IN THEIR WORDS
NEW CONSTRUCTION AND INTERIOR DESIGN
We had the opportunity to build a new home in our current neighborhood --- really a dream come true. And as many know, building a custom home requires thousands of decision, with most coming well before choosing furniture, window treatments, flooring or wall coverings. We wanted a design partner in the entire decision-making process who would work with us from initial elevations and floor plans through to the final aesthetic. Jeannie was the perfect match. She began by getting us all to discuss and visual how we’d like to live in our home — thinking through everything from home office needs and homework space to the size of our extended families and how often we entertain. From those conversations — we called them a “Day in the Life” — we then worked with Jeannie to literally layout each room to meet our vision and lifestyle. This is what took our home from a builder’s plan to our special place. It is why we have a mudroom that also houses our “communication center” — we didn’t want mail and school work in our kitchen; and a cozy sitting room retreat off our Master Bedroom — with three growing boys (and all their friends☺) my husband and I sought a quiet little getaway space. Jeannie and her team built great relationships with the architect, the builder and the subcontractors. The end result is nothing short of magnificent!
RENOVATION AND INTERIOR DESIGN
My husband and I liked Jeannie from the get-go. She is down to earth, professional, and fun! In our initial meeting, Jeannie really took time to get to know our personal styles, understand our budget, and make a plan for moving forward. Last year, our family moved from a small city condo into a more spacious suburban house. Jeannie has helped us with everything from small details, like choosing just the right shade of beige paint, to much larger projects, like gutting and redesigning our entire lower level. Jeannie has a wealth of resources to share with her clients, and she expertly collaborates with outside professionals (general contractor, architect, etc.). She worked with us to design beautiful custom cabinetry for our study and select unique pieces of furniture for our kitchen, living room, dining room and family room. She has a fantastic eye and has skillfully integrated my husband's and my disparate design preferences and translated them into great living spaces that really reflect who we are as individuals and as a family. Her thoughtfulness and professionalism make her a joy to work with. I highly, highly recommend her.
SECONDARY RESIDENCE RENOVATION AND INTERIOR DESIGN
Jeannie is fantastic at her job. She listens well, comes up with brilliant design concepts, gives you alternatives to choose from, and keeps projects both on track and on budget. My husband is equally thrilled with the results she achieved. While we have worked with other professionals who may promise the world at the beginning of the engagement - no one else has been able to execute on our plans with such terrific results. We only wish that Jeannie could take over other aspects of our life.
We hired Jeannie and her team to convert a staid and stuffy LR into a warm and inviting study. The results were nothing short of spectacular, so much so that we have launched into subsequent projects in the DR, entryway and FR with Jeannie. We are both busy professionals, and welcome Jeannie's collaborative and responsive nature, as well as her creativity, efficiency and her healthy respect of budgets. Her team is ingenious at re-purposive existing pieces of furniture or fixtures to really stretch a budget. The professionals she uses are responsive and reliable. Jeannie even worked with a freelance painter to help create a custom painting to hang over the fireplace to complete the study. She created an "art gallery wall" in the study that is unique and distinctive and we love it! In short, Jeannie is a true gem. It is hard to find someone who combines both the business side and the creative side of design like she does. The fact that she and her team do it with such ease, grace and an element of fun is an added bonus in today's busy and harried world. We cannot say enough about this very special design team!
DOWNSIZING AND INTERIOR DESIGN
Jeannie helped my in-laws downsize from their large home filled with memories and furniture to a condominium. My in-laws were dreading the move and didn't want to part with their treasured items and the comfort of their home. Jeannie worked thoughtfully with them to incorporate the pieces they most wanted to keep while updating and enhancing their living environment with new, beautiful and practical pieces so that their new condominium felt like home to them the moment they moved in! Her experise greatly helped them in what could have been a very difficult move. She really listened to their needs while suggesting things they would otherwise never have thought of. Jeannie's staff shares her high standards and I feel that is also important when embarking on any project.
SECONDARY RESIDENCE INTERIOR DESIGN
We found Jeannie on Houzz after buying our new "Summer Home" in Winnetka, a respected North Shore Realtor concurred that she has recommended Jeannie to her new homeowners and they have all been very pleased. From our first meeting Jeannie saw possibilities and had an approach that worked perfectly with our somewhat eclectic Style. Jeannie was more than willing to work with our assortment of furniture from NYC and Jupiter Florida homes. Jeannie's up-grade of our Family Room was truly visionary. She designed custom cabinetry and a new fireplace mantle that completely transformed our previously awkward space. We valued her focus on constructing the correct "shell" of the room prior to furnishing it. This phase completely redesigned the look and feel of the entire First Floor of our home. Our family and friends can't believe the change.
As awesome as Jeannie and her team's Design skills are; equally impressive, is their Management of all aspects of each project. Much of our work was done this Winter while we were in Florida. Jeannie, Annie and their extensive team of professionals handled each of several projects beautifully. On time, and amazingly on or under budget!
Our Winnetka house is an ongoing project and our Partnership with Jeannie Balsam Interiors makes it very easy and rewarding. We have just begun the Lower Level Family Room and plan to work on the Master Bedroom. While living in multiple homes during the year, it is wonderful to have a partnership and friendship with this talented, local firm and know that you can pick up where you left off and hit the ground running on the next project or phase.
RENOVATION AND INTERIOR DESIGN
I have worked with Jeannie Balsam and her team for years on multiple projects including: our living room and dining room design, our family room design, a lower level build-out, and several bedroom selections. Jeannie has a unique ability to understand our family's personal style, while expanding our design selections as our family has evolved. I still love the designs we completed together years ago, and I still receive compliments every time guests walk into our home. I honestly can't imagine moving forward with a design project without Jeannie's input. Her expertise gives me confidence and assurance that I will love the outcome for years. Finally, Jeannie and her reliable team are professional, yet fun and upbeat. We always have a great time working together. I strongly recommend Jeannie Balsam for any design needs. Jeannie and her team are truly talented design professionals.
We can not say enough about working with Jeannie Balsam and Annie Liddle. Not only are they extremely talented, but they are honest, professional, hard-working and very fun. We worked with Jeannie and Annie to redecorate most of our first floor as well as our master bedroom. During the span of our project, Jeannie and her team handled every bit of our project in the best possible way. It was completed in a timely matter, on budget and we loved the end result! We would recommend Jeannie Balsam Interiors to anyone. They are fabulous!
REPEAT CLIENT RENOVATION AND INTERIOR DESIGN
I have worked with Jeannie several times over the course of 9 years. Her incredible business sense coupled with creativity is a rare find, not to mention she’s a delight to work with. Like many new home owners, I wasn’t financially nor mentally ready to decorate an entire house when we first moved into our new construction home. I first met Jeannie through a referral to help with floor planning, furnishings, window treatments and tile work for my kitchen and family room. I was so taken with how easy and efficient it is to work with Jeannie, I contacted her again four years later to tackle more projects. She always makes these overwhelming projects manageable and quickly translates our brainstorming meetings into plans of action that get executed on budget with ease and grace from her and her team. Jeannie helped take my new construction home to the next level with texture and finishes (grasscloth wallpaper, rugs, upholstery, window treatments, etc.). She also worked with a custom millwork craftsman to make the master bedroom sitting room beautiful and functional with a new fireplace and built-ins. Her ability to understand my personal style while expanding my design selections as my family has evolved through the years has helped utilize "dead" areas. She transformed our unused living room into an inviting "library" used for entertaining, homework, chess, etc,. Our unused loft is now a cozy second family/tv viewing room for our teenagers. She recently came back to help build out my unfinished lower level with contractors. Jeannie's expertise, project management skills, and wealth of resources added value at every stage of the process, but particularly in the initial design and selections phases. Without hesitation, I would recommend Jeannie and her design team for your next design project. They are all professional and a pleasure to work with.