Kath Eats Reviews

July 31, 2008

A Pretty Penney

Filed under: Household — Kath @ 8:05 pm


I came across a fun offer through BlogHer recently – the chance to order some products from JCPenney’s new Linden Street Line in exchange for a blog review of the items. Who would turn that down!? BlogHer and JCPenney gave us $500 giftcards to use for online shopping. The husband and I sat down on a lazy Sunday morning and browsed through the online selection for things we thought would be nice for our house. The following is what we chose.

High Cotton

Linden Street Bath Towels

Who doesn’t need more towels!? At $11.99 each, these were reasonably priced and seemed like something that would be useful. I must say, they are one of the fluffiest sets of towels I have ever touched! I put them in the wash after opening to get them ready for use and was impressed when they came out just as soft. We have Pottery Barn towels from our wedding registry that we use on a regular basis and these are much fluffier. They get my vote! My only complaint is I would have liked to have them in white, and cream was the next best color.



Tick Tock

Item #2 was the Linden Street Square Bronze Clock .

We set it up next to my grandmother’s antique cookbooks and an old dried corn tin in our family room. I like the look of the clock a lot, but $40 was a lot more than I would have paid for this. I did note it went on sale for $19 a few days after we ordered it, but it seems pretty ordinary and small to be priced so high.


Oatmeal Bowl Storage

What I wanted more than anything else was a set of bookshelves or a place to store more oatmeal bowls!! This cabinet, which is advertised for linens, works perfectly in our dining room for extra storage.

Linden Street® Lago Mar Étagère

At $199 (originally $299), we felt the price was fair enough, but really I’m sure you could find similar pieces for half the price at competitor stores. The cabinet was easy to put together (thanks husband!), but one big drawback is it left quite a new furniture smell (not the good kind) in our house for a few days.


I do like the classic design a lot –


We set it up at an angle just to see how it looked and ended up liking it most that way.


Mirror Mirror On The Wall

With our remaining funds, we chose this cool mirror without a clue where we’d put it in the house. Still puzzled upon arrival, we took down a painting we bought on the honeymoon and tried the mirror out for size in the living room. Perfect!!! It really gives the room a zing with it’s bold shape. And of course makes the room look bigger too. The mirror was kind of a last minute addition our order, but I ended up liking it way more in person. My only criticism? Again: price. We “paid” $160 for it, but I think I would only put about $50-75 on it at competitor stores.



Note the wedding photos in the refection ❤


More reflection shots! Peek-a-boo!


In Conclusion,

Overall, the Linden Street Line has some very cool items. They all seem to be high quality, and I like the classic designs. Order online was very easy and they arrived in just a few days. My biggest criticism of the line is price. I am just not sure how many people are going to be willing to pay what I think is probably double what comparable items could be found for in other stores.

You can check out some of the other items available at the online store: Linden Street .

A big thank you to JCPenney for all of the cool items!! And thank you also to BlogHer for arranging the opportunity!



  1. that is a pretty sweet deal! fluffy towels are awesome. and that is a pretty cool mirror.

    (sadly that new furniture smell is your cabinet releasing VOCs which you probably don’t want to be breathing in)

    Comment by haya — August 1, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

  2. Your house is awesome, Kath! I love the dining room paint color.

    Cute stuff- way to go, JC Penney!

    Comment by Heather — August 1, 2008 @ 2:29 pm

  3. How fun! Thanks for sharing! I love the green color on the wall with the crisp white curtains and trim. It’s so pretty! The cabinet is nice, too. 😉


    Comment by Michele — August 1, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  4. That mirror is awesome.

    Comment by Chelsea — August 1, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

  5. I really like the cabinet, and the shape of that mirror is great. I especially love the contrast of the dark frame with your orange wall…it adds a sort of global feel. Love it – you have a beautiful home!

    What did you think of the quality of the cabinet in comparison to similar pieces from a discount chain such as Target? I am curious to know whether you thought JC Penney paid better attention to details such as the finish, the overall “sturdiness” of the piece, and the way the joints/seams fit together during assembly?

    Thanks, and great choices!

    Comment by greenpeeps — August 1, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

  6. kath-
    where did you get the chair and couch? i love them. can’t wait to afford furniture;) for now, my thrift store finds will suffice.

    Comment by rachel — August 1, 2008 @ 5:11 pm

  7. Your dining room looks exactly like our half bath we just finished, so obviously it’s my favorite room of yours. I do love that mirror, but I would also be way too cheap to pay that much.

    Comment by Tina O. — August 1, 2008 @ 6:44 pm

  8. greenpeeps ,
    I would compare the quality to Pier 1 or Crate and Barrel. I think it’s a step up from Target/Wal-Mart but we did have to put it together ourselves, so it’s not the sturdiest thing in the world. I did also like the detailing that was more comparable to the mid-level stores.

    They were Karen’s before they were ours, so I don’t know where she got them. Sorry!


    Comment by Kath — August 1, 2008 @ 6:58 pm

  9. The cabinet and the mirror go really well with your decor. And lucky you for getting free stuff!

    Your house is absolutely beautiful. I really look forward to the day when I can afford a house! Alas, I’m guessing that won’t be for awhile. Husband and I are both students, so not a lot of extra money to be had. And real estate prices in California are INSANE.

    Comment by blueberryhil — August 1, 2008 @ 7:24 pm

  10. Kath, your house is gorgeous!

    Comment by R. Leigh — August 1, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

  11. The mirror looks awesome there! Very cool.

    Comment by lizriz — August 8, 2008 @ 12:40 am

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