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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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Shelf Genie

How Organization Can Ease Stress & Anxiety

When you’re surrounded by clutter, it’s hard not to feel anxious or stressed. In a recent survey, it was reported that clutter leads to lowered productivity and increases stress levels. This stress can weigh greatly on your health, though there are ways to ease it. An organized space is beautiful, and it’s also incredibly useful. Along with helping you to feel happier and more relaxed each day, being organized and decluttering your space can help you save time, work better, and enjoy your home more.

ShelfGenie Solutions can help you get organized by increasing storage space, improving access to items, and by allowing you to group like items together – where you need them most. When all your pantry items, countertop appliances, and dishware are easy to spot and easy to reach, the time savings can really add up – time that can be put to other uses. Getting organized with ShelfGenie can also help increase your storage space by up to 50%. That means you can make the most out of your space and get more from your home.

Here are some tips on how you can achieve the organized home that you’re looking for:

1. Declutter
To help declutter and de-stress, try separating your items into four piles: Keep, sell, donate, and toss. If you’re not sure about an item, put it aside and see whether or not you miss it. If you don’t, you and your space will be better off without it. Once you sell, donate, and toss your unneeded items, you’ll feel more relaxed in your space.

2. Look for repeat items
When you have a bunch of “stuff” in your kitchen, it’s hard to find what you’re really looking for. Go through your cabinets, drawers, and pantry to see if you have any repeat items. If you have two blenders, pick the one with more functions and give the other to a friend. If you have eight cans of pasta sauce, keep what you can use before it expires and bring the rest to a food bank. Repeat items can take up a lot of space and often go to waste in your cabinets.

3. Group like items
When your belongings are unorganized, it’s easy to forget what you have. As you go through items to declutter, sort everything into specific groups. That way you can see if you have multiple phone chargers or staplers after all. This makes it easier to decide what to toss and helps you find things right when you need them once they’re sorted.

4. Create kitchen zones
The first step to kitchen efficiency is creating zones for everything you own. Claim separate cabinets for bakeware, kitchenware, countertop appliances, dishes – you name it. You should also have designated drawers for utensils, knives, utility items, and so on. By creating zones in your kitchen, it’ll be easy to remember exactly where your juicer or bottle opener are, which means cooking, cleaning, and unloading the dishwasher will be quick and simple. Plus, keeping things organized and accessible is simple with ShelfGenie Glide-Out shelves, dividers, and other solutions.

5. Strategically store your items
Think about how often you use your items before you store them. If you use your peanut butter every day, you should keep it front and center in your pantry. If you only use your electric mixer to bake birthday cakes, you should keep it in the back of your cabinet. With ShelfGenie Glide-Out shelves, reaching the back of your pantry or cabinet will be just as simple as reaching the front, so you don’t have to worry about moving around items to grab what you need.

To help you get organized, schedule a complimentary design consultation today. Our team would love to create solutions to meet your unique wants and needs.


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Gent Heating & Cooling

Putting Your Home’s Ducts in a Row

While homeowners and heating contractors understandably focus on your home’s HVAC efficiency, one area that is often overlooked is your home’s ducts. Your HVAC ducts provide the conduit connecting your furnace and air conditioner to every room in your home. And the internal condition of your home’s hundreds of feet of ducting impact the air quality within your home – the air that you and your family breathe.

Galvanized HVAC ducts and their metallic appearing, flexible duct cousins may appear rather benign, but these same ducts can be home to not only dust, pollen, and debris, but to mold, fungi, and bacteria as well. During construction and renovation, dust and debris are pulled into your home’s HVAC system. Some of the dust, pollen, and debris are trapped by furnace filters, but no furnace filter can trap 100% of dust and debris. Over time, this same dust and debris begins to accumulate in your ductwork, becoming the perfect breeding ground for mold, fungi, and bacteria. And if you have pets at home, the addition of pet hair and dander can make life difficult for family members with allergies and breathing disorders. If you’ve noticed family members sneezing when your home’s HVAC operates, it’s likely that all of this accumulated “stuff” in your ducts is the source of their discomfort.

Well, Gent Heating & Cooling, your trusted name in professional heating and cooling service for more than 20 years, has the solution. Using their truck mounted, high-capacity, high-volume vacuums and powered rotor brushes, their trained service technicians will thoroughly clean your home’s ductwork, safely removing years of accumulated dust, debris, pollen, pet hair and dander, mold, fungi, and bacteria – all the things that can contaminate the air within your home.

To learn more about how to improve the air quality inside your home, or for all of your HVAC sales and service needs at home or at your office, call the clean air professionals today at 865-247-5092.

Gent Heating & Cooling

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European Fine Hardwood Floors

Best Wishes for a Blessed Christmas and a Hopeful New Year

By Valera Tomescu, Founder & President of European Fine Hardwood Floors

My family would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for both your support and encouragement during the last year. You have helped us make our American dream a reality, for which we are truly grateful – not only for the freedoms we enjoy, but also for the opportunity we have to make our own contributions to our nation.

I have many fond memories of my childhood in Europe. My grandfather, a master woodworker, shared with me the same skills that had been passed on to him – old world skills that have been practiced in Europe for centuries and the same skills that I rely on today at European Fine Hardwood Floors. I am grateful to my grandfather for instilling in me a strong work ethic, a love for family, honesty, and integrity. At European Fine Hardwood Floors, we have combined these same old world skills I learned as a child with today’s latest, state-of-the-art technologies. Whether you are installing new hardwood flooring or refinishing your home’s existing hardwood floors, we offer you a hardwood flooring experience that is totally unique in today’s hardwood flooring marketplace and totally dust-free.

European Fine Hardwood Floors is also unique, because we are one of the very few hardwood flooring contractors recognized by Bona, the world’s most recognized and respected name in the hardwood finishing industry, as Certified Bona Craftsmen. The Certified Bona Craftsmen designation is much coveted and earned by very few individuals in our industry. Using the patented Bona dust-free system, we are able to safely and efficiently remove all dust commonly associated with hardwood flooring refinishing with our high-volume vacuums, which are placed outside your home and connected to our refinishing equipment to remove all the dust that homeowners associate with the refinishing process. All we leave behind are beautiful hardwood floors.

Whether you are considering refinishing your home’s existing hardwood floors or installing new hardwood floors, I would like to personally invite you to discover the European Fine Hardwood Floors difference. Why not make a New Year’s Resolution today to rediscover your home’s showcase quality hardwood floors? European Fine Hardwood Floors can help you make this a totally dust-free reality.

Merry Christmas to each of you from European Fine Hardwood Floors and the Tomescu family.

European Fine Hardwood Floors

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Clinton Glass Company

The Beautiful Shower People
By Greg Stowell, Co-Owner of Clinton Glass

Clinton Glass first opened their doors in 1957 as a local family-owned business. We are still family owned and operated, but we have evolved into the top choice in frameless showers for customers in all of East Tennessee. In fact, our frameless shower business has grown so quickly that we recently relocated into a brand new, 18,000 square foot location featuring a new Inspiration & Information Showroom with 27 full-size showers!

During the last 10 years, Clinton Glass has installed more than 8,000 custom showers, making us number one in East Tennessee. Clinton Glass is also the only retail glass company in East Tennessee with its very own in-house fabrication and tempering facility, offering area homeowners a true turn-key experience.

Our new showroom and fabricating facility is located at 9007 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville, just one mile east of the Kroger located at Middlebrook Pike and Cedar Bluff. Our business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.

If you would like to discover the dream shower that exists within your home, we invite you to explore all of the possibilities that exist at our all-new designer showroom and inspiration center.

Clinton Glass
9007 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37923

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Shelf Genie

Create the Ultimate Baking Station with These Organization Tips

Whether you bake on certain holidays or every weekend, it’s helpful to have the supplies and ingredients at your fingertips when the mood strikes you. Before you get started, survey your kitchen for everything you might need for baking so you can determine how much space to carve out. By creating a special section in your kitchen for baking, you can easily access everything you need whenever you want.  Here are some tips for setting up a baking/prep station in your kitchen.

Location in the kitchen
Most kitchens are set up around a functional triangle, incorporating the stove, sink, and refrigerator. Try to use an area within the triangle that has usable counter space for your baking station. Clear a section of your cabinets to store cookbooks, ingredients, and small bowls. Glass jars are a functional and decorative way to store sugar, flour, and other frequently used ingredients in your cabinet. When you can see your ingredients, it’s easier to keep track of inventory.  A stand-alone cart or rack can also be utilized as a baking station when cabinet space is limited. The key is to keep everything together in one section of your kitchen.

Baking utensils and measuring cups
Keep measuring spoons and cups at eye level by hanging them on a peg board on the inside of a cabinet door. Mixing utensils can be displayed on the counter in a decorative jar or in easy to access drawers. Measure your drawer space to configure different size organizers. The wider ones are perfect for spatulas and whisks, while the smaller ones can house food coloring, sprinkles, and more.

Baking sheets and muffin tins
Vertical dividers can help you to see and access baking sheets and tins in the lower cabinets. This customizable solution is also great for cutting boards, baking dishes, and serving platters. If you’re tight on cabinet space, consider using a large basket to store these items.

Mixers and bowls
Store small appliances and bowls on glide-out shelving beneath your workable counter space to keep your counters clear when not in use. Mixers tend to be heavy and bulky and often difficult to store.  Glide-out shelving allows you to look at everything in the cabinet without having to move around all the items every time you need something.

A dedicated space can make baking easy and more enjoyable. Set aside some time to create a baking station in your kitchen. When it comes time to make your next batch of cookies, you’ll be glad you did!


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