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Meet Alicia Blas of Firmly Planted Designs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alicia Blas.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started my career as a “photo stylist” – Bloomingdales, Target, editorial magazines and some set design as well, I was doing a set for Sears- where they would sell aluminum siding, paint and garage doors. They asked me to set up a front yard and garden for an ad making it look like “Anywhere USA” The Art Director told me what he was looking for and I just went for it. Plants, flowers, a lawn with a white picket fence. I had never really worked with plants (I have always loved anything flowery) It was so natural for me and I realized that this was different than anything I had ever done. This was speaking directly to my soul! Plants, flowers, color and flow were truly my language! I decided after that job to take some classes on gardening and plants.

I became a Master Gardener and now my specialty is plants- anything unique and different. I can remember names of plants when I can barely remember what I had for breakfast. (amazing). I started doing my friend’s gardens and selling big planters that I was making. I decided that this is where I wanted to concentrate my skills and talents. I wanted to be a real gardener so……I started Firmly Planted. I call myself an “exterior Designer” I create gardens and bring the inside out! I am always mixing everything together with nature, beauty, vibe and soul. I surrounded myself with a team of people that, for the most part, see the world in the same beautiful and colorful way that I do!

Has it been a smooth road?
I am a mom with two adult boys. Love beyond words. Challenges beyond love! Started my own business at almost the exact time. I found myself getting divorced and having a boy in loads of trouble! Learned quickly- that which does not kill you makes you a flipping warrior! I AM A WARRIOR! I started a line of pillows and address numbers that I was selling online and in a few stores. Had someone help me have them all made in China and actually sold about 5000 of them. Between life, my garden business and the outdoor line from China, I realized I was too busy with things that are not as important as my family and other matters of the heart and I needed to figure out who I really was and what I really wanted my purpose to be?! It was a very sad time for me but I knew that I could not remain in this space because I have always been a girl that sees a glass half full and the very best in mostly all people! I decided to go inward and that is when it all changed for me. I found Spirituality and that my rosey colored glasses that everyone has always teased me about- had the strongest and best prescription for me to see the world through! I will NEVER take them off. They are my “shit shield” and life always seems easier and prettier through those beauties!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Firmly Planted Designs – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I began “digging” into my life- and discovering all kinds of little seeds and what nots that needed planting! I wanted to figure it out because along with some of the beautiful crazy my parents left with me- they also gave me the big talent of making things look lovely and special! I have always known that being in nature makes me feel good so that is when I decided to mix all of this together and really get Firmly Planted! Nature and beauty mixed with love and soul.- all deep and juicy! I know that when you surround yourself with these things, you will feel so much better and we all know that when you feel good- you are good. That is the way we like to roll at FP. Magic, miracles and lots of feel good! I want to make the world a happier and better place- starting one garden at a time! My team is amazing. No one is any better than anyone else and we are in it to serve! We need each other in order to make things happen! It is gardening from the soul and you can see it and feel it in ALL our gardens and with each of our clients.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Any and everything grows in California! The weather is beyond conducive for this kind of indoor-outdoor lifestyle and I believe nothing feels better than coming home to Eden- especially these days! Life has become so hairy and scary that nothing is more important than being able to be home and escape. That is what our services are all about. Our mission is to create sanctuaries for people so they never want to leave OR can not wait to get back home. Actually- what else matters at this red hot moment?!

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“Me with wings” that was taken by Melissa Mimms

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