How would you describe your personal interior design style?We started having kids before we really developed our own style so by default it developed into "eclectic kid friendly." Lately we've been drawn to clean and simple designs. We love displaying the numerous pieces of artwork done by Annie's family members and our own young aspiring artists. It feels good being surrounded by artwork created by and handed down by our loved ones.
If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room, what would it be?Can't You Hear Me Knocking by the Rolling Stones.
How would you describe your neighborhood?Mt. Airy feels like a giant melting pot. We love raising our kids here because we are surrounded by all different types of people and families. It feels like a place where everyone is accepted and welcome. When we moved into this house we were immediately made to feel so welcome by all our neighbors and as the years passed we now consider them extended family. We spend holidays together and are always checking in on one another. Moreover, the neighborhood has everything you could want - shopping, restaurants, year-round entertainment - all within walking distance or a short car ride.
If you could use your house as the setting for a remake of a movie, which movie would it be?If you asked our oldest son, who is six, he would tell you Spiderman Into the Siperverse. We have at least four different Spiderman costumes and all three kids can often be seen running down the sidewalks or through our neighbor's yard dressed as Spiderman and shooting pretend webs. Our neighbors get a huge kick out of our "friendly neighborhood Spidermen" and we love relaxing on our patio watching their imaginations take over.
What was your non-negotiable when it came to finding your dream home?We were newlyweds when we bought our home. We knew that we wanted a place where our family could grow, with high ceilings and lots of natural light, a beautiful outdoor space to entertain, and walkability. This house checked all the boxes but most importantly, we both got that magic little feeling when we walked in that this house felt like home.
What's your favorite room? Why?The nursery because it was the first room in the house that we "finished" and it gets the best natural light and breezes since it has windows on two walls. It has been such a tranquil place to sit with all our kids and read a book or rock them to sleep.
What is one thing you need in your home to make it yours?Our piano. Chet plays beautifully and is always filling the house with whatever tune is on his mind. He passed this love of music on to our kids, whose "playing" can probably be heard by our neighbors as they pass by on the sidewalk. Annie loves listening to all of them play while in the kitchen making dinner.
What makes you (or your family) laugh?We love reading "The Book with No Pictures" by B.J. Novak, it is super silly and fun to read as a family. And of course, farts.
If you could throw a theme party in your house, what would be the theme?Rock and roll - come dressed as your favorite music icon!
A day spent running around the neighborhood: what's your first stop and last stop?
We routinely start our days with a walk or short drive to High Point Cafe at the Allens Lane train station to fuel up with coffee and a scone and usually some train watching and conversation with neighbors. We typically end up on one of the numerous playgrounds around us or on a family hike or bike ride through one of the nearby Wissahickon trails.