Monday, July 21, 2008

$500 Shopping Spree ~ A Dream Come True!

Have you ever had a daydream about someone offering you $500 to spend on a shopping spree?Well, I received an email awhile back saying that JCPenney and BlogHer were offering me $500 to go shopping for a new JCPenney line called Linden Street and all I had to do was write a review! Wow! I was doing the Happy Dance! Who wouldn't want $500 to shop for home decor items? So off to the mall I went and here's what I bought...
These goblets are my favorite! I've been looking for something like this and I was so excited when I saw them. They have a classic style that can be used for either a casual or more formal table setting. (you can click on the photos to enlarge)
I love the detail on the stem and the ridges on the top! The lip is thin (which I love) but not too thin that you're always worried your going to break it. I really love these goblets! I bought 6 and I think I'm going back to buy 2 more (on my own dime).

Below is their cake plate. I really like the classic clean lines and it's large! I would use this not only for cake or cupcakes but it would be great to serve appetizers, cheese and crackers, fruit, or cookies. I think this is a very versatile piece.
The Linden Street line includes a lot of interesting lamps. I chose this floor lamp which would work well next to a chair, sofa or even as a reading light by a bed which is where I chose to place it.
It comes in a box with some assembly required. When I first opened this box I was a little worried but it went together very quickly because the power cord runs through each piece so it's just a matter of twisting each piece tools needed.

I was really happy with the weight of this piece; the base is very heavy so you don't have to worry about it tipping over. The finish on it is also very nice. The arm of the lamp is adjustable and the lamp can swing out of the way if needed. I really like the vintage look of it! Lauren loves that she now has a great reading light next to her bed!
This is one of their wall decor items. It's made to look like old crown moulding. They are made out of resin but are very heavy. The retail price on these is $100 for the pair which I thought was really high since they are only a little over a foot long but they were on sale for 1/2 price which was much more reasonable. They come with screws and hanging directions but I think these would look great in a bookcase just leaning against the back.

Here are two finials that I love. The black metal one is very heavy and it actually looks like it could be an old finial you find at an antique store. I really love this bird! They also have a lamp with this bird on it. It has a nice distressed white finish.
I also love this Linden Street basket. It could be used in a bathroom to hold towels or in a family room to hold magazines. It holds A LOT of magazine! Which is great because I have tons of magazines!
Although I love their decor items, the 300 thread count sheets felt a little thin to me. The sheets come in a set with a fitted & flat sheet and two pillowcases. They also sell extra pillowcases, which is great because most people do have more than two pillows! I was really happy to see that! I put the sheets on Lauren's bed and she said they are very comfortable and soft. The sheets are sitting on top of a cotton blanket; it’s the perfect weight for summer. It was very soft and came in nice colors. Below is another home decor item. It's a really heavy hurricane candle holder. It's made out of a thick bubbly glass. I think this would be perfect to take out on the patio; the glass would keep the wind from blowing out the candle. I added some sand, shells and a candle which is how they showed it displayed on their website.

For the price their towels seem like a good value. I would say they are about a medium weight towel. I usually buy really thick towels but I've noticed that they take forever to dry in the dryer so maybe thinner towels would be better in that respect. They are extremely soft! They are sitting on top of a bath rug which is very plush and soft. It comes in a choice of 8 different colors! The towels, the rug and blanket are all getting shipped off to my son in college. He was thrilled when I told him about them!
When I was at the JCPenney store I also looked at the Linden Street furniture and was pleasantly surprised with the design and quality. I hadn't been in a JCPenney store for years and I was impressed with all their furniture. My shopping experience was very favorable. Each department was well staffed with very helpful employees.

Click here to visit the JCPenney website or here to go directly to their Linden Street Collection. If you would like more info about BlogHer, click here.
Thank you JCPenney and BlogHer for this great opportunity!

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