Our firm specializes in renovations, custom construction, and custom home furnishings. Employing a practical approach to design, we focus on incorporating high-quality materials and finishes to create spaces that are both beautiful and functional.
JCI provides clients with comprehensive oversight of their projects from conceptualization and construction to the final touches. The team includes architects, contractors, project managers, and designers to cover varied scopes of work. Our implementation is grounded in our strong local knowledge and connections to the top Berkshire talent.
We excel at communication throughout all phases of a project, so our clients are able to relax and truly enjoy the experience from start to finish. This emphasis on simplified and streamlined contact is a key tenet of our design process - it’s also critical for clients that may need our management services from afar.
MEET THE TEAM
Jess Cooney CEO, Founder
As principal and founder of Jess Cooney Interiors, Jess leads her team as head designer on construction and custom furnishing projects. She is passionate about renovating older homes, new builds, and designing custom built-ins and furnishings for her clients and their families. Jess has built a team of designers whose focus is on execution of every detail of her firm’s projects and effective communication throughout the process. Her vast knowledge of construction and down-to-earth sensibility has brought success to her ever-growing firm.
Operating in the Berkshires for over 15 years, Jess understands the challenges of modern living, and works to respect the details of the past while creating a harmonious space for families to gather. Function is her primary objective when designing a space. Her signature style is a mix of smart, durable design - clean lines, modern sensibilities, and rustic elements.
Clients of Jess Cooney Interiors crave laid-back elegance complete functional storage solutions for kids, dogs and house guests to throw their feet up for the weekend without any worries.
"I believe creating a beautiful home starts with smart solutions for busy active families. Families have such limited time to spend together these days. We work to ensure that every detail has been thought of - from where the towels for the pool will be stored, to finding the best place for the coffee maker for guests and visiting friends. Our clients seek spaces where the stresses of everyday life are minimized and the relaxing nature of the Berkshire Hills is maximized. That’s what we provide.”
Jess lives in Great Barrington with her husband, three children, and three dogs. Outside of home renovations, she is an active member of the local community. She is the Vice President of the Berkshire Hills Soccer Club, an active board member of the Berkshire County Youth Soccer League, and coach for boys and girls teams. Jess attended Holy Cross College where she was nominated as an All-American Soccer player, Rookie of the Year, and All Patriot League honors. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her dogs and husband and traveling the globe for design inspiration.
Marie Humes Project Manager
Marie is a Berkshire native who attended Bard College at Simon’s Rock College before moving to New York to pursue a degree in Interior Design at the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons School of Design. During her tenure at JCI, Marie has managed multi-million dollar renovations and new construction build outs from start to finish. She has saved many clients valuable time and money with her attention to detail and communication skills to enable their projects to be efficient and organized. Marie works directly with our contractors, subcontractors and architects to ensure that our design vision is implemented on every project.
Morgan Balfanz Designer - Furnishings
After graduating from Maryland Institute College of Art and receiving her BFA in Textile Design, Morgan worked as a furniture stylist and then as a design director, designing high-end fashion and interior fabrics for clients all over the world. With a passion for design and love of textiles she has found her niche at Jess Cooney Interiors. Morgan’s strengths are in the area of custom furnishings, upholstery and all matters of textiles for furnishings, window treatments and accessories. Her attention to detail and eye for color and texture set her apart. Originally from the Berkshires, she has lived in several major cities but is happy to call the Berkshires home again.
Lauren Cresswell Project Manager
Lauren has a varied background that includes experience in the fields of urban design, policy, and visual arts. After earning her MPA at The University of Texas at Austin and working for a historied architecture and design firm in Austin, she moved to closer to her native New York to continue pursuing her interests at the intersection of design and problem-solving. Lauren has experience with both residential and commercial projects, managing varied scopes of work. In addition to project management, Lauren helps coordinate JCI’s marketing and branding strategies.
Shira Nichaman Director of Operations
A weekend visitor for many years, Shira and her family relocated to the Berkshires from NYC where she worked for Christie’s Auction House for over 30 years. Her career began as an art specialist in Impressionist and Modern art. Since then, Shira has served as Head of Client Service Operations, and more recently as the project manager for blockbuster auctions such as the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor and The Collection of David and Peggy Rockefeller. She is responsible for managing JCI’s processes and systems, as well as working on financial management and day-to-day office operations.