SADS Event - Over $2,000 Raised!!

On February 23, we had a wonderful time hosting our 8th Annual, Girls' & Guys' Night Out!

This event is held every year in loving memory of my niece, Rebecca Righeimer, who passed away in 2003 from a heart illness known as SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes).  Almost a decade ago, I came up with the idea to host a night out at Little Ricky's in Winnetka, guest-bartending as a way to bring people together and keep Rebecca's legacy alive, while simultaneously fundraising donations through tips from drink purchases and raising awareness of the disease.

A HUGE thank you goes out to everyone who was able to make it to the event (pictures below), as well as to our friends and family who have so generously donated to the SADS Foundation in Rebecca's honor.  This year alone, we have raised over $2,000 !!!

If you would like to donate in Rebecca's memory, please do so by filling out the online form located here.  We greatly appreciate your consideration and generosity!

We can't wait for next year's event - We hope to see you there!

Jeannie & the team

Jeannie pictured with colleagues, clients, and friends enjoying the SADS Event.

Jeannie pictured with colleagues, clients, and friends enjoying the SADS Event.

The Jeannie Balsam Interiors team (L to R: Annie, Elise, Jeannie, Karen, Natalee - Not pictured: Our furry mascot, Cisco).

The Jeannie Balsam Interiors team (L to R: Annie, Elise, Jeannie, Karen, Natalee - Not pictured: Our furry mascot, Cisco).

CS Interiors: "Exceptionally Cool"

WOW!!  This year has started out with quite the bang!

We are equally as thrilled as we are honored about our feature in the current issue of CS Interiors, highlighting one of our downtown Chicago projects.

HOWEVER, the cherry on top for me was having my 13-year-old daughter flip through the spread and exclaim, “Mom!  You designed this?  This is SICK!”  Of course, I quickly Googled what she meant by that and learned that “sick” is modern-day code for “badass” and “exceptionally cool.”  And that, my friends, is when you know you’ve made it!!

This project was a fun change of pace from our typical design style – A modern twist on luxury, located right in the heart of River North.  We wanted to give our clients an "Urban Oasis," and the final product was exactly that.

See the full design by clicking HERE.

Jeannie Balsam Interiors | Urban Oasis: Living Room

Jeannie Balsam Interiors | Urban Oasis: Living Room

Jeannie Balsam Interiors | Urban Oasis: Master Bedroom

Jeannie Balsam Interiors | Urban Oasis: Master Bedroom

Jeannie Balsam Interiors | Urban Oasis: Master Bathroom

Jeannie Balsam Interiors | Urban Oasis: Master Bathroom



Design Challenge: Kid's Bathroom

Design challenges come in all shapes and sizes, and one of my favorite challenges to overcome deals with spaces specifically created for those adorable little ones.

I love designing bright and playful spaces for kids while they’re still young—that’s the fun part!  However, the challenge comes when designing a space that will stand the test of time, growing with them as they mature throughout life.

In the Houzz article below, they've featured one of my projects where the design for a children's bathroom included a fun, bright color scheme.  I chose to add pops of color through the use of textiles -- items that can easily be updated down the road.

For more helpful tips, read the full Houzz article here:

- Jeannie

Link to Jeannie's WGN News Segment

Jeannie's youngest fans watching her WGN News segment live.

Jeannie's youngest fans watching her WGN News segment live.

We had such a fun time at the WGN Studios this week (especially since it was the day after our Cubbies won the World Series!!). We are so proud of our Principal, Jeannie, for doing such a great job on the air with co-anchor, Dina Bair. Jeannie thanks you for all of your constant love and support!

For those of you who missed it, CLICK HERE to watch Jeannie's segment speaking about the Antiques + Modernism Winnetka Show.

The Antiques + Modernism Winnetka Show started off with a bang Friday morning as the iconic and incredibly entertaining Alexa Hampton spoke at breakfast. This spectacular style and design event is ongoing through Sunday, November 6th, so be sure to make your way over to the Winnetka Community House this weekend before it ends!

Alexa Hampton and her book, Decorating in Detail.

Alexa Hampton and her book, Decorating in Detail.

We're on the News!

We are thrilled that our very own Jeannie Balsam will be featured on WGN Midday News this Thursday, November 3rd, around noon for a special interview with co-anchors Steve Sanders and Dina Bair.

With the Antiques + Modernism Show kicking off Thursday evening, November 3rd in Winnetka, Jeannie will show how antiques and modern pieces can work beautifully in a home or within a certain room. She has mixed and matched antiques and modern pieces for many of her clients and the two can easily be stunningly blended to create an exquisite and functional space.

Be sure to tune in to WGN Midday News this Thursday around noon to watch Jeannie’s segment live!


3PEAT :)

We are having a Sally Field moment! 

Video Circa 1984 Places in the Heart Oscars win moment!

Video Circa 1984 Places in the Heart Oscars win moment!

What a WONDERFUL way to continue celebrating our Sweet 16!!!  I really am having a "moment" recognizing how much our clients, friends, design partners. etc. believe in us and the the design craft we are so passionate about.  We have a fantastic team and it definitely takes a village.  #gratitude

Happy 4th!  Travel safely and have fun!!

Link below for entire listing of Winners!


Jeannie Balsam LLC awarded Houzz Influencer and Recommended Badges

Houzz, the premier online community for home and interior design inspiration, has awarded Jeannie Balsam LLC with the "Influencer" and "Recommended" badges. The Influencer badge is given to pros whose advice and knowledgeable posts are most appreciated by the Houzz community, and the Recommended badge goes only to the top-rated pros on Houzz. 

We are honored to be awarded these new badges, in addition to the "Best of Houzz: Customer Satisfaction" award for 2014 and 2015. 

Thank you to all of our clients, partners, and colleagues for their support and for sharing reviews! Join us on Houzz here.

Interiors | Austin

My family and I LOVE Austin, Texas! Doug has been traveling there for business for over 15 years and I starting tagging along after my third daughter, Alexa was born in 2005. My love affair happened instantly. From the easy to navigate airport to their "Keep Austin Weird" culture, there is so much to discover and enjoy with every visit!

So, imagine my sheer delight and surprise, when a dear friend and local client asked me to help her design and build a second home for their family on Lake Travis. This romantic and relaxing bathroom is a "sneak peek" at the finished residence. Look for more images in our portfolio later this year when we capture all the Hill Country Germantown style of this "Home Away From Home" that inspires memory making and extended family fun for a lifetime.

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Livable Luxury - Timeless Investments - Understated European Elegance

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When designing the Master Bedroom the focus was on creating a personal retreat that balances masculine and feminine tones, organic and luxurious elements and a soothing color palette with bursts of color. Thoughtful balance allows the environment to relax or invigorate you depending on the time of day and your Needs. The classic platinum palette draws you in while appointed burnt orange accents infuse a contemporary energy.

Birger Juell wood plank floors, Venetian plaster painted wainscoting, the Phillip Jeffries Damask Embossed grass cloth wall covering , and the elegant design of the Paris Ceramics limestone fireplace create the ideal backdrop for the custom furnishings.

The finishes for the Summer Hill David latest bed, side tables and etageres are inspired by the natural elements of driftwood and walnut. Branch inspired designs Are seen in the Tufenkian rug, and Michael Cleary's Porta Romana mirror and chandelier in the dressing room. The romantic Cowtan & Tout Italian cashmere Blend sheer draping the bedposts honors the ultimate comfort of the imported English handmade Vi-Spring custom mattress, the crisp Leron linens, and the Ruggeri Gallery cashmere blend bed blanket and damask shams.

Luxury is highlighted in the perfectly scaled Hickory Chair Suzanne Kasler lounges upholstered in Italian velvet from Kravet, the Bright Group bench wrapped in Edelman European hair - on cowhide, the smokey hued Edelman Shagreen on the Artistic Frame "Monet" dressing room chair, and the iconic lacquered Barbara Barry dressing table from Baker. Realizing that you spend a third of your day in the master suite, it is a well deserved investment to surround yourself with these Everyday luxuries.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing moment by the fire, a peaceful night's sleep, or recharging for an active day or night on the town - this environment exceeds your expectations. Prepare to be pampered.