Incredible Local Artisan: Cheeky Monkey

This week I received the most INCREDIBLE gift for Henry that I had to share. People have been so overwhelmingly generous and kind in thinking of my little guy, especially people I don’t even know like Holly Johnson of Cheeky Monkey Home.  When I unwrapped this pillow I nearly fell over- especially when I turned it around and saw the incredible stitching of Henry’s name and birth information on the back!  Made of the most luxurious merino wool felt, I knew the minute I touched this pillow that it was a true work of art.  I was so touched and am going to treasure it forever.

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Amazing Etsy Lighting

There are a lot of gorgeous light fixtures out there- many of which are so absurdly expensive.  I’d LOVE to have me a Lindsey Adelman fixture in my house, but seeing as they are as much as a car, that won’t be happening.  But there are so many artisans who make similar style works on Etsy- and THEN some, as it turns out! Here’s a fun roundup of some of the incredible fixtures you can find on the site:
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Two Great Etsy Shops!

Etsy is overwhelming to search through, so I always am happy to share great vendors when I find them. I have not worked with either of these, but I love the look of their work!
This first one, Liven Up Designs, creates custom grasscloth and fabric wrapped tables, custom daybeds, x- benches and more! Being in the industry and knowing the cost of producing such goods, these prices are great!

A pair of grasscloth wrapped nightstands and fabric upholstered parson’s table.
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Etsy Find: Lola Donoghue

I sometimes struggle with when to keep really, really good finds to myself.  And almost 100% of the time I end up caving and sharing because I love you guys, I’m a big blabbermouth and I love to help people find awesome stuff.  If someone compliments me on something I’m wearing and it’s a total find, I’ll be the first person to be like “OMG! It’s from Target! 20 bucks! Can you believe it? Go get one!”  No playing it cool around here…

My latest Etsy art find was one of these examples.  Finding great, affordable art that is truly beautiful is hard, especially on Etsy.  Enter Lola Donoghue, an Irish artist whose prints you can buy large scale for a reasonable price (and some originals too)! I love the colors, patterns and feel of these works.  Here’s a selection of her stuff- go check her out!

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Etsy Find: Evajuliet’s Fantastic Prints

Etsy really has some phenomenally artistic and gorgeous stuff (once you search through all the crocheted cup warmers and other such stuff.)  I get so excited when I see boutique-worthy goods like the prints in Evajuliet’s shop.  Specifically, I’m adoring her stylish play on family trees! A great gift when framed in something sleek and modern (like these frames from Room & Board or these from West Elm (but splurge on a custom cut mat for a professional look! )  I adore the black background on this one reminiscent of vintage scientific botanical prints:

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(I’d mat this in white with a gold frame or use a linen mat with a black frame!)

Want something more simplistic and pen & ink style? This one is so gorgeous and would be great worked into a gallery wall!

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This one cane be done all black and white or add in a little pop of color as shown here.

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SO fabulously adorable in a modern nursery!

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A pretty, feminine version (amazing mother’s day gift).

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Not into the family tree thing? No problem- check out her gorgeous art prints! Love these herb and plant illustration!

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These black and white herb prints would be fabulous in a kitchen or breakfast nook.

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Maybe a sweet little zodiac print for a kid’s room?

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