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Help You Dwell is a home and workspace organizing service based in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Caroline Smith

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Image from Emily Henderson

Thinking about having a yard sale this summer? This episode of The Lazy Genius has some great tips!

Fathers Day is this Sunday! If you haven't thought of something for Dad, check out these gift guides! 1 2 3

We've been loving the podcast The Simple Show! Right now they are doing a series called "Grown Upping the Summer" and its sooo good!

What do you think about creating outdoor rooms? These are beautiful!

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Image from Food52

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Image from Food52

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Image from Food52

Did you know that Food52 sells vintage french kitchen goods? Obsessed!

did you know...

Caroline Smith

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As organizers, a huge part of our job is to help people declutter. One of our goals in decluttering is to help find new homes for the items that our clients no longer need. Whether we end up helping to sell an item, find the right place to donate it, or recycle it properly--we strive to keep as much out of landfills as we can.

Over the years we've discovered some easy ways to reduce waste and to make recycling and donating easier for everyone.

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Image courtesty of Target corporate

1. Did you know that you can recycle old cell phones, mp3 players, and ink cartridges at Target? Once you've wiped your personal information from a device you can bring it into a store and drop it off in their electronics recycling bin. Additionally, did you know that Target periodically accepts expired and unexpired car seats in exchange for 20% off a new car seat?

2. Did you know that you can drop off items to be shredded for a fee at Staples? If you don't have time to do your own shredding or don't have a shredder, just drop your  boxes of paperwork to be shredded at your local Staples store and let them do it for you.

3. Did you know that there are several thrift stores in town that will come to your home and pick up your unwanted items for free? One of our favorite thrift stores is Habitat for Humanity. They are unique in that in addition to normal thrift store items, they also accept building materials.

4. Did you know that there are several drop boxes around town for unwanted/expired medications? It's not a good idea to flush medications. To find a drop box near you, check out this list of locations.

5. Did you know that you can recycle rechargeable batteries, compact florescent light bulbs (CFL's), and plastic shopping bags at Lowe's? Many businesses have shopping bag recycling so if you have a huge stash from years of grocery shopping without reusable bags, why not drop them to be recycled on your next trip to the grocery?

What other items or businesses have you discovered that are working towards recycling, reusing, and reducing waste?
We would love to hear!!

 

a home by the river

Caroline Smith

If you live in Knoxville you've probably heard of Texture Photo. Carrie is the woman behind the camera! She is full of spunk, creativity, love, and deep thoughts and her home perfectly embodies who she is and who she and Eric are as a couple. They have both poured so much time, thought, and labor into transforming this house into a beautiful home. We are so excited to invite you into see a glimpse of it.  All pictures were taken by TexturePhoto.

How would you describe your style of decorating? 

I guess I would describe it as modern with character. As a photographer, I’m drawn to clean lines and lots of white space. I’m also super nostalgic, so I really enjoy keeping things around the house that remind me of the people and places I love. For example, I’ve learned so much about business from my parents, so I keep a faded (and really cheesy) photo on my desk that my dad used have on his desk years ago. It says “If you act enthusiastic, you’ll be enthusiastic!” Probably not always true, but it makes me laugh every time I see it and reminds me of the positive attitude and outlook that they always encouraged my sisters and I to have. 

Did your style happen organically or was it a process of figuring out what style means to you?

Definitely a process. I’m a fan of honoring the space and working within the container I’m given. For many years that meant curating pieces that went along with the house I was currently renting. Most often, there was a lot of character and really cool wallpaper or painted walls that I just had to accept, and therefore for a while my style leaned more towards colorful character. At that time, I used lots of my grandmother's quilts and other nostalgic pieces.  Now that I own my home, I've had a chance to paint the walls a color I wanted. I opted for as neutral as I could get. All white walls seemed a little boring at first, but I really, really love the empty space that the white (or black) walls give for a few reasons: 1. They create a blank canvas for the pieces I want to put on display and 2. my home feels less chaotic and, as a result, helps my mind feel less cluttered. I know white surfaces probably won’t be great for kids one day, but for now, I’m soaking them up. 

When people come into your home, what do you hope they feel? 

Peacefulness. When I’m near the water (my home sits right across from the Tennessee River) I always feel more peaceful, so I hope others feel that same stillness when they’re in my home. 

Do you have a style or home philosophy?

I often think about the balance between functional and beautiful. If it’s beautiful, but not functional, then it doesn't feel very practical. And if it’s functional, but not very pleasing to look at, then it’s not as enjoyable to have around. I often find myself moving furniture, photos, or other art around until those pieces feel like they've found a balance of functionality and beauty.

Do you have any collections?

Mugs!  In college I started drinking hot tea (never quite developed a love for coffee) and somewhere along the way I fell in love with hand-built pottery mugs. Every time I travel somewhere, I do my best to find a mug with some character. My current favorite is the one my fiance and I purchased the weekend we got engaged. 

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Talk to me about the concept of making your home your canvas?

I want my home to be a blank canvas for those that live in it and for those that visit -- to be a place where life can be lived fully. When we stumbled on this little house and decided to renovate it, I thought a lot about the kinds of spaces that I enjoy the most. Weirdly, I love kitchens that are inviting (especially the ones with couches or breakfast tables in them!) because it seems like, most often, everyone gathers in the kitchen. So why not combine the kitchen, living room & dining room all into one open space?! After knocking out a few walls (and putting up a few others), I now feel like I have a space that I can constantly re-create within. My home feels like a blank canvas that doesn’t force me to create a certain way and it gives me the freedom to rearrange whenever the mood strikes (which is way more often than I’d like to admit). But most importantly, it now feels like a gathering space for shared meals, good conversations and lots and lots of laughter.

What does home mean to you?  How is your home an extension of yourself or of your family?

I grew up on a lake in Georgia, so the river feels like home. One of the biggest reasons why I fell in love with Knoxville is the fact that the river runs through it; it felt like home even though it wasn’t. 

My childhood home had a lot of windows and ever since I moved away, I’ve missed the light flooding into the space like it did there. And now, as a photographer, I’ve learned to look for light even more. While we were renovating, I was really hopeful that we could add windows. These days, I often find myself standing at those added windows, staring at the river, totally blown away that I get to live here. I didn’t do a thing to deserve it, but I’m wildly grateful.