Here's what you should know about me: I'm a closet interior design freak. I mean, the moment I could form the words, I was asking my Dad to push my dresser from one side of my room to the other, and by the time I was a teenager, I was demanding hot pink on the walls, frilly curtains on the windows, and all manner of dressy pillows and bedspreads to set it off up in my room.

Now that I'm in my own house, I really get to play and play, I do. I love earthy colors oranges and browns and greens and I never pass up an opportunity to add an ethnic touch to a room, whether it's a beautiful piece of artwork by an artist of color (my latest obsession is THIS ROMARE BEARDEN at one of my favorite galleries, Avisca Fine Arts, which I can not afford but dream about nightly), or a beautiful tribal mask, or a textured vase, mirror, or picture frame to make a tabletop stand out.

I carry on this same philosophy in my daughters' rooms, which are adorned with hand-crafted pictures of smoochie little brown girls and lots of beautiful brown dolls and pictures of our family all that stand alongside pretty, kid-friendly pieces that shout out Mari and Lila’s funky, girly sides. And I'm always on the look out for great pieces that speak to this aesthetic. In today's MyBrownBaby Happy For the Holidays Giveaway, I'm hipping you to some awesome artists who specialize in beautiful home décor pieces that'll make your rooms stand out from the rest. Witness:

See yourself, be yourself is the guiding philosophy behind this online boutique for décor products featuring African-American babies, children, and moms, and Kisha's Kids works double time to bring its vision to fruition. The boutique's founder, Kisha Holt, created her business after she went on an exhaustive-but-unsuccessful search for décor and accessories reflective of her brown babies. Now, she manufactures rugs, growth charts, picture frames and more with images of brown-skinned children; the products are high-quality, vintage-inspired pieces that are all-at-once joyful and inspiring. For the MyBrownBaby Happy For the Holidays Giveaway, Kisha's Kids is giving away one item of the winner’s choice from the boutique’s personally manufactured line of original African-American children's canvas wall art, area rugs, picture frames, growth charts and clocks the latter of which was featured on Oprah's The ˜O' List! Value of up to $125.

Go ahead take a look at the Lucky + Lovely blog and ETSY site try not to drool! I've known the proprietor, Melanie, since our days together at Honey magazine, where, as a top designer, she made my words look super fresh. These days, she owns her own custom letterpress and makes all kinds of lovely stationery, invitations, creative prints, and more, plus she designs logos and websites and, when she has time, posts perfectly delicious links to beautiful things she finds in her daily e-travels. For the
MyBrownBaby Happy For the Holidays Giveway, Lucky + Lovely is graciously giving away this whimsical Kid's Alphabet Print, printed with high-quality inks on artist's matte non-glare heavyweight stock. A $35 value.

I can't say enough about these breath-taking handcrafted baskets! These one-of-a-kind pieces, woven with sisal leaves by Rwandan artisans practicing this ancient craft, are not only beautiful, but changing lives. Indeed, proceeds from every sale of these baskets, available exclusively at, go toward life-changing projects in this African country, which is still recovering from the brutal 1994 Rwanda genocide that killed more than 1 million people in just 100 days. The women who weave the baskets use their earnings to set up clean water supplies, purchase mosquito nets, pay school fees for local children, and buy life-saving medication for HIV-infected villagers, plus much more. My red and white fruit bowl is absolutely stunning; it sits in my living room, on a time-worn iron and wood coffee table from India, next to my collection of art books. It's simply perfect there. Thanks my friends over at The BlogRollers and, one lucky reader will get a basket of her/his own through the MyBrownBaby Happy For the Holiday's Giveaway, a $46 value.



¢ Visit Kisha’s Kids, Lucky + Lovely and the Rwanda Path to Peace sites and leave one comment telling me about your favorite products on each of them.

¢ Be/Become a MyBrownBaby follower.

FOR EXTRA ENTRIES (please leave separate comments for each)

¢ TWEET I just entered the @MyBrow
nBaby Happy for the Holidays giveaway for over $200 in home décor products”

¢ BLOG about this giveaway

¢ BUY a product from one of the featured stores in this giveaway, and email a copy of your confirmation order to (2 entries!)

¢ BECOME a MyBrownBaby email subscriber (you MUST verify your email subscription to qualify) OR get the MyBrownBaby RSS feed HERE (leave a comment letting me know you've done so, and include an email address so that I can contact you if you win).

¢ ADD my button to your blog

¢ Become a follower on Lucky + Lovely or Kisha’s Kids blogs or both!

THIS CONTEST ENDS AT 11:59 P.M. on MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2009. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10th, 2009. It is open to residents in the continental U.S. and Canada. Prize fulfillment will be handled by each individual shop.

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  1.! All these things are lovely. What do I do first?…

    I'm very into decorum myself, especially the kids' rooms. And I'm lovin' those letters.

  2. My favorite product on kisha's kid has to be the Cecile doll I would love that for my daughter because my plan is to keep her hair natural and it would be nice for her to have a doll that has curly textured hair. My favorite Rwandan bowl has to be the Rwanda Bark "Pilgrimage" Bowl because I am drawn to earth tones and the green and brown together calls my name. I was unable to see anything on the Luck and Lovely etsy shop but did look at their portfolio and loved their work. I have joined both luckand lovely and kisha's kid blogs and even blogged about the giveaway on and added the my brown baby button to my blog and also become an email subscriber.

  3. Kisha's Kids
    my favorite home decor item is the Mermaid Maya Canvas wallart; my little diva has a fascination with mermaids and her name is Maya-how perfect
    In home decor I loved the Aphro-Chic line(specifically the Dreamland Pillow collection). Adding a color palette to every room in my house is my idea of home furnishing.
    My favorite is the Rawanda True Unity Fruit Bowl I have a lot of artwork that I would like to showcase in one room; these bowls support a great cause and I would love to include its story with existing art

  4. I already follow

  5. I was unable to find anything listed on LUCKY + LOVELY etsy shop
    On macys my kids would just love the Spode "Christmas Tree" Dinnerware and on Kisha's Kids my son would love the firefighter jayse area rug there is so much to choose from on that site .
    angelsspot at hotmail dot com

  6. Hello Denene! I am new an recently subscribed to MBB. Please enter my name for the Home for the Holidays Decor giveaway. I don't want to leave my email address in the comments section, but I'm not sure how I will be contacted if I win.

  7. I love all the work you chose. Lucky and Lovely has such light-hearted design work. It brightened my spirit this morning.

    I love the green and black basket on the front of Macy's. I also love that these are one-of-a kind and that they are going toward a great cause.

    I love the storage bins on Kisha's Kids.

    I am already a follower.

  8. I added your button to my website, which was a no brainer because what you do here fits with the purpose of my website.

  9. MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner

    @Rashida: Check back here on Thursday, Dec. 10 to see if you've won. If you did, you can send me a private email with your contact info at denenemillner [at] gmail dot com. And don't forget to do the extra stuff to earn extra entries!

    @Everyone else: I'm so pleased that you guys are digging the pieces and business owners highlighted here today; they really are incredible women and I'm so proud to be partnering with them.

    Wait until you see what I have in store for tomorrow!!!

  10. oh how I Love Love these pieces!!!

  11. Teresha@Marlie and Me

    @ Kisha's Kids, I'm loving the tea party board game
    @ Lucky + Lovely, I'm loving the Modern Circles Print
    @ the Rwanda Path to Peace site, I'm loving the Rwanda "Umbrella" Bowl

    I am a MBB follower!

  12. Teresha@Marlie and Me

    I am a MBB email subscriber

  13. Teresha@Marlie and Me

    I have the MBB button scrolling on my blog roll

  14. Kisha's Kids products ~ I love the Renee pink polka dot with bow wastebasket. My girls would love to have this cute wastebasket in their bedrooms. I will fav'd this website, and go back and purchase.

    Lucky + Lovely ~ I like this design elanie Carter Dots Cupcakes! This artist is very creative. I hope I can win! 🙂

    The Rwandan baskets ~ They are all really nice and I love African the Mother Land wares ~ The Rwanda Bark "Pilgrimage" Bowl is my favorite one the colors are beautiful.

    brownatural at gmail dot com

  15. I'm a MyBrownBaby subscriber via emails. *waving* 🙂
    brownatural at gmail dot com

  16. I'm a Google Friend Connect Follower.

  17. I added your button to my blog:
    see right sidebar ~

  18. I subscribed to Kisha's newsletters and her RSS feed of her blogs.
    brownatural at gmail dot com

  19. Kishas kids-I loved the Joy pink chandelier
    lucky and lovely- the beautiful wedding stationary
    Rwanda Path to peace-The Rwanda Day Peace basket
    thank you for these beautiful giveaways

  20. Love the firefighter Area rug on Kisha's Kids, The Big Sky Fruitbowl on Ruwanda, and the Boy's colorway print from lovely by lucky!

  21. Sweetbabycakesnmore

    1) the joy pink chandelier is beautiful
    2) i like the wedding stationary
    3) the Rwanda "Spring Earth" Large Bowl, 16" is really nice

  22. Hello. I've just joined MBB. (My e-mail address is

    Kisha's Kids' "Nina Ballerina" growth chart and clock are too cute; the art is so dainty, whimsical and timeless. I also love Kisha's Kids' "Baby Allyson" and "Baby DeVaughn" canvas wall art, which are fun additions to a nursery.

    The Lucky + Lovely Etsy site has a vibrant "Modern kid number poster" that's sure to make counting fun for beginners.

    Rwanda Path to Peace: All these baskets are works of art, but my favorite is the "Fair Winds Trading Rwanda Basket, 12" Harvest Bowl." Its subtle earth tones are lovely and calming.

  23. Danielle a.k.a Yellie

    My favorite items from these shops are…

    Kisha's Kids – Once Upon A Time Blue/White Book Storage Bins

    Lucky+Lovely – Modern Kid Alphabet print-Boy colorway

    Rwanda Path to Peace – Rwanda "Allegory" Knitting Basket, 13 x 19"


  24. Danielle a.k.a Yellie

    I follow your blog!


  25. I love the Ballerina Growth Chart. Thanks for the chance.

  26. Super Blogger Girl!

    From Kishas kids I like the joy pink chandelier.

    my favorite items from lucky and lovely are the letter press stationary in black and white.

    I love the fair wind trading basket rectangular tea tray from rwanda company.

  27. follow google connect

    Kisha Kids- I like the Joy Pink Chandelier

    Lucky+ Lovely- I like the Lenox Cupcakes

    Rawanda Path to Peace- I like the Rawanda night Peace Basket.

  28. the green and black basket and the rawanda nigt pease basket

  29. I've just subscribed to both the Lucky + Lovely blog and Kisha's Kids blog.

  30. I like Nina's Ballerina Wall Clock from Kisha's Kids. the Dots Cupcake design from Lucky & Lovely, and Fairwinds Trading Basket, the Giraffe Footprint Bowl from Rwanda Path to Peace.

  31. Chacoy pronounced: Sha-coi

    Kisha Kids: I LOVE the green and white storage bin.
    Lucky+Lovely: Beautiful Wedding Invitations.
    Rowanda Path to Peace: I like the Fairwinds trading basket in the Butterfly Tea Tray.

    I follow My Brown Baby

  32. Chacoy pronounced: Sha-coi

    I subscribe to My Brown Baby via email.

  33. Ok I love the O Magazine "Purple Amethyst with Black Garnet" Bracelet
    The good fairy rug
    and the pretty Dots cupcake web design

    I'm following you!!

  34. I have your button on my blog! (One of the only ones!!)

  35. At Kisha's Kids I absolutely LOVE the firefighter jayse area rug

    At Lucky + Lovely, I really adore the Letterpress Wedding Stationery – beautiful!

    And lastly, at Rwanda Path to Peace I love the Rwanda "Sunrise" Peace Basket – Gorgeous items here too!


  36. I follow you PUBLICLY with Google Friend Connect!

  37. I follow on Twitter as coolcanucks!

  38. I tweeted this awesome giveaway!!


  39. I now subscribe via email and activated it!

  40. I subscribe to your RSS Feed!

  41. I now follow Lucky + Lovely Blog PUBLICLY with Google Friend Connect!

  42. I now follow Kisha's Kids blog PUBLICLY with Google Friend Connect!

    Thanks for this nice giveaway, it ends on my birthday, Dec.7th Wooooot!! 🙂


  43. Michelle AKA blabla3269

    I love the Cecile doll
    it would be my daughters first

  44. Sweeter the berry

    Kisha's Kids/Nina Ballerina Wall Clock

    Lucky + Lovely /Letterpress wedding stationery

    Rwanda Path to Peace/Rwanda "Day" Peace Basket

  45. Sweeter the berry

    I am a follower of yourm blog.

  46. Sweeter the berry

    I became a MyBrownBaby email subscriber.

  47. Sweeter the berry

    I follow Kisha Kids blog

  48. Here are my favorites~

    At~Kisha's Kids the flutter pink lounge set

    At~Lucky + Lovely the Modern Circles Print

    At~Rwanda Path to Peace the "Butterfly" Bowl

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  49. Tweet!

    {And~I forgot to mention that I follow you too~sorry}


  50. I subscribe with Google reader


  51. I like the Kisha's Kids the flutter pink lounge set,Rwanda Path to Peace/Rwanda "Day" Peace Basket and the Lucky+Lovely: Beautiful Wedding Invitations.

  52. I am now a follower on google….I like the once upon a time storage bins from Kisha's Kids, the alphabet poster in the girl colors,from Lucky an Lovely on Etsy and the Fair Winds Trading Rwanda Basket, Rectangular Tea Tray 19" x 14"

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  53. Kisha's Kids – elizabeth white chandelier
    Lucky + Lovely – Dots Cupcakes
    Rwanda Path to Peace – Regina Andrew Segmented Ovals Lamp


  54. I Became a follower on Lucky + Lovely!

  55. I love the Firefighter Jayse Area Rug at KishasKids.

    I love the LetterPress Wedding Stationary at Luck and Lovely.

    I also love the Fair Winds Tranding Rwanda Basket, 12" Harvest Bowl from the Rwanda Path to Peace site.

    I follow your blog angelag

  56. I subscribe by google reader.

  57. I follow the Lucky and Lovely Blog. angelag

  58. I like the look of the fair wind trading basket rectangular tea tray from Rwanda company.


  59. On Keisha's Kids, I really like their book shelf accessories. The Once Upon A Time Pink/White Book Storage Bins are really cute.
    On Lucky and Lovely, I like the Letterpress Wedding Stationery. The blue, nautical feeling set is my favorite.
    From the Rwanda Path to Peace, I really liked the Fair Winds Trading Rwanda Basket, Rectangular Tea Tray 19" x 14" in the brown/natural color. This looks like something that would be used all the time and great quality, not to metion supporting a noble cause.
    I follow your blog. Thank you!

  60. I subscribe via email.
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

  61. At Kisha's Kids, I like the "set of 4 construction trucks."
    At Lucky & Lovely, I like the Dots cupcakes
    At Rwanda Path to Peace, I like the "Rwanda 'Spring Earth' Large Bowl."

    I am a follower via Google Friend.

    clctaube @

  62. At Kisha's Kids; I like their cute bookends
    At Lucky & Lovely; I like the Dots cupcakes
    At Rwanda Path to Peace; I like the Rwanda
    Big sky fruit bowl

  63. At Kisha's Kids: the firefighter jayse area rug
    Rwanda Path to Peace: Rwanda "Sunrise" Peace Basket
    At Lucky + Lovely: the Letterpress Wedding Stationery

  64. I like the Kisha's Kids storage bins. I checked out the Dots Cupackes at Lucky & Lovely. As a basket weaver I especially like the Rwanda Path to Peace – Fair Winds Spirit Bowl Basket! Thanks!

  65. I like the Fair Winds Trading Rwanda Basket, Rectangular Tea Tray and the kevin transportation growth chart.

  66. What a wonderful giveaway!
    From Keisha's Kids – Tea Party Board Game
    From Lucky & Lovely – Mondern Circles Print
    From Rwanda Path to Peace – Bark "Pilgrimage" bowl.
    I am a follower – screen name Tricia31

  67. i like the firefighter jayse area rug
    $125.00, Melanie Carter // Dots Cupcakes, Fair Winds Tranding Rwanda Basket, 12" Harvest Bowl

  68. email subscriber

  69. At Kisha's Kids, I like the "set of 4 construction trucks."
    At Lucky & Lovely, I like the Dots cupcakes
    At Rwanda Path to Peace, I like the "Rwanda 'Spring Earth' Large Bowl."

    ktgonyea at

  70. My choices:
    1. The kids site has Canvas Wall Art – Mermaid Maya is so beautiful.
    2. Fair Winds Tranding Rwanda Basket, 12" Harvest Bowl
    is green and red for Christmas.
    flyd60 AT go DOT com

  71. I made it on time! OK, been had your link on my blogspot, stalked you after my first visit and became an e-mail subscriber, love the adorable pink bookends from Kisha's Kids, and I'm following Lucky + Lovely. Whew!

  72. Firefighter jayse area rug, Melanie Carter // Dots Cupcakes & Fair Winds Trading Rwanda Basket, 12" Contours Bowl 🙂

  73. Who won this??!!

  74. Botanic Garden Dinnerware

    Hello dude,

    I love all these work that you choose.Excellent writing about dinner plates, it is actually useful for me. keep writing and happy blogging.

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