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New Project.

It’s no longer all quiet on the eastern front… we have a new project!

 

Mr. Heatherland and I spent most of the Fall scheming and dreaming about our pending basement renovation.  I’m obsessively pouring through Houzz for ideas.  If you aren’t using Houzz… you really need to be.  Google it.  You’ll thank me.

 

Basement Renovations are a little out of my comfort zone.  California homes don’t have basements, they have crawl spaces, so for the majority of my life I never had a basement to re-invent.  In my opinion basements are dark, dank, dirty, creepy, filled with spiders, and prone to flooding.  But, they are also valuable real estate that is chock full of un-tapped potential (or so I hear).

 

So for the last few weeks I poured over inspiration photos for our basement:

Weaver Custom Homes- Houzz

Weaver Custom Homes- Houzz

This was tough.  When we were planning the renovation of our home, I was johnny-on-the-spot with opinions and design choices because I knew what I wanted.  But this has been more of a challenge.  The first thing I learned was- everyone has basements on the east coast… and they call them cellars.

basement_2

And the second thing I learned was: “Down the cellar” means “it’s down in the basement”.  Good to learn new things, right? But none of that helps me with my design.

Wentworth Inc. -Houzz

Wentworth Inc. -Houzz

Honestly, the more fabulous basements I saw on Houzz the more amped up I became to transform ours.  I think I have gotten most of the design inspiration from there.

E/L Studios -Houzz

E/L Studios -Houzz

Plus, I have about 6 months of New England winter to get through, so this will be a happy distraction for me.

 

The real question is:  What the heck do we want to use our basement for?  Maybe the peeps on Houzz can help me figure that out, too!

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!

House Hunting.

We are in the throes of house hunting!

 

Our future-house wish-list goes a little something like this:

  • A fixer-upper
  • Garage
  • Backyard big enough for a large garden
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Big kitchen
  • Nothing built in the 1800’s… To me it’s not charming, it’s just old.
  • Nothing that’s been flipped

We discovered its near impossible to find these features in a house for sale in Newburyport, where we are currently living. Newburyport real estate is tapped out. It’s a great neighborhood, but very densely packed, which means you need pay a premium to get some space. Plus it’s such a competitive housing market, things get scooped up the moment they appear. So we expanded the search to include the neighboring town of Amesbury.
The odds of finding a house with what we are looking for are much greater. Plus, it gets Mr. Heatherland within 2 miles of his office. Amesbury is certainly a neighborhood in transition. It’s got a great downtown that’s getting cooler by the minute, plus it also has a lot of farmland.

 

But this whole process has been very Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Walking through other people’s homes and trying to find one that’s just right.

 

When we find it, we’ll know.