Brownstone Christmas ornament, New York holiday decoration handmade of lovely watercolor paper


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Celebrate your love for New York with this exquisite handmade ornament, inspired by the iconic brownstone.

Designed with meticulous attention to detail, the brownstone ornament captures the essence of these architectural gems. From the ornate cornice and charming front steps to the tidy brick lintels over the windows and petite lanterns adorning the front door, every aspect has been carefully crafted. The brightly colored roof, available in a variety of shades, including the classic brownstone brown, adds a vibrant touch. To complete the ornament, a small woolen ball is included for an extra touch of charm.

Not only will this ornament make your Christmas tree a conversation piece, but it's also an ideal gift for anyone who shares your love for the vibrant city of New York. It holds a special meaning for me as well, as it was inspired by my great-grandmother, Pearl, who was among the first women to graduate from Brooklyn's Pratt Institute of Art. What will you celebrate with your Brooklyn brownstone ornament?

**LIMITED EDITION ETSY-ORANGE VARIATION** To celebrate the great honor of being an Etsy Design Award Finalist for 2023, I am offering the Brooklyn Brownstone with Etsy-orange trim! Etsy is based in beautiful Brooklyn, making this a perfect fit.

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A bit about me: through my work, I honor the values of craftsmanship, sustainability, and a conscientious approach to design. Using exquisite (and durable) watercolor paper, I meticulously create heirloom luminaries and ornaments that delight with detail. Over the years, I've developed a rich visual language that's distinctly my own, allowing me to bring a touch of unforgettable magic to your holiday home. More information can be found in my shop's "about" section, and if you have questions or would like to learn more, I hope you will get in touch.

© 2023 Anne Louvau, all rights reserved. Usage, reproduction, or altering of artwork is not permitted without permission. Each piece of artwork is an intellectual property and is protected by copyright law.

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Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery

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    Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How I make my paper houses

    I use creamy French watercolor paper, beautifully textured and very strong, as the foundation for each building.

    I cut meticulous details with a blade, not a laser -- this means every cut is crisp and beautiful, never "toasted".

    Everything is hand-assembled, with some luminaries having as many as nine layers, or close to 80 pieces.

    Finally the most delicate bits are reinforced until every house is, literally, ready to shine.

    The finished houses are folded flat for shipping and storage.

    Your paper lanterns may differ slightly from the photos. As each one is made especially for you, every building is unique.

    Set up instructions

    Your pieces will arrive fully assembled. All you need to do is pop them up and put the tabs through the slots - no glue or tape is required. Tuck in the LED tea lights included with US shipments, and sit back to enjoy the glow.

    At the end of the season, simply fold your luminaries back into their small shipping box and slip them into a drawer until next time.

    They take up almost no space, because no one needs more bulky stuff to store.

    The surprising durability of folding paper lanterns

    Far thicker than traditional card stock, my 140 pound French watercolor paper is not only beautiful, it is strong.

    With this mighty paper for a foundation, my buildings are designed to last for years. And unlike ceramic or wooden Christmas villages, these resilient paper lanterns are more likely to survive an accidental fall from a mantel, or from curious little hands.

    Storages tips

    Paper naturally absorbs humidity from the air over time, so it's important to stow your houses in a dry location with a constant temperature.

    An interior space, such as a closet or a small box under the bed, would be ideal.

    Then, when you pull your houses out next winter, they will be fresh and ready to go. Or, to glow!


    Here in Northern California, sustainability is a way of life at home as well as in my business. I am proud to say that my studio is largely powered by geothermal energy.

    I constantly search out papers from climate-mindful mills sharing my concern for our planet, including papers that are FSC-certified, CO2-neutral, or Cradle-to-Cradle Certified Silver. And because my papers are acid-free and archival, they'll last for decades.

    My ornaments are created from the paper offcuts left after cutting larger pieces, allowing me to substantially minimize waste in the studio. And because my luminaries fold flat and ship in a small box, they require significantly less shipping materials (and less transport fuel) as they make their way to you.

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