.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
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