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CreativeLiving Northern Kentucky • June 2009

INSIDE: Ft. Mitchell Interiors unlock the secrets

Dr. Kitzmiller

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Gentle Dental Care offers a gentle touch

Smile Makers

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Put your money where your mouth is The economy has many cutting back, but the one thing you don’t want to neglect is dental care.

Summer guide to guiltless grilling Have fun at the grill and stay healthy with these helpful suggestions.

How to arrange your furniture Check out these tips on how to maximize your space for the summer.

Prevent fire ants Tips for fighting fire ants.

Editor’s note

The current economy has everyone saving and cutting back. However, the one thing you don’t want to cut back on is your health care, especially dental health care. It’s not a luxury, it’s a neccessity. This month’s cover feature discusses the importance of staying on top of your dental health. It takes more than an apple a day! You’ll find helpful tips on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and learn about the importance of keeping up to date with dental exams. Also in this issue you’ll learn ways to stay healthy while having fun grilling out in the back yard with family and friends. Just because you’re on summer vacation doesn’t mean you should take a vacation from healthy habits! For inside the home you’ll learn how to arrange your furniture to maximize your living space for all the summer get-togethers you’ll be having.

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lapsing. A sleep apnea sufferer himself, Dr. Kitzmiller and his wife, Lori, know firsthand the disruptions that untreated Sleep Apnea can cause. “We used to think that snoring was normal, but when Tim would stop breathing for up to 20 seconds at a time and then wake with a gasp, I got scared. After being diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, he tried to use CPAP but his sleeping habits made it too difficult to use. He’s been using and treating patients with Oral Appliance Therapy now for years… and now we’re both getting a restful night’s sleep!” says Lori. Want to see what a difference Oral Appliance Therapy can be to treat your snoring or Sleep Apnea? Give Dr. Kitzmiller a call at 248-8848 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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o you snore or know someone who does? Do you have Obstructive Apnea but just can’t tolerate your CPAP machine? You’re not alone! An estimated 40 million Americans snore and nearly 20 million have Sleep Apnea, a condition where the airway collapses during sleep, causing the person to stop breathing and awaken multiple times every hour with a gasp. Sleep Apnea is a life-threatening sleep disorder that left undiagnosed, and untreated can shorten your lifespan up to 18 years! While CPAP is the gold standard of sleep apnea treatment, many people can’t tolerate the masks and pressure. An oral appliance is an FDA approved CPAP alternative that fits over your teeth and holds the lower jaw forward, keeping your airway from col-

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isa Creamer was desperately afraid of the dentist. “I hadn’t been to the dentist in a long time because I was scared,” explains the Erlanger resident. “My previous expereinces were not positive. The dentist wasn’t nice and it was very painful.” Her husband, however, finally convinced her to call Morteson Family Dental. She decided on them because they had sent “the Tooth Fairy” to her daughter’s school to discuss good dental hygene. “I figured if they were

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kind enough to send in the Tooth Fairy to talk to the kids, maybe they’d be kind to me. “I noticed a difference about them when I first called,” she says. “When I called to make the appointment, I was crying. They were so kind. They comforted me and reasured me.” Once in the office, this didn’t stop. “They were patient with me and took time to explain every proceedure before it was completed.” When it came time for her dental work Mortenson Family Dental offered Lisa the opportu-

nity to be sedated. Sedation is a great option for those who fear the dentist. It eliminates pain and the patient won’t remember much about the proceedure. “It was amazing!” exclaims Lisa. “I’m not afraid anymore!” She now recommends Mortenson Family Dental to everyone she knows. “They’ve made a real difference in my life,” she says. “They went above and beyond for me and they will for you.” For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 525-7586.

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r. Tiffany Buller-Schussler knew she wanted to be a dentist from the time she was 9 years old. Now her determination and years of education have paid off, and in the past 11 years she has gained insight and knowledge from the patients she has treated as a dentist. Last year she opened her family dental practice in Hebron, in the Remke Market Plaza – and she loves it here. “In our practice we want all of our patients and their families to feel welcome and comfortable,” says Dr. Schussler. “We have designed our office to be gentle and inviting, and this is what we want people to take away with them – the feeling of being comfortable while here, like going to a family gathering, or visiting with some friends.” Dr. Schussler knows that there are many people who are nervous about, or, uncomfortable

with, dental procedures of any type, and she works with each patient to try and determine the source of the fear, and thus put it to rest by not repeating it. “During a patient’s visit, we spend 60 to 80 minutes with them, talking about the expectations they have for their smile, performing a comprehensive exam, taking only necessary xrays, and cleaning their teeth. This is when most adults will express their concerns about any future procedures. “Children are different,” explains Dr. Schussler, “Some kids will jump right up in the chair and say, ‘My turn!’ While others are more shy, so, for very young patients we perform the exam on their parent’s lap to make it seem less threatening. We just take it as slow as they need.” Dr. Schussler performs most dental procedures, including

whitening, extractions and root canals, as well as all routine care. Patients who require orthodontic care will be referred as needed. Both Dr. Schussler and staff communicate the importance of good oral care to patients, with respect to keeping and maintaining their teeth in relationship with their total body health. Studies show links exist between oral care and cardiovascular health and diabetes. “We perform a thorough assessment of each patient, diagnosing any oral conditions, developing a treatment plan, controlling inflammation and disease, and make a plan to keep their mouth healthy. Through education and counseling, we gently put the patient on the right path for good oral health. “One of the goals I have for my practice,” she says, “is to be here for several generations. I hope to follow the children I see today, right into the time when

they can bring their children in, too. I want to see the whole family, not just a few members. In fact, we’d like to remind parents to schedule their children’s visits regularly, as even though school has just let out for the summer, that time will quickly be here again.” In conclusion, Dr. Schussler expresses that she would like to provide treatment to each generation without fear of dental procedures, counseling the ideal that everyone will consider good oral care and to be an integral part of the health of the whole person. Dr. Tiffany Buller-Schussler offers digital radiographs, paperless charting and registration, and has convenient office hours including one evening per week, and Saturdays. Visit them at www.schusslerdentistry.com, or call her competent and friendly staff at 653-0525 to set up your appointment.

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Put your money where your mouth is

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ith the economy taking a nose dive, Americans are cutting back on spending – from food and travel to even medical treatments. Both health care and dental care are taking a back seat to more urgent needs. According to a recent survey by Cigna, a leading provider of health benefits, 41 percent of Americans are taking worse care of their health because of the economy. In fact, nearly half of Americans report that someone in their household has skipped necessary health care in the past year due to the cost, according to a recent Kaiser Foundation Poll. A recent study published in “Health Services Research” found that an increase in unemployment may be associated with fewer preventive care visits. Even though times are tough, it is still important to take care of your body, particularly your oral health. With 92 percent of adults ages 20 to 64 experiencing tooth decay – which can lead to cavities – in their permanent teeth at some point in their lives, proper oral care routines and preventive dental care visits are more essential than ever for achieving a cleaner, healthier mouth. New York-based dentist Dr. Gregg Lituchy advises “include a fluoride rinse in your daily oral care routine to help protect your teeth against cavities. I rec-

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ommend my patients use an anti-cavity fluoride rinse that delivers multiple benefits” Dr. Lituchy offers four easy tips to help reduce the risk of oral care problems and maintain a beautiful smile – without hurting your wallet: • Multitask. Rinse your mouth with an anti-cavity mouthwash while you’re washing your face. • Avoid sticky situations. Foods that stick to your teeth create an environment for bacteria to thrive, so the best strategy is to brush your teeth after meals and snacks. • Don’t skip your dental check-ups. Visiting your dental professional at least twice a year is the best way to maintain good oral health and detect problems early on that could cause you more economic pain in the future. • Technique matters. Learn the proper way to brush and floss. Ask your dental professional or visit the American Dental Association Web site, www.ada.org, which offers educational tutorial videos.

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eople around the country are getting ready to enjoy the great outdoors and fire up the grill on a warm summer day. The warmer weather and longer days are perfect for enjoying fresh flavorful foods and outdoor activities such as walking. The following tips to ensure a summer full of healthy habits:

1. Fire up the flavor: Grilling is a great way to experience new flavors without added fat and calories. Shop at home and look for things you already have in your cupboard. Vinegars and juice-based marinades can maximize flavors for meat, fish and vegetables and dry rubs can turn a bland meat dish into a soulful, spicy supper. 2. Fresh finds: Remember that grilling is not just for meat and poultry. Fresh vegetables are a delightful treat. Choose foods that are tender and cook quickly. Less expensive options like potatoes, onions, corn and squash just need basic seasonings and they are ready to grill. To bulk this up as a bigger side dish, add inexpensive pasta or beans to the grilled vegetables. 3. Cut those coupons: Check your local supermarket circular for what’s on sale. And think beyond beef – remember you can enjoy a lean burger made from chicken, turkey or salmon. 4. Water down your beverage bill: Try skipping the soda aisle and use good old tap water and teach the kids how to make “sun tea” – set tea bags in a pitcher and put it out on the porch. Or liven up regular water with fruit like lemons, limes and oranges. 5. End the day with a family activity: Take a walk after dinner – not only is walking a free form of exercise, but also a great way to connect with family, friends and neighbors. Walking also helps to burn calories and research suggests that regular physical activity may help to reduce stress and improve sleep. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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ummer is here and the last thing you want to think about is a dental emergency. Waiting until the last minute can ruin weddings, parties and most of all vacations. If you have put off your dental care due to overwhelming fear, this can cost you time and money. It is a proven fact that the earlier you detect dental problems the less time and money it will cost you. Even if you are thinking your mouth is horrible, think about it, next year it will even be worse. The good news is that Dr. Tara Dallmann and her team specializes in helping those who are in these situations get through them. Sedation is only a small part of the TLC you will receive at Gentle Dental Care. Most important is that you will receive no judgment or lectures. They realize that in most cases it has taken all the courage you have to

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“Solid surface countertops, such as Corian or granite, are a great investment in the home,” Pennington-Wolfe explained. Fort Mitchell Interiors is located on Hazelwood Drive, across from McDonald’s, and the phone number is 3315327. Mary PenningtonWolfe is looking forward to helping you unlock the secrets of your home.

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reshCoat Painters of Northern Kentucky is an interior/exterior painting franchise. The owners and staff live, work and play in this community. You may even know some of the same people. FreshCoat Painters con-

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ear Readers: Hello! My name is Linda Barbian, formerly of Lasting Impressions by Linda in Alexandria, Ky. The last time I was in Creative Living I took you on a mental Christmas tour of the Lasting Impressions showroom and we were all getting ready for the holidays. Following the closing of Lasting Impressions by Linda in March, I began designing a new Lasting Impressions which has now joined with Room Choices by David and Office Furniture USA in Bellevue. We are located at 241 Grandview in Bellevue. D E S I G N

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uring warm-weather months, you have a primitive urge to clean up, clean out, and re-arrange your living space. Maybe it was easy for our forebears to clean out their caves, but for many of us it becomes a real challenge. Just about everyone would like to have more living space. Here’s the secret most professionals agree upon: clutter is the enemy. It’s a challenge for most people to be ruthless when cleaning out their living area (or closets). But the results are a more serene and peaceful environment that will soothe you when you open your front door. Think about your options. Being tough is easier when you know you are giving away items to a charitable organization, and that someone in need will make good use of them; or, that you’ll make a little money by selling them. Live by the rule: reduce, resell and recycle. Lauren Wilkins, an Interior Design instructor at The Art Institute of New York City, says summer is prime time for entertaining when everything is more casual, so lighten the feel of your environment. She suggests having small occasional tables, benches or stools to pull out of the closet when company comes. Scale is important; remove a big table and add nesting tables. Brightening up the whole color scheme is simple and can be done inexpensively. Vibrant colors are summery, or if you prefer, cool colors can create a serene environment – think of the blues and aquas of the ocean, a lake or a pool. “The heavy objects like major pieces of furniture will stay, but pillows, throws and light-weight curtains can be bought very inexpensively, and can change the tone of the room,” Wilkins says. “The dark colors of fall – burgundy, brown, deep olive – are switched to bright florals, stripes or light solids. These are inexpensive but effective changes.” LaToya Nelson, also an interior design instructor at The Art Institute of New York City, says: “Think about people in the space in summer. Most people do entertain more, so visualize how your interior and exterior interact together. Emphasize the flow between the interior and the patio, terrace or lawn.” “Roll up your heavy rug, add a light colored straw rug,” she

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suggests. She too is an advocate of nesting tables for entertaining. Nelson emphasizes sustainability: “Help the environment by making sure the sun doesn’t blaze through the windows leading to an increase in air conditioning use. Window treatments can help. They contribute to the aesthetic environment but also act as thermal barriers by reducing the direct impact of the sun,” she says. “If you have direct southern exposure, protect the room,” Nelson says. “Eco-friendly products utilizing rapidly renewable or recycled materials may enhance the interior atmosphere by connecting the interior environment with nature. And of course, bringing plants inside is a way of bringing the outside in.” Both instructors agree that this season it can be more than furniture you rearrange – it can be your attitude and awareness of nature and its harmonious relationship with your home space. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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Tips to prevent fire ants

Quite the opposite, but with the same results, fire ants unknowingly pick up treatments on their bodies, carry it back to the mound, and distribute it to other colony members including the queen. Fire ants ingest it or absorb it through the cuticle, killing them and destroying the colony. By using both a mound treatment and a broadcast treatment together, you achieve season-long control.

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ire ants are very serious and territorial insects. They are not only a nuisance to your property; they can harm you, your children and your pets. Being able to identify fire ants, where they live, treatments for prevention, working with your neighbors for season-long control, and what to do if you are stung are all very important elements to educate yourself and family on in order to be fire ant-free.

Identifying fire ants and their mounds

Fire ants are small insects. They range in size from 1/16 to 1/5 of an inch long and are dark red and brown. A fire ant mound can be identified by its dome-shaped, soil-based structure that forms the upper most part of a fire ant colony. Their mounds can reach up to 12 inches or more in diameter and height and are usually found where water is nearby and the soil is damp. Fire ants are hard workers and compile loose soil and other contents in the surrounding area to build their mounds. Mounds are typically visible in yards as soil granules form a “mound� shape, but are small and often hidden in grasses, weeds, under rocks and other landscaping. Mounds can pop up almost anywhere, but common places to watch for them include: Lawns and ornamental planting areas, patios, sidewalks, curbs, flower beds, compost piles, under trees and around electrical equipment. Be sure to keep an eye for fire ant mounds when you are enjoying parks, on golf courses, sports fields and any other places you, your kids or pets may walk through or play in.

Two-Step Method

There are two common approaches for effectively controlling fire ants – broadcast treatments and mound treatments. For large yards and early season prevention, use a broadcast treatment to treat the entire yard. For smaller areas when visible mounds are present, use a mound treatment directly around individual mounds. For the most comprehensive control, especially in the case of severe infestation, experts recommend a Two-Step Method using both broadcast and mound treatment. First use a broadcast spreader to treat your entire lawn. Then, treat particularly stubborn mounds you see to eliminate fire ant activity in as little as one week. It is an ant's nature to pick up food and bring it into the colony to feed to the queen and other ants. You feed the worker ants and they in turn, feed the queens. As the bait works, it destroys the colony.

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The best way for homeowners to prevent fire ant infestations is to coordinate treatment with neighbors. A coordinated effort among neighbors maximizes the treated area, making it harder for fire ants to find a place to re-colonize. A neighborhood Two-Step Method is the most effective way to control and prevent fire ants for season-long control. Studies show that areas with diligent neighborhood fire ant control programs, where multiple homeowners treat their lawns at the same time with the same fire ant control product, can reduce the number of active mounds by as much as 96 percent.

Treating fire ant stings

Fire ants bite and then inflict painful stings, which cause small blisters or pustules on the skin, typically up to 24 to 48 hours later. If you, your child or your pet is stung by fire ants, it is important to follow first aid guidelines and to seek medical attention immediately if there is any suspicion of an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions include severe swelling, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, headaches and sweating. If blisters occur, make sure they are clean and avoid any action that might further irritate the area, such as scratching or rubbing. Rinse the sting area with cold water and gentle soap to avoid infection and elevate the affected area of the body. You can use a cool compress or ice to reduce swelling and alleviate pain and itching. Summer is the season to enjoy the outdoors. Now is the time to educate yourself and family on fire ants. Being able to identify fire ants and their mounds, proper treatments and handling stings are all extremely important to avoid fire ant infestation. Take time to educate yourself and family and enjoy a fire ant-free season.

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Enjoy the taste of fine wine with good friends

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ost a wine-tasting party, and have some fun! Vintner’s Cellar Winery in Florence offers the entertaining experience of creating your custom wine with custom labels. One of the best ways to get started is by scheduling a wine-tasting party and sampling some of the 25 different wines. Wine-tasting parties are a fun and unique way to discover a variety of

wines. Parties can generally consist of up to 30 guests and can be designed to include the experience of bottling and personalizing your custom wine. Custom labeled wines are wonderful gifts for the holidays, for corporate clients, vendors, and employees, for birthdays and anniversaries, and for table favors and thank you gifts for weddings. They are also great for fundraisers and charity

events. Enjoy the wide variety of Vintner’s Cellar Custom wines with friends and have some great fun while learning about the wines from one of Northern Kentucky’s custom winemakers. Visit Vintner’s Cellar Custom Winery on Mall Road, just south of the Florence Mall, or call 859371-WINE (9463) for more information or to schedule a wine-tasting party.

to make repairs to jewelry that in the past was not repairable or was too expensive to repair. Using a laser welder and a computer-aided design and milling machine, the onsite jewelers can repair your broken jewelry or redesign it into a beautiful new creation. The goldsmiths at Boyle's are JA certified and have a combined experience of more than 70 years in jewelry repair and custom design. “We do custom work and refurbishing and our equipment is right here onsite and done by our inhouse jewelers,” says part-owner Shannon

We take care of all the intermediate steps and we’ll even help you design your own custom label. Imagine giving your own custom labeled wine as gifts to your friends, family or clients...or serving your wine at your wedding or anniversary party. WINE TASTING PARTIES, GOURMET GIFT BASKETS, CUSTOM LABELS & MUCH MORE!

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Boyle Jewelers has been known for its unique jewelry designs and high quality of craftsmanship for more than 20 years. The jeweler offers a beautiful selection of jewelry in white and yellow gold, sterling silver, platinum, palladium, titanium, and steel. Boyle's is also able to work with their customers in designing and restyling very intricate and detailed jewelry from pieces that they already own. With the most experienced and talented jewelers in the area, Boyle Jewelers is a step ahead of their competition as they use the latest technology

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Wartman. “We will also purchase gold, diamonds, coins, watches, and gemstone jewelry.” Whether you are looking for a new piece that will become a family heirloom, hoping to repair or restyle jewelry you already own, or trying to sell pieces that you no longer use, Boyle Jewelers and their professional staff are ready to serve you. For a free inspection of your jewelry and to see the beautiful array of jewelry styles they carry, visit Boyle Jewelers at 3915 Dixie Highway in Erlanger or call 727-0055.

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Beautiful view, fabulous wine at StoneBrook Winery

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n a fifth-generation farm nestled in a quiet valley in historic Camp Springs, the Walter family has returned to their heritage of producing wine from meticulously grown grapes. Hillsides that once were covered with fine wine grapes in the early 1800s are again adorned with trellises supporting quality wine grapes. Their grapes are hand-picked and the wines hand-crafted which reflect their commitment to producing quality Kentucky wine. StoneBrook offers magnificent vineyard views, a newly renovated 120-year-old farm house converted into a cozy wine tast-

ing room, old country charm and a little bit of history. The summer months are the perfect time to sit on the front porch and sip award winning wine while enjoying beautiful valley views. StoneBrook vints a variety of wines including their Estate bottled Vidal Blanc, Estate and Domain wines as well as a wide variety of other fabulous, award winning grape and fruit wines. The tasting room is open on Fridays from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from 1-6 p.m. For $5 the wine tasting includes five tastings and a complimentary souvenir glass with

favorite. You’ll enjoy a unique dining experience where the atmosphere is charming, music is lively, food is homemade and there is an award- winning wine to delight anyone’s palette. You can visit www.stonebrookwinery.com for monthly events. For the month of June they will hold a wine tasting dinner on June 20 and June 27 from 7-10 p.m. There will be music by Nelson Henning. Please visit our Web site at www.stonebrookwinery.com or call for reservations at 635-0111.

‘Make reservations and learn why dining at StoneBrook Winery has become a local favorite.’

StoneBrook Winery MAKE RESERVATIONS AND LEARN WHY DINING AT STONEBROOK WINERY HAS BECOME A LOCAL FAVORITE. YOU’LL ENJOY A UNIQUE DINING EXPERIENCE WHERE THE ATMOSPHERE IS CHARMING, MUSIC IS LIVELY, FOOD IS HOMEMADE AND THERE IS AN AWARD WINNING WINE TO DELIGHT ANYONE’S PALETTE.

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Lasting from page 12 You’ll see great new seasonal merchandise such as ceramic bird houses and bird feeders, wind chimes and stepping stones as well as those special everyday decorating items you can’t find anywhere else. A new shipment of Bago Luma handforged iron furniture and accessories has just arrived, featuring beautiful iron bar stools, bakers racks, shelves, wall pieces, tables with myrtle wood tops and myrtle wood and natural stone trivets. You really need to see this line to appreciate the natural iron, wood and stone. You’ll be happy to discover that the same high quality greenery, flowers and twigs which were sold at Lasting Impressions by Linda in Alexandria are available here. We’ll be glad to work with you if you need a beautiful custom floral for your door, foyer, special table, etc. I also invite you to browse through the beautifully decorated individual room settings featuring some of the unique furniture pieces and antiques from Room Choices by David. They are conveniently located on the third floor of the building. The combination of Lasting Impressions and Room Choices by

David offers merchandise and services to fit all budgets. You can find all styles of furniture and home accessories allowing you to outfit that special niche in your home without breaking the bank. At the same time, our new relationship allows us to offer high end merchandise such as Maitland Smith and others you may have been trying to find. Come in and browse the showrooms, and prepare to be amazed at how affordably we can meet your need for unique items that look great and will enhance your home or office. Do you need a 72-hour room makeover? Do you want to professionally stage your home for a quicker sale? Let me help you with an in-home visit for advice on paint, design, carpet, etc. With Room Choices by David and the new Lasting Impressions in Bellevue, you can be assured of good quality merchandise and professional service with your budget in mind at all times. Lasting Impressions is open Tuesday - Saturday and Room Choices by David is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. I look forward to seeing you soon and thank you for your continued support of Lasting Impressions in its new form.

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