Tailored Living

Home Offices: Do Your Homework

When you started working from home last March, more than likely you didn’t put much thought into where you did your work. You probably thought it was only temporary. It wasn’t.

Here we are more than year after the Covid pandemic changed so many aspects of our daily lives, especially working from home. The makeshift home offices we created that involved working on the laptop from the bed or flipping through files on the living room sofa are no longer acceptable. That’s why, in 2021 and beyond, home offices will be more important than ever.

Approximately 40% of Americans are now working from home full-time. In fact, many Americans want to continue working from home even after the pandemic ends. So one of today’s top home trends is adding a home office or renovating an existing space in the house to work.

“As people continue to work from home, they don’t want to hold Zoom meetings or answer calls from the kitchen table,” explained Kathryn Norton, co-owner of Tailored Living of Knoxville. “Our customers want to develop a work space that will maximize their concentration, motivation, and productivity. However, having an office at home doesn’t need to be extravagant. With the right design, an extra bedroom, closet, quiet corner, or loft can all be used to fill this need.”

No matter where you choose to put your new home office, there are some important aspects to consider:

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. While a basic office desk from a big-box store may be inexpensive, it probably won’t fit your needs. A custom home office doesn’t have to be expensive, just designed for your needs to enhance productivity.

Invest in a Great Chair
You spend hours sitting in your office chair; an ergonomically correct, comfortable seat is worth every dime!

Master Your Technology
Hide unsightly cords. Start by making sure your equipment is close to outlets and easy to access. Feed the cords into a desk grommet that helps guide cords through a hole in the desk and hides them underneath. Tame the cord jungle on the floor with cord winders, tubing, or a wire organizer.

Let There Be Light
Cut down on eyestrain and headaches by making sure you have plenty of light. Also, plan the position of the computer monitor so there’s no glare from a window or overhead light.

No mater the size of your office, call Tailored Living of Knoxville to give you a design that maximizes your storage space and budget!

Tailored Living featuring PremierGarage

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Inside the Garage: Saying Goodbye to Winter

The aftermath of winter may be a garage with additional mess and clutter, including sports equipment, residue from salted winter roads, and muddy boots. However, rather than closing the door on the chaos, make a plan to clean your garage. And once you’ve cleaned out the winter mess, here are some storage tips for maintaining your garage for maximum efficiency.

  • Use plastic, lidded storage bins instead of cardboard boxes to protect stored items. Cardboard absorbs moisture, attracts pests, and deteriorates over time.
  • Since bags can burst open and spill, transfer contents into plastic containers (pet food, sand, plant food).
  • Create low-level storage with shelves, drawers, or baskets so kids can manage their own things like sports equipment.
  • Store seldom-used items up high; keep what you use most often within easy reach to eliminate constantly shifting things around.
  • Keep the floor clear. Bulky items like camping tents, holiday decorations, and lawn furniture can be stored in overhead storage racks. Garden tools, even a wheelbarrow, can be hung on versatile slatwall.
  • Purge, purge, purge! Get rid of items you no longer need or want. Donate or sell what is in good condition and throw away the rest.

A clean garage contributes to your whole house staying cleaner by eliminating tracked in dirt, oil, pollen, and anything else that could stick to the garage floor or your shoes. An unfinished concrete floor makes it almost impossible to keep your garage clean. Surface cracks and crevices attract and hold dust and dirt, and its porosity retains moisture that can facilitate the growth of mold and bacteria, creating an unhealthy environment. Investing in a low-maintenance floor for your garage is key to maintaining a clean space.

An easy-care custom garage floor from PremierGarage of Knoxville keeps your garage cleaner with surfaces that resist spills and moisture, as well as reduce dust and dirt buildup. Backed by a multi-year warranty, the proprietary polyaspartic flooring provides durable elegance while eliminating stains, cracks, chipping, and peeling. The slip-resistant surface is available in a variety of UV resistant colors, and stands up to years of hot tires, stains, and dropped tools.

With competitive pricing without sacrificing quality, PremierGarage also provides excellent customer service. The company and its employees are committed to customer satisfaction to help you make your garage spring ready!

PremierGarage powered by Tailored Living

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Lily Pad Boutique

Joseph Ribkoff Trunk Show

March 25-26

A trunk show is a special event in the fashion world in which an artist or designer puts on a display of their best work for review by a select group of buyers or fashionistas. Since all of our clientele are the best of the best, we extend an invitation to each of you!

We can give our customers an opportunity to view the entire line and special order pieces for themselves that may not be seen anywhere else in the area. One of our favorite companies to host a trunk show is Joseph Ribkoff, a Canadian line as diverse as any we represent.

Joseph Ribkoff, as well as many of our lines, is trending toward a more casual look, although his more sophisticated pieces are still available.

We will be hosting a Joseph Ribkoff trunk show featuring both summer and early fall designs for you to view and order for yourself! Our Ribkoff representative will be in store on Thursday, March 25, from 10 am to 5:30 pm and Friday, March 26, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Please be assured you will be shopping in the most carefully sanitized conditions… we spray each piece of clothing, after being tried on, with a fabric disinfectant, as well as each dressing room after every use. Our staff will be wearing masks and encourage you to as well.

We are looking forward to welcoming Joseph Ribkoff and YOU to The Lily Pad soon!

The Lily Pad Boutique
209 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

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European Fine Hardwood Floors

Spring Cleaning Can’t Restore Your Home’s 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 hardwood floors experience. European Fine Hardwood Floors has been helping Knoxville area homeowners rediscover the natural beauty of their home’s hardwood floors using the same expertise 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, your floors can be finished or refinished nearly dust-free and odor-free, with a wide variety of proprietary finishes from Bona.

Valera Tomescu, owner and founder of European Fine Hardwood Floors, first learned his craft 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. Nearly 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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Southeastern Dermatology

Top Botox Questions Answered

Botox is among the most common procedures performed at Southeastern Dermatology. If you are considering Botox, here’s everything you ever wanted to know and how this popular treatment can work for you.

First, what is Botox?
Botox and similar products share a common ingredient, botulinum toxin. When injected, these toxins block muscles from contracting by stopping chemicals that signal movement. Doctors call these products neuromodulators. Sound scary? It isn’t. When used by expert injectors like Dr. Doppelt and Kathy Deatherage, BSN, RN, CPSN, CANS, Botox has many cosmetic and medical applications.

How does Botox work?
By blocking these nerve impulses, Botox is able to keep certain muscles from tightening. This activity is what causes certain lines and wrinkles on the face, such as the lines between the eyebrows (also known as glabellar lines or “11s”). With continued use, these lines can be reduced dramatically or even eliminated from the face.

What can Botox be used for medically?
Botox has 11 therapeutic indications. Botox isn’t new to the treatment scene: It was first approved in the 1980s, according to information from the Cleveland Clinic. The first FDA-approved use for Botox was to treat conditions like uncontrolled blinking and lazy eye. It was soon used for cosmetic treatments, too. Botox is a diverse treatment that has been used for a variety of medical and cosmetic applications for more than 30 years. 

What can Botox be used for cosmetically?
Even with so many medical applications, Botox might be best known for its cosmetic indications. From smoothing out lines to fixing a gummy smile, Botox has many cosmetic uses:

  • Crow’s feet: Wrinkles that form on the outside corners of your eyes.
  • Forehead lines: Creases created by lifting eyebrows and expressive movement.
  • Frown lines: Usually perpendicular lines between your eyebrows caused by the repeated action of underlying muscles. Often called the elevens, because they look like the number 11.
  • Lip Flip:  Injections into your upper lip to relax the muscles and “flip” your lip upward, giving your lip a fuller appearance.

How much does Botox cost?
The cost of Botox varies. This is because Botox pricing is based on how many units are used. A unit of Botox might only cost $10 or $15. However, your total cost for Botox depends on how many units are needed to treat your specific concern. For example, treating lines on the forehead between the eyes might take 20 or 30 units. Smaller areas, like crow’s feet, require fewer units of Botox and will likely cost less. 

When you’re considering the cost of Botox, it’s important to be aware that you get what you pay for. It may be tempting to find the place with the lowest Botox cost, but extremely low prices actually aren’t a good sign. The Botox might be diluted if you are paying far below the average cost of treatments. Additionally, the person administering low-cost Botox might not have the skills and experience to give you the results you expect. This increases the risk of complication and serious damage to your skin and muscles.

Will I still look natural after Botox injections?
Botox looks very natural when administered by a skilled medical professional. When done correctly, you’ll look natural with fewer lines and wrinkles after treatment.

How long does Botox last?
For most patients, the results of Botox can last three to four months.

Does Botox hurt?
Botox is administered via an injection. The feeling might be similar to a small bee sting. However, your provider can reduce the discomfort of Botox injections by using a topical numbing cream.

Still have questions about Botox?
We have answers. Dr. Doppelt is prepared to offer the answers and solutions that only a board-certified dermatologist can provide. Give us a call at 865-474-8800 or schedule an appointment online at www.DrDoppelt.com.

Southeastern Dermatology
1930 Pinnacle Pointe Way
Knoxville, TN 37922

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Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits

Socialization is Essential

Behavior is a product of nature and nurture – a mix of genetics and experience. Under-socialized dogs, including the “Covid Dogs” we discussed last month, can exhibit various problems, including:

General fearfulness – These dogs can have crippling anxiety about anything that’s unfamiliar, manifesting in an unwillingness to approach new situations and environments. An under-socialized dog’s world is very small because life outside the front door is frightening and unpredictable.

Reactivity – Not having the coping skills to appropriately respond to stressful scenarios, these dogs react defensively in an effort to maintain a buffer from the “scary” stimulus. They are not mean dogs, just scared dogs.

Nervous with people – If a dog doesn’t have the opportunity to meet friendly strangers at his own pace, he might react fearfully – whether retreating or barking preemptively.

Uncomfortable with dogs – Dogs who aren’t able to meet other dogs of all ages and sizes will be wary of making new canine friends. Without exposure to the language of doggy play, it’s easy for a dog to misconstrue a frisky nip as an invitation to fight.

Hard to handle – An under-socialized dog may hate being handled, making grooming (brushes & combs torture devices!), teeth cleaned, or nails clipped very challenging – if not impossible.

It’s not the quantity of experiences your dog has when developing socialization and communication skills – it’s the quality. The secret to a positive outcome? Don’t push it too fast; start doggy daycare with half-day sessions, then full-day, followed by overnight camp. Allow your pet to adjust to new environments at his own pace. That’s where our IDP (Individual Development Plans) come into play. Call today to begin developing your dog’s socialization skills!

Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits
2145 Beals Chapel Road
Lenoir City, TN 37772

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Nouveau Classics

Nouveau Classics

Contemporary Furniture & Interior Design

Paula Clancy, designer and founder of Nouveau Classics and Design, began her business shortly after graduating from the University of Tennessee. Nouveau Classics, located downtown at 101 S Gay Street, has definitely filled a void in the Knoxville area by offering clean, contemporary furniture and creative design services.

Everything Knoxville had the opportunity to talk to Paula about the start of her business and how she hopes to continue to broaden Knoxville’s concept of interior design well into the future.

EK: What made you decide to open your own business, and how were you able to accomplish this at such an early age?

Paula: I have loved modern furniture and interior design since I was a little girl. In 1989, there was no place in town to buy the type of furniture I liked. There was a huge opportunity to fill a niche in the market while pursuing a field I was passionate about. Bartending my way through college and continuing well into the third year of being open enabled me to self-fund my business. In retrospect, I had no idea what lay in front of me! Here was a young girl with no experience, putting herself into competition with big established furniture stores, selling product not geared to the masses.

Contemporary furniture was definitely not as popular then! However, I was totally fearless, a bit flamboyant, and determined to make the business work. I have always pushed the boundaries by offering uncommon products and was not (and am not) afraid to be different. Luckily, people found me, and I began to develop a strong client base, many of whom still shop with me today. My business has grown and evolved a lot since those early days. I like to say it grew up with me. Friends and sales reps have mentored, encouraged, and supported me and GRATEFULLY, loyal clients have helped me continue in the business I love.

EK: How does your store continue to stand out from the other area businesses that also sell furniture?

Paula: Nouveau Classics sells Modern and Contemporary furniture, while most stores in Knoxville and Nashville focus on Traditional or Transitional furniture. Most of my lines are from Europe and are exclusive in the Southeast region to Nouveau Classics. I carry several lines that are otherwise only available in cities like NYC or LA. It is exciting to have these sources to offer my clients. Not only is the quality of my product outstanding, but so are the designs of the furniture pieces themselves.

EK: What is your overriding business philosophy?

Paula: It is of the utmost importance that each and every client feels they had a great experience after working with me. My goal is to always give more than expected and my client be beyond thrilled with the outcome. To succeed with this philosophy, I learn about my client, listen and ask questions in order to understand how they live, and then I am able take them to how they WANT to live. Each space, like each client, is unique. High design and quality are also key. After changing the atmosphere in someone’s home or business, in many cases, the end result can be like a personal reinvention. That is heady stuff and very fulfilling.

EK: Tell us more about the services you offer.

Paula: 30+ years of experience working in the contemporary furniture field is significant. This means I have developed a relationship with many credible vendors and have extensive product knowledge of the pieces I offer to my clients. Going to trade shows every year, visiting manufacturing facilities, building relationships with the companies, buying and placing furniture in real life situations helps you understand quality, scale, and what works and what doesn’t. In addition to understanding the contemporary furniture world, I am an Interior Designer and work with contractors, electricians, plumbers, custom cabinet craftsmen, etc. In many situations, I am the creative lead – coming up with the renovation plan – and then the liaison between the subcontractors to oversee the project.

EK: What are some unique or new offerings you’d like to share?

Paula: I am forever evolving and constantly looking for new lines to add to my library of sources. Outdoor furniture has always been part of the lineup, but recently I have expanded in that area of my business by adding Gloster, Harbour Outdoor, and Unopiu to my sources. In addition, the Harlequin Zero Gravity mattress from Literie Laurier, a Canadian Line, is now available at Nouveau Classics. (It’s amazing, by the way!) Quality is extremely important, so prior to offering a new line to clients, I must see the product in person and be educated on the details. Home and business staging is another service offered. I can work with what clients already own or pull together a creative and cost-effective plan to help the client in selling or renting property.

EK: What do you consider to be your personal successes?

Paula: Although I have been a designer for the Symphony Show House several times and sat on several boards in Knoxville, I am most proud of the relationships I have built with my clients. There is no bigger compliment than getting a call or referral from a happy and satisfied client. In fact, I have been in business for so long now that I am even getting calls from the 2nd generation, past clients’ grown children who remember me working with their parents or designing their own playrooms and bedrooms. When the 3rd generation starts calling, it may be time to stop… ha ha.

EK: How can interested customers learn more about Nouveau Classics Contemporary Furniture & Design?

Paula: They can call me! They can visit my store and design studio to actually see/touch/feel the products and learn more about what is offered on-site. I am an unusual case, as many Interior Designers do not have showrooms. Clients can experience the products in person. I am all about having a conversation with clients. It’s so important to learn all you can about each other – and this goes both ways, as it has to be a good fit for both parties when working together. With so many years of experience, there are a ton of projects and people I have worked with throughout the years. I am happy to share information about my projects.

The showroom does not keep set business hours in the Knoxville or Nashville locations, as I need the flexibility be with clients on the jobsite. Please call 865-525-4755 or 615-383-3164 to make an appointment. Visit my website at www.nouveauclassics.com to learn more about the product lines.

Nouveau Classics

Contemporary Furniture & Interior Design

101 S Gay Street

Knoxville, TN 37902



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Premiere Consignment

Fall in Love with Your Home All Over Again

By Aaron Hunt, Co-Owner of Premiere Consignment

Why not use the occasion of Valentine’s Day to fall in love with your home all over again this February?

Focused primarily on upscale name brand furniture, home décor, art, Oriental rugs, and area rugs, Premiere Consignment in Tellico Village can help you make those much desired enhancements to your home’s décor at just a fraction of the cost that you would be likely to spend at other conventional retail furniture stores. Our showroom and warehouse, surrounded by upscale lake and golf front communities that attract higher income families from around the country, have been the key to our success. Whether relocating to Tellico Village, Rarity Bay, or more than a dozen other nearby communities, new residents share one thing in common: A moving van loaded with gently used, high-quality furnishings – some that either doesn’t fit into their new home or doesn’t match their new home’s décor.

We offer our newly arrived neighbors the perfect venue for selling their gently used, quality, name-brand furniture and home décor items, which in turn can be resold at a savings from their original retail prices to other homeowners who are in search of that just-so-perfect accent chair, dining room table, art piece, décor item, and Oriental or area rug. At Premiere Consignment, everybody wins! We are also the perfect solution for homeowners who are downsizing or wish to conduct an estate sale.

Whether you are buying or selling, why not give yourself a Valentine’s Day gift and let Premiere Consignment become your home’s perfect solution for all of your furniture and home décor needs? Our inventory is constantly changing, so make the beautiful drive to Loudon and see what we have that could be “new to you!”

Premiere Consignment

320 Lakeside Plaza

Loudon, TN 37774



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Fleenor Security

Security Has a Name: Fleenor

Fleenor is back! While Fleenor Protective Services, once owned by Mike Fleenor, is gone, Fleenor Security Systems, headquartered in Johnson City, TN, is proud to be serving the Knoxville area once again! Fleenor Security Systems, founded by Norman Fleenor in the early ’70s, has become one of the largest family-owned security companies in Tennessee. Mike Fleenor, Norman’s brother, started Knoxville’s Fleenor Protective Services a decade later in the mid-1980s. The companies were always separate, but for many years, Knoxville’s FPS used Johnson City’s Fleenor Security System’s monitoring center. Once Mike sold FPS in 2015, Will Fleenor, vice president of Fleenor Security Systems, pushed to get back into the Knoxville market. Mike Fleenor was very supportive, and since Fleenor Security already had some Knoxville accounts, it just made sense to open a Knoxville office as well.

Same family, same values, same culture.

“Fleenor Security employs many of the same people who worked in the Knoxville office for years; many have 25 to 30 years of experience, which translates to quality work,” said Will.

One of those long-term employees is Andre Duhaime, branch manager, who began as a technician and has worked in security for more than 30 years.

“With his industry experience, Andre could work just about anywhere,” states Will.

“But the big companies don’t provide local customer service,” Duhaime explained. “I wanted to get back to what I was used to here with Fleenor.”

Fleenor Security Systems provides residential and business security, fire, cameras, monitoring, and home automation systems supported by our prompt, local service. We invite you to experience the Fleenor family difference!

Fleenor Security

6700 Baum Drive, Suite 22

Knoxville, TN 37919



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Undercover Systems


A Valentine’s Gift the Entire Family Can Enjoy All Year-Round

While most family events have moved indoors for the winter, why not surprise your loved ones this Valentine’s Day with a special gift that will provide unlimited out-of-door events in 2021 that the entire family can enjoy all year-round?

Now is the perfect time to install the totally unique underdeck ceiling system from Undercover Systems under your home’s existing raised decks. This underdeck system will ensure this year’s events will be protected from unexpected and unwanted rain, snow, and the searing summertime sun. You’ll 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. Undeck ceilings are available in a variety of colors and textures – even bead board! – to perfectly complement your existing architecture and landscaping plans.

“It’s a great time to weatherproof all of your 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, until your project is completed to your satisfaction. And because your project will be completed this winter, you can begin enjoying your new outdoor living spaces at the first sign of spring.”

As a complaint-free member of the Better Business Bureau, Undercover Systems offers homeowners the peace of mind that they deserve in a building contractor. Your entire Undercover underdeck system will be installed using genuine Undercover components custom designed for your unique project and not the generic, big box store, off-the-shelf components used by the competition.

Why not surprise your family this year with a special Valentine’s gift that your friends and family can enjoy all year long and start creating a lifetime of memories? Undercover’s patented underdecking system helps extend your outdoor season of enjoyment by protecting your family from early spring showers, July and August’s relentless sun, and autumn rains. Call Jim Conn today at 423-267-0091 and make this a Valentine’s Day celebration you and your family will long remember.

Undercover Systems



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