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Yellow Fever.

What do I have in common with Katy Perry, Olivia Wilde, and Heidi Klum?  Well, besides a rockin’ body of course, we similar taste in jewelry.

 

yellow gold engagement rings

From Left: Katy Perry, Oliva Wilde, Heidi Klum

From Left: Katy Perry, Oliva Wilde, Heidi Klum

 

It has been so lovely to see more and more yellow gold pop up on the scene.  For decades, yellow gold has been the ugly stepsister to platinum and white gold.  But, look out world: It’s back and as beautiful as ever!

Green Amethyst Forest Jewel Ring, ALEX MONROE

Green Amethyst Forest Jewel Ring, ALEX MONROE

 

Wearing yellow gold is like taking a nap in warm sunshine, or basking in the glow of a late summer’s night.  It’s rich and full of depth.

Yellow Gold Ring Set: Photo by Katie Pietrowski

Yellow Gold Ring Set: Photo by Katie Pietrowski

 

It is also flattering.  If you have a not of blue undertones in your skin, like me, yellow gold will compliment your complexion.

Marquise diamond wedding ring: HN JEWELRY

 

When Mr. Heatherland was in the market for my ring, he got the name of an AMAZING jewelry maven in the Diamond District named Sabrina.

My Ring: Sabrina and Mr. Heatherland

My Ring: designed by Sabrina and Mr. Heatherland

 

He came to her armed with two bits of knowledge: I wanted a band and I wanted yellow gold; and she knocked it out of the park!  He tells me that going to Sabrina was a much better experience than going to a jewelry store to pick out a ring from a case.

Vintage Art Deco Ring: Etsy

Vintage Art Deco Ring: Etsy

 

He and her talked about my ring, she showed him binders full options for the setting, then she brought him samples, and only when they had a solid idea of what he wanted, she sourced the diamonds and had all it put together.  If you are hunting for a talented jeweler in the NY area, please email me for her contact info- I’m happy to share the love!

ring trio: lover.ly

ring trio: lover.ly

 

However, if vintage is more your thing, there are plenty of pre-loved yellow gold settings to be had.  My favorite spot to obsess over antique little lovelies is Market Square Jewelers.  They’ve been in the jewelry business for over 25 years, and they have acquired a pretty impressive selection.

Flush Vintage Gold Ring: Market Square Jewelers

Flush Vintage Gold Ring: Market Square Jewelers

 

Like this jaw dropper, could you just die?  It’s incredible!

Vintage Beryl Ring: Market Square Jewelers

Vintage Beryl Ring: Market Square Jewelers

 

I know, I know… it is highly unlikely that I will be forking over $15k for almost 50 carats worth of awesomeness, but I love to stare at it!

 

Hail to the yellow gold engagement rings!

Glass Closet Door.

Labor Day weekend wouldn’t be complete without a little project to work on.  And the most recent project here put Mr. Heatherland and I through a relationship-test called:  “How long does it take to install a closet door?”

 

Where do I begin?  Well, our spare bedroom has been without a closet door for the last year or so.  I have consistently forgotten to buy a closet door for it because I never remember we need one until someone stays over- and even then it’s only for a hot minute before I forget again.

 

About two weeks ago I finally decided to rectify this.  Since our spare bedroom is tiny, and we all know that light reflection is a small space’s BFF, I opted for frosted glass closet doors.   If our room was bigger, I would have copied this idea, which I love, those sliding closet doors:

photo credit: unknown

photo credit: unknown

Instead, I found a simple, smaller version, which I ordered under-budget and it came in ahead of schedule, but then…

 

DIY Went Wrong

action shots of slow progress

action shots of slow progress

  1. The doors were about 1″ too long, so Mr. Heatherland cut them to size.  But the circular saw was not cooperating, and when he switched to the jigsaw the first door ended up less than perfect.
  2. Even though I ordered White, but the color was more like Almond.  So I had to paint them.
  3. When I started painting them, the paint beaded up because they were coated with a paper that was moisture resistant (and un-sandable), so I had to prime them with two coats of KILZ, then with two coats of our trim color.
  4. I didn’t carefully read the instructions and attached the top rollers incorrectly and had to switch them after a failed installation attempt.
  5. I overtightened three (3!) screws and snapped the tops off them, forcing me to undo everything and re-screw much more gently.
  6. The existing closet frame was so horribly out of level that even though the rollers were adjustable for out of square frames, we were still 1/2″ off and had to pull down the track and shim it to level-ish.
  7. We made an executive decision to make a large wood trim piece to cover the track and the cut marks from shortening the door- and that also needed to be primed and painted.

 

After my patience had been tested to the limit, we were done (almost).  So much for my “Quick 30 Minute Project”, this took all day and I am so happy we have a frosted glass closet door- Finally!

almost done.

almost done.

Teamwork makes the dream work!  The next and final step is installing long, chrome bar pulls that coordinate with the other design elements in our house.  But that should be easy, peasy, right?

 

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