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Bask in the Glow of Supermoon 2014


Supermoon 2014 at This American House

If there are clear skies where you are this evening, look up at the supermoon. What’s that? you ask. A supermoon? Did someone put a cape on the moon? No, silly, a supermoon is just another term for the Perigee moon, meaning¬†the moon is bigger and brighter than it has been in the past 20 years. And it’s all happening tonight!

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garden, landscaping, small town life

The Great Outdoors: From Polar Vortex to Summer Sundays


When we closed on the house back in November 2013, the first snow had already fallen on the Dream House. By January 2014, when the above video was shot, the polar vortex had settled on the Midwest and the snow with it. I shot this video one snowy morning after The Mister had gone back to the city. I was feeling as blue and lonely as the weather would suggest.

Considering the harsh winter that we survived, you’ll have to figure us if we’re a little giddy about summer. For only now can we truly enjoy what’s outside the house. While it was great excuse to¬†focus on interior projects over the winter, it’s positively dreamy being able to shift our attention to the outdoors.

For months we would stand at the window and look out over a blanket of ice and snow. We would have spirited conversations about what might lie beneath all that snow. We dreamed about how the big bare trees would look once their leaves had grown back in. We planned our garden and guessed about tree species while we counted down the days until summer.

Here it is, late June, and we have been relishing every moment of the season. The big leafy trees rustle in the wind and sound like ocean waves. The green grass provides a lush carpeting across the ample lawn. I’ve even become one of those guys who enjoys mowing!

Viva summer!

Images: This American House

city boys, dream house

Living a Lush Life at the Dream House


This American House

I don’t know how it was where you live, but here at the dream house we experienced one of the worst winters in the history of ever. We’re talking 50 below zero wind chills and snow piled as high as mountains. Seeing the leaves return to the trees feels like some sort of reward for surviving the worst that Mother Nature can dole out. Every time I look out the window and see the lush green vines covering the carriage house, I breathe a sigh of relief. Winter is but a distant memory to me now. We’re living the lush life.

Image: Mr. and Mr. Blandings