Decorating Den Interiors


Designs You Can Trust

Decorating Den Interiors – Kozar Design Team

Selecting the right interior designer is perhaps the only thing more challenging than decorating your new home or redecorating your existing home. “A great interior designer possesses extraordinary listening skills,” replied Sandy Kozar, owner of Decorating Den Interiors, when asked what she felt was the single most important characteristic of a successful interior designer. Sandy went on to say that a skilled interior designer is also a capable facilitator. “Your designer will ask a multitude of questions about you, your family and lifestyle, how you envision your home being used now and in the future, your personal preferences and individual tastes. And you should always be made to feel that you are a welcomed and integral part of the design team. Your completed design should be a reflection of who you are.”

Sandy, an award-winning and professionally trained designer, and her multi-talented design group have been featured on HGTV as a Pro Network Designer, Best of Houzz three years in a row for customer service, and Dream Room Winner. Well-known and respected throughout the Knoxville area for her creative planning and design of both residential and commercial spaces, Sandy’s designs are featured in the popular “The Kitchen Bible” book by Barbara Ballinger, “Love Your Home,” a newly published book by Carol Donayre-Bugg, and is a frequent contributor to Everything Knoxville Magazine and East Tennessee’s Mountain Views. Readers may also be familiar with Sandy’s work from her multiple Knoxville Parade of Homes entries and local designer Home & Garden tours. Sandy and her team at Decorating Den Interiors have won multiple awards for their designs in an International Dream Room competition. In this month’s issue of Everything Knoxville, we are excited to share our recent interview with Sandy.

EK: Sandy, what would you say sets you and your design team apart from your peers?

Sandy: As degreed professional designers, our team possesses the education and experience required to design beautiful and functional spaces for our clients. We typically do not sell design hours, focusing instead on the quality of the products and services each client desires to realize the greatest impact for their budget. This unique approach allows us to spend the time necessary to design complete and beautiful living spaces and not be focused on the clock. We can offer our clients a curated collection of fine furnishings, upholstery, custom window treatments, accessories, art, and more, with access nationally and internationally. We provide good, better, best, and even luxury lines for our clients with classic styling, alongside the latest trends for today’s lifestyles. Clients also appreciate that we offer a complimentary consultation, including virtual consultations.

EK: What is included in your complimentary consultation?

Sandy: We tour your home and conduct a detailed question and answer session to understand what the client is looking for and considerations to include in the recommended design of their home. It helps us to understand their personality, needs, likes, and dislikes to create a tailored, unique design. We also help establish the client’s budget to determine the project scope, after which we schedule the design appointment and start making the “magic” happen for the client.

EK: How long does it take for the “magic,” as you have described it, to happen?

Sandy: If you truly want a beautiful room, it takes time, but it’s always worth the wait! After your initial consultation, we create a comprehensive design to include three-dimensional space plans, renderings, and elevations, as well as finish and fabric samples, fully customized for each project within two weeks. Once the design is finalized, we place and track all orders, updating our client on the status, inspecting as it arrives, then scheduling our team to be on-site to bring everything together in one visit, just like you see on HGTV. We find that revealing the transformation this way really makes a statement!

EK: Share with our readers what you enjoy most about interior design.

Sandy: We genuinely enjoy the opportunity to exercise our creative skills, but our real passion is to involve our clients in this collaborative and transformative process. It’s difficult to describe just how much this energizes us. The experience of creating something tangible from our clients’ dreams, wishes, personal tastes, preferences, and lifestyles is more rewarding than you can imagine. But even more rewarding are the personal friendships that have resulted from our close working relationships with our clients. We have been exceptionally blessed with so many new friends.

EK: Sandy, what is the best way for a prospective client to reach out to you?

Sandy: I suggest they first visit our website to view our portfolio and read “How We Work” at www.SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com. From there, give us a call and we will discuss your project and schedule your complimentary in-home or virtual consultation.

EK: Thank you for this opportunity to help our readers discover the Decorating Den Interiors – Kozar Design Team Difference.

Decorating Den Interiors
Kozar Design Team
865.392.6222
www.SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com
skozar@decoratingden.com

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Brothers Bedding


Custom Made for Your Comfort

Brothers Bedding Mattress Factory is “the home of the 2-sided mattress” – we hand-craft our own mattress brand right here in Knoxville. Locally owned and operated since 1938, Brothers Bedding is the factory direct concept that eliminates the middleman’s extra costs and markups and passes on the savings directly to the consumer.

At Brother’s Bedding, we understand that a mattress purchase is a very big decision and strive to make the shopping experience very smooth and easy for all our customers. Quality always begins with the materials composing your mattress – whether you are searching for latex, memory foam, or innerspring, only superior materials make the Brothers Bedding cut. With experienced sales people who can suggest which mattress is best suited for you and your budget, our goal is to build the best mattresses in the bedding industry, and we understand that mattresses are not “one-size-fits-all.” Your hand-crafted mattress will be tailored specifically for you, your needs, and, most importantly, your comfort so you can get that perfect night’s sleep every night!

For peace of mind, we offer up to a 20-year, non-prorated warranty and give you 365 days to sleep on your mattress, and if for any reason within the first year you want to adjust the comfort, it’s only a call away. Brother’s Bedding will promptly pick up your mattress, adjust it to the new comfort desired, and ask you to come to the factory to test it before we bring it back to your home. And because 90% of the mattresses we sell are 2-sided, our customers enjoy continuous comfort for many years by flipping their mattresses regularly. A Brother’s Bedding 2-sided mattress saves money, minimizes body impressions, and gives your mattress a much longer life.

Now Offering Posh+Lavish Mattresses and Accessories
While Brothers Bedding Mattress Factory prides itself on our mattress, we also offer great name brands such as Posh+Lavish. A Posh+Lavish mattress is one of life’s genuine pleasures. Built in the USA by teams of skilled tradesmen, Posh+Lavish is dedicated to sourcing and using the most top-notch, natural materials available. These natural “ingredients” like latex, cotton, and wool contribute to the luxury and unmatched quality of sleep. Posh+Lavish mattresses are an ultimate expression of caring for both body and mind by recognizing your spine’s need for long lasting support and your muscles’ need to rest and restore themselves throughout each and every night.

Now Posh+Lavish offers the freedom to elevate just one side of the bed without disturbing your partner’s sleep or losing closeness. Split head technology allows each person to move independently while not having a big gap in the middle of the mattress like most adjustable beds. So if you’re ready to experience pure muscle relaxation while you sleep with adjustable convenience, look no further. Posh+Lavish mattresses provide the ultimate in tension and pressure relief like no other product on the market.

At Posh+Lavish, their dream is to grow their company in order to further influence the world for good by donating a percentage of all profits to CURE International – a network of hospitals and medical programs that provides healing to children who either cannot afford or do not have access to proper treatments. Posh+Lavish have the passion and purpose to be sleep enthusiasts with the simple belief that better sleep can truly enhance peoples’ lives, generating extra energy and bigger smiles! At the end of the day, Posh+Lavish are people helping people have a better future. 


Posh+Lavish can ONLY be found at Brothers Bedding Mattress Factory showrooms in Knoxville, Sevierville, and Maryville. For more information and to find the location nearest you, visit www.BrothersBedding.com.

Brothers Bedding Mattress Factory is also a wholesale manufacturer of high-quality bedding that is truly customizable. We craft custom mattresses for RVs, boats, antique bed frames, sleeper sofas, trucks, etc. Basically, if you can dream it, we can make it. Because we ARE the factory, we can provide uniquely luxurious mattresses at prices lower than the brand names. Custom made “fresh out of the oven!”

Brothers Bedding Mattress Factory
www.BrothersBedding.com

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Meadow View


April in the Garden

Spring is in the air! Well, it is today. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. That is the main thing I want you to remember as we go into April: Mother Nature is very unpredictable! Our last frost can be anywhere from late March to May. The average is April 15th, but please wait on tender plants or be prepared to protect them. We still have Blackberry winter and Dogwood winter to go!

What are things that you can do this month? There is a big list!

• Number one, of course, is the monthly checkup. Take a long walk around your yard and give your plants an up-close-and-personal look. What has freeze damage? What has insect damage? What has started to sprout fungus? What needs to be pruned, divided, moved, or composted? What has changed that will mean a difference in your gardening? Look up, down, and all around, then make your plans. Also, think about what is realistic for you to accomplish by yourself and what you will need help with. Contact lawn services and landscapers soon because they are already getting very busy.

• Let me talk just a little about landscapers. Please do not hire someone unless you have done some checking. Your landscape has a huge impact on the look of your home, so you want to make sure the person you are hiring is reputable. Look at photos and check reviews, but please be careful of Nextdoor and other places where it is easy for a nasty person to ruin the reputation of a good company.

• When you are looking for insects, please remember that not every bug is a bad bug. There are many that can help you out! If you do see damage, however, it is best to start treating before you have an infestation. Call if you have questions, or bag the little critters and bring them in.

• Last year was a fungal nightmare because of all the rain. If you had problems with some of your plants last year, keep an eye on those and start treating if you see fresh signs. Those that are susceptible to black spot, rust, powdery mildew, etc. may benefit from a systemic product.

• You can get your planting beds ready even if you are waiting to plant. Add compost or aged manure to beds to up the nutrient level. Get weeds out, but do not apply a pre-emergent if you are going to plant seeds. I have become a fan of worm castings, so you can also add a thin layer of that to the top of your beds.

• I suggest planting flower beds in stages because some plants are more tolerant of cool temperatures than others. Petunias, geraniums, lantana, and some other annuals will handle a light frost. Begonias and impatiens turn to mush.

• Did you plant containers last year? If so, get those ready to go. If your planters are small, dump the soil out and rinse the pot. If the plants had any fungal problems, mix a tablespoon of bleach into a gallon of water and pour it into the pot, then rinse it out. Refill the container with fresh, good quality soil. I’m a fan of Happy Frog, but any good quality soil will do.

If your containers are large or have permanent occupants (shrubs, perennials, etc.), top dress them with a couple of inches of compost or fresh soil. A 1/4″ to 1/2″ of worm castings or some mycorrhizae will help these, too. After 3-5 years, you really need to take everything out and start all over. Remember to NEVER use ground soil in containers. Potting soil is for pots, garden soil is for gardens. You cannot substitute one for the other!

• How about vegetables? You are safe planting any of the cool season vegetables, but wait until mid-month for tomatoes, peppers, and corn. Super sweet varieties of corn should wait even longer, until the soil is around 70 degrees. This is usually early May.

• Let’s talk a little about pruning. Prune spring blooming shrubs within a couple of weeks after they finish blooming. Older forsythia, quince, weigela, and lilacs can be severely pruned to rejuvenate them if needed. You can prune crepe myrtles as they start to leaf out if you have not already pruned them, but DO NOT commit crepe murder! Don’t cut bulbs back until after the foliage has yellowed so that they can store up nutrients for next year. Please call us with questions. Don’t go out and start whacking!

• This is also the time to fertilize if you haven’t done so already. Acid lovers need an acid type fertilize such as HollyTone. General purpose fertilizers will work on everything else. April 15th is your end date for fertilizing warm season grasses.

• I want to put a quick plug in for the birds and other pollinators before I run out of space. Please plant at least part of your yard with plants that help them survive and lay off the toxic chemicals as much as possible. It is also baby bird season, so keep those feeders clean and full!

We have new loads of plants and garden décor coming in almost every day. Stop by and see what is new!

Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center
9885 Highway 11E
Lenoir City, TN 37772
865.986.7229
www.meadowviewgreenhouse.com

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The Town Framery & Gifts


Spring Open House

April 1st – 17th

It’s that time of year again for our Annual Spring Open House! Join us April 1st through April 17th to enjoy a fabulous sales tax-free shopping experience at your convenience! While attending our Spring Open House, you will receive a discount off of framing, or you can pick up a coupon for future use. By extending our Open House dates, we will be able to observe proper social distancing for your shopping comfort.

While we aren’t able to serve food, we will be fully stocked in all our dips, jams, jellies, and more. Come and shop for gifts, home décor, garden accessories, and more to liven up your home for spring and summer! You will also enjoy the works of local artists and crafters, too.

You do not want to miss all the adorable critters, bunnies, frogs, birds, and pigs! New linens, from table runners to tea towels, are here to accent your home as well. We also have some new art, too!

During our Spring Open House, be sure to register for door prizes, which will be drawn on April 17th. The staff of The Town Framery & Gifts look forward to welcoming you!

Think big… shop small!

The Town Framery & Gifts
12814 Kingston Pike
Farragut, TN 37934
865.671.6627
www.thetownframery.com

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Fleenor Security Systems


6 Things You Should Know About Home Security Systems

There are many considerations when installing a home security system, including the benefits of the latest home convenience features now offered. In our 40 years of serving East Tennessee families, here are just a few of the reasons why homeowners choose Fleenor Security Systems to protect their homes and loved ones.

1. Protect valuables

Protecting valuables, of course, is the benefit most people immediately think of regarding home security. We likely all know someone who has lost electronics, jewelry, or other high-value items due to a home invasion. The tragedy can intensify if the stolen valuable is an irreplaceable family heirloom. While using a safe can help protect irreplaceable items, a home security system has an alarm that can scare off many would-be burglars – before they are inside – and notify the local authorities if someone does attempt a break-in.

2. Deter crime

2009 study by Rutgers found that as the number of home security systems increased in an area, the number of residential robberies decreases – even for people who did not own a security system. Having a security system not only protects you; it also helps deter crime and create a safer neighborhood for everyone.

3. Allow remote access to your home

Modern security systems now allow you to remotely monitor your home from your phone when you’re not there. You can monitor security cameras installed throughout your home, control smart thermostatssmart keyless door lockssmart lighting, and other smart devices in every room of your home.

4. Lower homeowner insurance premiums

Having a monitored system in your home can lower your homeowner’s insurance premiums. These savings, combined with instant access to police and emergency responders, makes a security system a great value.

5. Notification of fire alarm or gas leak

You can opt-in to receive notifications if your smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors go off when you’re away from home. You can even set up the system to notify authorities in the event of these emergencies.

6. Provide peace of mind

The sense of security and comfort you gain with an alarm system is perhaps the most prominent benefit of all. Next to being protected, the confidence of feeling safe will help you be a more productive, healthy, and focused person.

Adding a security system to your home gives you an extra layer of defense against any potential intruders. Whether you rent or own, you can enjoy the benefits that come with having a security system. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with a professional at Fleenor Security to see how a security system can better protect your valuables and loved ones.

Fleenor Security Systems
6700 Baum Drive, Ste. 22
Knoxville, TN 37919
865.544.9964
www.FleenorSecurity.com
TN C-0239 VA 11-1901 NC 1721-CSA

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Screens of East Tennessee


Make Plans to Really Enjoy Your Home’s Outdoor Living Spaces

Get ready to let the great out-of-doors in! The sun is getting stronger, and the days are getting longer. Before you know it, summer will be here, and with it will come the endless ways to have fun right in your own backyard. But are you really able to enjoy your outdoor living spaces to their full potential?

Homeowners across the country are making significant investments in the design and creation of outdoor “rooms,” including porches and lanais. Even with beautiful lighting, weatherproof artwork, luxurious fireplaces, and kitchens complete with grills and refrigerators, the hot afternoon sun and biting insects can often keep homeowners and their guests from enjoying their outdoor living spaces.

Retractable screens provide the perfect answer to this dilemma. By combining indoor and outdoor spaces, these screen solutions enhance and promote the outdoor living experience, allowing people to enjoy the out-of-doors during hot summer days while extending the amount of time they can spend on patios and decks, where biting insects can become a nuisance in the evenings.

Large, motorized screens are a perfect example of how to blend function with comfort. These screens can be recessed into the beams or walls, thereby staying truly hidden when fully retracted. And the best part about retractable screens is that these screening solutions don’t diminish your views of the outdoors or your home’s esthetics, as the screens are in place only when you need them.

For the ultimate in elegance, Screens of East Tennessee offers custom colors and wood grain finishes that will blend into virtually any architectural style and provide a seamless transition between your interior and exterior color schemes. These remarkable screens can be programmed to come down or retract according to sun and wind sensors, and they can be connected to your home’s general building automation system to have the screens come down at a specific time of day when extra shade or insect protection is most needed.

For more information about retractable screen options that will allow you and your family to fully enjoy your home’s outdoor living spaces this year, visit www.tennesseescreens.com.

Screens of East Tennessee
865.919.1615
www.tennesseescreens.com
www.phantomscreens.com

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Designer Garages


Your Ultimate Entertainment Space: The Garage!

By Carrie McConkey, www.carriemcconkey.com

As warmer spring weather arrives in East Tennessee, a safe and effortless location for parties of all kinds lies right at your own back door: Your garage. And with exciting new options available for garage décor and storage, after the shindig you may even forget to go back into the house!

Time to Celebrate
The reasons for gatherings are only limited to your imagination: Children’s birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, or watch parties for sports events like the Masters golf tournament or the Kentucky Derby. Pick a theme, or gather family and friends in this hassle-free location “just because.”

Party Prepping
Transforming your garage into a hospitable space yields benefits that you’ll enjoy long after the event. Attractive, stain-resistant Polyaspartic epoxy flooring is easy to clean pre- and post-party. Melamine or powder-coated cabinets hide clutter, and slatwall with hooks and bins allows everything to be hung up neatly and off the floor.

Double Duty Décor
Plan your garage storage renovations and accessories to be post-party practical. Install countertops with electrical strips to plug in crock pots, sound systems, and accent lamps. Add a refrigerator to hold drinks, and mount a bottle opener for easy access. Potted plants and flowers placed around the garage door add color and inviting warmth.

Sprucing up your garage for a soirée guarantees a fun time, as well as upgrades that will be useful for years to come. Stop by Knoxville’s own Designer Garages showroom, and let the party planning begin!

Designer Garages
201 Center Park Drive, #1070
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.268.4868
www.DesignerGarages.com

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Willow Mae Clothing Boutique


Willow Mae: A Boutique for Everyone!

Knoxville’s Boutique for Women of All Ages & Sizes

By Shae Seeber, Owner of Willow Mae Clothing Boutique

Willow Mae Clothing Boutique is truly designed for women of all ages and sizes. Even in the midst of a pandemic, we loved having the opportunity to bring fresh and exclusive design trends to Knoxville.

As East Tennessee women, we all love outfits that are versatile enough to wear to work and yet comfy enough to go play in. At Willow Mae, we encourage all women to love their “unique self” by finding their own individual fashion style and expressing it!

This past season has been a difficult one! Covid has stolen our special moments and often left us feeling “less than” about ourselves. Not being able to enjoy our friends and our family along with missing out on important occasions has been so hard. And let’s be honest, some of us have gained some weight in the recent months, leading us to decide to give up on fashion altogether. At Willow Mae, our number one goal is to make fashion fun again by having clothing sizes available for every body shape so we can all feel comfortable and confident. Our team wants to celebrate beautiful women with all of our unique shapes, lengths, and sizes.

By having fashion buyers in a wide range of ages, Willow Mae is able to offer clothing and jewelry in a variety of styles to represent women of all generations. And with pricing that doesn’t break the bank, you can keep up with trends or make your own! There are no fashion “rules” here – Willow Mae is all about embracing trend, but only if they mesh with your personal style. If you like to push color and patterns, do it. If you want to stay in the neutrals, then do that. If you love life, say it with your look. We think that style is who you are, and you should embrace it! 

We want our fashion to be a part of the memory making in your life – whether it’s a graduation, wedding shower, church event, family photo, birthday party, or even a date with your special someone. While these events last only hours, your photos last forever, and Willow Mae wants you to look and feel your very best in your special moments. If you are tired of going from store to store feeling that your shape is “odd,” our fashion team is here to bring a safe and stylish new shopping experience just for you! We invite you to come in and let us help shore up your confidence by giving you the fashion freedom to love and express yourself with what you wear.

So whether you are searching for the perfect outfit for yourself or the perfect gift for someone else, Willow Mae Clothing Boutique has so many affordable options – from unique jewelry to trend-setting t-shirts to jeans that actually fit. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Beautiful and Curvy!
Willow Mae Clothing Boutique includes the curvy line from 1X-3X trending fashion styles. Our beautiful friends were demanding clothing that wasn’t simply utilitarian but reflected their personality, their moods, and the latest in fashion trends. You don’t have to change to be the norm, but be the best you!

The Fitness Gal
Willow Mae has teamed up with Knox Yoga Barre Studio to bring you the latest in fitness fashion. Check out our trendy and comfortable fitness lines that will make your health goals come to life! If you must work out, at least feel amazing and confident while achieving your goals. These affordable fitness fashions will be a winner!

Teens & Trends
Willow Mae makes sure we carry the latest in the youth fashion market. Considering style is so important to our area youth! The trends have changed drastically in the day-to-day lives of teenagers. Not only does fashion reflect the things they find are important, but also how they carry and conduct themselves.

Affordable Fashion!
Fast fashion – clothing designs that move quickly from the runway to stores – is exactly what it is! Willow Mae wants to make sure you can have the best trending styles at the very best prices. With sizes and fashion for all ages, these amazing styles are all priced so well!

The Professional Woman
Knoxville is made up some of the most talented business women, and Willow Mae wants to make sure they are dressed to take on the world! Finding clothes – especially in a variety of sizes – that are comfortable and fierce is often a challenge. We offer fashion that is stylish enough for you to own your role and cute enough to make you feel confident!

The Best Jeans EVER!
Willow Mae is so excited about incredible new jeans from brands like Kancan and Lola! T-shirts are sometimes a girl’s best friend, and we carry t-shirts that will fit every woman’s style – from southern, faith, and just plain trendy! Tees start at just $12.99 and go up to $39.99 for graphic tees. Speak your mind with your tee!

Willow Mae Clothing Boutique
10420 Kingston Pike, Suite D
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.500.3050
www.mysouthernstyles.com

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Farragut Family Practice


Introducing truSculpt® 3D

A New Dimension in Body Sculpting

You’re watching what you eat, you’re staying active, but you’re still unhappy with your body shape. Sound familiar? That stubborn problem area on your waistline can be annoyingly resistant to diet and exercise. That’s where the truSculpt® 3D procedure can help. Developed by Cutera, the global pioneer in performance and innovation within the cosmetic and aesthetic laser device field, the non-invasive, truSculpt® 3D procedure can help you sculpt your body by quickly and easily targeting both large and small problem areas.

We recently interviewed J. Kevin Buchanan, MD, Knoxville area’s family practice physician and truSculpt® 3D practitioner, to discover just how this revolutionary, new, state-of-the-art medical breakthrough can help patients treat those problem areas around their midsection.

EK: Dr. Buchanan, truSculpt® 3D uses radio frequency technology to help decrease circumference and diminish fat in patients. Tell our readers just how this technology works.

Dr. Buchanan: truSculpt® 3D uses conductive radio frequency to achieve selective and effective disruption of the subcutaneous fat tissue, the fat that lies directly beneath the skin, while maintaining comfortable surface temperatures.

EK: Just how safe is truSculpt® 3D?

Dr. Buchanan: truSculpt® 3D, which is FDA cleared, is a safe, non-invasive body sculpting technology, where the temperature of the skin and subcutaneous tissue are maintained at comfortable levels while consistently achieving the best results.

EK: How quickly will clients see visible results?

Dr. Buchanan: Visible results can usually be seen as soon as 6 to 12 weeks, with maximum benefits at 12 weeks. Some clients see results in just 4 to 6 weeks.

EK: How much fat thickness reduction will patients experience?

Dr. Buchanan: Clients can expect fat reduction of targeted areas of up to 24%.

EK: Is it possible to treat more than one problem area per session?

Dr. Buchanan: Yes, it is possible to treat multiple areas in a single session, including the neck, upper arms, abdomen and flanks, back, and thighs.

EK: Should clients experience any discomfort or downtime after the procedure?

Dr. Buchanan: Some clients may experience some redness of the skin that typically resolves itself in 8 to 12 hours. Others report soreness of the treatment area that may last for a few days. There is no restriction on activity following the procedure.

EK: Treatments are administered by a nurse practitioner or medical assistant under your personal supervision, correct?


Dr. Buchanan: We have a nurse practitioner, two medical assistants, and myself who are all trained and certified to perform the truSculpt® 3D procedure.

EK: How can our readers who are interested learn more about the truSculpt® 3D? What is the best way to reach you?

Dr. Buchanan: Call Ashley Burchfield at 865-675-1953 ext. 224 for more information or to schedule a free consultation or visit www.tru3dbody.com.

Farragut Family Practice
A Division of Summit Medical Group
11130 Kingston Pike, Suite 7
Knoxville, TN 37934
865.675.1953
www.farragutfamilypractice.com

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Surface Doc


Does Dirty Grout Have You Frustrated?

That sandy strip of grout between your tiles is a very important part of your floor. Without it, anything spilled on your floors would start an ecosystem of its own. Your grout is your first line of defense against soil, dirt, and liquids. A properly sealed grout line will protect the integrity of your floors, but a tile and grout floor that has not been sealed acts like a sponge, soaking up every nasty spill and particle of dirt it encounters. New grout should always be properly sealed, cleaned regularly, and a new application of quality sealer should be applied every 12-24 months thereafter.

Cleaning your grout can be tricky. Scrubbing the grout may remove dirt on the surface of the grout but not eliminate the stain. Stains can then creep back up to the surface again, causing frustration to the homeowner. Bathrooms pose the toughest challenge since this room tends to be damp and provides a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and mildew. Chemicals can cause discoloration and break down the integrity of your grout, leading to costly repairs. In addition, marble, granite, or high gloss tiles are especially sensitive to some cleaners, which can lead to permanent damage.

The best way to test whether your grout needs resealing is to place a few drops of water on the grout line and see if it remains on top of the grout surface or soaks right in. If it disappears, it’s time to re-seal. High traffic areas will tend to wear more quickly. Once you have determined if it is time to re-seal, first make sure your floor is free of all soil. Remove all the stains possible. You may need help from a professional.

We at Surface Doc get more requests for tile and grout cleaning than any other service we offer. We use a four-step restoration process combining high heat, eco-friendly emulsifiers, adjustable pressure, and contained suction. Once a surface is deep cleaned and sanitized, we recommend a high-quality sealer to keep it looking new.

Surface Doc uses patented tools that get into the deep porous areas of your floor, and the result is remarkable. Give John a call today for a free, no-hassle cleaning demonstration and professional quote for your home or business.

Surface Doc
865.567.1986
www.SurfaceDoc.com

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