Design Services

I’d 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 for over ten years, and I’m now offering additional services to clients, both in-person and through e-design. Let’s work together!

Black and White Striped Sofa, Matching Black and White Striped Top | Making it Lovely

I work on houses new and old, but I specialize 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.

Now accepting clients in the Chicagoland area!


Every project begins with an in-home consultation, either as the first step in working together or as a standalone service. Two hours, me and you. We can talk paint colors (I love picking colors), furniture layout, and more, giving you the direction you need to get started or to continue on with a full service design.

Full Service

Let’s transform your space! We can make the things you already own sing, or start from scratch. Let’s embrace what makes your house special, conceal and correct where needed, and make your home, well, lovely. I’m here to help you from the initial concept to the final installation so you can have your very own big reveal moment.

Interested, but not local?


Outside of the Chicagoland area or looking for a design plan you can implement yourself? I accept a limited number of e-design clients monthly. You’ll receive a design mood board, recommendations for paint colors, fabrics, and more, and a shoppable list of everything you need to makeover your own space. We can even create a floor plan or 3D rendering to really help you visualize your new space!

What can I expect?

Each project is unique. Need help choosing art, rearranging the furniture, or making sure you’re really picking the right paint colors? I’m here for you. Want to create the home library of your dreams, ladder and all? I have one, and I highly recommend it. Let’s make it happen for you, too. Or maybe you’re ready to whip the whole house into shape, redo that dated bathroom, or create the kitchen you’ve been dreaming about. Tell me all about it! I’d love to help.

I’m as comfortable picking fabrics as I am picking up a saw. I won’t 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.

Below is an example of a design from concept to completion. For more about what you can expect for your exact project, let’s chat. There’s a form to reach me at the bottom.

E-Design and Full-Service Decorating | Interior Design in Chicago by Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely

Ready to take the first step?

Schedule a quick phone call or send me a message using the form below. I would love to hear from you!

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