Best of Knoxville 2012: Home & Garden

Best Garden Store/Nursery

Stanley's Greenhouse
Last summer I overheard one of my neighbors talking about Stanley's. "I just can't go there," he said. "Because every time I walk into Stanley's, I walk out $150 poorer." And it's true—Stanley's is one of those places that make you just want to buy, well, everything. There are the blossoming fruit trees and the vibrant green shrubbery, the stylish planters and the must-have tools. Stanley's is a veritable fantasyland for imagining how glorious your yard and garden could look … if only you could buy it all. (Cari Wade Gervin)
Runners Up: Mayo Garden Center, Popes Garden Center, Thress Nursery Gardens

Best Interior Designer

Donovan Swick
Runners Up: Diana Fox, Sam Franklin, Todd Richesin

Best Kitchen and Bath Design

Modern Supply Kitchen & Bath Showroom
Runners Up: Dixie Kitchen, Master Custom Home Remodeling, Southern Kitchen

Best General Contractor

Grace Construction
Runners Up: Christopoulos & Kennedy, Creative Structures Inc., Johnson & Galyon

Best Plumber

Cedar Bluff Plumbing
Runners Up: Hep Inc., Four-way Tie: Brogdon Plumbing, Koontz Plumbing, Sanders Plumbing, Scott's Plumbing

Best Flooring Store

Broadway Carpets
Runners Up: Frazier's Carpet, Gillenwater Flooring and Kitchen Gallery, Knox Rail Salvage

Best Realtor

Suzy Trotta
If you follow Suzy Trotta on Twitter (@suzytrotta), you know she is always working. She's showing houses, writing offers, blogging about the month's home sales numbers, or going on television to talk about what those numbers mean. She's staying up late, seemingly every night, fueled by cupcakes, just so she can work even harder. And her hard work for Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace has paid off—she's already one of the year's top sellers, even in this tough market, and now she's the best realtor. Go get yourself to Magpies, Suzy. You deserve it. (C.G.)
Runners Up: Laura Bailey, Anthony Edwards, Jennifer Montgomery