We’ve been having so much fun discovering new artists to be able to sell at the Cool Mom Picks indie shop, and one of our recent finds is Cheeky Monkey Home. Her handmade pillows are the kinds that just require one to make a whole room. And they’re made with such exquisite detail, they’re the kind of thing you’d expect to find in ABC Carpet or other pricy home decor boutiques.

Only you won’t. You’ll find them at our boutique, because Massachusetts artist Holly Johnson actually made these designs exclusive to great.ly.

First I fell in love with the Butterflies in Paris pillow which is a great example of how she brings childhood imagination to life in a sophisticated way. In fact, it was one of the very first things we added to our shop. Then I swooned at the handmade bunny pillow in grey (above) and shades of berry, any of which would be so gorgeous in a nursery. You can also check out her modern graphical pillows which are very cool for any decor at all–what a special hostess gift this could be for a weekend visit over the summer.


Paris butterflies handmade pillow by Cheeky Monkey Home

Handmade modern pillows by Cheeky Monkey Home

Handmade magenta bunny pillow by Cheeky Monkey Home


Also so great: This handmade world map pillow which I absolutely love for a kid’s room.  Look closely at the hand-cut felt appliques and the custom trim–it definitely makes those of us without the crafty gene glad there’s someone else out there to do it for us.  Not surprisingly, Holly is one this year’s Martha Stewart American Made nominees.


World map pillow by Cheeky Monkey Home

World map pillow handmade by Cheeky Monkey Home

As you might have guessed, they’re definitely on the spendy side. (I wouldn’t exactly give one to a baby to gnaw on.) But they do cost less than pillows other modern home decor brands who have them made in China; the ones from Cheeky Monkey Home are all designed, stitched and filled locally in Massachusetts by one cool, crafty mama.

It would be a joy to own one of her pillows, and I know, that like a piece of art, it would make me smile every time I saw it.

Find a selection of gorgeous handmade pillows by Cheeky Monkey Home at the Cool Mom Picks indie shop at great.ly, including designs you won’t find anywhere else.