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Designing the Ideal Home Office

For many of us who are or have worked from home to help slow the spread of COVID-19, it’s been a new experience.  And as we continue striving to find a new normal in our daily lives, many find themselves continuing to work from home indefinitely.

For those who don’t have a dedicated home office, the dining table or a corner of the bedroom have become makeshift workspaces with the family pet or child as your new officemate.  However, an improvised space wreaks havoc on concentration and productivity, as well as personal comfort.

According to Tailored Living of Knoxville, there are some key considerations and solutions for a new home office:

Identify a Space

Not everyone is fortunate to have a separate room for a home office, but try to find an area you can dedicate to work. If the space in your home is limited, get creative. Even a walk-in closet can serve as a functional office space by removing the clothes rod, installing electrical connections, and having a desk custom-designed for the space.

Don’t Sacrifice Form for Function

Your desk, shelves, and storage should serve you, not the other way around. Consider your workflow and what items you need at your fingertips before investing in a home office from Tailored Living.  The style and finish you choose doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should complement other rooms in your house instead of screaming “soulless cubicle.”

Organize Vertically and Horizontally

Most home office spaces aren’t huge, so use space efficiently. Vertical shelving, base cabinets, or overhead cabinets will get papers and office equipment off valuable desk space.  Are you a stacker or a filer? If you tend to make piles, get a nice basket to tame your mail, notes, and papers. If you prefer a clean desktop, add file drawers for important papers.

Let There Be Light

Make sure your office has plenty of light to cut down on eye strain and headaches. Put a lamp on the desk for task lighting or incorporate lighting into overhead cabinets. If possible, choose a home office space with a nearby window.  Studies have shown that daylight helps improves productivity and alertness. Exposure to daylight also impacts your physical and mental well-being.

Whether you have an existing home office or are creating a new one, a Tailored Living designer can help you create a workspace that’s tailored to your needs.  As many of us work from home, remember we’re in this together, and together we will emerge stronger and more productive than ever before.

Tailored Living featuring PremierGarage

865.947.8686

www.TailoredLivingKnoxville.com

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Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting

Showcase Your Home’s Exterior Architecture & Landscaping

By Holly Hill

As an artist uses a vast palette of colors to accentuate the beauty of a painting, the Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting team of Knoxville will use the artistry of light to enhance and illuminate your home and your home’s landscaping. Our lighting designers can highlight the architecture of your home and shine a light on featured focal points throughout your landscape.

While many landscape lighting businesses are fixated on the installation process, we are dedicated to bringing the night to life with our award-winning designs. By employing architectural and landscape lighting designers that are trained, certified, and highly qualified consultants, our team is ready to help you with any question you may have. From choosing the ideal fixtures with the optimal light beam spread to selecting wattage, color, and color temperature, Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting of Knoxville will bring out the architectural features and landscaping details of your home.

Our lighting fixtures are customizable and created to stand the test of time. In fact, they are backed with a lifetime warranty so you never have to worry. The fixtures we utilize are made of cast brass and finished with a warm bronze patina. This makes for a rustic yet refined lighting element that works for any style home.

As artists of outdoor lighting, our team will walk you through the entire process, from project conception to final installations. We want to collaborate with you to ensure that the design we create meets your needs for safety, security, and aesthetic appeal.

Call 865-484-4011 today to learn how illuminating your home with the artistry of light can turn your dark and empty nighttime appearance into a beautiful work of art.

Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting

11519 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN 37934

865.484.4011

www.lighthouse-lights.com

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Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning

Discover the Superior Oriental Rug Washing Advantage

By Kerry McDuffie, Owner of Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning

If you’re in the process of spring cleaning your home, don’t neglect your Oriental rugs. They’ve experienced a great deal of use this winter from wet, wintry mix covered shoes, including shoes contaminated with salt used on sidewalks and driveways. And no, simple vacuuming will not remove these accumulated contaminants, which can actually damage your rug’s natural fibers and organic dyes. Genuine, Oriental rug washing is the only proven way to thoroughly clean your home’s valuable rugs, and if you’re a pet owner, rug washing is an absolute necessity.

Most Oriental rug customers think that the first goal of Oriental rug washing is to “clean” their rugs. The first goal should be to “safely” wash their rugs.  Let me explain.

Oriental rugs are far different from their wall-to-wall cousins.  Oriental rugs are hand-woven using natural fibers and organic dyes, including, believe it or not, tea and vegetable dyes.  While beautiful to admire, Oriental rugs cannot be safely cleaned using today’s conventional carpet cleaning methods.  These conventional cleaning systems can actually permanently damage your valuable rugs.

At Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning’s West Knoxville-based Oriental rug washing boutique, we pamper your rugs by using our proprietary 11-step Oriental rug washing process, which assures you of both a thoroughly and safely cleaned rug. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to visit us online at www.superiorofknoxville.com and view our informative video to discover for yourself the Superior of Knoxville Oriental rug washing difference.

For all of your Oriental rug washing needs, along with your upholstery and carpet cleaning projects this spring, trust the one company that has put “superior” back into cleaning since 1985: Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning.

Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning
865.691.5686
www.superiorofknoxville.com
info@superiorofknoxville.com

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European Fine Hardwood Floors

It Is Difficult to Find Workmanship of This Quality Today

When lifelong Knox County residents and husband and wife team of 47 years, Jerry and Cheryl Hickman retired, it was time to make some needed repairs and updates to their home.

“Our youngest son and his wife, Amanda, purchased an existing home three years ago,” said Cheryl.  “Before moving into their home, they did some repair/renovation.  One thing they did was pull out some carpet to add more wood flooring.  The rest of the main level flooring was already wood. They hired European Fine Hardwood Floors to sand and refinish the existing wood floors and then stain and finish the new flooring.  The completed work was beautiful.  We knew then that when we were able to redo our floors, these were the people we would call.

“When we met with European Fine Hardwood Floors owners and husband and wife, Valera and Svetlana Tomescu, they discussed a variety options,” continued Cheryl. “They provided us with an estimate, the timeline to complete the work, the costs, the products, and answered all of our questions. We knew what to expect as the job progressed. We found that they did exactly what they said they would do.”

They removed the existing wood floors and carpeting in Jerry and Cheryl’s 27-year-old family farm, removed their existing trim work, installed 1,900 square feet of new hardwood flooring, stained and finished the new flooring, and installed all new trim throughout their home.

“Valera prides himself on his work,” said Cheryl. “He pays attention to the smallest detail, and he wants the finished product to meet high standards.  He was also willing to work long hours in order to complete any particular phase of the job.  I also appreciated the fact that he never left a mess anywhere. The finished product is beautiful. We got what we wanted for our home.

“Since our work has been finished, we have had painters, friends, movers, and others into our home. ALL have commented on the beautiful floors and the quality and details that are so evident in Valera’s work. I couldn’t be more pleased! I was impressed with Valera’s and Svetlana’s character. Yes, they are hard workers, but I also found them to be honest, trustworthy, and polite. Those qualities are hard to find.

“In this day and age, it is difficult to find workmanship of this quality. I have already recommended them to several others.”

To discover the European Fine Hardwood Floors difference for your yourself, call them at 865-640-3680 today.

European Fine Hardwood Floors
865.640.3680
www.knoxvillehardwoodrefinishing.com

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PremierGarage

Clear the Garage Clutter

No, it’s not just you. Some of the mess and mounds of stuff in your garage is often just the busyness of life.   However, without efficient storage and organization solutions, clutter and chaos will continue to plague you.

If your garage looks chaotic, you can quickly gain control with custom garage storage cabinets from PremierGarage of Knoxville. PremierGarage, powered by Tailored Living, will help you find storage space for just about everything.  One of the biggest advantages of custom garage cabinets is they are tailored to your specific space so you can maximize the available storage space.  Cabinets are designed to fit around water heaters, electrical panels, doorways, and windows. You’ll get a clean, uniform look throughout your garage without having to piece together ready-made, do-it-yourself storage pieces.

Styles include traditional cabinet doors or siding doors for enclosed cabinets in narrow spaces. Cabinets can be integrated with countertops, drawers, and wall-hanging storage systems to maximize your storage space. One-inch-thick adjustable shelves inside the cabinets hold large plastic bins and other large items.

Other cabinet and storage options include:

» Adding locks to doors or drawers provides additional safety precautions to keep tools or toxic products like paint thinner, radiator coolant, and fertilizer out of reach of children.

» Slatwall, with its various hooks and baskets, is ideal for sports equipment and large tools like rakes, shovels, and hoses.  Slatwall helps keep everything off the floor and close to the wall for easy accessibility.

» Overhead automated lift systems for bikes, kayaks, and other items keep large objects safe from the outside weather but doesn’t take up valuable garage floor space.

» Tailored Living’s wide range of styles, finishes, and colors let you coordinate your garage cabinets with your home’s existing décor, or you can create a whole new look for the garage.

The perfect foundation for your garage cabinets is a durable custom garage floor. PremierGarage, the nation’s leader in garage enhancements and remodeling, can transform an oil-stained, pitted, or peeling epoxy-coated garage floor into a showroom quality look.  PremierGarage uses a proprietary hybrid polymer technology with their extensive industry knowledge and experience to provide a high-quality finish that is chemical, stain, and slip resistant.  And there are multiple colors to coordinate with your cabinets.

Never dread going into the garage again! Call PremierGarage of Knoxville to schedule a free, in-home consultation to help clear the clutter!

PremierGarage powered by Tailored Living
865.947.8686
www.TailoredLivingKnoxville.com

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Undercover Systems

Weatherproof All of Your Out-of-Door Events

It’s time to move your family’s events back outdoors, and the professionals at Undercover Systems can provide you with the unlimited out-of-door options that your family can enjoy all year-round.

Spring is the perfect time to install Undercover Systems’ totally unique underdecking ceiling system under your home’s existing raised decks.  This totally proprietary and patented underdeck system will ensure that this year’s events will be protected from unexpected and unwanted rain, the searing summertime sun, and wintertime sleet and snow.

“Spring is a great time to weatherproof all of your future out-of-door events,” said Jim Conn, owner of Undercover Systems.  “Throughout the entire process, our skilled craftsmen work with you each step of the way, from consultation to project completion, until you are completely satisfied. And because each underdeck system we install is custom made by Undercover Systems specifically for your home, you can be assured of many years of reliable, trouble-free family enjoyment. Most competitive systems use generic, off the shelf components found at the big home improvement box stores. Homeowners also appreciate the fact that their new underdeck system is totally supported by Undercover Systems’ gutters and not your home’s deck as with competitive systems. This promotes greater deck air circulation and deck longevity.”

You’ll also appreciate Undercover Systems’ attention to detail, which comes from years of experience, as they help you craft a seamless transition from your home’s interior to your new out-of-door living spaces, which will perfectly complement your existing architecture and landscaping plan.

A complaint-free member of the Better Business Bureau, Undercover Systems offers you the peace of mind that you deserve in a building contractor.

Why not surprise your family this season with a special springtime gift that the entire family can enjoy all year long and start creating a lifetime of memories? Call Jim Conn today at 423-267-0091 and start celebrating every season out-of-doors.

Undercover Systems
423.267.0091
www.UndercoverSystems.com

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Sticks 2 Stones Design

Create a Truly Custom Showcase Kitchen & Bath

By Todd Thomas, Owner of Sticks 2 Stones Design

Growing up kitchens were, well, generic. They were a place where family meals were prepared and consumed. If you’re into nostalgia like me, the family kitchen was probably best exemplified by the popular holiday movie “A Christmas Story.” Dull, drab, and unappealing, yet functional.

But dull, drab, and unappealing no longer describes today’s kitchens. Today’s kitchens are showplaces… architectural design masterpieces. They serve as gourmet kitchens, a favorite family gathering place, and an entertainment area for guests.

Is it any wonder that homeowners invest so much time, thought, and energy into planning their new or remodeled kitchens today? We carefully consider each and every element that comprise our kitchens, including colors, wall tile and splashes, appliances, plumbing and electrical fixtures, flooring, and, of course, the most important element of them all – cabinetry. Without a doubt, your cabinetry is the single most important element in the creation of a beautiful, showcase quality kitchen.

Today’s homes reflect our evolving lifestyles. They reflect our personal tastes and individuality. We carefully select all of the furnishings and décor items for every room in our home, avoiding the generic looking assembly line merchandise so commonly found in the big box stores.

When selecting kitchen and bathroom cabinetry for our home, homeowners recognize that today’s custom furniture and kitchen and bath cabinetry marketplaces have much in common. They may represent well-established brands, but they are nonetheless still assembly line manufactured cabinets, often produced offshore. And while they offer options often unavailable from the big box stores, they too have their limitations.

That’s why at Sticks 2 Stones Design, we offer homeowners an option that simply is unavailable anywhere else. We offer the finest, high-quality, hand-crafted, all-wood cabinetry available. Each cabinetry piece is individually hand-crafted to your unique specifications, and each and every piece exhibits the attention to detail, care, and pride of our master craftsmen. And best of all, you can select from an almost limitless choice of styles and unique finish options.

Named after the Amish country where our cabinets are hand-crafted, Amish Select Fine Handmade Cabinetry from Sticks 2 Stones Design offers today’s discriminating homeowners the quality and craftsmanship they deserve at a truly affordable price when compared to other existing custom cabinetry offerings. Our Amish Select cabinetry is the pride and joy of our custom cabinetry company and the crown jewel of so many of our clients’ homes that we have been privileged to design custom kitchens and baths for.

Our handmade cabinetry reflects the centuries-old traditions of Amish craftsmen for high ethical and moral standards and a respect for nature. Using time honored techniques, our Amish craftsmen deliver a level of quality that you might have thought no longer existed in today’s fast paced, assembly line world – and at prices lower than you might have thought possible. Like us, you will discover that Amish Select is not a style, but rather it defines a level of quality that is unsurpassed in today’s kitchen and bath marketplace.

At Sticks 2 Stones Design, we have combined the quality of old-world craftsmanship, found only in genuine Amish custom-built cabinetry, with our more than 25 years of experience in cabinet design and installation to provide you with a truly custom kitchen or bath designed to exceed your expectations and to WOW your friends and neighbors.

If you are planning on building a new home or remodeling your home’s existing kitchen or bath, I would like to personally invite you to discover the Sticks 2 Stones Design and Amish Select difference. Discover the “beyond custom” difference by transforming your ordinary kitchen or bath into an extraordinary, showcase quality kitchen or bath.

Sticks 2 Stones Design
8705 Unicorn Drive
Suite 114
Knoxville, TN 37923
865.556.9419
www.sticks2stones.com

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Screens of East Tennessee

Enjoy Your Home’s Outdoor Living Spaces Even to the Max

Are you 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 possibilities to enjoy your home’s backyard experience. In East Tennessee, homeowners are creating more and more outdoor living spaces, yet are you really enjoying your new spaces to their full potential? In many parts of the country, if your outdoor space does not include retractable screen solutions, then the answer is most likely no. And here’s why.

Homeowners are increasingly adding outdoor “rooms,” such as porches and lanais with kitchens, complete with large, permanently-installed grills, refrigerators and work areas, luxurious fireplaces, beautiful lighting, and even artwork specially made to be weather-proof. However, the hot afternoon sun and biting insects often keep homeowners from fully enjoying their new outdoor spaces.

Retractable screens provide a solution to these problems. By combining indoor and outdoor spaces, these screen solutions enhance and promote the outdoor living experience. They provide shade and allow people to enjoy being outdoors during hot summer days, extending the time spent on patios in areas where there are lots of biting insects that can spoil your family’s evening events.

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

For the ultimate in elegance, many of today’s retractable screen solutions can be blended into virtually any architectural style. Increasing in popularity are different custom colors and wood grain finishes that help to blend your screens with your home’s existing interior or exterior color schemes. Your screens can also be programmed to come down and retract with sun and wind sensors and can be connected to your home’s automation system to have the screens come down at a specific time of day when extra shade or insect protection are required.

For more information about how to begin enjoying your home’s outdoor living areas to their fullest potential, call 865-919-1615 or visit www.tennesseescreens.com.

Screens of East Tennessee
865.919.1615
www.tennesseescreens.com

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Sticks 2 Stones

Amish Select Fine Handmade Cabinetry: Beyond Custom

By Todd Thomas, Owner of Sticks 2 Stones Design

Your cabinetry is the single most important element of a beautiful, functional kitchen. Because growing numbers of American families are experiencing a renaissance in home entertainment, where our kitchens are replacing other areas within our homes as family gathering places, it’s no wonder that homeowners are allocating so much of their time in planning totally unique kitchens in both their new and existing homes. I say unique, because our new kitchens reflect our changing lifestyles.

Just as homeowners so carefully select furnishings for their living, dining, and family rooms, today’s homeowners are investing much the same level of effort, and oftentimes more, in the selection of their custom kitchen cabinetry for their homes. You see, there is custom, and there is beyond custom.

Discriminating homeowners accept the fact that today’s custom furniture and cabinetry marketplaces have much in common. Although superior to many of the standard furniture and cabinetry brands we have grown accustomed to over the years, these custom cousins are still manufactured on the same assembly lines – and offshore. While they offer options often unavailable from other manufactures, they too have their limitations.

That’s why at Sticks 2 Stones Design, we undertook a journey to discover the finest, high-quality, hand-crafted, all-wood cabinetry that would exhibit the unprecedented attention to detail, love, and care that went into the creation of each and every piece. We envisioned the timeless quality and almost limitless choice of styles and unique finish options. We envisioned offering our clients anything they might dream of having.

Our journey led us to Amish country and the workshop of a truly remarkable Amish cabinetmaker. We were amazed at the quality and care with which these Amish craftsmen created each and every piece. We were also amazed at just how affordable these individually hand-crafted cabinets were when compared to existing custom cabinetry offerings. It was the beginning of a wonderful partnership and friendship. Our Amish Select Fine Handmade Cabinetry is the pride and joy of our custom cabinetry company and the crown jewel of so many of our clients’ homes that we have been privileged to design custom kitchens for.

Our handmade cabinetry reflects the centuries-old traditions of Amish craftsmen for high moral standards and ethics and a respect for nature. Using time honored techniques, the Amish craftsmen deliver a level of quality that you might have thought no longer existed in today’s fast paced, assembly line world – and at prices lower than you might have thought possible. Like us, you will discover that Amish Select is not a style, but rather it defines a level of quality that is unsurpassed in today’s kitchen and bath marketplace.

At Sticks 2 Stones Design, we combine the quality of old-world craftsmanship, found only in genuine Amish custom-built cabinetry, with more than 25 years’ experience in cabinet design and installation to provide you with a truly custom kitchen or bath designed to exceed your expectations and to WOW your friends and neighbors.

If you are planning on building a new home or remodeling your home’s existing kitchen or bath, I would like to personally invite you to discover the Sticks 2 Stones Design and Amish Select difference. Discover the “beyond custom” difference by transforming your ordinary kitchen or bath into an extraordinary kitchen or bath.

Sticks 2 Stones Design
8705 Unicorn Drive, Suite 114
Knoxville, TN 37923
865.556.9419
www.sticks2stones.com

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Shelf Help

Easily See, Reach, and Store Everything in Your Kitchen

Whether you’ve wished your home’s existing kitchen and bath storage were more efficient, or if you’ve experienced difficulty in reaching items due to a health or mobility issue, Shelf Help offers the perfect solution.

At Shelf Help, we work with homeowners to plan, design, and install custom roll-out shelving and organizers that install right into your home’s existing kitchen and bath cabinets or pantries, providing you with easier access, better organization, and maximum use of your available storage space.

And for those who may experience challenges reaching cabinets that are too low, too high, or too deep, Shelf Help allows you to make full and far more efficient use of your storage space.

With our custom-built roll-out shelving and organizers, pantry storage systems, and under cabinet LED lighting installation, tasks are made simpler with easier access to kitchen and bath items and with the added advantage of optimal usage of storage space – a place for everything and everything in its place!

Homeowners also appreciate how affordable Shelf Help is, saving 50% or more when compared to national brands.

Our clients are so pleased with the results, they say “We should have done this years ago!”

As experienced Knoxville-area kitchen and bath design consultants and a locally-owned business, Shelf Help has the understanding and know-how to evaluate, design, measure, and professionally install solutions tailored to your needs and budget.

To learn how you can better organize your kitchen, bath, or pantry, call today to request your free, no-obligation, in-home consultation. Mention this article and receive up to $250 off with a minimum purchase.

Locally owned and operated, let Shelf Help make the most of your home’s kitchen, bath, or pantry storage space.

Shelf Help
865.675.5098
www.ShelfHelpTN.com

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