Wow has J.C. Penney Co. reinvented itself or what? About four months ago it morphed from a rather frumpy old friend into a fresh, fun one by bringing on a stable of hip brands and designers. In the homewares department that includes Michael Graves, stolen from Target; Design by Conran, as in Terence Conran, a British designer, restaurateur and retailer; and Jonathan Adler, the potter and designer who got his start creating ceramics for Barneys New York.
By Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian
The Kansas City Star
All are worth checking out, but Happy Chic, Adlers product line, is the most fun. It includes brightly colored bedding and bath, decorative accessories, furniture, rugs, window treatments, lighting and kitchenware that are mod, whimsical and live up to the Happy Chic name.
Our favorites include the Elizabeth Bubble Vase ($35), the dreamy blue Crescent Heights tufted chair ($1,695), and the adorable Lola owl bookends ($42 a pair). Happy Chic products might not be as sophisticated as the goods in Adlers signature boutiques, but theyre as nifty as stuff youd find in a lot of other upscale boutiques.