The American Dream

Mr Blandings Builds his Dream House

Muriel Blandings: I want it to be a soft green, not as blue-green as a robin’s egg, but not as yellow-green as daffodil buds. Now, the only sample I could get is a little too yellow, but don’t let whoever does it go to the other extreme and get it too blue. It should just be a sort of grayish-yellow-green. Now, the dining room. I’d like yellow. Not just yellow; a very gay yellow. Something bright and sunshine-y. I tell you, Mr. PeDelford, if you’ll send one of your men to the grocer for a pound of their best butter, and match that exactly, you can’t go wrong! Now, this is the paper we’re going to use in the hall. It’s flowered, but I don’t want the ceiling to match any of the colors of the flowers. There’s some little dots in the background, and it’s these dots I want you to match. Not the little greenish dot near the hollyhock leaf, but the little bluish dot between the rosebud and the Delphinium blossom. Is that clear? Now the kitchen is to be white. Not a cold, antiseptic hospital white. A little warmer, but still, not to suggest any other color but white. Now for the powder room – in here – I want you to match this thread, and don’t lose it. It’s the only spool I have and I had an awful time finding it! As you can see, it’s practically an apple red. Somewhere between a healthy winesap and an unripened Jonathan. Oh, excuse me…

Mr. PeDelford: You got that Charlie?

Charlie, Painter: Red, green, blue, yellow, white.

Mr. PeDelford: Check.

I thoroughly enjoyed it again.  It isn’t the greatest of all Carey Grant movies, but it has some of the greatest moments.  :)  Borrow from your local library!

mr blandings

Wanted:  Anyone who owns at least 40 acres, a house with good bones, a barn or two plus an assortment of interesting out-buildings, a couple of horses and some farming equipment (a great big tractor is a must) want to trade me for a suburban house in a small city just 20 minutes from the heart of Denver?  Comes with a few garden squares, a pool pad, 3-car garage, and really {extraordinarily} nice neighbors.

Thought I’d ask just in case I am living in your dream – because YOU are living in mine!

Let’s trade!   :)

4 thoughts on “The American Dream

  1. Love that movie!
    If there are two houses on the 40 acres. I will throw in a paid for 4 bedroom w/ basement in Ft. Wayne and move too! We could live off the grid!

  2. Yes, hopefully someone will trade you because I thoroughly believe that you’re meant to live in just EXACTLY the house that you described. It’ll happen one day soon…I believe it!

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