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Feeling Adventurous? Then these stylish pieces from Chris Madden’s new collection for JCPenney are just what you need.
Adventurous dining table
Various Adventurous home accents
Four-legged lamp
Her name is bubbling up more and more, but just who is this Chris Madden person, anyway? Decorator. Mom. Lifestyle maven. CEO. In other words, a strong contender to be the next you-know-who (yes, Martha Stewart). Here’s all you need to know about the woman who may be worth $600 million to a certain major national department store.

  • Comes from a Big Irish Family — think nine children
  • Earned a scholarship to New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, followed by stints at magazines and book publishers

  • Returned to her passion — decorating — only to eventually land clients like Oprah Winfrey, Toni Morrison, and Katie Couric
  • Funny, now she’s a regular guest on the Today show. Also hosts Interiors by Design on HGTV.
  • Has 2 sons, 2 Westies, and 16 design books to her credit
  • Designed her own collections for Bassett Furniture (for adults and babies), Austin International (candles), and Mohawk Home (pillows, area rugs, throws, carpeting)

  • But, here’s the biggie: Her newly launched “Turning Home Into Haven” collection for JCPenney, which numbers 1,700-plus items — furniture to pillow shams, towels to curtain tiebacks — is expected to be the $600-million icing on JCP’s $1.4 billion home-furnishings cake.
  • All this from a woman who, according to www.chrismadden.com, cleans her own windows with a white-vinegar-and-water solution and crumpled-up newspapers.

    — ROB BRINKLEY