Debra & Scentimental Gardens

{Love fig trees!!}

Last week we got to stop over to see our friend Debra Phillips at Scentimental Gardens in Geneva, IL and I was in Heaven!!  {Debra also recently opened up another store on Grand Ave in Chicago and writes the blog 5th & State. }  Debra & Sarah (below) greeted us at the shop and they are so warm & sweet.  Debra's amazing with kids & even gave Christian an adorable little concrete turtle he promptly named "Sammy."


{Sarah & Debra}

I was totally in love with this room and wanted pretty much everything in it.  The slate tile floors were hidden underneath blah carpeting when Debra first moved in. 



How adorable are the chalkboard signs/ labels? (below)  What a cute way to label a drink.


Check out the industrial tabe below (mm mm!) and lately I've also been been loving silhouettes.


And here's one last photo at Scentimental Gardens of us all before a yummy lunch:


{Dave, baby Justin, me with Christian, and Debra}

While we were in Geneva, we also stopped at the butterfly house at Peck Farm.  Christian's been very into butterflies lately (there's a Little Einstein movie about them) and loved it:


I thought this one, called a "Julia," was awesome:



If you can get to Geneva, it's so worth it!!  ...  Lots of great shops & an adorable town and of course you have to stop in and see Debra!! (And the butterflies if you're into that) One of the things I love most about blogging is making & meeting new friends.  It's so much fun to be with other design junkies & to feel like you already know someone before you've even met them.    

xoxo, Lauren

22 comments:

1 Funky Woman said...

I'm so jealous! I use to live in Rockford so I would go shopping in Geneva as often as I could. So many amazing shops and I would love to visit Debra's shop! Looks like you had a great time!

Living It At Home said...

This shop looks heavenly! I could definately shop there! I love silohettes too and would love to have had one of my daughter when she was litt (missed my chance). You should get one done for your little ones ASAP! Looks like you are enjoying your visit! Have fun!

pve design said...

On my list to meet Debra and to go to Geneva,IL.
I cannot believe how big your boys are!!! (already!)
pve

nkp said...

I think I could get lost in that beautiful shop for hours. Nah, make that days.

You are just the most beautiful family!

Carey said...

I'm lucky enough to live in St. Charles, next door to Geneva. SG is a wonderful store! Debra also owns SG Too in St. Charles, which sells marked down items from SG. If you're in the area, don't forget to check out 610 Home, Artemesia, and Stonehouse on Cedar.

eddieross said...

Great post! We are huge fans of silhouettes!

Eddie & Jaithan

Mary said...

I wish I had known you were coming. I live near Geneva and it would have been fun to meet you & your lovely family.

Saara @ GEORGE Interior Design said...

I'm loving silhouettes too....there is an adorable baby & kid boutique near my house having a silhouette event where this lady comes and cuts one of your kids in black paper and it is framed in an oval just like those in the photo....so cute! Definitely getting one of my daughter!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Also on my list to meet Debra and see both her shops. I would have loved to go for the opening. Looks like you all had a great time.

pranapt said...

Looks fun! I wanted to have silhouettes done of my kids, but it was expensive. I followed the idea on another blog, and took profile pics of each child to start. Then my techy husband went into photoshop and did a curve adjustment to make each photo all black. I printed them at home, cut them out, traced them onto black construction paper with a white crayon, cut that silhouette out, and attached it to white paper. Then I framed them in black oval frames. Didn't take too long, and cost was minimal!

Acquired Objects said...

Fabulous looking shop, I love picking about in places like that. Since I’ll be in Chicago next month I’ll have to stop by. Thank you for sharing and beautiful family you have, your boys are adorable. (Nice to see your stunning face without the yard weeds on it….lol.)

Carol@sofasandsage.com said...

Your posts are always a joy to read. And the pictures -- do you take them all yourself? They're always gorgeous! Thank you....

EDYTA and CO. INTERIOR DESIGN said...

So great that you were near by Chicago,, to bad we didn't get to connect :)
I love the Fig trees too I actually just wrote a post about them :)

Happy Monday!

xoxo
Edyta
http://edytaandco.blogspot.com/

Cote Provence said...

Lovely shop and I too love fig trees. I have the exact chair in picture number 5. I've been thinking about painting.. now I know, it will look fabulous!

Thank you for sharing. Lovely post.

Michelle said...

What a great day with a gracious host...ID bloggers are the best.

Great picture of you all :)

Best,
Michelle

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Lauren,
I often enjoy browsing your blog ... but this is my first comment.I really loved the beautiful greens captured in the first picture and the blue chairs in the picture below ... :)
Its really lovely to come over to your blog.

Bailey Quin said...

I have been DYING to visit this store...and now you have pushed me over the edge. Next free day I have I am making the trek!

Debra Phillips said...

lauren!

how lovely to see this post and a joy to finally meet you!

ps to all your readers; lauren and family are so down to earth despite being incredibly gorgeous (but that is obvious)and sweet. the engaging christian stole my heart :-)
xo
debra

Laura Trevey said...

Such a fun post... I love ferns... they are easy and provide lush green color!!

First House on the Right said...

Have just discovered your blog and I love it. Am adding it my regular roll to check back on!

Thomas said...

Any time I can see the whole family together in a photo I am happy. Beautiful! Keep smiling-it looks good on your family :) Sending a smile from the District to the burbs.

Hello Lover... said...

I have been meaning to stop into her new Chicago store and I just haven't made it yet - every image I see from her shops looks amazing!