Last week we had a strange and random opportunity to combine a couple of events we had been invited to into a week long southern California adventure, a first for us. We went from Monterey to Paso Robles to Palm Springs to Los Angeles and it did not suck.

You hear about Palm Springs as a mecca for midcentury architecture and housewares and it is, however, it is also UNBEARABLY, PHENOMENALLY, UNBELIEVABLY hot in mid-summer (the off-season). It is supposed to be a dry desert heat, the kind you can actually function in if you take care of yourself, but when we got there last week it was humid and over 100 degrees and every local we met was complaining that the over 100 golf courses in the region are changing the eco-system with their greedy and grotesque water usage, creating a new breed of desert, a humid kind. Personally, I don't think irrigating the sidewalks (all of them) with misting tubes is helping keep the humidity down much either.

Restaurant patios are misted.

Restaurant patios are misted.

Empty bleachers are misted.

Empty bleachers are misted.

Sidewalks are misted.

Sidewalks are misted.

Whole baseball parks are misted.

Whole baseball parks are misted.

In any case, while we may have stayed in a Sarah's-Personal-Heaven-Come-To-Jesus-Mecca-Of-Design kind of town and hotel, we were much too hot to do any serious shopping or touring, giving up after 1/2 an hour in the car, retreating back to the pool at our hotel. I know, so sad for us.

I did manage to go out one day to three thrift stores and picked up a few things before I turned into a slumpy pile of melted human, but nothing I couldn't live without. In general, if I like something and it's cheap I will buy it and then figure out what to do with it later. So here is what I bought. Meh.

Vintage belt, $2, too big for me.

Vintage belt, $2, too big for me.

$1. I have a basket problem. There are worse things.

$1. I have a basket problem. There are worse things.

$3. Enormous vintage floor pillow. 2' x 2'. Clean and not smelly!

$3. Enormous vintage floor pillow. 2' x 2'. Clean and not smelly!

$5. Vintage inlaid wood bowl with top. 

$5. Vintage inlaid wood bowl with top. 

$.10 each. Hot plates. Lovely and nostalgic.

$.10 each. Hot plates. Lovely and nostalgic.

$1 each. Vintage clutch and wallet.

$1 each. Vintage clutch and wallet.

$.50. This is my favorite kind of toy to have in the living room. Nostalgic, engaging, funny, forgettable, unimportant.

$.50. This is my favorite kind of toy to have in the living room. Nostalgic, engaging, funny, forgettable, unimportant.

Common tin, $1. Now holding sugar on my kitchen counter.

Common tin, $1. Now holding sugar on my kitchen counter.

$8. 12 inches tall, vintage, adorable. 

$8. 12 inches tall, vintage, adorable. 

You know what? I also have a bowl problem. $5.

You know what? I also have a bowl problem. $5.

$3. Trio of vintage vases, of which I always need more.

$3. Trio of vintage vases, of which I always need more.

$2. Large vintage glass pitcher. Whatever.

$2. Large vintage glass pitcher. Whatever.

I can't pass up a plastic coin compartment.

I can't pass up a plastic coin compartment.

$1 for both. Piano player rolls. This Land is Your Land and Oh My Darling Clementine. Too cool to pass up.

$1 for both. Piano player rolls. This Land is Your Land and Oh My Darling Clementine. Too cool to pass up.

All of the things:


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Too many photos for one post! Here are some pre-ceremony favorites! 

ALL PHOTOS BY JESSICA EVE RATTNER

Jessica asked Matthew if he wanted any getting-ready shots and yes, of course he did, so he grabbed some whiskey and came out in his underwear. It was the second time Jessica had met Matthew. I giggled.

Jessica asked Matthew if he wanted any getting-ready shots and yes, of course he did, so he grabbed some whiskey and came out in his underwear. It was the second time Jessica had met Matthew. I giggled.

We got dressed and took some shots in front of our knot calendar.

We got dressed and took some shots in front of our knot calendar.

Portrait before we head out.

Portrait before we head out.

Starting the 1 mile walk to the wedding room at the Oakland Auditor-Controller Clerk-Recorder's Office! Sounds romantic, huh?

Starting the 1 mile walk to the wedding room at the Oakland Auditor-Controller Clerk-Recorder's Office! Sounds romantic, huh?

We walked around Lake Merritt and Jessica joined us briefly so she could get this shot. For a mile it was just me and him and the lake and the birds and the sun.

We walked around Lake Merritt and Jessica joined us briefly so she could get this shot. For a mile it was just me and him and the lake and the birds and the sun.

This couple was also getting married. We loved them. And are really glad that I am not 8 months pregnant.

This couple was also getting married. We loved them. And are really glad that I am not 8 months pregnant.

ALL PHOTOS BY JESSICA EVE RATTNER

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Wow. It's been a year since I told you anything about the A-Frame, which is especially sad given the fact that I started this blog in order to chronicle the life and development of said A-Frame. Geez. Sometimes I think you live in my head and know everything about everything; it helps me to avoid having to type anything if you live in my head. But you don't. So here are some scenes from the A-Frame, captured last summer and this May while we were on our honeymoon. It continues to be a source of great calm, belonging, and contentment. 

I went through a brief ceramic cat phase. I'm not sorry.

I went through a brief ceramic cat phase. I'm not sorry.

The Closed/Open sign from the cafe where I spent my teens.

The Closed/Open sign from the cafe where I spent my teens.

Rag rugs in the kitchen. Found at a Goodwill.

Rag rugs in the kitchen. Found at a Goodwill.

Chair and furry throw.

Chair and furry throw.

The view in the morning.

The view in the morning.

A Target score.

A Target score.

Another cat. Still not sorry. 

Another cat. Still not sorry. 

Where my grandparents bathed. Me, not so much.

Where my grandparents bathed. Me, not so much.

I love our new but totally analog stove.

I love our new but totally analog stove.

My grandmother's chair piled with books my family has written.

My grandmother's chair piled with books my family has written.

Matthew's favorite design contribution. Book pile.

Matthew's favorite design contribution. Book pile.

New rug, old rug.

New rug, old rug.

Rag rug found at a thrift store. Sweetest thing.

Rag rug found at a thrift store. Sweetest thing.

Hole in bedroom floor I have to walk over to get to my side.

Hole in bedroom floor I have to walk over to get to my side.

The writing loft.

The writing loft.

Coming up the driveway. I love this sight more than most.

Coming up the driveway. I love this sight more than most.

The peak of the A-Frame.

The peak of the A-Frame.

New rug in the living room. Wedding pedicure.

New rug in the living room. Wedding pedicure.

New roses! No filter!

New roses! No filter!

My grandmother's pillows.

My grandmother's pillows.

Chevron made of same white, different sheen. 

Chevron made of same white, different sheen. 

Mom's Victorian style lamp with paper shade. 

Mom's Victorian style lamp with paper shade. 

The kitchen cabinet my dad built as a surprise.

The kitchen cabinet my dad built as a surprise.

A chair I stole from work and reupholstered.

A chair I stole from work and reupholstered.

60's alphabet blocks we bought for our younger visitors.

60's alphabet blocks we bought for our younger visitors.

Matthew looking for a book in the eaves.

Matthew looking for a book in the eaves.

Lantern, oar. On porch.

Lantern, oar. On porch.

Anja bought us this set years ago. Honeymoon cocktails.

Anja bought us this set years ago. Honeymoon cocktails.

Matthew in living room, chatting with my dad.

Matthew in living room, chatting with my dad.

Next year I'll paint the pine so the cherry top stands out more.

Next year I'll paint the pine so the cherry top stands out more.

My grandmother kept a diary of work they did to the A-Frame over the 40 years they used it. The A-Frame was a kit that they purchased for $1239. That's a picture of my dad and me in the recently added dining room in the early 80's.

My grandmother kept a diary of work they did to the A-Frame over the 40 years they used it. The A-Frame was a kit that they purchased for $1239. That's a picture of my dad and me in the recently added dining room in the early 80's.


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As you know, I have a client named Christy who is awesome. We're working on her first floor: entry, living room, dining room, and den. A few weeks ago she emptied the house and had it painted and now it's mostly empty, waiting to be filled with deliciousness from all kinds of sources. 

She's having a table made for the dining room (which I haven't seen), we'll pick some chairs, style the built-ins, install unobtrusive window treatments, and add some more lighting and a plant or two. It's going to be stunning and makes my heart race when I think of it all done and perfect. 

Some notes:

See that turquoise dishware? She's a girl after my own heart. When I saw that collection I knew we could work together.

That desk! That desk disappears in the before pictures! You'd never know it was there, much less how adorable it is. I'm not sure she wants to keep it but I'm going to do my best to convince her. I love how it pops out of the white wall.

That ceiling! Look at that ceiling! I'm so glad she decided not to paint the coffers.

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