GREEN WITH (A LITTLE) ENVY
This is my first blog post as a 34-year-old. I keep mentioning how old I am, partly because I still can’t believe I’ve hit the “mid-thirties”; partly because this is my own little way of owning the number and not making age that thing women don’t talk about like it’s supposed to be a big shameful secret, and partly because I need to keep reminding myself that time isn’t waiting for me and I can’t afford to sit and chill when I have dreams to work towards.
The last year has been a trial. From trying to settle into my job and constantly worrying that I wasn’t cut out for it – or it wasn’t cut out for me; to being tested in ways that had me wondering what the point of some things I was putting so much effort into was. But I’m here, and I’m blessed and I’m incredibly grateful that I get the chance to chase dreams, live life and continuously learn.
Another thing I’m grateful for? How this room turned out.
This bedroom is a little bigger than your average Nairobi sleeping quarters. You can literally divide it into two and it still wouldn’t feel cramped, which posed a bit of a challenge because we needed to fill it out without having unnecessary pieces just to take up floor space. This is what it looked like before.
Now this client had been waiting for me to get my act together for about six months before we could get started, so I went into this constantly thinking that I couldn’t afford to disappoint her after making her wait so long. It ended up being the perfect timing because I’d been dreaming of playing with jungle green, warm woods, leather and incorporating boho-chic elements into a space, and she was into it, so we decided to go for it.
The colours looked great on the palette but when we painted the wall the first time my assistant Shiku sent me pictures and I got a little heart attack.
I didn’t like it. It looked off, like yucky moss, even with the little light grey trim at the top that I thought would give it a funky little twist. I wasn’t feeling it. Then we added a few more coats and it started coming together beautifully, and we spent a lot of time shopping for the right pieces, and we ended up with this.
I still feel like we could’ve gotten away with more pieces, possibly another plant or two, but I still love how it turned out – and we did add a shoe rack after I took these pictures. I’m even low-key contemplating playing with some dark greens in our home, but my commitment to black won’t let other colours be great so I really hope I can get more clients who’ll allow me to experiment with their homes and offices.