Monday, November 19

Weekend Finds: Urban Cowboy.



Chris Brown
is bit of a dichotomy. A good old, cowboy-hat-wearing country boy with a heart of gold, and an artistic collector, design lovin', tattooed rebel!

Chris first introduced us to the hipper side of country with his blog, Urban Prairie, then his updated, modern-twisted Urban Prairie Refueled, and now he's introducing us to his Urban Prairie Blogshop. An electric mix of odd meets modern day, the Blogshop offers alt-country assemblages, collections, odd one-offs and the curious goods Chris has come to be known for.



The Blogshop is currently carrying these groovy little grab bags called Curious Goods - Mini Collections in a Bag. Chris hand selects these unique and wonderful curiosities and packs them together in one-of-a-kind little bundles, all to help jump start your creative juices. Chris suggests perhaps you take the contents and display them as-is for a cool little artistic vignette, or select individual items and build a larger collection. Think of the flea market fun! The possibilities are endless and they make a great quirky gift for the burgeoning artist in every family.



I love this collection called 'White Wedding' -it sold to some lucky bride to be.
Four items assembled together to create a odd, white tabletop vignette. Well
worn, off-white ACME cowgirl boots, lace and plastic 15th anniversary wedding
cake topper, small bottle of Holy water & three white scale weights. I do!

Urban Prairie Refueled has an amazing aesthetic and is truly a fun visit. Chris has wonderfully clever ideas to take vintage finds to a fresh modern place. I loved his idea of taking retro clothing labels and stitching them to plain old cotton t-shirts. I've been collecting these old tags for years, and now Chris has provided me with a long awaited plan for them!

For an additional bit of country fun, read this interview on Chris from designer & collector David Butler for Country Living magazine. I'm gonna put on some Dwight and have a read.

8 comments:

Karen Smith said...

I've long loved Chris Brown and his twist on country design. He's definitely the one to watch for hip and alternative ideas in the country design world.

Thanks for showcasing him!
Karen S.

Jake Kent said...

Been following Chris and Urban Prairie for a while now. I think he just keeps getting better and better. I love that he offers us an alternative to the cookie-cutter aesthetic, as he puts it. His objects and collections really inspire me.

J.K.

Uncle Beefy said...

OMG! Cannot wait to check out the site! This looks awesome! Thanks for keeping us in the loop...or should I say lasso? :)

Anonymous said...

Where have I been? I love this style - it's completely ME! I just read Chris Brown's blog - front to back...great style. Thanks for sharing.

Joan Hunter

Grace F. said...

Wow! Now I have a name for my style...URBAN PRAIRIE.

Grace

Mari Berns said...

I've met Chris Brown. He's definitely a dichotomy. You see this tattooed badboy at first, then you talk to him and he's a complete sweetheart. You would never dream he has all this amazing design/style/collecting talent - I think he's totally inspiring the new generation of collectors. I love his style.

Anonymous said...

Cool style & clever ideas!

Greg R. said...

Thanks for your coverage on Chris Brown/Urban Prairie. He's one I'm keeping my eye on!

Greg Robinson