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A “Nothing to Sneeze At” Level of Clean

By Kerry McDuffie, Owner of Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning

Winter has passed, and the dogwood blooms have finally blossomed, welcoming our much anticipated spring. For a few precious weeks, we can open up our windows to allow the mild spring breezes to refresh our homes. But all too quickly temperatures rise, windows close, and air conditioners are turned back on.

One challenge many of us experience during those periods of time when our homes are “buttoned up” is that dust and allergens are trapped inside, and our home’s HVAC and ceiling fans only help to redistribute these contaminants throughout our entire house, as is evident by the dust on your furniture. No amount of dusting seems to alleviate the sneezing and coughing that many of our family members experience from these contaminants.

While there is no way to totally eliminate annoying dust and allergens in your home, there are steps you can take to significantly reduce these airborne contaminants. One surefire way is to remove dust and allergens from your home’s carpeting and Oriental rugs. While vacuuming helps, your vacuum only removes a small portion of the accumulated contaminants that are trapped deep in the fibers of your home’s carpeting and rugs.

At Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning, we offer homeowners two proven solutions to dust and allergens in your home. For your home’s wall-to-wall carpeting, we offer a deep cleaning and extraction process that thoroughly cleans your carpets using only specially treated water from our truck-mounted cleaning plant that assures a level of clean that leaves our competition in the dust. For your home’s Oriental rugs, we offer our proprietary 11-step rug washing process at our state-of-the-art rug washing boutique that achieves a level of clean that is simply not achievable using any other method.

Call us today, and discover for yourself a Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning level of clean – a level of clean that is nothing to sneeze at, and a level of clean that we have been offering all of our customers since 1985.

Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning

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Discover Personal Space, LLC

Your Remodeling & New Construction Solution
By Susan Davis

Although I began my professional career as an architect, my true passion has always been to build affordable, custom- built homes that are a reflection of the occupants’ personal tastes – one that is designed to meet not only their current lifestyle needs, but their future needs as well. I have been blessed to have worked on some great projects in the past, both commercial and residential. But my real passion will always be in serving the needs of area homeowners.

That’s why I launched Personal Space, LLC. We’re truly unique. We are niche builders created for families that are underserved by contractors that build multimillion-dollar homes and contractors that build multiple homes simultaneously in area developments. My goal is to provide the average West Knoxville family with a custom home that they can both afford and will love for many years to come.

I am the founder and sole owner of Personal Space, LLC and a West Knoxville resident. Our crews are comprised of very talented and experienced people who truly love what they do and who want to share their diverse skills with families right here in our community.

If you’re wondering about the name Personal Space, LLC, you’re not alone. We have all become familiar with the terms “man caves” and “she sheds.” Many homeowners have had to sacrifice design for other factors when home buying, then they are left trying to find ways to make the spaces personal. I encourage homeowners to ask themselves, “How can I make this space work for my entire family?” Would this room make a better office, home theater, or wine room? Would an addition make our kitchen work more efficiently? Do the finishes in my home really suit me? Ask yourself if your home’s design “sparks joy” for you.

Personal Space, LLC offers homeowners a quality product, professional services, and a reliable partner. We show up when we say we will show up, and we stay with you until the job is complete. We pride ourselves in finding solutions for even the most challenging projects. Each of our foremen is a carpenter with more than 20 years of experience. Their long careers as craftsmen are your assurance that every project will be completed both professionally and to your full satisfaction

Whether you are contemplating an addition, a remodel, or a new home, I invite you to discover the Personal Space, LLC difference. We work with interior designers, realtors, and directly with homeowners. We are skilled in home-renovation projects from new additions to backyard decks, custom built-ins and trim, adaptive reuses, and restoration repair.

To learn more, call us today at 865-271-7998 and schedule your no-cost, no-obligation, in-home consultation and discover the Personal Space, LLC difference for yourself.

Personal Space, LLC

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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

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Propelling Audio Visual

The Ultimate in Home Theater Experience

Do you have the desire to immerse yourself in an entertainment experience that rivals, and even exceeds, an IMAX theater or seats on the 50-yard line for the biggest game of the season? Thanks to today’s cutting-edge technology, you can recreate these and other experiences, including streaming, gaming, and more.

While there are a variety of home theater packages available for the do-it-yourselfer, these one-size-fits-all systems often do not measure up to all the hype. So just what are your options? The answer is simple. Lenoir City entrepreneur, Chris Limburg, offers homeowners wishing to recreate the true-to-life theater and sporting events experience the perfect solution for creating the ultimate in-home theater immersion. Propelling Audio Visual, first launched by Chris, combines his 25 years of experience in aviation electronics with his 20 years of experience as a computer engineer with his enthusiasm to recreate the true home theater experience designed to exceed his clients’ expectations.

“We customize each home theater system and media room to fit the individual lifestyle and budget of our clients,” said Chris. “We offer a true, turn-key experience, including sales, design, installation, and service.”

Home theater enthusiasts also appreciate the fact that Propelling Audio Visual thoroughly researches each and every audio and visual component they sell to ensure you the performance and reliability you deserve. Propelling Audio Visual partners include JVC, Sony, Klipsch, Onkyo, Sonos, and SANUS, just to mention a few. For a more complete list, you can visit

If you’re tired of the lines at your local theater or the often rowdy fans at your favorite sporting events, replace the noise and the hassle with the true-to-life experience of owning your very own home theater or media room. Besides, the popcorn is fresher and the beverages cooler. Experience the ultimate in-home theater with Propelling Audio Visual.

Propelling Audio Visual

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Meadow View

April in the Garden

I am ready for spring! So far this year we have either had cold weather or rainy weather. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty tired of it. I hate being cold, and I’m starting to rust. I want temperatures in the 70s and rain that only falls between midnight and 4 am three days a week!

I’m not going to pin my hopes on that kind of weather. April can be tricky, so I encourage you to go in to spring with patience. Our last frost is typically between April 6th and 16th, but last year we had a freeze mid-month. It’s better to hold off a little while on planting tender plants just to be safe.

What are things you can do this month? There’s a big list!

» Number one, of course, is a good checkup. Take a long walk around your yard, and give your plants an up-close-and-personal look. (Gazing across your yard from the porch or deck doesn’t count. You need to really see what’s going on.) 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? Do you have new neighbors that you’d like to not see quite so much of? Make a list, and make a plan.

» Notice above that I said look for insect damage. I didn’t say look for insects. Some of you freak out if you see any bugs on your plants, but some bugs are either benign or helpful. Don’t think that you have to start drenching your plants in insecticide at the first sign of movement. If you see damage, however, it’s best to start treating before you have an infestation. Call if you have questions.

» I also mentioned fungus. I’m afraid we’re in for a disease filled season with all the rain. If you have a susceptible plant, consider beginning a systemic fungicide regimen sooner rather than later.

» How about planting? Trees and shrubs can be safely planted as soon as the soil dries up. Please don’t try to force it and plant in soggy soil. The success rate is minimal.

» Get your planting beds ready even if you’re waiting to plant. Add compost or aged manure to beds to up the nutrient level. Get weeds out, but don’t apply a pre-emergent if you’re going to plant seeds. If you’re going to plant seedlings instead, go ahead and do a pre-emergent to make your life easier.

» You can also get containers ready if they are currently unoccupied. 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. 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! 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. After 3-5 years, you really need to take everything out and start all over.

» Flower beds can be planted this month, but 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 tend to not do as well. Patience, grasshopper!

» How about vegetables? You’re 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 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 haven’t already pruned them, but DO NOT commit crepe murder! Don’t cut bulbs back until after the foliage has yellowed so they can store up nutrients for next year.

» 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 date for fertilizing warm season grasses.

» I want to put in a quick plug for the birds and other pollinators. Please plant at least part of your yard with plants that help them, and lay off the toxic chemicals as much as possible. It’s 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’s new!

Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center
9885 Highway 11E
Lenoir City, TN 37772

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European Fine Hardwood Floors

Spring Cleaning Won’t Restore Your Hardwood Floors

Springtime is that time of the year for many of us when we engage once again in that annual ritual of spring cleaning. Windows, cabinets, draperies, floors, and carpeting are all thoroughly washed, waxed, and cleaned. Our homes are once again as spotless as the day we moved in.

But there’s one area of your home that all the cleaning and elbow grease in the world can’t restore, and that’s your home’s hardwood floors. Cleaning cannot remove scratches, dents, gouges, fading, and the UV damage that our hardwood floors experience. European Fine Hardwood Floors in Knoxville has been helping Knoxville area homeowners rediscover the natural beauty of their home’s hardwood floors using the same skills learned from highly skilled European craftsmen combined with today’s state-of-the-art technology.

Did you know that your home’s hardwood flooring can be restored to its original, like-new condition without the inconvenience and mess typically associated with conventional hardwood floor refinishing? Thanks to the latest technology from Bona, the world’s leader in innovative hardwood floor finishing and refinishing, you can finish and refinish your home’s hardwood floors without the dust.

Valera Tomescu, owner and founder of European Fine Hardwood Floors, learned his craft first in Europe from other experienced craftsmen and then furthered his expertise by earning a Bona Certified Craftsman certification. Valera’s training, experience, and certification represents a skill level in the hardwood floor finishing and refinishing marketplace that is earned by very few individuals.

If this spring is the season that you decide to restore that showcase quality look to your home’s worn, faded, and damaged hardwood floors, you are invited to discover the European Fine Hardwood Floors difference for yourself. Experience a level of craftsmanship that you might have thought no longer existed combined with today’s cutting-edge technology. Dust free, you can now have the hardwood floors you want without the mess. And while you’re at it, why not ask Valera about updating your hardwood flooring’s stain color?

Call Valera for your free, no-obligation, in-home consultation today.

European Fine Hardwood Floors

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Pond Country

Mountain Tranquility in Your Backyard!

Science has proven the mental and physical benefits of not only the sound, but presence of water in our lives. Waterfalls generate negative ions, which increase the flow of oxygen to the brain, which improves alertness and mental energy. The rhythm of “white noise” from the sounds of water affect our brain waves, encouraging a more peaceful pace of thought and deep meditation. The natural beauty of a pond, its colorful fish, and accompanied waterfall create a sense of awe that leads to greater life satisfaction.

Moving water? √
Flowers? √
Fish and birds? √
Relaxation? √
Enjoying nature? √

The Pond Country Lifestyle is waiting for you. We build natural ecosystem ponds and infinity waterfalls that provide you relaxation and beauty in your yard. Our ponds and waterfalls are naturally balanced, low-maintenance ecosystems that work with nature, not against it. We are often asked whether what we do is art or science. We believe it takes a good mixture of both. A correctly built water feature is very low maintenance. The art comes in to make it appear to have always existed in the surrounding landscape. We like to say that you will feel like you found the stream while hiking in the mountain, only we have prettier flowers!

Why call us? Would you call your lawn guy to build you a sunroom or install your new kitchen? Do you want someone who does it right and stands behind their work? We don’t claim to do everything. We are water feature specialists that do it RIGHT! We offer a full one-year warranty on all materials and workmanship in the water garden installation. This includes material failure, leak repair, and any labor cost incurred for the repairs. We are a full-service company and also provide service and repairs to water features no matter who built them.

Pond Country recently appeared in the Dogwood Arts House and Garden show as one of the key garden exhibits featuring a Koi pond, infinity waterfall, and other water features. Check us out at Pond Country of Knoxville on Facebook and at

You will love the sight and sound that water brings to your landscape. If you want to experience the sound, beauty, plants, fish, and nature in your yard, contact Tim today at 865-414-3664 or

Pond Country of Knoxville

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Closets by McKenry

Moving… A Good Time to Organize?

A new home makes life a little busy and stressful, but staying organized in the process and at the new home sure helps.

Closets by McKenry owner and custom closet designer and professional organizer, Chris McKenry, answers common homeowner questions regarding moving.

EK: What is the single most important thing for a homeowner to do prior to moving?

Chris: Create a “to-do” list. It becomes your activity list. You need to find a moving company and get everything packed, but work, family responsibilities, and other commitments have not slowed.

EK: How can a professional organizer assist homeowners during a move?

Chris: A professional organizer can be of enormous help in many ways. During the packing process, they can assist you in assuring that each box is placed in the correct room of your new home where the contents will be used, which is not necessarily in the same area of your new home. Even before the move, your personal organizer will help you be more organized. This makes unpacking much easier.

EK: What does the homeowner need to do to prepare their new home prior to moving?

Chris: Ask yourself if your new home meets your storage needs. Unpacking will be much easier if the pantry, closets, and even the laundry room and garage have storage systems that work for you. Don’t think of a closet as just a place to keep “stuff” behind a door but as a good storage design and place to showcase your collections in a way that brings you joy.

EK: We’re moved. Now what?

Chris: When unpacking, sort by category in every room and then start placing. In closets, use uniform hangers so everything will hang at the same level and clothes will not be playing hide and seek.

Utilize walls for vertical storage. Open wall space works well for ties and belts in closets or pots and pans in the pantry.

Line a wall with shelves if you need storage in a garage or basement. I love the beauty of stylish design and architecture, and there is something appealing about a wall of modern shelves organized into zones. A slat wall is also a fun way to organize a work space.

EK: Any final thoughts?

Chris: The best and most important moving tip is to declutter before you pack the old house. There is a lot of junk hiding in our homes that is no longer important. With the clutter gone, all that is left to organize is what will enhance your new home and life.

Chris McKenry provides custom closet design and professional organizing services to unpack your home.

Closets by McKenry

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Plantation Reclaimed

Five Creative Ways to Incorporate Reclaimed Wood in Your Home

Reclaimed wood offers an incredible story that’s taken centuries to write. Some pieces may come from 18th and 19th century barns. Others may come from warehouses and factories built during the Industrial Revolution. Because of its varying origins, reclaimed wood exhibits characteristics that cannot be replicated, and no two boards are alike. You can sometimes discover exceptionally tight grain patterns, nail holes, weathered colors, rich patinas, saw marks, or other stunning characteristics in these one-of-a-kind products.

You will be able to create a space as unique as your taste with genuine reclaimed wood. And because there are so many ways to incorporate it in your home, from floor to ceiling, your only limitation will be your imagination.

Here are just a few ways you can incorporate reclaimed wood into your home or office:

1. Wide Plank Flooring
Reclaimed wood offers a remarkable and durable wide plank flooring experience. It is often available in much wider widths and longer lengths than today’s typical hardwood flooring. Antique Historic Planks may contain a blend of original saw marks, mixtures of grain patterns, and light and dark boards.

2. Reclaimed Wood for Ceilings
Reclaimed wood can also create stunning ceiling treatments. Authentic Reclaimed Barn Siding is a perfect solution for this application. Our Reclaimed Barn Siding comes from antique barns and other wooden structures that our craftsmen de-nail, hand inspect, and kiln dry to ensure it is of the highest quality. Grey-Brown Barn Siding is particularly unique in that it renders a weathered patina from direct exposure to exterior elements during its lifetime.

3. Reclaimed Wood for Walls
We weren’t joking when we said reclaimed wood could be used for floors, ceilings, and everything in between. If you are looking for a product to create an accent wall, reclaimed wood is the perfect solution. An accent wall of Grey-Brown Barn Siding, with its nail holes, deep grain texture, and weathered knots, can transform any space.

4. Fireplace Mantels
Reclaimed Fireplace Mantels are historic masterpieces of both beauty and style. We handcraft our Fireplace Mantels from generations’ old historic beams that supported old agricultural and industrial structures. Our Hand-Hewn Mantels feature original axe marks, while our Rough Sawn Mantels offer a smoother surface.

5. Reclaimed Trim & Baseboards
Even in the largest projects, the smallest details often make the biggest difference. The addition of Grey-Brown Barn siding, window trim and baseboards will perfectly complement the other reclaimed wood elements in your home or office.

We would love to demonstrate for you just how reclaimed wood can be creatively incorporated in your residential and commercial projects, from those applications already listed to beams, wooden vents, stair systems, and more. To learn more, you are invited to contact us to discover how reclaimed wood products can create the totally unique “showcase” look you’ve been searching for in your home or business.

Plantation Reclaimed

Luxe Homes & Design

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Shae Design Studio

Shae Design Studio

Ring in the New Year with the Stylish Home You’ve Been Dreaming Of

Does one of your New Year resolutions include finally creating a space you love coming home to or to finally start on that kitchen remodel you’ve been dreaming of? Then Shae Design Studio in Farragut is the place to start! Knoxville’s only full-scale interior design firm, the team at Shae Designs offers a wide range of furnishings, décor, and design services – services that are completely tailored to meet your individual style, lifestyle, and budget.

Shae Design Studio is not your average interior design firm or furniture store; it is your one-stop shop for making all of your design dreams come true. From quality crafted furnishings and a wide variety of rugs, unique lighting, artwork, accessories, and more, their showroom is full of items that have been hand-selected by their very own team of expert designers.

With designers who will be as passionate about your project as you are, from finding the perfect piece of furniture for your space to redesigning your kitchen, Shae Designs is committed to carefully curating uniquely dynamic interiors that enrich the lives of their clients. Shae Design Studio offers an in-home design consultation for as little as $150, which includes selections for the perfect furniture to finishing touches, color scheme, spatial plan, and so much more. Shae Design Studio also offers kitchen and bath design consultations starting at $350. This service includes 3D design renderings of your dream space, bringing the exact dimensions/possibilities of your vision to life before construction ever begins!

Their knack for creating stunning interiors and their business mission are evident in what they do.

“It is our greatest reward to see a client’s smiling face after we’ve transformed their space or helped them to finally find that perfect piece of furniture they’ve been looking for to fit seamlessly into their home,” said Shae Seeber, owner of Shae Design Studio. “We want to create the backdrops of our clients’ memories for years to come, making their house truly feel like a home.”

Are you ready to achieve your New Year’s resolution for 2019 and create a home you love? Simply visit their showroom or call today. Bridging the design gap by providing a showroom full of all your interior and décor needs and their team of on-site designers who design for their clients’ taste, not their own, Shae Design Studio is a place to go to be inspired and get the help you’re looking for to reach your design goals and dreams this year!

For a list of more residential or commercial design services or details regarding their design process, call 865-313-2656 or visit For a first look at new arrivals or exclusive sales, be sure to follow them on Facebook (/TheShaeDesignStudio) or Instagram (

Shae Design Studio
10420 Kingston Pike, Suite C
Knoxville, TN 37922

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