True, what you said. I'm sure I'd enjoy seeing some other expats for your reasons. I worded my sentence on that wrong - it's more that I wouldn't want to be always hanging around with expats. Some cities are known for that, not that I'm so sure they have actual 'colonies'. Cortona, Italy comes to mind... and a place in Mexico near Guadalajara, Ajijic.. but I haven't been to Cortona and was only in Ajijic for a few minutes, so I don't know, really.
On hanging paintings, yeah... and where to put books and other stuff of my daily life. I used to subscribe to the magazine Architectural Digest for work. My business partner and I would eat lunch and go through the magazine seeing what we liked and why we liked it, or what either of us might have disliked and why, or what ideas seemed good, but not the execution.
Anyway, years of looking at very sleek photos of residences with no apparent life going on in them can get oddly boring after a while, so it was fun to at least try out opinions with someone.