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  15% off Holiday Sale at Cheeky Monkey Home!

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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!

Tried & True  DIY: Egg Carton Critters

This is a fun DIY project that is perfect for a rainy day activity with kiddos.  I am not sure who had more fun when my boys and I made these woodland critters—it is usually me!  I swear, the more you stare at an egg carton, the more things you begin to see.  You will see faces in the egg cups—every way you turn them—more faces!  Do you think I sound a little crazy?  Try it!

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My boys and I saw owls and foxes in our egg cartons, which felt very fallish, so that is what we decided to make.  If you have ever made a flower wreath from egg cartons, you know that they are really fun and easy to work with–and pretty much everything looks great when painted! (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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 photos by Holly Johnson

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…)  

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…)  

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…)