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Geneva's Scentimental Gardens adds home decorating to repertoire of service

GENEVA – For nearly three decades, Scentimental Gardens and Antiques at 428 W. State St. in Geneva has helped people with their garden decorating plans.

Earlier this year, the business formally began offering additional decorating for all areas of the home, not just the landscape, owner Debra Phillips said.

“It’s really the whole shebang,” Phillips said. “I’m lucky in that my first love was as a horticulturist. I understand plants and design, and a lot of those principles extend to the home.”

So the business can focus on antiques, garden design, and landscaping and outdoor decorating, and doing what Phillips called a “facelift” indoors or outdoors.

A customer’s home was Mediterranean with big pillars and dark rails, and they wanted to change it to French Normandy, Phillips said.

“We changed out the rails – they became iron,” Phillips said. “We changed the colors, from stucco yellow to a whitish taupe. We added shutters in brownish turquoise. And we changed the light fixtures and the house numbers. There’s so much you can do without a major, expensive overhaul.”

So far, she’s done more than 15 houses and several out of state, including in Florida, Nebraska and Tennessee, Phillips said.

“We have evolved in 27 years,” Phillips said. “We never offered this service before, so we are kind of in a real unique position – we are the whole package. It took me a while to get there.”

More information is available by calling the store at 630-232-1303 or online at www.scentimentalgardens.com.

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