From Paris, With Love

Happy Valentine's Day!

I can't think of a better day to share my trip to Paris with you than Valentine's Day.  It feels like the perfect opportunity to reminisce on all of our travels throughout the "City of Love."

Annie and I in Paris's Design Quarter, which was decorated beautifully for Paris Deco-Off!

Annie and I in Paris's Design Quarter, which was decorated beautifully for Paris Deco-Off!

A photo Annie snapped of the breathtaking Eiffel Tower!

A photo Annie snapped of the breathtaking Eiffel Tower!

To be honest, traveling to France wasn’t exactly on my calendar.

It wasn't until Annie committed to the trip that I began day dreaming about celebrating our birthdays together with our design community in the heart of Paris -- I had to agree it was a fabulous idea.

Then our hubbies Doug and Ryan agreed to come and it was on the books!

It was the most wonderful time away.

We had a fabulous time with our fellow Chicago designer friends, James Dolenc and Thomas Riker, pictured here with our wonderful host, Peter Julian of Donghia, and the Elitis team.

We had a fabulous time with our fellow Chicago designer friends, James Dolenc and Thomas Riker, pictured here with our wonderful host, Peter Julian of Donghia, and the Elitis team.

We loved celebrating our birthdays when our friend Peter, of Donghia, coordinated a lovely evening on a house boat overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

We loved celebrating our birthdays when our friend Peter, of Donghia, coordinated a lovely evening on a house boat overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

Our hotel, Relais Christine, embraced classicism and color in such a beautiful way.  The invigorating and bold color scheme was executed so well, that it felt like a breath of fresh air every time I stepped inside.

Our hotel, Relais Christine, embraced classicism and color in such a beautiful way.  The invigorating and bold color scheme was executed so well, that it felt like a breath of fresh air every time I stepped inside.

PARIS DECO OFF + MAISON et OBJET

It's always been on my list to attend Maison et Objet & Paris Deco Off, so I was thrilled when it worked out to attend both shows on this trip!

For those of you who may not be familiar, Paris Deco Off is an annual deign event where 100+ prestigious brands open their showroom doors to present new lines, archived lines, and everything in between.  It's an opportunity to discover future trends while getting a sneak peek of the upcoming collections from the Interior Design industry's leaders.

Maison et Objet, on the other hand, is a bi-annual event reserved specifically for Interior Design trade professionals.  This event highlights the work of incredibly talented and innovative manufacturers and artists that lead our industry.

See below for a few of my favorite moments from both Paris Deco Off and Maison et Objet!

Maison et Objet: The famous "Accents of Paris"

Maison et Objet: The famous "Accents of Paris"

Paris Deco Off: Behind the design - Hearing from the Elitis team on their latest collection.

Paris Deco Off: Behind the design - Hearing from the Elitis team on their latest collection.

Maison et Objet: This artist's work took my breath away - Each individual item was hand moulded and made out of natural resources.

Maison et Objet: This artist's work took my breath away - Each individual item was hand moulded and made out of natural resources.

Paris Deco Off: A magical moment - Here we're down in a Parisian "cave," which is home to all of Pierre Frey's famously archived prints.

Paris Deco Off: A magical moment - Here we're down in a Parisian "cave," which is home to all of Pierre Frey's famously archived prints.

Maison et Objet: Patterns from Antoinette Poisson - Beautiful enough to frame.

Maison et Objet: Patterns from Antoinette Poisson - Beautiful enough to frame.

Paris Deco Off: Philip & Jeffrey (from PhillipJeffries) presenting their new line of wall coverings to our Chicago design community - Special thank you to the Holly Hunt design team!

Paris Deco Off: Philip & Jeffrey (from PhillipJeffries) presenting their new line of wall coverings to our Chicago design community - Special thank you to the Holly Hunt design team!

A TRIP TO REMEMBER

As you can tell, this trip filled my every bucket:  Cultural influence, phenomenal food, design inspiration, total bonding with our Chicago design community, birthday celebrations, quality time away from the kiddos, and more...

Annie's snap at LAUDREE. Does it get more Parisian?

Annie's snap at LAUDREE. Does it get more Parisian?

Another cozy corner of our hotel, where we enjoyed breakfast every morning!

Another cozy corner of our hotel, where we enjoyed breakfast every morning!

Doug & I "twinning" in our glasses - Lol

Doug & I "twinning" in our glasses - Lol

Are you really in Europe if you don't enjoy an Aperol Spritz?

Are you really in Europe if you don't enjoy an Aperol Spritz?

Je t'aime, Paris!

A FINAL TOAST TO 2017

Happy New YeAR!

We are SO excited for all that 2018 has in store, but wanted to give a final toast to a fabulous 2017!

As we reflect on the past year, we are overwhelmed with gratitude.
It has simply been the best year yet!
We are blessed to have such amazing clients, design partners, friends and family.

In celebration of such a wonderful year, Jeannie's rounded up a few of her favorite personal and professional highlights.

JANUARY

Getting published by CS Interiors. What a way to start off the year & celebrate my birthday!

Getting published by CS Interiors. What a way to start off the year & celebrate my birthday!

Detail shot of the beautiful Bunny Williams table we selected for a client's Family Room.

Detail shot of the beautiful Bunny Williams table we selected for a client's Family Room.

A chic bench for an even chicer client.

A chic bench for an even chicer client.

FEBRUARY

A light and bright Living Room for an inspiring #FavClient !!

A light and bright Living Room for an inspiring #FavClient !!

So energized by our newest team member, Natalee - My best investment this year!

So energized by our newest team member, Natalee - My best investment this year!

Our 1st Annual Girls' Sleepover - Held in honor of my mom, Therese Kathleen Redican Righeimer.

Our 1st Annual Girls' Sleepover - Held in honor of my mom, Therese Kathleen Redican Righeimer.

MARCH

A classic and fresh Family Room. Next step: Accessories!

A classic and fresh Family Room. Next step: Accessories!

Friends joining us at our 8th Annual Girls' & Guys' Night Out - An event committed to raising funds for SADS, in loving memory of my niece, Rebecca Righeimer. We were thrilled to have raised over $2,000 this year!

Friends joining us at our 8th Annual Girls' & Guys' Night Out - An event committed to raising funds for SADS, in loving memory of my niece, Rebecca Righeimer. We were thrilled to have raised over $2,000 this year!

Meeting Andy Cohen at the Watch What Happens Live studio in NYC with Doug - Could I look any more excited?!

Meeting Andy Cohen at the Watch What Happens Live studio in NYC with Doug - Could I look any more excited?!

APRIL

What's not to love about a pair of fun ottomans?!

What's not to love about a pair of fun ottomans?!

Our Spring Break getaway to the Cayman Islands.

Our Spring Break getaway to the Cayman Islands.

The celebration of a completed New Construction home. Cheers!

The celebration of a completed New Construction home. Cheers!

MAY

Our bedroom vignette for Dreaming of Design - Special thank you to Chicago Luxury Beds, Maya Romanoff, South Loop Loft, Century Furniture, and Oscar Isberian Rugs!

Our bedroom vignette for Dreaming of Design - Special thank you to Chicago Luxury Beds, Maya Romanoff, South Loop Loft, Century Furniture, and Oscar Isberian Rugs!

The newest member of the Jeannie Balsam Interiors team - Oakley!

The newest member of the Jeannie Balsam Interiors team - Oakley!

We love the way this masculine office turned out - More photos to follow soon!

We love the way this masculine office turned out - More photos to follow soon!

JUNE

An incredibly gorgeous Dining Room design Karen and I presented in June - We cannot wait to have this project photographed!

An incredibly gorgeous Dining Room design Karen and I presented in June - We cannot wait to have this project photographed!

A pretty Master Bedroom design in the works...

A pretty Master Bedroom design in the works...

Having a blast in Nashville with fellow Chicago designers, thanks to Brizo Delta!

Having a blast in Nashville with fellow Chicago designers, thanks to Brizo Delta!

JULY

Some of the most gorgeous pillows we've designed to date!

Some of the most gorgeous pillows we've designed to date!

Early morning yoga while visiting Greece with Doug - An incredible experience!

Early morning yoga while visiting Greece with Doug - An incredible experience!

AUGUST

Spool chairs with style to spare!

Spool chairs with style to spare!

A snapshot from our annual family vacation to Nantucket.

A snapshot from our annual family vacation to Nantucket.

Our team dinner at Skokie Country Club, celebrating successes and setting goals for the rest of the year.

Our team dinner at Skokie Country Club, celebrating successes and setting goals for the rest of the year.

SEPTEMBER

The beginning of our Master Suite renovation - We LOVE our STARK carpet!

The beginning of our Master Suite renovation - We LOVE our STARK carpet!

Annie sipping on her favorite - an Aperol spritz - while on her Milan design trip!

Annie sipping on her favorite - an Aperol spritz - while on her Milan design trip!

The inspiration image for an exciting project we started in September.

The inspiration image for an exciting project we started in September.

OCTOBER

Our team having a blast at the Carpets for a Cause event at Oscar Isberian Rugs, in partnership with Designs4Dignity.  The rug we designed is featured behind us!

Our team having a blast at the Carpets for a Cause event at Oscar Isberian Rugs, in partnership with Designs4Dignity.  The rug we designed is featured behind us!

Thanks to all that have chosen to follow along our journey!

Thanks to all that have chosen to follow along our journey!

A red-hot scheme for a fabulous new client.

A red-hot scheme for a fabulous new client.

NOVEMBER

One of the bright and beautiful fabric schemes Annie & I presented over the month.

One of the bright and beautiful fabric schemes Annie & I presented over the month.

My sister, Laura, & I volunteering with the ladies of Sister Parish St. Columbanus.

My sister, Laura, & I volunteering with the ladies of Sister Parish St. Columbanus.

The start of my Master Suite scheme... We are BEYOND excited to see this design come to life over the next few months!

The start of my Master Suite scheme... We are BEYOND excited to see this design come to life over the next few months!

DECEMBER

Our final window vignette for the #FaBforDIFFA cause, in partnership with Farrow & Ball and DIFFA.

Our final window vignette for the #FaBforDIFFA cause, in partnership with Farrow & Ball and DIFFA.

The Jeannie Balsam Interiors team on our Geneva getaway!

The Jeannie Balsam Interiors team on our Geneva getaway!

Hats off to an incredible year & cheers to an even better 2018 !!!

xo,
Jeannie

#FaBforDIFFA

#FaBforDIFFA

Photo via Alex Kelikian.

Photo via Alex Kelikian.

JOIN US IN POSTING PHOTOS TO INSTAGRAM USING THE HASHTAG

#FaBforDIFFA

In order to raise funds and awareness for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS.

If you follow along with us on Instagram (@JeannieBalsamInteriors), you may have seen a few posts regarding the amazing campaign we're so excited to be part of this year:  Windows By Design, in partnership with Farrow & Ball and DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.  This campaign began last year in acknowledgement of World AIDS Day and has grown into an annual social media campaign seeking to raise funds and awareness for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS.

For every photo posted to Instagram with the hashtag #FaBforDIFFA, Farrow & Ball will donate $1 to DIFFA's cause !!

Photo via Alex Kelikian.

Photo via Alex Kelikian.

WINDOWS BY DESIGN

As part of this collaboration, Farrow & Ball asked our firm to design their Chicago showroom's window displays.

Taking inspiration from the iconic New York window vignettes of Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys New York, we learned that these powerhouse creatives leveraged popular culture with holiday sentiment in order to captivate the attention of all urban dwellers.

And if you haven't already guessed, our design stemmed from the popular Netflix show, "Stranger Things."  Mira (my oldest daughter), Alex Kelikian (a dear friend of ours), and I had SUCH a blast coming up with this fun design and executing it for all of Chicago to see!

Check out a few photos below of our final window vignette design & please RE-POST THESE PHOTOS on Instagram with the hashtag #FaBforDIFFA to join the initiative & contribute to the cause!

Photo via Alex Kelikian.

Photo via Alex Kelikian.

Photo via Alex Kelikian.

Photo via Alex Kelikian.

Additional Information:

1.1 Million people are living with HIV in the U.S. -- 1 in 7 of them are unaware of their status.

In 2014, an estimated 37,600 people were diagnosed with HIV in the U.S.

Youth aged 13 to 24 accounted for an estimated 22% of these diagnoses.

DIFFA raises awareness and grants funds to organizations that provide treatment, direct care services, preventive education programs and advocacy for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS.

For every Instagram photo posted using the hashtag #FaBforDIFFA, Farrow & Ball will donate $1 to DIFFA's cause.

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas (For Him)

THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE !
PT. 2

 

As a follow up to our "Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas (For Her),"
we thought it might be useful to offer up a gift guide specifically for the men in your life!

See below for some of our guys' favorite tried-and-true items.
(Gifts they would honestly buy for themselves if given the chance!)

Simply click any image or scroll to the bottom for links to purchase each item - Happy shopping!

xo,
Jeannie

Gifts over $100

 

Gifts under $100

 

GIFTS > $100

Stay Gold Supply Kit by Bespoke Post ($105)
This nifty little set includes a flask, knife, key organizer, and mini cash-can.

Men's ZEROGRAND Wingtip Oxford ($270)
These sneakers are as handsome as they are functional!

Powerbeats3 Wireless Headphones ($130)
Give your guy the gift of multitasking with these wireless headphones.
(Don't men need all the help they can get in this area??)

Patagonia Men's Retro Pile Fleece Pullover ($130)
We're only buying this cozy fleece so that we can borrow it...

The Bedrock Chrono 42mm Watch in Blue by Shinola ($900)
What guy wouldn't love this snazzy Shinola watch?

Men's Authentic Original Lug Weatherproof Boot ($160)
The perfect boots for Chicago's brutal winter season.

Dorset Decanter & Double Old-Fashioned Glasses, Set of 4 ($175)
Because men need to drink in style, too.

Barbour Sylkoil Ashby Jacket ($400)
This jacket is waterproof, warm, and good-looking -- Say no more!

GIFTS < $100

YETI Rambler 30oz Tumbler ($35)
Keeps it hot or keeps it cold all day long !!

Graeter's Ice Cream - Signature Chip Selection Pack ($80)
This pack features almost all of our favorites - Can't forget about their incredibly delicious Buckeye Blitz !!

Logan Card Holder by FRYE ($78)
Slender but mighty.

Black Watch Tie in Black Watch by Tuckernuck ($65)
A festive tie perfect for that holiday party!

The Front Loading Toolbox by Best Made ($98)
The most attractive and innovative toolbox there is!

Ribbed Wool-Blend Boot Socks by Ralph Lauren ($16)
Socks always make the best stocking stuffer.

Polarized Black Running Sunglasses ($25)
These sunglasses are AMAZING!  Lightweight, polarized, and under budget!

Silver Bar Tool Set ($80)
This pretty bar set is what we call a "win-win!"

American Crew Pomade ($18)
Give him the gift of luscious, perfectly in place hair.

The Original Luxardo Maraschino Cherries ($20)
If your man likes a mean Manhattan, these cherries are a must.

 

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas (For Her)

THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE !
PT. 1


& If your schedule has been anything like ours lately, you've barely had time to eat lunch,
much less get all of your gift shopping done!!

That's why we've rounded up a few of our very favorite items (for every budget!)
that make for easy gifts we know she'll love.

Simply click any image or scroll to the bottom for links to purchase each item - Happy shopping!

xo,
Jeannie

GIFTS UNDER $100

 

GIFTS OVER $100

GIFTS < $100

Black Petite Sparkle Earrings by Tuckernuck ($68)
Annie's new stylish party earrings.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color ($29)
Khaki & Amethyst are Jeannie's absolute favs.

Capri Blue Candle by Anthropologie ($30)
Our current studio scent thanks to Natalee's addiction!

Tom Ford Lip Color ($54)
Can't go wrong with color Adora.

A Place to Call Home by Gil Schafer III ($35)
Jeannie's copy just arrived yesterday!

Essie Nail Polish in Berry Naughty ($9)
We're berry in love with this shade.

Perfect Shirt in Stewart Plaid by J. Crew ($78!)
The perfect plaid for the holidays.

Tory Burch Logo Stud Earrings ($78)
Quickly becoming a studio staple - Just ask Annie & Natalee.

Oribe Superfine Hairspray ($22)
The 2.5 oz is the perfect travel size!

Starbucks Gift Card ($25)
We admit we're addicted...

GIFTS > $100

Burberry Heritage Check Cashmere Scarf ($435)
A classic!

10" Eclipse Table Top Accessory, Brass from One Kings Lane ($125)
Your blank bookshelf will thank you!

Kate Spade Margery Heels ($250)
Jeannie's new pair of "wear-all-day" heels.

T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers Luxe ($119)
Jeannie's secret to gorgeous, volumized hair.

Clare V. Genuine Calf Hair Leopard Print Foldover Clutch ($275)
Jeannie's been coveting Annie's for months!

Bedford Tray by Serena & Lily ($148)
Control that coffee-table clutter...

Echo Wrap with Genuine Rabbit Fur Poms ($79)
Jeannie eyed this on a stylish New Yorker last month.