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!

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.