Father's Day Gift GUIDE

Father's Day is practically here!

And whether the father figure in your life is a kid at heart, true outdoorsman, trendy fella, or a traditional guy, we've pulled together a gift guide to help you think outside the box and give a gift that he'll love -- While also making you look like a creative gift-giving rockstar!!


FATHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

 

one // Amazon Echo // $99
(Currently on sale for $79 with an Amazon Prime membership!)

two // Highline Shorts // $54

three // Cube Tracker // $25

four // Herschel Supply Co. "Novel" Duffel Bag // $85

five // Coyuchi Organic Linen Terry Robe // $120
(Currently on sale at HuckBerry - Originally $150!)

six // Cole Haan ZeroGrand Stitchlite Wingtip Shoes // $180

seven // Top Chef Barbecue Tool Set // $59

eight // Ray Ban Classic Clubmaster Sunglasses // $153

nine // Master & Dynamic Wireless Leather Headphones // $385
(Currently on sale at Nordstrom - Originally $550!)

ten // Spike Ball // $59

eleven // Nest Learning Thermostat // $249

twelve // Ember Warming Mug // $80


Additional ideas include setting up a round of golf for him and a few of his best buds or planning a date night (without the kids!) at his favorite restaurant.

Have another Father's Day gift idea?  Share it with us in the comments below!

Patriotic Recipes Perfect for Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us!

Since Mother Nature has finally agreed to Summer weather -- Let's fire up the grill, call some friends and soak up some vitamin D!

If you're needing a little dessert inspiration, see below for three of our favorite patriotic recipes.

We hope these treats help you celebrate both in style and in taste!


For the busy:

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These individual fruit pizzas couldn't be easier or quicker to prepare!  Simply purchase a dozen freshly baked sugar cookies, 1-2 cream cheese frosting containers, and a few cartons of blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries.

Let the kids have fun making their own fruit pizzas and save yourself the hassle of making a dessert.  It's a win-win in our book!


For the health conscious:

Is anyone else thankful that fruit comes in patriotic colors?

Pick up some wooden skewers, fresh blueberries, strawberries, and bananas, and get stacking!  Make sure to make extras as these easy and healthy fruit skewers will be a fan favorite.  Find exact instructions here.


For the baker:

Though we haven't personally made this fresh berry tart before, it sure looks delicious - Doesn't it?!  Tangy and sweet with its mascarpone cream, fresh fruit, apricot jam, and buttery light crust... This dessert sounds like a decadent dream.  Find the recipe here.


Read further:

In keeping with the patriotic theme, did you catch our previous blog post about the latest color trend?  Hint: It's either red, white or blue!  Be sure to check it out here.

And be sure to let us know if you end up using one (or all!) of these patriotic recipes for your Memorial Day barbecue.

Have a fun and relaxing holiday weekend, friends!

I'll be keeping Kleenex in business since Mira is graduating (Loyola Academy - Class of 2018) on Saturday afternoon and my niece is getting married Saturday night.

XO,
Jeannie

Celebrating Mother's Day

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Mother, Daughter, Grandmother - We have it all!

This year, each one of us is celebrating Mother’s Day in a different role. 

See below for what we’re loving most about each stage of motherhood, and what "tips" our resident grandmothers Karen & Elise would love to share.

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Jeannie:

Check out this corner of my office …. You have a glimpse of my design studio vision board.  It is filled with special personal and professional photos, words of inspiration, cherished notes from my girls, design partners and clients, inspiring fashion and prayer cards from those special people that I have lost over the years. 

Then there is my desk – always a rotating candle, my terrarium with the miniature woman in a headstand while reading a book (my two passions - thank you Laura B.), and my most powerful memento …. My mom’s name plate from her real estate desk.  

Therese Righeimer passed on August 23rd, 2011.  My dad passed almost 18 months later and subsequently, the five siblings were tasked with clearing out our childhood home.  That is when I uncovered this treasure.

My mom was a renaissance woman.  She raised 5 children all while going back to school, becoming a high school special education teacher and eventually finding her true calling as a successful realtor for over 25 years.  After school, I would walk to her Deerfield office, say hi to all the other brokers and sit at her desk while she finished up.  I remember being so proud of her.  Hearing her on the phone and knowing how much her colleagues and clients appreciated her work ethic, loved her sense of humor and admired her unwavering faith.

In 2000, I became a mom and branched out from my traditional MBA corporate business marketing path to launch JBI.  Since I am a self taught interior designer, it started small and grew organically with so many wonderful opportunities and business experiences along the way. If I were to be honest, it hasn’t always been easy to manage, but when I feel emotionally or physically depleted, I simply look at that name plate and know that Therese managed significantly more challenges in all aspects of her life and did it always with a broad smile for all and back rubs (during Sunday mass) for my sister Laura and me.

She is my strength and guardian in everything I do.  Writing this has brought me to tears, but I’m not sad …. I feel infinitely blessed!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Xoxoxo Jeannie

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Annie:

     I have been blessed with having strong women role models in my life - My mother Barb, twin sister Christy, and for the past 5 years, the amazing women I work with: Jeannie, Karen, and Elise.  My mom especially has really impacted me with her selfless ways and has always put the needs of my sister and me first.  I’m very grateful for all that she does and how she constantly cheers us on, always making us feel so special and empowered. 

        As I am currently expecting my first child (a baby girl in October), my journey towards motherhood is quickly approaching!  Although I am nervous, I am also really excited to become a mom myself, and to impart the wisdom these leading ladies have taught me over the years.

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Karen:

I have always thought that being the mother of young children sometimes seems like an endless afternoon that is over in a heartbeat.  It’s the hardest and most rewarding job I have ever done.  Try to enjoy the journey – it will soon be over.  Go at the pace of the children, encourage each one’s individual gifts, no two are alike.

The best part of being a grandmother is that all you have to do is love them!  You don’t have to discipline, clothe or educate them – just enjoy them!  It's God’s special kiss on the cheek at this time of life – you get to spend an afternoon with your sweet toddler again – to have them sit on your lap and read stories, play at the beach for as long as they want, hold you hand to visit the zoo, stand on a chair to help you make pancakes  – and then send them home to come again another day!  I love being grandma!

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Elise:

There are so many wonderful things about being a grandmother.  Perhaps the greatest joy is seeing your child (my sons) being wonderful, caring parents to their own children and being loving, generous partners with their spouses.  As the song goes in “The Sound of Music,” I must have “done something right” as a parent!

I feel lucky that 2 of my 3 grandsons live here in Chicago and that I get to see them almost weekly.  Being able to see them so often and develop a real relationship with them is a true gift!  And I'm so thankful that Facetime helps us to be involved with our grandson who lives in NYC.

One of my favorite things about being a grandma is getting to be called "Bubbie."  This is such an honor to me because it was also the name I called my grandmother, who I loved and respected so much.  There's nothing I love more than giving their precious little faces lots of "Bubbie kisses" !!!

Being a grandmother is even better than everyone says it is - It is unconditional love, and the best club you can ever be part of!  It's the gift that keeps on giving.

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Natalee:

Though I’m not a mother yet (and have no plans to become one soon!), this Mother’s Day I’m celebrating friends who have recently become new moms, as well as celebrating my own incredible mom.  I am so thankful to have such amazing women in my life to look up to and learn from — I've been blessed with such hardworking, selfless women that have taught me how to have both grit and grace.  While I’ve still got a lot of time before I become a mama myself (Lord willing), I’m so looking forward to it and feel lucky to be taking notes from the best in the meantime!  Happy Mother's Day to all of you amazing mamas and grandmas out there!

XO

- Jeannie Balsam Interiors Design Team

SS18 Trend Alert: Tribal

As they say, Paris is the Fashion Capital of the World.

That’s why, when we were there in January for Paris Deco-Off, we kept our eyes peeled for any trends we could spot on the horizon for the Spring/Summer 2018 season.

And that’s when it hit us:
Tribal is trending.

We first noticed this trend when attending the fabric previews from Pierre Frey and Elitis:

 Photo taken at the Pierre Frey presentation during Paris Deco-Off 2018.

Photo taken at the Pierre Frey presentation during Paris Deco-Off 2018.

 Display from the Elitis preview collection at Paris Deco-Off 2018.

Display from the Elitis preview collection at Paris Deco-Off 2018.

 Pierre Frey's Catalog of the 2018 Collections.

Pierre Frey's Catalog of the 2018 Collections.

Then, on my way home from Paris, I again came across the classic combination of warm tones, vibrant patterns, and feather and fringe accents while strolling through the airport.

This time by the preeminent women's handbag and leathergoods designer, LONGCHAMP .

 A glimpse of LONGCHAMP's display I saw in the airport.

A glimpse of LONGCHAMP's display I saw in the airport.

 The ROSEAU by LONGCHAMP is inspired by the skillful basket-weaving of Africa.

The ROSEAU by LONGCHAMP is inspired by the skillful basket-weaving of Africa.

 LONGCHAMP's LE PLIAGE Collection, adorned with the Maasai tribe's traditional necklace on its canvas.

LONGCHAMP's LE PLIAGE Collection, adorned with the Maasai tribe's traditional necklace on its canvas.

Since we've been home, we have continued to see tribal patterns pop up all around us, from fashion runways to our favorite fabric lines.

The iconic fabric brand, Schumacher, even launched a Tribal Chic collection this Spring.

 Christian Dior Resort 2018

Christian Dior Resort 2018

 Tory Burch Resort 2018

Tory Burch Resort 2018

 Valentino Resort 2018

Valentino Resort 2018

 Fabric from Schumacher's 2018 Tribal Chic collection.

Fabric from Schumacher's 2018 Tribal Chic collection.

 Pierre Frey's "Grand Canyon" fabric, which gives tribute to the opulent and majestic headdresses of Native American tribal chiefs.

Pierre Frey's "Grand Canyon" fabric, which gives tribute to the opulent and majestic headdresses of Native American tribal chiefs.

Honestly, whether or not you're a fan of tribal pattern, it's so refreshing to see the pendulum swinging back to maximalism -- Where color, pattern, accessories, and the “more is more” mindset get to have their moment once again.

xo,
Jeannie

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!