When Mr. Blandings was right out of school he moved to Colorado for a year to ski. One of his go-to stories recounts standing in a ski lift line and the guy running it had his ball cap on sideways. Another guy standing in line said, "Dude, hat's on sideways." The lift operator paused and responded, "Dude, s'pose to be." Over the years it has become our code for pointing out something we feel the other person should recognize as painfully obvious. Eventually, all either of us needed to say was, "Dude."
I wandered into one of my favorite shops eight years ago to buy a dog ball and, through a very indirect route, ended up here writing about decorating, my family and life. My posts are not as frequent as they used to be, but you're welcome to drop in anytime.
What's that? Why "Mrs. Blandings?" Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is a 1940's movie starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy chronicling their adventures in renovating. In the movie, Loy delivers an iconic description of paint colors that nearly every design aficionado knows by heart. She is my muse.
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