I tagged everything and found direct links to what I could through @liketoknow.it (I’m @makingitlovely over there too.) #thelovelyvictorian #liketkit #LTKhome http://liketk.it/2Aru0 #housetwinning

I still have three rolls of this mural left - enough for a 52” wide space. Secretly awesome closet? Line some drawers? It’s too good to let it go to waste. ❤️ #thelovelyvictorian

I went out to buy kid’s shoes, but how could I pass up an under $30 dress that perfectly matches my living room? Because that’s how I shall judge future clothing purchases now. “I don’t know, it’s cute but can I coordinate with my decor in this?” 💁🏻‍♀️ #thelovelyvictorian #liketkit @liketoknow.it http://liketk.it/2Alzg #housetwinning

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