CMH Studio  Wonderful Woodland Pillows by Cheeky Monkey Home

I am finally ready for fall.  Bring on the crisp weather and the deep, vivid colors of the season!  At Cheeky Monkey Home, we are expanding our Woodland pillow collection, with new colorways and some fun new designs making their debut this winter.

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I am excited to be experimenting with some new contoured designs.  I am obsessed with the hideaways that animals create in the woods, and I am working on a tree-trunk design with peek-a-boo spots for woodland creatures.  What do you think so far? (more…)  

Tried & True  Family Scene — Playing Hooky at Migis Lodge

I cannot wait to share this adventure with you!  My two sons and I surprised my husband with a birthday getaway to Migis Lodge this weekend (well, actually Sunday-Tuesday!).  Migis Lodge is a fabulous family resort on Sebago Lake in South Casco, Maine.  It has been a family run operation since 1926, and it is a truly idyllic spot for the most adventurous and the most serene of guests.

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Migis Lodge is a rustic and elegant retreat surrounded by views of Sebago Lake.  A huge fire burns in the stone fireplace in the main lodge where guests play boardgames and enjoy high tea.  Outstanding meals are served in the lovely dining room overlooking the lake and woods. There are 35 cabins nestled along the shoreline–each one more charming than the last–complete with fireplaces, wet bars and “cabin boys” to bring you ice, stoke your fire, and carry your bags.  We stayed in “Southwind”, the adorable little place shown below. (We were so happy to be upgraded to this three bedroom from another cabin that was smaller but equally charming.) We had four balconies and views over the lake that took our breath away.  Could you ever leave this spot? (more…)  

Friend Feature  Sailor Rose: Charming Clothing for Girls and Women

 

I recently discovered Sailor Rose at an artisan fair in Northeast Harbor, Maine.  I was so thrilled to meet Kirsty Mogensen, who is the founder and designer of her own line of heirloom quality tops and dresses for women and girls.  She uses the finest Liberty of London fabrics and her own cottons and knits, to create timeless pieces that will last for generations.

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photos courtesy of Kirsten Mogensen

I was immediately taken in by the luscious fabrics—and then totally sold by the beautiful craftsmanship of every piece.  Kirsty makes her blouses and dresses the old fashioned way—with French seams, fine stitching and insides that are as beautiful as the outside. There is a strong utilitarian sensibility behind the Sailor Rose brand, that Kirsty artfully joins with excellent design and the finest materials.   I was lucky enough to have a chance to talk with Kirsty about her story, and the spirit of nostalgia and re-use that is embodied in all of her work. (more…)