My apartment, she used to be rather scary. At least in retrospect. It never used to bother me at all that I filled my dwelling space with the least expensive functional items I could find. Then I read what Helen had to say on the matter—”You must be prepared to sink money into some of the pieces,” among other choice bon mots—and realized there was no reason to be living like a college student (and a college student who wouldn’t rate very high on the taste scale, at that). Knowing my own limitations, I hired a decorator who walked me through repainting my walls and replacing my couch and bookshelves as well as getting new curtains and a new dining room set.