WELCOME TO CHEEKY MONKEY HOME!
I am Holly Johnson, owner and designer for Cheeky Monkey Home. Our mission is to create joy in your surroundings using our unique appliqué technique and the finest wool felt, timeless design and impeccable craftsmanship. We achieve this mission with the help of wonderful sewers in our Sew@Home program, and we are building our team as sales increase. Visit us in person at our studio and shop located in Belmont, MA, or on our website (open 24/7!) and through our wonderful stockists around New England and beyond!
Thank you so much for visiting us and please let us know how we can help bring joy to your home, wherever it may be!
MATERIALS + TECHNIQUE
At Cheeky Monkey Home, we design, cut and stitch all of our pillows in our studio to ensure our standards for quality and beauty are always maintained. We have perfected a richly layered applique technique using 100% wool felt in radiant color combinations set against 100% cotton or linen base fabrics. Our pillows come with a 10/90 down/feather insert and every piece is finished with decorative topstitching details, a hidden zipper and custom trimmings.
Our collection is growing and changing all the time, reflecting the discoveries we make during the creative process. We are a made-to-order company and in order to ensure fresh and inspired designs, we do not mass-produce or carry huge inventory, and our materials may change as we discover new materials and trims.
Through our Sew@Home program, we achieve the very best quality of craftsmanship with the help of incredibly talented sewers who are recently resettled people and women in need in the Boston area. Sew@Home began in 2017, when I had the timely good fortune of meeting a fantastic sewer who was looking for flexible work from home. She and her family had fled from Iran, and had just settled in Massachusetts after three years in a refugee camp in Indonesia. While she left her life and family in Iran behind, she brought with her many skills, including an incredible creativity and talent for sewing. I was so fortunate to meet her at this moment, and she has been working with me to manage growing orders at Cheeky Monkey Home ever since. After this eye-opening experience, I began the Sew@Home program to support all of Cheeky Monkey’s operations—committed to training, mentorship and providing work for recently resettled refugee women who seek flexible work from home.
After a career in museum administration, Owner, Holly Johnson, was drawn back to the studio to pursue her artistic passions. As a new mother, she found a gap in the marketplace for unique children’s décor, and thus began painting murals and sewing pillows for young families and kids.
The idea for Cheeky Monkey Home was sparked by an old set of floor cushions that her toddler boys played with every day. Seeing how intrinsic (and threadbare) these cushions became in fort-building and jumping games, she was inspired to reinvent them in durable fabric with fun designs.
Soon thereafter, she met the founder of a wool felt company and learned about the amazing qualities of wool felt (durable, fade resistant, eco-friendly and gorgeous) and knew this was the perfect material for her pillows and floor cushions. This was the start of Cheeky Monkey Home, which launched in 2012 with a small line of unique pillows and floor cushions-- using felt applique in endless color combinations and design themes.
Today, we continue to perfect our design and applique technique—drawing on the endless inspiration found in traditional crafts and cultures from around the world, and in everyday beauty, right in our own backyard.
CHEEKY MONKEY HOME (90 sec. video)
In 2019 Holly had the opportunity to partner with Bank of America during Women's Small Business Month to produce a mini-documentary about Cheeky Monkey Home and Sew@Home. It was an incredible experience and a great way to learn a lot about us in just 90 seconds!