Friend Feature  Loving Tröskö Pillows!

This weekend Cheeky Monkey was in Marblehead for the beautiful and inspiring Marblehead Festival of the Arts, showcasing 35 very special artisans.  I was honored to be among so many great makers, and in particular the textile designs by Tröskö!  Tröskö is the creation of Solvejg Makaretz—a lovely Scandinavian designer living and working in Yarmouth, ME.

Trosko-whale-lobster-pillow

photos courtesy of troskodesign.com

As an architect with roots in Denmark and Sweden, Solvejg’s patterns have a fresh Scandinavian flair, with clean lines and a touch of whimsy.  She creates all of her own patterns, and sews them in her Yarmouth studio.  I just love the way her collections mix and match so beautifully together. (more…)  

CMH Studio  Gifts that Keep Giving: Soft Silhouette Pillows

A silhouette of your child appliquéd on a soft felt pillow has got to be the most heartfelt and meaningful gift for a parent or grandparent this year!  I really love meaningful and lasting gifts, and I am so happy to be making these special custom pillows for so many Cheeky Monkey Home clients!

gang-of-silhouettesphoto by Sean Litchfield Photography

silhouett-with-nautical-pillowsphoto by Tony Cheng Photography  (more…)  

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.

land-ho-collection

 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…)  

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…)