Nicole Balch At BlogPodium 2012

This past weekend, design bloggers and businesses gathered at the Arcadian Loft in Toronto to mingle and share ideas at BlogPodium. Bloggers Lindsay Stephenson of Aubrey + Lindsay’s Little House Blog and Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators worked hard to pull together an inspiring event with a great line-up of speakers. It was wonderful to meet the faces behind some of our favourite blogs.

As part of the event, a panel of blogging experts discussed their blogging business strategies. Pictured above is Cheryl Kozoriz of GlucksteinHome, Laura Muirhead, who works on social media campaigns, Lindsay, Christine Dovey of Bijou and Boheme and moderator Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, a Benjamin Moore colour and design specialist.

Keynote speaker Nicole Balch of the popular Making it Lovely blog made her first journey across the border from Chicago to Toronto, and shared her blogging expertise with everyone. Note the pretty mason jar centerpieces in the room.

Nicole says her blog is “about living a stylish life and transforming the so-so,” and she certainly covers both those areas. Nicole started her blog in January 2007 as a means of keeping her in-laws informed about her and her husband’s new home upgrades, but soon her readers grew beyond family and others were equally as curious to learn about her latest projects. Pictured above, a cute vignette in her daughter Eleanor’s bedroom, and a DIY terrarium project.

I especially love the results of her DIY outdoor painted rug project. (H&H has a similar stenciled flooring project, too!) She also shares incredibly practical tips on her blog, including info on how to repair torn chair upholstery and how to find a wall stud.

To see more pretty photos, projects and ideas from Nicole, visit her blog at To learn about BlogPodium, visit

Photo credits:
1, 2. Mango Studios
3, 4. Making it Lovely blog

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