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Why is it so hard to pull the trigger on 1 idea?

…JUST one?

I have been wrestling with the renovation of my home for 1 year now!! -What has been accomplished?-…Much of what you can’t see-and what you can looks(IS) half-finished. 

I think I am overloaded with information.  As a Real Estate agent, I’m constantly viewing home- DAILY-HOURLY- either in the field,on TV or in magazines. I see tons of “great ideas” and beautiful materials(like this LEATHER floor tile!-OMG). I have tons of online bookmarks,physical books, torn out magazine pages , and scrap books filled with bathroom, kitchen-home decor i.e. tiling, paint swatches, flooring material, counter tops …some “Green” renovation ideas, others very Lux… and I think I really need to get back to basics and find “What is right for MY family?”

Can we begin with paint?  Initially I was looking to go very Historic, craftsman color….I’m in a Bungalow-Craftsman home, right? So common sense, ‘do Historic’…? But really, that’s not me. LOVE the look in neighboring homes but I was not feeling the vibes AFTER I bought the paint (I wish my vibes would kick in BEFORE I carry heavy items!)  Then,  I considered going a bit more on the artistic side- color-color-color…wild,free and fun…but I guess this was me- in my 20’s…because again, I was horrified AFTER I painted a hall Olive green(and I LOVE this color…could be a bad  location).  So now, I’m going back to what usually attracts my eye…………although it seems SAFE. I can’t help but to think of NOW and future, because since this was such a chore, I know we’re not painting again until my kids go off to college!

What color? What style? What vibe?…  While on trip 200 to the paint supplies area of Home Depot, I notice that one of the swatches  had words on the top.. “Modern”, “Classic”, “Historic”,  “Country chic”, “World”,”Vintage,Antique” etc.. I grabbed every swatch that made me “feel good”… at the end I looked at them and came up with “Classic” , Modern and Vintage”… OK-I should have known this was my style- I DO know..just needed some color picking guidance to fit this!!!   So the colors I selected are a Mocha/or Latte brown, a gray, a soft mint, chalk-white, pale corn flower blue, Navy..  this time, it wasn’t very hard and a few days later-I still feel good about these colors.

Now, where will these colors go?  My bedroom  is already a soft pale blue (staying), my parlour is a soft tan/buff brown (staying) and my kitchen is a soft pale mint green (Not sure if this will stay or go but I like it and it may tie in to my classic Navy dining room-info on this later). I was thinking painting  my master bathroom Latte brown, hall gray, upstairs bathroom a soft mint green, guest bathroom chalk-white and navy. The rooms, halls and nooks  inbetween are still a bit unclear…

Ok. This has been  helpful. I think I’ve just made some decisions. Progress.  I’ll begin this paint project mid April- rain has been killing me.

Check out this tile. I’m looking to add these Flower Hex patterns to my bathrooms. I think this is such a classic look and item, it would add lasting value to my home.  I would hope that this is my “forever home” but even in that, when renovating I believe one should always keep in mind resale value. I understand decorating for your own personal style, taste and comfort -however, items that are fixtures should be selected  with the “what if I had to sell” mind set and “will this add value I can pull from later” . Too many sellers are now experiencing the crunch of the economy and have called me to their home to determine value and how fast it would sell…I’ll just say, sometimes there are too many personal preference renovations that we expect to gain from- but, your hexagon shaped arch entry to the kitchen is NOT necessarily someone elses “wow” factor and the buyer has already deducted the amount it will take to fix it from their offer price! 

On that note,I’m trying to do things right the first time.  Now,  time to hit the streets and sell some houses so I can begin on my bathroom renovation in a few weeks!

Enota Park and Place

…Westview has a secret!..well, not to those who live here. 
Today was a great day to explore hidden nooks in our community. Leah,Noah and I went to Enota playground and to Leah’s delight we came at a time when it was empty, she could run from swing to slide and back again without waiting in a line.

I noticed the homes on this street are very different from many of the neighboring homes- but similar build style/shape to others not in the center i.e. Derry St. They look as if they were built-in the 40’s but I haven’t done any research on them and why they are not the Craftsman or Victorian bungalows like so many others in our community. Another research project! 

The street is still very quiet and cute and a few are for sale!  Here are a few pics:



This location will soon be the new Enota Beltline Park!! image

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Thankful for a warm house….

Yesterday was really nice. I spent the day at my mother’s house with my sisters playing monopoly and getting my butt kicked lol..My brother made it over with his girlfriend as well. I’m sure it was a wonderful feeling for my parents to have all their children in 1 room.. Made me wonder about when my kids grow up- and I felt a bit of sadness with that thought. I LOVE our family and the stage of life we’re in right now. I made a promise to myself not to rush this, and to take time to enjoy the moments-even when Noah is screaming or peeing on me-lol…  I have a new, or RENEWED, appreciation for life-MY LIFE.  Also, right now my house is nice and warm- ode to me jacking up the heat to 69degrees lol- wow- I know, I know.. I does not sound like a lot but when you live in these old bungalows- any bit is better than nothing especially when it’s raining outside. you will not see me in the cold on this  Black Friday

oh..also got a new listing this week  in the Historic West End- a 6bed/ 3.5bath home with a Recording Studio- nearly 3000sqft of living space on a quiet street. List price $204K- pics on

Hey, let’s connect on Twitter @NiaKnowles


Who stole my Mojo…?

Week 4 of exasperation. It’s been one of those “WHY DO I WORK IN REAL ESTATE?”,  months.  I’ve had a horrible appraisal, buyers with unrealistic expectations, sellers looking to sell for more than the market can bear, I’ve lost out on bids and have overall taken an emotional beaten…not to mention being up all night long to take care of a 2month old baby. I’m worn out and praying for a bit of a break through before I ring someones neck!…oh but WAIT! Now it’s raining- so you know what this means for my roof.  *sigh* To top it off, I’m losing my ‘in a tree house’ feel now that all the leaves are falling from the trees that surround my house.

Real Estate, especially in the neighborhood I work in, has always had it’s ‘ups and downs’… right now the downs’ are  items I can not control and it’s driving me crazy! If it were that I only had the challenge of finding a buyer…or house…these are things I can deal with. I can WORK and hustle to search for the match..but my challenges are coming from events I can not do anything about.  I believe God is trying to tackle my dependency issue.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the winter will bring, in additional to cool-clean- air. This will be our first winter in this house. We survived the summer months and the AC did a great job in keeping us cool without blowing our budget in raising the electric bill.  I’m sure we will not have such good luck with heating-since the downstairs is heated with GAS. *faint*… lol…  Dont get me wrong, I love gas- cooking and heating…just don’t love the price per therm I usually have. And why does it still feel cold at 68degrees?  We can usually stick it out and deal with space heaters, dress in layers etc. but I don’t know-now with the baby-we’ve needed to turn it on sooner than we normally do(which is usually by Thanksgiving). His  hands were so cold the other day- I don’t think I should subject him to wearing mittens just yet lol.. I’ll wait at least until he’s 3

I decided, in my spear time, to make a scrap-book for the plans I want to implement in renovating the house. Since I have such a hard time sticking to the plans I have in my head, I figure on paper I can’t NOT stick to it. So this week  I will begin sorting through my old House Beautiful magazines and Room/Board catalog to begin sorting out my vision.  Now only if I can get over my Real Estate challenges to begin bringing the vision to life.  We shall see… either way, I must begin doing SOMETHING, since I am hosting the  Thanksgiving dinner this year.

It’s a Boy!!

..and we’re finally home. Baby Knowles (Noah) was born Sept 7th at 12:14PM.

And as promised, Daddy Knowles (Reggie) had the nasty carpet pulled up off the stairs and out of the house before we came home….

Now that I’m not carrying a  person- lol-  I’m really looking forward to completing  some renovations.



Cool enough for CJ and I to enjoy the front porch. I’m trying really hard to over look the much needed work /repair….it will come in time,and I’ll appreciate it more.

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