As we head into the homestretch of the renovations, the big decisions have mostly been made. My contractor, Tarek, has been a wonder, making everything work even when I make bad decisions. He has, for example, installed a tile step between the bathtub and the shower, which pulls it all together. (I’m afraid I don’t have a photo—will show you next week, along with other developments).
Which is not to say that we agree on everything. Paint colors for one. I am determined to keep the Art Deco quality of the apartment in the forefront and chose 2 colors for the living room and bedroom that the painter called “old fashioned.” I took that as a compliment. The primary color in both rooms is taupe and I spent hours going through paint samples to find the right shade. In France, they do not ordinarily mix up sample pots so you can see the colors on the wall. But I insisted so Tarek sent me to a hardware store which had the equipment to do sample colors.
Happily, the taupe came out the perfect color but the second color—for the niches in each room— was more difficult. I am calling it mauve, because I like that word. In fact, what I was looking for was taupe with a touch of red. My first try was far too gray so I went back the following day to have a second batch mixed.
However, Tarek didn’t like the color (he thought it too contrasty) and suggested just using taupe for all of it, which he proceeded to do. Then I brought in a friend for a third opinion and she agreed with me. No, I didn’t bribe her. Next week I will show you the result after the niches are repainted in mauve and you can decide who was right.
I can already hear your yawns of boredom at this tale. So I won’t bother with the floor refinishing conflict or the trials of buying a bed. I did finally buy a bed today, after much angst, since retail stores finally reopened. I just couldn’t bring myself to buy one online without testing it out.
We have entered phase 1 of deconfinement, with the opening of “non-essential” businesses. We still need our attestations (hall pass) to go out and must wear masks. Stores are required to have 8 meters of space for each customer. On December 15, if the numbers continue to improve, they will allow museums, theaters, movies and such like to reopen. However, restaurants will remain shut, except for takeout, until January 20. And the number of people who can be together indoors is limited to 10. I thought you might, therefore, enjoy this cartoon.