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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Dear Universe, Baby Jesus, and Jessica,

Thank you all for my new client Christy; she is a gift from the design heavens and to all who endeavor to defeat the Tyranny of the Original Trim.

Berkeley is packed with craftsman style homes - like, there are so many it feels like an infestation sometimes. Too much of a good thing is too much, like with drinking and puppies and make-up. Calm down, Berkeley! We get it! They are lovely and certainly well-crafted, yes, but holy mother of god they are dark! And for some reason we've decided as a culture to shame craftsman owners into keeping their original trim rather than do what the hell they want with their house that they own and paid a lot of money for. I say fuck that. Do what you want. Love your home, live in your home, and lighten the fuck up, literally and figuratively. 

See how much I just swore in that paragraph? See how emphatic and dogmatic I was? That's how Original Trimmers are too. I highly recommend reading the comments section of posts about painting original trim - I can't think of anything more controversial in interior design. Can you?

Knowing how I feel on the subject, you can imagine how I felt when Jessica introduced me to Christy, who had already decided to paint the trim of her gorgeous home. Hallelujah! I didn't have to become a trim therapist, assuaging anxiety, debating property value versus quality of life, and trying to implant visions of light and better moods into her brain - she was already there. She never wavered. She is a warrior.

We're doing an entirely new living room, den, and dining room. Everything is going. In fact, most of it is already gone. I am ridiculously excited about this job. 

A note about these pictures: I didn't do anything different with exposure or editing. These are just my camera taking the same pic in the same spot, pre and post paint. It seriously was that dark in the middle of the day, no joke.

         

         

Don't worry, that furniture is leaving.

Don't worry, that furniture is leaving.


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