The Rewards of a Spring Field Trip

SPRING.

The season of re-birth and creativity.

Remember Grade School Field Trips? They were my favorite. Now I realize why they were always in the Spring. They were a treat for all of us after surviving the classroom-bound months of our Chicago winters.

This week we were treated to our own version of Field Trips and I was amazed at how visceraly it touched me (and I suppose my inner child!).

We met with two groups of artisans in their workshops and got inspired by their crafts. I was physically reminded of my deep appreciation for their talents and the fact that I get exponentially energized by this aspect of the creative process. To me, this is the creative process at the deepest level — You’re not just pulling things together, you’re creating with the actual hands that make it….. Nothing digital!

Literally and symbolically we were being rewarded with some of the best parts of our job.

This got me thinking ……

What is the best version of me in design? What do I get jazzed from?

Not computers - I get jazzed from stepping inside these workshops and seeing the craftsmen with their tools and raw materials. It’s the promise of all the possibility that could happen from that partnership and that connection ……..

That’s when the true magic happens!!

These artists aren’t just in Italy, they’re in our backyard.

All that to say

Trix are for kids, but Field Trips are FOR ALL!

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2018 Highlight Reel

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

As we look forward to an exciting 2019, we want to take a moment to reflect on what made 2018 so remarkable.

In celebration of such a wonderful year, we’ve rounded up a few of Jeannie’s favorite personal and professional highlights — Enjoy!

JANUARY 2018

Celebrating the big 5-0!

Celebrating the big 5-0!

Annie and I at Paris Deco-Off and Maison Objet.

Annie and I at Paris Deco-Off and Maison Objet.

FEBRUARY 2018

One of our absolute favorite Dining Rooms!

One of our absolute favorite Dining Rooms!

We loved the challenge of transforming the Ladies’ Locker Room at a historic North Shore Country Club.

We loved the challenge of transforming the Ladies’ Locker Room at a historic North Shore Country Club.

The JBI Design Team at our 9th Annual SADS Charity event where we raised $1600 for the foundation in loving memory of my late niece, Rebecca Righeimer.

The JBI Design Team at our 9th Annual SADS Charity event where we raised $1600 for the foundation in loving memory of my late niece, Rebecca Righeimer.

MARCH 2018

A glimpse into a photoshoot at one of our Winnetka residences - Look for it on newsstands Spring 2019!

A glimpse into a photoshoot at one of our Winnetka residences - Look for it on newsstands Spring 2019!

A gut-renovation on the cusp of completion for our client’s secondary residence in Wisconsin.

A gut-renovation on the cusp of completion for our client’s secondary residence in Wisconsin.

April 2018

In-process snapshot of a decadent Master Bedroom for a dream client!

In-process snapshot of a decadent Master Bedroom for a dream client!

My version of “Lost in Translation” LOL - Balsam family trip to Japan.

My version of “Lost in Translation” LOL - Balsam family trip to Japan.

May 2018

Let the chaos begin - DEMO DAY at our home!

Let the chaos begin - DEMO DAY at our home!

A major design high — Seeing our scheme of soothing hues and textured layers come alive in the Living Room of our client’s historical Winnetka residence.

A major design high — Seeing our scheme of soothing hues and textured layers come alive in the Living Room of our client’s historical Winnetka residence.

June 2018

A fun and fresh Dining Room scheme for a fabulous repeat client.

A fun and fresh Dining Room scheme for a fabulous repeat client.

Progress at our #ModernFarmHouse new-build project in Winnetka.

Progress at our #ModernFarmHouse new-build project in Winnetka.

Pinch me! I’m honored and excited to be the newest member of the inspiring Chicago chapter of the Leaders of Design Council.

Pinch me! I’m honored and excited to be the newest member of the inspiring Chicago chapter of the Leaders of Design Council.

July 2018

It’s a dream come true for our favorite Glencoe empty nesters as they head toward the construction finish line - Making “visiting the grandparents” cool again!

It’s a dream come true for our favorite Glencoe empty nesters as they head toward the construction finish line - Making “visiting the grandparents” cool again!

Loved being featured in Modern Luxury’s Summer 2018 “The Color Issue” with our client’s secondary residence in Austin, Texas.

Loved being featured in Modern Luxury’s Summer 2018 “The Color Issue” with our client’s secondary residence in Austin, Texas.

The Amalfi Coast keeps calling us back - Cheers!

The Amalfi Coast keeps calling us back - Cheers!

August 2018

If doing laundry is on your task list, we believe it should be bright and beautiful!

If doing laundry is on your task list, we believe it should be bright and beautiful!

Our “loss” is Fordham University’s gain - Congrats, Mira!

Our “loss” is Fordham University’s gain - Congrats, Mira!

September 2018

Proud to be a Chicago Design Alliance member supporting St. Jude with the team in September 2018. JBI raised over $2,500 for the 5k with your help!

Proud to be a Chicago Design Alliance member supporting St. Jude with the team in September 2018. JBI raised over $2,500 for the 5k with your help!

A peek into my little slice of heaven - Our newly renovated Master Suite.

A peek into my little slice of heaven - Our newly renovated Master Suite.

I learned that it’s hard to be your own client, but I’m so grateful that the 2018 North Shore Cooks’ Tour provided the deadline to make my personal home a priority.

I learned that it’s hard to be your own client, but I’m so grateful that the 2018 North Shore Cooks’ Tour provided the deadline to make my personal home a priority.

October 2018

We’re convinced that Annie’s designing until the very last minute paid off with her quick and smooth delivery - LOL!

We’re convinced that Annie’s designing until the very last minute paid off with her quick and smooth delivery - LOL!

Layered neutrals create a soothing Master Suite for our North Shore clients.

Layered neutrals create a soothing Master Suite for our North Shore clients.

The newest member of the JBI Design Team… Reese James Liddle! We feel so blessed. 🎀

The newest member of the JBI Design Team… Reese James Liddle! We feel so blessed. 🎀

The Mediterranean table decor we designed was the perfect partner for our Avec restaurant pairing at the Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago’s Chef’s Night Out!

The Mediterranean table decor we designed was the perfect partner for our Avec restaurant pairing at the Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago’s Chef’s Night Out!

November 2018

Our version of the “Winter Blues” - In a classic blue and white Kitchen…

Our version of the “Winter Blues” - In a classic blue and white Kitchen…

In our client’s chic Living Room…

In our client’s chic Living Room…

And finally, in this stunning Dining Room as it comes together for a Thanksgiving feast!

And finally, in this stunning Dining Room as it comes together for a Thanksgiving feast!

December 2018

Big things are happening at our fun repeat client’s new Northfield residence - An exciting Spring 2019 move-in is on the horizon.

Big things are happening at our fun repeat client’s new Northfield residence - An exciting Spring 2019 move-in is on the horizon.

Simply put, December was a rug frenzy! It was fun to act as Christmas elves with the Oscar Isberian team at each delivery.

Simply put, December was a rug frenzy! It was fun to act as Christmas elves with the Oscar Isberian team at each delivery.

The Jeannie Balsam Interiors ROCKSTAR Design Team celebrating our best year at our annual Skokie Country Club holiday dinner.

The Jeannie Balsam Interiors ROCKSTAR Design Team celebrating our best year at our annual Skokie Country Club holiday dinner.

Thank you for your role in making this year so successful!
We are extremely grateful for our amazing clients, inspiring design partners, and supportive family and friends.

Cheers to 2019!