In our Quaker High School yearbook, Jeanie Engelbach’s photo was next to the words avant-garde. Now, it’s next to the words Apartmentjeanie, Photojeanie, and Partyjeanie in Town & Country, Time Out New York, Houzz, and even on HGTV. This week, I realized I was overdue for a shout-out to this organizational wiz. For better or worse, the OCD came out full force to celebrate my transition from holiday back to real life. After rearranging every shelf and closet for several hours, I had barely made a dent. It was time to call in a pro.
Jeanie offers three invaluable services: streamlining photo collections, organizing and restyling spaces, and planning exclusive, intimate events. She started her career as an executive assistant and manager at corporations like MCA Records, Swiss Bank Corporation, and Emusic. She then dove deeper into her creative side as a visual display professional at Bergdorf Goodman, Sony, and ABC Carpet. During her tenure at ABC, she started Photojeanie as a side project. Jeanie’s creative editing skills quickly became popular amongst the sophisticated and savvy set. Her sense of style and aesthetics soon led to Apartmentjeanie. She is now eliminating clutter and maximizing urban dwellings throughout the land. All the while, Jeanie has had a knack for throwing sensational, unique dinner parties. Hence, the obvious next step was Partyjeanie. Jeanie’s talents are innate and her business has grown organically with the help of entrepreneurial networking groups and her beloved dogs, Little Bit and Tater Tot. This Tab-loving girl does it all. Get to know her better in our download.
WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS?
My goal in work and life is to help streamline other people’s lives. When I meet a potential client for the first time I listen to their desires and ideas on how their lives would be better served, whether it is documenting a baby’s first year to being able to create a fresh new living space with the same contents. Being highly observant allows me to quickly assess, and I am able to anticipate what the client needs and how to facilitate it. The impact of what I do for my clients is often therapeutic and life-changing, and that privilege is never lost on me.
WHAT DO YOU COLLECT?
The question should be, what don’t I collect? Here is the short list of what I am currently collecting: metal lunch boxes, vintage soda bottles with painted graphics, carnival chalkware (technically that’s my bulldog Tater Tot’s—it’s dog-themed), Tab (the original diet soda), paraphernalia, toy cameras, vintage soda crates, globes, new contemporary art and photography…I plan to write a coffee table art book of why and what people collect.
WHAT IS YOUR THEME SONG?
“Kickstart My Heart” by Mötley Crüe, although there was a year that I had to play Tom Petty’s “American Girl” when I left the house in the morning. It’s a very empowering, city-walking song.
ARE YOU AN INTROVERT OR EXTROVERT?
I think most people would peg me as an extrovert, which is absolutely true. However, there is definitely an introvert component to my personality, which I tend to keep well concealed.
WHO IS THE PERSON WHO INSPIRES YOU MOST?
I would have to say my dear friend La Shell Wooten. She has a “can-do” spirit that is awe-inspiring. She is a self-made woman with an amazing work ethic. Not only did she put herself through school and multiple degree programs while working full-time in a demanding job, studying to be a feng shui master, raising two boys; she also wrote and produced a children’s book, a web series, and now has launched Unravel Relationships, which is a collective therapeutic experience.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PHILANTHROPIC CAUSE?
The Lower Eastside Girls Club, an organization that teaches young women and girls how to develop confidence and leadership through ethical-, environmental-, and entrepreneurial-focused programs.
Apartmentjeanie, Photojeanie, Partyjeanie
Photo Credit: Baldomero Fernandez