Bonjour! I’m Christen, and Maison Blanche is my Chicago-based creative studio. I’m a longtime Francophile, and during a study abroad stint in Aix-en-Provence in 2003, I earned the nickname “Maison Blanche” due to the fact that my last name of Whitehouse translates and it has since stuck in every iteration of my online presence. Although THANK GOD Instagram didn’t exist in 2003, amirite? Lets hope the fashion of the early aughts is forever dead.
I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio but found myself in Chicago in 2007 a few years after finishing college, where I met my future husband soon after. We did some traveling together and lived in Europe for a year in 2011/2012 which left me with a lifetime of inspiration! From there we settled down in 2014 and now live on the north side of Chicago with our wild brood of hopefully one day francophone children (as otherwise they will probably want to kill me one day for giving them the most Frenchy names ever).
I currently specialize in bold and artful wedding and event signage, stationery and fine art but I’m an Aries and Enneagram 7 so I welcome any and all creative projects to keep things fresh and exciting. I also know my way around a brush and some paints as my dad is an artist and my primary muse (read: I basically want to copy his style - he has the best handwriting I’ve ever seen). I’m also sandwiched in that interesting place where Gen X meets Millennial, and I love talking about all of this stuff so if you are interested in working together, please tell me all of your “stats” too!