Name: Clayton Brant, husband Keith and two little boys, Fischer and Ford
Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Size: 2022 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned
We found a four-acre property right outside of town with beautiful trees in a very quiet neighborhood, and built a house on a very strict budget. We were committed to keeping our footprint relatively small (around 2,000 square feet), so we designed the interior of the house to use space very efficiently and functionally. We opted for an open concept floor plan and made sure certain spaces would accommodate our existing furniture. We splurged in areas that mattered to us (like the kitchen) and saved in areas that weren't as important (carpet in bedrooms).
We both love color, but I am fickle so I don't like to commit to bold colors on walls. We chose neutrals for the main living area, and added in pops of color with textiles, furnishings and some fixtures. The result is a happy balance of colorful and calm. We love knowing that our boys will grow up here with space to roam and ride bikes and let their imaginations run wild.
I live here with my husband Keith and our two little boys—Fischer (7) and Ford (3.5). My husband is an RN and I am an art teacher with all sorts of creative endeavors on the side. We are very family-focused and love more than anything else spending time together here in our home. My husband and I wanted our family to have space to run and play and to have space for gardening.
What is your favorite room and why? Since the bottom floor is open concept, the entire living space is definitely our favorite. We love spending time together, even if it is just coexisting. As I am writing this at the dining room table, my boys are playing right nearby. It has been such a great space for our family.
What's the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing I bought for our home was a cheese board with a lip. I love making big plates of food for us all to share, but the food was forever rolling off of the sides! I found one that was the perfect size with a little lip to keep things contained. It was very exciting!
Any advice for creating a home you love? Be patient and curate your home over time. Leave walls blank until you find the perfect piece of art. Accept furniture from family and paint it a color you love.
Allow the time and space to collect these objects that can hold so much meaning and memory. It can be challenging to slow down, but ultimately I think I am happier with what I do have because of this approach.
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