Monday, June 10, 2013

A Peek at jcpenny

I haven't been to a jcpenny store in years, but after seeing their ads for their new home design shops I was curious to check them out. 

There are four shops--Jonathan Alder, Conran's, Michael Graves and Martha Stewart. I was most excited about the Jonathan Alder shop ever since I once went to his store in Soho and couldn't afford a thing.
Affordable Jonathan Alder? Yes, please.

The bright clear colors and graphic shapes jumped out as I rode up the escalator. What eye candy! 

I loved the clean lines of the Michael Graves shop...I've admired his architecture for years. 

Of course the Martha Stewart shop had the cutest paper goods and party supplies...
They also sold beautiful color coordinated bags of candy ready to pour into glass containers for your party.

I ended up coming home with this duck egg blue throw from the Conran shop. 

I remember the Conran store when I lived in New York City in the late 70's early 80's. (I still have an iron bed frame I bought there and it's in perfect shape.)
There was the clean-lined modern furniture Terence Conran is famous for...
and these awesome pom pom pillows which I did not buy but now I'm having second thoughts!

Other favorites were these faux bois plates...
and nail head dining chairs.
I think I need to go back for those pillows.


  1. Thanks for the virtual shopping trip, Rita! I, too, have been intrigued by their ads - mostly because I was a furniture buyer for Dayton Hudson, and we always thought JCP was on the outs. I think this is one of their last pushes to stay afloat, but from what I see hear, it looks like they may be headed in the right direction.

    We have two sofas facing one another in our living room, purchased from JCP about 15 years ago, and they are in great shape!

    Looks like I'll be making a trip there soon!
    Mary from Chicago
    PS-Wanted to post a picture of my front door, as I thought you might find it interesting, but couldn't paste one into your comments. If you'd like I'd be happy to email it to you.

    1. Mary, I hope they stay afloat but I was the only one shopping there on Sunday!

  2. I saw you on YHL a few weeks back and was intrigued by your beautifully designed kitchen. Since I peeked in to check out the rest of your blog, I have been absolutely smitten!! Your ideas are fabulous and I have pined many of your holiday dishes and tablescapes. It is so refreshing to see how you use high style for the Jewish holidays. The internet is (virtually) bereft of good design for Jewish celebrations. You fill a huge void in the blogosphere for me:)!!

    I, too, ran to Penny’s after being lured in by the mailing. I got some of the Jonathon Adler trays for outdoors and got a free Michael Graves frame with purchase. The store looks great, but I was the only shopper here in St. Louis.

    1. Thank you for your kind words--Same here in the Hartford area--I was the only shopper at the jcpenny shops!!

  3. I was suspicious when I got the JCP mailing, but now I think I better check it out. I, too, lived in Manhattan in the late 70s/early 80s. I loved visiting Conran's on my lunch breaks in midtown and imagining how that stuff I couldn't afford would look in my tiny apartment. I'm still a big fan of Conran design as well as those other shops.

    1. It's worth checking out--funny, everything I got (the blue throw and a free Michael Graves picture frame was made in China!)


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