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Do You Watch TV Together?

Monday, February 5th, 2024 | Uncategorized | No Comments

By Connie Ferraro – Tellico Hearing Solutions

Hearing loss can affect all our relationships. It can affect everything in your life, even making little things, like watching TV together, more difficult and stressful. If you or a spouse have a hard time hearing the TV, or other family members frequently comment on the TV’s volume, you’re not alone. In fact, there are some spouses that have reported that the blaring volume has forced them to watch TV in another room. Even with the door shut, it can be too loud. But maybe that’s the volume you or a loved one need to be able to make out what’s going on. These spouses and family members, however, often find that they miss the intimacy of watching TV together!

That’s why I want to tell you about MY favorite feature of my husband’s hearing aids.

The volume of the TV can affect everyone in the house. Because Robert could not clearly hear the dialogue in the programs we were watching, he would often decide to turn the volume up so high that it was starting to become a serious problem for me. But the perfect solution came in the form of his new hearing aids, which have an accessory device called “TV Connector”. The TV Connector uses Bluetooth technology to wirelessly transmit the TV sound directly into the hearing aids. This small device attaches behind the TV and enables the person with the hearing aids to set their personal volume preferences independently of the sound produced by the TV speakers. Best of all, the TV Connector is easy to attach and very discreet. If I want to, I can even mute the TV sound and wouldn’t even know that the TV is on because the sound is only in his ears.

But that’s not all. A lot of TV programs these days have the volume of the music up so high that you often can’t make out the dialogue. These new hearing aids, however, can help to minimize these unwanted sounds and sharpen that dialogue for greater clarity. Even in the case of actors mumbling or talking too low to make out what they’re saying, the hearing aid features can lift their voices so that mumbling becomes more clear. Or what about PBS programs with lots of accents, such as All Creatures Great and Small or Vienna Blood? Again, the hearing aid can clarify the speech frequencies, making it easier to follow what everyone is saying. We have even had some clients with only slight hearing problems that will come in to buy entry level hearing aids just to get these benefits of the TV Connector!

At Tellico Hearing Solutions, we can solve the ongoing debate about the TV volume. Remember, just because hearing loss is invisible doesn’t mean it is less real.

Don’t delay coming to see us for a free hearing test. We can even give you a demonstration of the TV Connector. It is possible to enjoy watching TV together again!

Tellico Hearing Solutions, PLLC

Shannon McCarthy – Realty Executives

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Closet Trends for 2024

Monday, February 5th, 2024 | Uncategorized | No Comments

In the fast-evolving world of interior design, closets are no longer just spaces for storage; they are now a reflection of personal style and efficiency. As we step into 2024, several exciting trends are reshaping the way we view and utilize our closet spaces. The Tailored Closet of Knoxville, serving customers in Tellico Village for more than 15 years, is at the forefront of these trends, combining functionality with aesthetics to transform closets into personalized sanctuaries.

Inclusion of Washer and Dryer

A continuing trend for 2024 is the integration of a washer and dryer within the primary closet space. We recognize that convenience is key, and having laundry facilities in your closet streamlines your daily routine. This innovative addition offers a discreet and accessible solution for managing your laundry needs without leaving the comfort of your personal space.

Adding a Sitting Area

Another trend is the incorporation of a sitting area within an existing closet. The benefits of this feature extend beyond mere comfort. The inclusion of a seating zone facilitates the ease of putting on shoes, socks, pants, and other accessories. We understand the importance of a holistic approach to closet design, ensuring that every aspect contributes to a seamless and enjoyable dressing experience.

LED Lighting

Illuminate your wardrobe in style with the introduction of LED lighting. The Tailored Closet embraces this trend by incorporating LED lights into shelves, panels, crown molding, and clothing rods. This not only enhances visibility, but also adds a touch of sophistication to your closet. Say goodbye to rummaging in the dark and hello to a well-lit, organized space that showcases your clothing collection in the best light possible.

Mixing Finish Colors and Textures

Customization is key. The mixing of finish colors and textures allows homeowners to create a unique and personalized closet that seamlessly integrates with their existing décor and our options are nearly limitless.

In addition to these newer trends, some tried and true trends add further functionality to your closet space. Our valet rods can be customized to fit seamlessly into any space, tailored to your height and specifications. Set out your clothes for the next day effortlessly, adding a touch of convenience to your routine. Our tilt-out hampers are a perfect solution for keeping your colored garments separate from whites, ensuring a tidy and organized closet space. Jewelry organizers keep your jewelry in pristine condition, but also make it easy to find the perfect piece to complement your outfit. Say goodbye to the frustration of tangled necklaces and missing earrings—welcome a clutter-free jewelry haven!

The future of closets is an exciting blend of innovation and time-tested functionality. The Tailored Closet remains dedicated to pushing the boundaries of closet design, creating spaces that are not just storage solutions, but personalized sanctuaries that elevate your daily dressing experience. Give us a call at 865-777-0306 to schedule your free in-home consultation or visit us on the web at www.tailoredclosetknoxville.com to learn more!

The Tailored Closet
(865) 777-0306

American Foundation & Waterproofing

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This Year Invest in You, Invest in Your Home

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024 | Uncategorized | No Comments

By Sandy Kozar – Owner –
Decorating Den Interiors
Kozar Design Team

Every year January is filled with inspiration for new diets, new exercise goals, setting new daily routines, and everyone has a new journal to keep their goals straight. This year why not focus your intentions on your home. More and more, we’re seeing new scientific research that proves that your living environment can have as much of an effect on your health as your eating and your exercise habits. Did you know that by spending time in a space you perceive as beautiful can actually lower your stress and your blood pressure? Contrastingly, if you’re in a cluttered overwhelming space, that can actually raise your blood pressure by adding on-going visual strain, tension, and adds a constant to-do list in your mind, letting your mind never truly rest. It makes sense. Your home is your foundation, and where we all go to relax and recuperate from the day, but if your home is also visually stressful, how can you rejuvenate? In light of that, making an investment in your home can actually have more of an impact on your daily life than you might expect.

That’s where we come in. Hiring a professional interior designer allows clients peace of mind by bringing their aesthetics and needs together in a way that is convenient, curated, and fun. Here at Decorating Den Interiors | Kozar Design Team, we strive to help all of our clients live in a beautiful home that matches their lifestyle and needs too. With a combined 25 years of experience and degrees in interior design, as well as being Decorating Den Certified Designers, we have the experience and training to make rooms functional and aesthetically pleasing. Oftentimes we do this by creating a different layout, changing the traffic flow, and/or using the proper amount and scale of furniture. We also coordinate fabrics, furniture, flooring, window treatments, artwork, lighting, wallpaper, and wall color together using the elements and principles of design. We aim to create visual interest, along with adding comfort and style. Is there enough variety and texture? Does the space need more lighting? Will additional seating be needed?  Do the window treatments need to provide sun protection or privacy? Would the room need to be easily cleanable for children and pets? These are all some of the many questions we ask when pulling together a design.

No matter what your design dilemma is, we consider it all when designing your home for you: interesting architecture you can’t quite figure out, special health considerations that might influence your layout, intricate hobbies, a large art or specialty collection, furry family members, a large extended family, or anything else. We do this through in-depth interviews during our complimentary consultation with homeowners to learn their lifestyle preferences and functional needs. We listen to the emotions they wish their home had, and the quality the room should have as well. This allows us to create and implement a personalized design plan that is curated and unique for each client. From the thousands of design options available to us, we narrow the scope of options to a perfectly curated two or three design options for their home, making sure that it fits all of their requirements and desires. Since all of the options we present will be perfect for the finished room, clients can easily choose their favorites.

Do you have an idea in mind, but not sure how to get there? One of the best benefits to hiring a designer is that we save homeowners costly mistakes, as well as the hassle of returning or repairing those mistakes. By using our photo realistic 3D renderings, scaled sketches, physical fabric, wood, and rug swatches, we are able to show each client exactly how their new room will look. We analyze all of the pros and cons of each option. Our clients can feel confident their new room will be exactly as we envisioned it for them! Plus, we save you the stress and wasted time of going through solutions that would not work or endless shopping at retail locations trying to bring it all together.

We believe that everyone deserves to live in a beautiful and comfortable home that makes them feel welcomed and happy. We also realize how an investment in your home sets the stage for family celebrations, and improves your everyday life, and for making memories that will last a lifetime. Nothing is more sacred than your personal space you share with your family, and nothing makes your day easier than a home that fits your lifestyle. However, it’s more realistic when you have an investment range in mind for this. For all of our projects, we design within an investment range. Once the investment is set, this also lets us determine which of our vendors (from good, better, best, and luxury lines) to design the project with. We can work room by room, entire homes, or bits at a time, but the project will be within an agreed upon investment range. Not sure what things cost at the moment? That’s okay, during our complimentary consultations we walk through what items typically cost, and work with our clients to find an investment range that they and we feel comfortable with. When clients give us an investment amount, we are respectful of that.

Another benefit of hiring professionals is you get professional results. We help clients from the beginning of their project to the end and beyond. Our professional design services are all inclusive of:  all plans, drawings, conceptual sketches, and renderings, all presentations, project sourcing of all materials, all finish and fixture selections throughout, all selections to ensure both function and aesthetic fit for all furniture, rugs, lighting, window treatments, art accessories and more selections.  Throughout the project management aspect, we are responsible for: purchasing of all goods approved, tracking and shipping management, professional receiving, inspection of all goods, coordinate schedule with installers, delivery and professional installation of all goods, as well periodic updates with clients throughout the process to ensure all progress stays on track to meet our expected deadline. We are there for every install, guiding our professional installers to ensure that everything is placed in the perfect spot. We strive for excellence in all that we do, and by doing all of this, we give our clients the reassurance that everything will be handled with dedication and our high-quality standards.

In light of this, an investment in your home, is also an investment in you. Let us help you with your New Year’s resolutions this year, by investing in your home and setting a good foundation for 2024 and beyond. Interested? Give us a call today 865-392-6222 for a discovery call to see how we can help you feel better in your home. Feel free to visit our website (www.SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com), browse our portfolio, and visit our “how we work” page to go behind the scenes from a first phone call, all the way to installation day with the big reveal. Remember, the sooner you get started, the sooner you will be enjoying your beautiful new room!

Decorating Den Interiors
Kozar Design Team


New Year. New Projects for your Kitchen or Bath!

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024 | Uncategorized | No Comments

With the new year comes inspiration to tackle some projects around the house. Although you may have dreams of gutting your kitchen or renovating the bathroom, these big jobs are costly and time-consuming. Instead, consider taking on smaller projects that will give you the best bang for your buck. Here are some ideas to spark your creativity.

1. Organize and better utilize your pantry. Throughout the year, you probably accumulate all sorts of things in your pantry. By removing the contents and throwing away expired items you can start with a clean slate. Consider installing pull-out shelving to better access your items. Hard to reach items will be at your fingertips, and you will increase your storage capacity.

2. Create usable storage space in your bathroom cabinet. Bath products, hair products, and cleaning solutions may be taking up all the space under your bathroom sink, leaving you no room for essentials like toilet paper and tissues. With a two-tiered pull-out shelving system, you can maximize your storage and easily find what you need.

3. Declutter and find more space for your pots and pans. Are you frustrated with the way you store your pots and pans? Most people get frustrated looking in their cabinets for the right size pot and matching lid. With pull-out shelving, you can easily arrange your pots, pans, and lids so you can access them quickly when cooking.

4. Make better use of corner cabinets. Most kitchens have a corner cabinet that has dead space that is often hard to access. With a unique pull-out solution for corner cabinets, you can add more storage space in your kitchen. It’s a cost-effective way to use the space you already have without adding to the footprint of your kitchen.

You may not be able to redesign your whole kitchen, bathroom, or pantry at this time, but you can ease your frustration by working on smaller projects that will have lasting impacts throughout the new year!


Church – What’s in it for Me?

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024 | Uncategorized | No Comments

By Claire Moxim

My husband and I moved to East Tennessee 25 years ago from New England.  Although not retired yet, we looked forward to this move as a brand-new beginning for the rest of our lives.  Brand new beginnings aren’t always what we think they’re going to be when we start the journey.  Our journey brought with it the best (or worst) of all ourselves, our plans, and a sudden detour.

I left a church in Connecticut that had been a home to me for over 15 years.  So many things had happened to me while I lived and worshipped with that congregation.  My young daughter became a widow, my son left for college, both my parents died, and I had to learn coping skills that did not include dependency on alcohol, food, or people.

Most of my life had been spent wrapped and coddled by family, friends, and good luck.  I didn’t have any coping skills for dealing with the harsh realities that life often tosses at us.  Where do you turn when you just don’t know how to do it?  Yes, there’s professional counseling and advice from well-meaning friends, but at the end of the day, there you are – alone.  For way too long a time, I tried to run and hide and pretend that I actually was able to handle reality by myself.  Solitary prayer and a solo relationship with the Lord just wasn’t all of the solution, and I sunk deeper, wondering where God was in all that mess.

My church family reached out to me and loved me when I couldn’t love myself.  They never judged or smothered, only showed compassion, friendship, and God’s love.  I still had to make my own mistakes, but that’s how we learn, whether it’s English, Math or Life.  The biggest thing that I learned was that we are not meant to live our lives alone.  Belonging is being a part of a group where we are nurtured and can continue to learn and grow.  Together we weather the storms of life and the joys that come with the rainbow.

My husband died sixteen years ago – not an event we ever thought our brand-new beginning would take us to so quickly.  I was so blessed to be surrounded by a loving Christian community.  I was able to take a fork at the crossroads of my life with confidence that no matter what lay ahead, I was not alone.  Today my church family at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Tellico Village is one of the most important gifts I’ve ever received, and we are such a gift to each other.

And there’s the Big Revelation …. it’s not all about what I get. As a member of a caring church community, I’ve learned that fulfillment can be found in knowing that I too have gifts to bring and share.  I’ve discovered a joy that cannot be found in the loneliness of any mind-numbing substitute that I might try to use to get by.  God works through his people, my family  – What a blessing!

Claire Moxim lives in the Kahite neighborhood of Tellico Village with her two rescue dogs and a grandson.  She is active in UT’s H.A.B.I.T. (Human Animal Bond in Tennessee) program and has visited schools weekly with her RUFF READER dogs, Wally and Alice.  Alice currently visits residents at NHC Holston Hills.  Claire serves on the board of the Good Shepherd Center in Madisonville and is an active member of Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Tellico Village.

Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church
143 Chota Center
Loudon, TN
(across from the POA office)
Phone: 865-816-4756

Tellico Village Welcomes Sirrabelle Boutique – Jewelry and Gifts

Tuesday, December 5th, 2023 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Theres a brand-new boutique store in the Village, Sirrabelle Boutique – Jewelry and Gifts. Its located in Lakeside Plaza on the opposite corner to Little Italy, and its here just in time for your Christmas shopping!

This month, we interviewed Leah Stilson, the owner of Sirrabelle, to find out more about her new store.

Mountain Views: Tell us a little about yourself and why you started Sirrabelle.

Leah: Its a really odd story. I was a corporate manager for the state of Illinois at HD Supply Facilities and also worked at Harbor Brewing Company brewing beer and serving. I have never NOT had two jobs. When COVID-19 happened, a third of our business at HD Supply diminished and they did major layoffs. I started making jewelry out of boredom when a friend said I need to get a hobby, as I am a workaholic.  Prior to that I had never made one piece of jewelry. There was a hiring freeze in Chicago at the time and I couldnt support myself, so I prayed to God asking him what I should do. One night his voice woke me from my sleep, saying to move to Tennessee.  The next morning, I put my house up on the market. Three days later it sold, and 35 days later, I was in Tennessee. Once here, my mom pushed me to try and sell my jewelry. I was surprised that people began buying. I never knew I was artistic at all. I felt so humbled that people enjoyed my work. I slowly added small batch branded clothing and purses. I love the people in Tellico Village so when an opportunity arose, I thought a store was a good move.

MV: When did you open?

Leah: I am excited to say I opened the doors November 10th, so Sirrabelle Boutique is still brand new!

MV: What types of items do you have available?

Leah: I still sell Sirrabelle Jewelry, small batch and unique clothing, and purses, but I also added on some wonderful items that local artists create.

MV: Can you tell is a little about those other artists and their creations?

Leah: I am so honored to carry products from such talented artists. They make the store well-rounded. If a person is thinking of someone, they no longer have to run all the way to Vonore or Lenoir City to get a special card or gift. I have handmade pottery, fantastic high-quality wreaths and decor, mind blowing quilted items, homemade soaps, slate photo decor, and of course my favorite card maker, Rhodas Cards. Something for anyone.

MV: What are your hours?

Leah: Currently, I am open Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 5pm except for Wednesday. Wednesdays hours are 1pm to 5pm, because I still go to the Tellico Village farmers market. Its one of my favorite things to do each week!

Please make sure to stop by and support our new boutique shop in Tellico Village. You may find that perfect gift for Christmas and get a chance to see some amazing unique items!

You can also find them on Facebook under Sirrabelle Jewelry.

Sirrabelle Jewelry and Gifts
318 Lakeside Plaza Suite 332
Loudon, TN 37774.

Hours: Tues, Thurs-Sat – 11am to 5pm
Weds – 1pm to 5pm in the store
9am-12pm at the TV Farmer’s Market

Don’t Miss Out on the Christmas Cheer When the Jingle Bells Start Jingling!

Tuesday, December 5th, 2023 | Uncategorized | No Comments

By Connie Ferraro – Tellico Hearing Solutions

Of course, Christmas is about sharing time with family and friends, so for those who have developed hearing loss, the holidays can be an especially tough time. If you already have a great hearing aid, you will know the joy and improvement to the holiday experience that these modern devices can bring. But if you don’t, you may not even realize what you are missing!

People celebrate the holidays in all sorts of ways, but most of us have a few favorite sounds of the season.

With hearing aids, you can fully appreciate sounds like:
>> Laughter from your children or grandchildren when they open their gifts.
>> Church choirs singing.
>> Christmas carolers going door to door.
>> the clatter of pans as your Christmas turkey goes in the oven.
>> Laughter and conversation at the family dinner table.
>> A performance of your holiday favorites.
>> Your favorite Christmas movie.

Our hearing tests are free and easy.

During your hearing test we will determine:
>> The quietest sound you can hear at different pitches.
>> How well you can hear speech.
>> What type of hearing loss you have, if any.
>> How your ears respond to loud sounds.

These evaluations are quick, painless and provide valuable insight into your hearing health. Robert is a Certified Hearing Specialist and also a hearing instrument wearer who’s been in your shoes. Call us today!

Is your hearing Christmas ready? It’s the most wonderful time of the year to hear.

Tellico Hearing Solutions, PLLC

High Quality Carpet, Flooring, & Cabinetry for the Lowest Prices

Tuesday, December 5th, 2023 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Want to transform your homes outdated kitchen, but worried about breaking the bank in the process? Worry no longer. At Country Carpet & Flooring, our everyday prices are reasonable, affordable, and far lower than even the sale prices youll find at our competition. We sell high quality solid wood cabinetry direct from the factory. That means no middlemen, no distributors, no dealers, no boutique-style showrooms, and no exorbitant prices to make you wince. What we do have is the highest quality cabinetry, all solid wood, with your choice of door profiles, soft-close doors and drawers, dovetail drawers, colors, and hardware. And more. Weve even got specialty cabinets like waste receptacles, spice racks, and so on. Come on by, and well create a showcase kitchen for you, one that will be the envy of your friends and family.

At Country Carpet & Flooring, weve earned our reputation as the area’s premier resource for all your residential and commercial flooring needs. Over 4 decades, weve proven were the best. But more than that, weve have also earned a reputation for designing and installing fine kitchen cabinetry for far less than you might expect to spend in Knoxville’s kitchen designer showrooms.

So if youve been dreaming of a new custom kitchen and bath, but thought you couldnt afford it, think again. Let the professionals at Country Carpet & Flooring show you how to transform your ordinary kitchen and bath into an extraordinary one. And while youre here, why not complete your new project with new flooring as well? An extensive selection of name brand tile, hardwood, carpeting and vinyl plank flooring awaits you at Country Carpet & Flooring. A stunning new kitchen and bath couldn’t be easier.

Country Carpet & Flooring
3107 Highway 411
Madisonville, TN 37354
(Across from Sequoyah H.S.)


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