I had electrical work done today. The chandelier from Granny went up (mom seems astounded that I think it works with the decor, but it does). I had a new plug put into the kitchen (heretofore the only plugs there were to the left of the refrigerator, to the right of the sink, with about a foot of space in between. Completely impractical. I also had a plug put into the bathroom (no one can believe I've gone as long as I have without a plug in the bathroom), and two ceiling fans installed — one in the bedroom, one in the kitchen. Plus dimmer switches on the chandelier and the ceiling fan in the bedroom. My electricians were here from 9:30 until almost 3. The amount I paid them was completely, absolutely, worth it. Now I just have to save up to get that butt-ugly kitchen redone.
It's probably egoistic to think so, but I like my apartment, and the way I've designed it. I went with colors rather than boring white walls, I went with as much of a theme of color and style as I could. I wanted dark woods and rich colors in the living room to make it warm; I wanted a blue-and-white toile theme in the bedroom. A greenish foyer led nicely into the living room, and a bright sunny yellow kitchen (at least the walls make me happy) seems perfect. And then I have the indulgence: The hallway leading from the foyer to the bedroom is all in pink. That'd probably give a real decorator a heart attack, but I wanted something to be just over the top and pretty. So I went with pink.
As we were taking a break and talking about orchids, the orchid hunter from Jamaica pointed out a three-fold screen I have, made of metal, which also holds votive candles. He noted that a certain plant resembled the twisting metal stems and leaves in the design. And I took a moment to glance around the room: I have large plants, I have growing orchids. I have twisting plant-like images on the carpets. I have the screen. I didn't think about it before, but it does all come together so nicely, it's got a wildness, yet a coziness I hadn't expected.
My apartment makes me happy.