Making it Yours (MiY)

Dream Home (MIY: Borghese Dresser)

Making it Yours (MIY), a new feature for Making it Lovely, continues today. I’m following one piece of furniture through several stages in an imagined life and presenting a mood board for each. The first item I’ve been designing around is the Borghese 3-Drawer Dresser.

The dresser has had quite a journey, showing up in our fictional girl’s nursery, teenage bedroom,first (tiny) apartment, and first home. Many years have passed but the dresser is still holding up and is now headed with her to her dream home.

Dream Home

The table lamp from her last home is here, along with the side table she’s had since her first apartment. Her taste has changed over the years though, and now she leans more toward a subtly glamorous look. A velvet sofa and graceful chair are complemented by silk curtains and a matching pillow. Our girl does still love color and pattern, and that’s brought in with yellow walls, a patterned pillow and a gorgeous patterned rug.

Here are all five of the rooms I’ve designed featuring the Borghese 3-Drawer Dresser. Several items appear in more than one setting, just as you would bring items with you from home to home.


I hope you’ve enjoyed the first edition of Making it Yours!

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  • Laurie Crist
    September 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Just wanted to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed the feature, especially with a few holdover items and the thoughtfully evolving style. Even the semi-cringe-worthy moments in “teenage” and “tiny” add to the realism.

  • dwellings and decor
    September 30, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Your mood boards are gorgeous! They are so well put together and your designs are very practical and realistic.

  • Amy
    September 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    I too have enjoyed the journey. I love the mix of textures with the gray and yellow color combo of the “Dream Home” room. Can’t wait to see future editions of MIY.

  • Lindsay
    September 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I loved, loved, loved, the MIY! Now I have a request/idea. My husband and I are looking to buy a 2 bedroom condo in the city (we currently have a one bedroom), but they all look the same! What ideas would you have to make these generic condos look great??

  • Miss B
    September 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Enjoyed it? I LOVED it!!!! You are so creative and I thought the bedroom was my fave but this my dear is sooo me! I love every inch of it and I would have NEVER come up with anything like this on my own. You are a star! You are my new favorite interior decorator…

  • gumbo
    September 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    If you ever start a side gig in home design, I’m signing up as a client. Loved this feature, love your designs.

  • DecorPad
    September 30, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Tres Chic! My favorite mood board! Absolutely beautiful!

  • Claire Patrick
    September 30, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    This feature was awesome – I loved the progression of things….especially since I feel like I’m right in the middle of that myself, and definitely have some furniture pieces I’ve carried through different stages of life. (: It’s such a fun feature. Can’t wait for the next one! (:

  • 315thomas
    September 30, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    fabulous! i loved seeing the progression… can’t wait to see this new feature again!

  • kristy
    September 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    I really loved this feature and enjoy your blog. Thanks for providing a nice break from office craziness to dream a little bit!

  • Joi
    September 30, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Absolutely lovely. I really don’t know which mood board I liked the best—they are all amazing!!!!

  • Tory
    September 30, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    I love, love, love your new feature, Nicole! You’ve done a fabulous job. You’ve even got me thinking I need that velvet sofa.

  • Nicole RJ
    September 30, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Fab new series! I’ve loved following along – and drooling over many of your choices!

  • harp
    September 30, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I’ve been lurking on your blog for quite some time now and have to tell you how seriously talented you are, this MIY feature just gives more evidence to what was already the general consensus. You need to be on HGTV!

  • Laurie G.
    September 30, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    You’re awesome. I really enjoy and am inspired to action by your design boards!

  • Seleta
    September 30, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    You are so #$%*# good. [hee hee]

  • Sarah
    October 1, 2008 at 2:57 am

    Am absolutely loving this feature! Just wish I lived in the US to get access to the amazing furniture, but I love being inspired by your blog and by other contributors!

  • Sara McG
    October 1, 2008 at 3:27 am

    I am delurking and absolutely love your blog. The MIY series is amazing, it has inspired me to actually purchase some great “heirloom” pieces that I can take with me and pass down to my children someday.

  • Jo J
    October 1, 2008 at 4:45 am

    Seriously great feature ~ this blog rocks!

  • clistyB
    October 1, 2008 at 10:15 am

    oh guess what?! The Borghese dressers are the nightstands in the new house on Tori and Dean Home Sweet Hollywood! You can see them in the episode about their housewarming party.
    oh yes, I love that show

  • Sam
    October 1, 2008 at 10:23 am

    This feature is fantastic! I really love the last room.

  • Chicaholic
    October 1, 2008 at 11:48 am

    I still cannot get enough of that dresser. I think a piece like that really stands out in a bedroom. LOVE the different rooms you put together!


  • Michele
    October 1, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Wow! Fab room designs!

  • JuliaL
    October 1, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    I love this! it was such a clever idea :-) I have two mirrored night stands… I wonder how they will take the transition through the ages.

    Love your blog!

  • Susan
    October 1, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Please keep up the MIY. I have absolutely loved it. While all the designs were chic, the nursery was by far my favorite!!

  • jennie
    October 1, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    What a great new feature. I’ll be looking forward to more MIY.

  • Stockton
    October 2, 2008 at 7:32 am

    What a great feature! I love each and every room you’ve put together, you’re so talented!

  • whitney
    October 2, 2008 at 8:49 am

    love these posts…thanks for doing this!

  • cassandra
    October 2, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    LOVE the ‘making it yours’ boards. so cool! and that sofa from room & board? awesome. i want it (with tufting of course). great finds, my dear! you always have the best resources.

  • Jenny
    October 2, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    I love MIY as well. So well done and so very inspirational.

  • Making it Lovely
    October 3, 2008 at 9:01 am

    I’m so glad you all enjoyed the new feature! I had a LOT of fun with it, so I’ll definitely be doing more!

  • jo
    October 4, 2008 at 2:01 am

    i love love love this feature! can’t wait to see the next one!

  • Lou
    October 4, 2008 at 2:58 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and love it! It’s cheerful and I can’t wait to see what projects you’re cooking up. I loved this idea and can’t wait to see any more installments. Also I love your monthly style boards and any mood boards you do up. Just wanting to say I love your blog!

  • panyizsuzsi
    October 6, 2008 at 5:34 am

    I love the idea of MIY. I loved the whole series. I hope more to come! Thanks a lot!

  • Marianthi
    October 9, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Dear Nicole,
    enjoyed reading your blog lately after a link I followed from my other favourite Decor8.
    I really love the pictures and the whole styling in your moodboards. I find it really inspiring and a great idea for quick communication with the clients. Is there a particular set up that you use or a special programme apart from photoshop? can you please please reveal your secret…


  • Rebecca
    October 9, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Such a fantastic series! I look forward to seeing the next one! You have great style + charm – thanks for the great site!

  • sweetpea
    January 27, 2009 at 10:45 am

    I love your quick “magazine style” boards. Do you use a particular software or something like photoshop or powerpoint?

  • Jamilah
    April 1, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I love your pick for the sofa. I have been eyeing this sofa for about a month now. I can not figure out which color you choose for the board. Is it grey or charcoal? I also wanted to tell you that I absolutely love this site, I just stumbled across it yesterday and I can’t get enough of it. I found it through Alkemie’s blogsite. Keep up the good work!

  • Eileen
    April 7, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    What a great site! I had the same question as sweetpea above about what software you use to make your MIY boards. I would love to play around with this, and don’t worry I’ll never be as talented as you ; )

    Thanks, E

  • Chrystal
    September 26, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Love your mood boards. Very nice.