CMH Studio  Meet Me Behind the Scenes at Cheeky Monkey Home Studio

I get asked a lot, “Who makes your pillows?” and “Do you have a shop..?”, and I thought it would be fun to invite you into the Cheeky Monkey Home studio, to show you where I cut, stitch and sew all of my products.  Come on up to my third floor home studio… is tiny, but we can all fit!come-upstairs

This is where I design, cut and sew most everything that I make at Cheeky Monkey Home. The wool felt I use is made in Germany, and it comes in several thicknesses and endless colors.  I keep many bolts of felt and supplies in my studio, and I have a small storage space nearby for my product inventory.  Otherwise, I try to get my supplies locally, and I have some amazing suppliers right here in Massachusetts!


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CMH Studio  15% off Holiday Sale at Cheeky Monkey Home!



For all of our lovely customers from holidays past, present and future–we welcome you to shop our collections and enjoy a 15% discount through the end of the year!  Just enter the promotion code CMH2013 at checkout, and the discount will be taken as you finalize your order!


Warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season!  


Love, Holly and the Cheeky Monkey Home Team!

CMH Studio  Cheeky Monkey Home’s Land Ho’ Collection

As we gear up for our holiday shows, I am previewing some of my favorite collections at Cheeky Monkey Home.  This is our joyful Land Ho’ collection, featuring Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Cape Cod on both pillows and stacking floor cushions.


 photos by Tony Cheng

I love nautical color combinations, and I think pretty much anything paired with navy blue and white looks striking. Our new 2014 collection will feature some beautiful blue and white designs that I am very excited about sharing with you!  Here are a few more of our nautical designs that group nicely together or on their own. (more…)  

Tried & True  Finders Keepers: 1920′s Mirror Ball

I have very good luck finding things (or maybe it is just an eye for trouble), and I love nothing more than resurrecting something special that has been discarded.  I was jogging with my dog Piper when I discovered this beautiful “disco ball” in the trash of a synagog in my town.  It was very broken and had lost many of its mirrors, but obviously a treasure!Art-Deco-Mirror-Ball-in-studio

photos by Holly Johnson


Tried & True  Tried & True: Painting a Colorful Ceiling

I have always stayed away from darker colors on the ceiling for fear they would close the room in and make it feel like a cave. But over the years I have found a colorful ceiling can work beautifully under the right conditions!  Here is a little boy’s ceiling I recently painted in Boston’s Beacon HIll.  Starry-Night-Ceiling-with-Giraffe Starry-Night-Sky-Ceiling-2


This is a large room with a high ceiling and wonderful natural light that makes the metallic gold stars sparkle!  In a room that is mostly white, a dark ceiling can provide a nice anchor, and in this case, it is nicely balanced by the dark floors.  The vision and design for this room was conceived by designer, Diane McCafferty, who has a fantastic modern aesthetic.  (more…)  

CMH Studio  Worldly Girls Skyline Mural

I recently had the opportunity to paint a skyline mural for twin girls in lovely Beacon Hill.  From the Taj Mahal to the Seattle Space Needle–these gals are surrounded by the architectural wonders of the world.  Do you see any buildings you know and love?




I partnered with designer Diane McCafferty on this project, whose firm led the design and renovation for the entire house.  I love her creativity and fresh, modern style. Check out the cool light against the blue ceiling!  I have to admit, I was worried it would be too dark, but it is perfect!!  The warmth and pop of the rug provides the contrasting balance. (more…)  

CMH Studio  Daisies for Daisy Mural

I had so much fun working on this flowery nursery mural for a baby girl named Daisy!  I love the “daisies for Daisy” theme–so cute and personal.three-photos-of-daisies

Daisy’s mom did an amazing job designing her nursery, with this cheerful furniture from Grow With Me Kids Furniture, and the great color combination.  The walls are painted with “Jack Frost” by Benjamin Moore, providing a light, airy background for the flowers.  I especially love the way the white daises look against the blue–soft and fresh! (more…)  

Tried & True  Make Her a Mother’s Day Wreath!

boys-with-wreathsI found this wonderful wreath project using egg cartons on Homemade Serenity and had to try it with my two boys.  It is fun and easy—just cut, paint, glue—and of course a great way to recycle!  The only thing I bought was two styrofoam wreath rings and some green gardening tape to cover them with, and the rest we had in our craft bin.  (more…)  

Inspiration  10 Tips for Traveling with Kids (to Paris!)

Last summer my husband, AJ. and I embarked on a 14 day trip to Paris with our two boys, ages 9 and 6—with fingers crossed. Not only was it our first trip abroad with the kids, but our first home exchange experience.  We traded homes (and cars) with a French family and we did not know what we were in for, except most certainly an adventure!   We were grateful to arrive at a lovely spacious home on the outskirts of Paris, just a 5 minute walk to the train (RER), that took us into Paris in about 15 minutes.  (I could write a whole post about doing home exchanges!)   We used and it is wonderful! There was no exchange of money—just a lot of emails and Skype to get to know each other.  We lucked out!

home-away-from-homeBeing our first international trip with kids, we were unsure of how the boys would do.  Selfishly, I worried I would not get to see all the sites, and would regret bringing them….au contraire!  It turned out they were at a great age to start traveling, and we all had a terrific time.  We all grew, enriched our souls and broadened our horizons significantly.  It was such a success, I had to share a few of the things we did RIGHT on the trip, (and a few things we learned the hard way!)

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