This Year Invest in You, Invest in Your Home

Every year January is filled with inspiration for new diets, new exercise goals, setting new daily routines, and many start journaling to track their goals. 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 principals 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.



“Sandy and Rachael were wonderful to work with. They gave great suggestions and had several samples to choose from. I loved that they were able to show me my room virtually of how it would look. The quality of the materials and workmanship were very good. They did everything right on time. We’re very satisfied with the job.” – Pamela, Knoxville


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 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 manufacturer’s (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.


“Sandy and Rachael helped with an update of our downstairs interior. They did a great job using our old things, adding a few new, arranging things in a new way, window treatments, and selecting paint colors. We now have a great new look that we love. We had a great experience and would highly recommend.” – JoAnn, Knoxville


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 (, 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!


“I had a wonderful experience working with Decorating Den.  Sandy and Rachael helped with updating several rooms in my home, (Living room, Master Bedroom, Master Bath and Dining Room). They both did a fantastic job using our things and adding in the new and arranging the rooms in a new way. The end result was fantastic and I now have a look that I love. Had a great experience and would highly recommend.” – Deborah, Loudon


-As posted in the January 2024 edition of East Tennessee Mountain View’s Newspaper



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