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

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a tribute to the mom's behind HYD

Caroline Smith

 Taryn and her mom

Taryn and her mom

Sometimes I joke that Help You Dwell, for me, is a preparation for helping my own mom let go of so many of her treasures someday. There’s probably some truth to that. However, one of the biggest reasons I think I have such compassion for our clients and their things is because I learned from my mom how certain family heirlooms, gifts from loved ones, or items connected to a memory can be such important parts of who we are. My mom has such an incredible love and gift of making a home tell the story of one’s life. Growing up surrounded by family pieces, treasures from my mom’s antique business, handmade gifts from her dearest friends, and photos of people and places from past adventures gave me such a sense of what home is. I’m so thankful that my mother never jumped on the next home decor trend but instead, thoughtfully collected the items that told her story, our family’s story. Thanks so much mom for this legacy, for teaching me to treasure those things that are visible extensions of ourselves, our family, and the people we love. 

 Katie and her mom

Katie and her mom

When I came to realize that my mom had always been much more than a guide and a parent to me, I knew I was incredibly blessed. She's my dearest friend and the woman I hope to be like. My mom is the one I call when I need an honest answer, encouragement, or just a good laugh. She never misses an opportunity to cut up and crack a joke to lighten the mood. Even though we may talk over each other and throw some sass around, she communicates so much understanding and empathy to me in every situation. Her heart has room for everyone she meets, it must be bursting at the seems with all of the love she carries even for mere strangers who may be hurting. She is deeply affected by the world and people around her, and I think this is her greatest strength. There's nothing quite as good as the comforting back or head scratches my mom gave when I was sick or sad. Even though I don't still live in the same city or even state, her phone calls are the most necessary and comforting conversations I can think of. Mom, I hope to carry the joy and pain of everyone I meet, the same way you do. You are fragrant of Christ - with your lighthearted humor, kindness and deep compassion. Thanks for being my dearest friend and my sweet mama. 

 Caroline and her mom

Caroline and her mom

I have to admit that I come by my organizational habits honestly. My mom is exceptionally organized! One of the most valuable things I've learned from my mom about making a home, is to hold out for pieces that you love and pieces that are quality. Although she would say she holds out almost to a fault, her furniture decisions always last decades, have a timeless quality to them, and she has few regrets. You will never find my mom making an impulsive purchase. Although I am not as disciplined as she is, she instilled a thoughtful way of decorating that I am thankful for. Aside from her organizational and decorative tips, she has been my biggest cheerleader when it comes to Help You Dwell and my desire to bring peace and order to our clients homes. Mama, thanks for leading by example and always supporting me in my wild escapades! Love you!

Here are few more HYD'ers and their mom's, daughters, and grand daughters!

 Erin and her mom

Erin and her mom

 Cassie and her mama

Cassie and her mama

 Tammy and her girls

Tammy and her girls