Friend Feature  Shop Local: Found Home in Chatham, MA

I recently discovered a very special new store that has cropped up in Chatham, Massachusetts, and everyone who frequents Cape Cod just has to know about it!  Found Home is the creative genius of Jennifer Runnels, who pours her heart and soul (and unbelievable talent) into this little shop full of gorgeous finds for the home.  

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Drawing on her training as a fine artist, and twenty years of experience working in the furniture and interior design fields, she has a special eye for unique and sophisticated home design. (more…)  

CMH Studio  Summer Camp Nostalgia – New England Style

Every so often I get a custom order for a pillow that makes me want to hug my client.  This camp pillow was a housewarming gift for a family with a classic Maine “camp”, where generations come together and enjoy all the outdoor activities that New England has to offer.  

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This adorable patch idea was the genius of my client, who is brilliantly creative and fun in all of her endeavors.  She wanted to represent all of the great Maine camp activities with patches, much like we got as girl scouts long ago!  Isn’t this just the cutest, classic gift idea?   (more…)  

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?

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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 HomeForExchange.com 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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CMH Studio  A Beautiful Boston Bedroom

I recently had the opportunity to paint a really fun mural of the Boston Garden for a new baby girl in Boston’s South End.  I was so happy to return to this room, a year after painting the adjacent wall for her big brother! 

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On the adjacent wall (below) is this simple modern skyline of Boston, using the same palette of blues and greens, and a simplified silhouette style.   (more…)  

CMH Studio  Floor Cushions: From My Family to Yours

I have to share with you the most universally adored (hands down!) item in my home:  a set of three stacking floor cushions made with luscious 100% wool felt.

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Our first floor cushions were actually inherited from my grandparents, who bought them in Japan in the 60s and used them for seating at a tea table. Years later, I inherited them and my two little boys quickly adopted them for rough-housing and fort-building. The original (antique!) set was covered in silk, but amazingly held up for years of daily (rowdy) play.  (more…)