May 23, 2017

Lush Container Planting via England

Are you just getting started, or finished?


This is the year I have been saying something has to give, well, as friends reminded 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


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!

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! 

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!


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……,

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!


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

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