Last year I showed a house that I had decorated that was across the street from my own house. In the breakfast area, I used a large, contemporary styled lantern.
The lantern came from BROWN, a fabulous lighting and decor shop in Houston owned by the talented Jill Brown. Afterwards, Jill was kind enough to host a giveaway of the same lantern here on Cote de Texas. Needless to say, the giveaway was a huge success and many of you entered in hopes of winning.
Here's the lantern we gave away. The winner had the choice of the 4 lights or 1 light with an Edison bulb. She chose the 4 lights, if memory serves me correct!
BROWN is located in Houston in a charming house-like setting with Zen styled landscaping.
Jill has a certain aesthetic and everything about her and her store reflects it. She is a true original, with a great sense of style and presentation. Here, for a party for the magazine Garden & Gun, she set up an old-timey store on the covered front porch. These were the goodies for the guests.
Although BROWN's specialty is lighting fixtures, one area of the store is set up for general goods. It seems as if Jill sells everything - from antique copper pots to candles.
As always, everything has Jill's "look" about it. She loves Belgian styling, but she also very much into American antiques.
Even the design of her web site is uniquely Jill. You can view her web site at www.shopbybrown.
Or, you can choose to enter the website by the fanciful THING-FINDER, located HERE.
Here is a small selection of her wares, as sold on 1st Dibs. Jill sells antique light fixtures and a line of new ones that she designs herself under the label Far-Fetched.
The store changes often - it never looks quite the same from one day to the next. It's like visiting a magical place, you never know what fabulous treasure you are going to find at BROWN.
So, what is the giveaway you ask? Have I tortured you enough?
The giveaway today is this original light fixture from BROWN. It's a little hard to see exactly - but it's made of hand carved wood, painted a distressed light gray - perfect for today's trendy look. It has five lights that extend from the center column on gracefully carved iron arms. Each arm has a hanging tassel, also made of painted gray wood. The light fixture is hand crafted of antique wood and iron and has a retail value of $3,100. Yes, $3,100.!!!! And it can be yours - if you win the giveaway!
Another view of the gray wood and iron light fixture.
And looking up at it from the bottom. Disregard the chains - they are just used to hold up all the chandeliers.
HOW TO WIN:
All we ask that you do is visit www.shopbybrown and go to either the store or the 1st Dibs site or both. Look around at what is for sale and pick one item that speaks to you personally. Then, come back here to the blog comment section and tell me what you picked and why! That's it!!!
If you really want to be nice and you have a twitter account, please be so kind to tweet about the giveaway as a thank you to Jill.
Remember, if you post anonymously, be SURE to leave your name and email address in case you win!! If there's no email address, you can't win. :(
The contest will run this week and close on Friday at 11:59 p.m.
Good luck to everyone and a huge, huge thank you to Jill Brown for hosting this wonderful giveaway!!!
For a peek at Jill's house, read a story I ran several years ago HERE. The pictures were taken before I knew what I was doing with a camera, so be kind!!