August 7, 2017

This & That.........


Anyone remember me? I hardly remember me. I have only been acquainted with the working me, the last 60++ days in a row
Since I would not want anyone else to write a blog post for me, I wait. Not the best use of social media but I see this as our exchange, you and I. Promises to myself to do better........seem to take a back seat

 One thing I have embraced is INSTAGRAM.  Many long lost bloggers are there, I find it to be an intimate way to stay in contact with designers, businesses, and of course friends or hey, movie stars if that is your vibe. Some of those I follow really inspire me from Morocco, England, Jordan, Sweden and France. Because it is so quick, I'm pretty close to my goal of one post a day. Give it a try, I had to be coerced.

Back to blogging....... as soon as landscape season hits, alongside interiors &; the shop........I'm drawn and quartered. So much has happened I'll think, "oh, have to write a blog post about that!" then promptly move onto something else, forgetting what I wanted to share.....

So here is what I remembered......sad, I know......

Atlantas Gift Market
My maiden name was Byers, (buyer) get it? Cannot get enough of shopping for the store and for our clients. Back at the shop goods are flying in with the holidays coming up. Did I just say that? The holidays?
Well look at the summer, 30 seconds ago it was spring. 

Trends………..
Indigo everything, gray is still with us but manufacturers are trying to shake up the grey phenomena 
 

Mohair, the fabric. On the pricey side l but  pillows are doable, throws, I even saw holiday ribbon...yes, I bought some for the shop, very very cool
Tribal inspired,  everywhere.  Art, fabrics, especially Mud Cloth, furniture, these stools which are really comfy, and even wallpaper


Here we go,  Indigo & Tribal

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Other Discoveries………

Frizzy Hair?????  
NO MORE….really, and I did not have to have a treatment. Sachajuan Hair Cleansing Cream from Sweden. Having read about someones changed hair, I had to try……anything to avoid the summer frizz/brillo pad/electrocuted looking hair of summer. It worked, even in Atlanta in July, perfectly calm hair,
smooth and even.
My stylist asked what I did as the texture of my hair had actually changed, "who's hair is this?" she asked, disbelief on her face.    YES!!! (fist pump)
   


                                                                    

HAIR CLEANSING CREAM
REFRESH YOUR HAIR WITH THE NEW SACHAJUAN HAIR CLEANSING CREAM, WHICH CLEANSES THE HAIR USING A NEW, NONTRADITIONAL TECHNIQUE BASED ON CARING WAXES.
THE NEW CREAM FORMULA DOES NOT LATHER BUT CREATES SHINE, LUSTER, MOISTURE AND SOFTNESS WHILE REFRESHING YOUR HAIR. SUITABLE FOR ALL HAIR TYPES INCLUDING DRY, BLEACHED, COLORED OR DAMAGED HAIR.
APPLY ON WET HAIR AND MASSAGE FIRMLY INTO THE SCALP FOR ONE MINUTE, LEAVING THE PRODUCT TO ABSORB INTO THE HAIR DURING YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. RINSE WITH WARM WATER TO ALLOW THE PRODUCT TO SOAK INTO THE ENDS OF THE HAIR – REPEAT IF NECESSARY.
ALLOW ONE WEEK OF CONSISTENT USE FOR THE SCALP TO ADJUST TO THIS NEW INNOVATIVE WAY OF CLEANSING

                                                 

Have a pool?   
When our pool opens I begin the fruitless process of coming up with something that will save the little critters that fall in. Frisbees, floating pieces of wood, styrofoam…..and my husbands ire. But, I cannot bear looking in to find a downward facing, floating animal. That is until I this discovery…..
Not one critter this season. I placed one on each side of the pool, and magic, a wildlife savior. They easily climb the ramp to safety and that makes me so happy.

While in Atlanta, I went around to my haunts and the antique shows. 
My 24’ trailer and my van were loaded, packed….full! 
After 10 days, the shop is nearly empty and I am headed back this week, two shopping trips back to back?! Those are pre-2008 levels, thrilled. Thank you all.


While in Atlanta I have a source for upholstery fabrics, often designer or of generally excellent quality at really good prices, so good that I am able to pass on to you . We are building our collection, all at $20.00 per yard. Includes linen, heavy tweeds for fall/winter and velvets, quilted.......

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LOCAL NEWS!!


WHEN FASHION + ART MERGE.  
AUGUST 10TH,  5:30PM

We are having a party & hope you can join us!
                       
     

                                   

Rising star Ann Everett, a Chicago fashion Designer, is bringing her goods to the burbs
Ann is from Ireland and has channeled an old world aesthetic with a real modern twist culminating in  fun and elegant clothes plus leather bags. Really good leather. My all time favorite top is by Ann,  I am stopped all the time when I wear it.

Isn’t it always fun to drink wine & shop with girlfriends?  I always thought so, come on by!

Well that's a recap, minuscule one, but hope to be back sooner,  things have settled a bit........for now


If you are reading this, you have stayed with me. Thank you!


Debra



































May 23, 2017

Lush Container Planting via England


Are you just getting started, or finished?


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This is the year I have been saying something has to give, well, as friends reminded me.....you say this every year! 
As other aspects of my biz grows and my getting older, 2017 is my swan song for container plantings at clients homes, but I have tips galore to share!
My container “career” began in England. I was stunned at the overflowing baskets, pots, window boxes, and not just a few here and there, but in the most humble of home, commercial buildings, public squares and the gloriously renown London hotel containers.......
well, .everywhere!

To not have such adornment is unusual. Once asking a friend why her neighbor had empty pots, thinking to myself, they must be ill, befallen misfortune…….something is wrong there, ‘Oh, they are American’ she said flippantly. Uggghhhh!
So what was so special that I learned? Lots!

Plant root ball to root ball. What?! 
Yep, The British have a longer growing season than us and are seemingly not wasting time. 
No following plant labels suggesting 8” or so apart. And I believe they are spot on!
                         One of our clients in Illinois

Guess what? There is one more consideration……..after the container is complete, add seeds, stuffed into available crevices!
Nasturtiums are a great choice

Planting heavily? Fertilize Heavily! The best option is to add Osmocote, a slow release fertilizer. The directions instruct you to sprinkle on top of the soil after planting. Disregard…….yes, mix it in with the soil, where this product is nearly in touch with the root system where the nourishment is required. Already planted? Scratch it in.
     

Need ideas? 
My 'Outdoor Container' Pinterest page is chalk full of inspiration

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Take a look around your property, could your home use window boxes? I know they would accommodate urns, how many and where?
  1. Choose containers that match the architectural style and color of your exterior
  2. Consider placement within the flower beds, as a focal point on the lawn, or as a big grouping
  3. How about this? Force your guests to slow down and enjoy the planting
4. Do not forget hanging baskets, take a look around. To maintain moisture in the basket, place a diaper in the base, holds moisture you know!     

      5.   Consider water preservatives to lessen your work. ‘Soil Moist’ is a popular brand, even Wal-Mart carries this
                                  


                   Have Fun!
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In my previous post, I offered 2 wins for the new liquid less NEST diffuser;
 one for signing up for my inspiration called SOUL STYLE, a silent visual emailed about twice a month.
       Winner……Bridget Weiss of California
The other was to sign up for my Instagram page, DebraPhillips_@5thandstate.  
        Winner……Maye Le Page of Louisiana

I’ll send very soon girls, when I catch my breath!

                            Thank you for visiting! 
                                        Debra
LOCAL NEWS!  
WANT TO GET BUFF, TAN, BE OUTDOORS & 
GET PAID FOR IT?!
HIRING, COLLEGE A STUDENT FOR OUR LANDSCAPING DIVISION. 
STRONG, HARDWORKING APPLICANTS DROP ME A LINE. debra@scentimentalgardens.com
                                 













April 30, 2017

Inspiration + a Gift


Inspiration........comes in many many forms, let's explore a few



We are beyond excited to welcome the talented Kristy Woodson Harvey to the shop for a Southern Soiree celebrating the release of her third book, Slightly South of Simple.     
 As she travels on her book tour, we are very very lucky, Kristy is only visiting 2 spots in Illinois, WOO HOO! 

Many know Kristy as the co-uthor of the renown interior blog,  Design Chic.



These days, I have limited time to read, sadly. So my go to is typically non-fiction. The reviews for Kristys first two books were resoundingly positive with glowing reviews. So, yes, I have begun this novel..and cannot put it down!

This will be fun, please come and help us receive Kristy!



Instagram                      

Ok, Ok, Ill do it!
I have been a hold out, with the constant refrain, I am too busy to add one more social media to my schedule.
 As many of my favorite bloggers kept disappearing from the blog scene, I knew where they were.
Then I received a letter from an Angel,
I have noticed you are not on Instagram, I love your shop, and we can help each other. More about this woman later.

Well, here I am. And l o v i n g every bit of this, Utterly hooked! I can follow and engage with some of my favorites around the world of Design, Landscaping, Antiques, Travel......and they respond!

Here are a few of my favorites .........

SHAMELESS............  HERE IS MINE.  

To anyone that joins me from now, until Friday the 5th, you will be entered to win, the prize shown way below

















      .......... Soul Style ..........

Twice a month, I send out an email called 'Soul Style',
This is separate from my blog, it is silent, a visual diary of images that appealed to me. I would love if you joined us.


Another chance to win…….anyone that sends their email to receive our soul style posts, is eligible to win



drop me a line……,debra@scentimentalgardens.com

Here is a portion of the most recent..........white
































The Gifts?


Two people will be eligible to win the latest invention by NEST candles, a liquidless diffuser.

The silver holder is the vessel for highly scented sticks. One stick for a powder room, 2+ for a large living room, these last & last, and last……., simply replace the sticks. 
Choose your scent, Bamboo, Grapefruit or Moroccan Amber. Value, $60.00



Thank you for visiting!


Debra


JOIN US IN WELCOMING
   KRISTY W. HARVEY  
    May 8th, 5:30-7:30

blogger of DESIGN CHIC & author

    reserve your signed book             ................630.232.1303.....................

A southern soiree with 
regional foods & libations.........
                           
                           FUN!



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