Victoria and Matthew Hudgins rent their home in the Old Southwest, their favorite neighborhood in Reno, Nevada. Victoria is mom to twin toddlers and author of the daily blog A Subtle Revelry, which is about the art of merrymaking. She also is the founding editor of Styled. magazine and does freelance craft styling on the side. Meanwhile, Matthew is pursuing his master’s of divinity degree while working in the finance industry and helping with the business and editing sides of Victoria’s site and magazine. Their home, much like their personal style, is filled with creative touches, crafted pieces and little corners of celebration. Without a huge budget for furniture, they’ve fixed up, painted and adjusted pieces to fit their life perfectly. Their goal is not to take themselves too seriously and to have a home that wrinkles well. Thanks, Victoria, and thanks to Lemaire Photography for the shots! — Anne
Image above: The fireplace is the center of our living area, and I try to make it a happy spot for eyes to land. The simple design of open frames and painted ceramics brightens up the room. We keep it filled with rolled magazines and firewood for spontaneous evening gatherings.
Image above: Although small, our dining area brings a great punch of color. Our painted dining table, vintage club chairs and a Candace Olsen Chloe Chandelier make for a perfect spot to snack and craft.
Image above: With toddlers at my feet and a growing business to run from home, our life often looks imperfect. Instead of fighting this, I’ve decided to embrace the chaos and be grateful that we get to be a little messy.
More of Victoria and Matthew’s home after the jump . . .
Image above: We purchased a deep, comfy sofa years ago that had gotten thrashed by our kids and dog. I just recently had it recovered with a subtle avocado green corduroy. It was the perfect solution, like having a new couch with the worn-in comfort of our old one!
Image above: In a small house, we really have to keep a handle on plastic toy overload. Instead of a play room, we’ve opted to make smaller imagination corners in each area of the house. This means the design of our toys needs to be pleasing to even adults and fit in with our family’s everyday life. It has been fun getting to put my creative touch on the kids’ world. Over the play kitchen I hung vintage library brackets onto the wall and covered old books. Then Matthew wrote in funny, kid-friendly cookbook titles. The kids love the words, and I love how the design flows with our dining style.
Image above: We have a small eat-in kitchen where the kids enjoy most of their meals. Another cheaply found painted table and set of vintage chairs make the area easy to wipe down after crafts and meals. The great thing about owning cheaply purchased and painted tables with kids is the ability it gives us to live with a little less stress. If they somehow ruin the finish, I can repaint and fix the table in an afternoon. It fits into my desire to let the twins be the creative kids they are . . . I can always buy nicer furniture one day, but my babies will only be three once. The EAT sign above is from Pottery Barn, painted off-white after my red design phase had ended.
Image above: My office is very simple in nature and filled with lots of open shelving and space. I try to keep only a selection of my favorite items out at any time (thankfully I have a large prop storage area downstairs). I work with an incredible amount of color, texture and activity every day, so a simple space allows my brain to process easily. I’ve hung a series of illustrations by Amanda Waggoner, designed for Styled. magazine issue one, on wooden clipboards and use fabric tape to hang some of my favorite photos around the space. The old school desk was found on a street not far from my home with a “free” sign attached. We obviously swooped it up immediately.
Image above: The twins’ room is my favorite spot in our home. Their little matching beds and striped bedding, from Ikea, always lift my spirits. Above their beds I designed his-and-her felt boards by wrapping an old canvas and large piece of wood with felt. They serve as prominent art pieces in the room and an easy way to take the play vertical (saving space). I keep a basket nearby of paper dolls, animals and feathers, made with Ez’s printable tutorial, for spontaneous shapes and scenes.
Image above: The tree haus play kitchen, along with felt food, keeps us busy for hours.
Image above: To coordinate our million odd frames and create a focal photo wall, I spray painted each one in a true blue and hung them in an imperfect configuration down our skinny hallway. Instead of hanging the frames from the back, we nailed them in from the front (top and bottom), which keeps them on the wall when little hands want to grab them off. This allows me to hang family photos at the kids’ height, which I love. They often drag new guests right over to show them their family (happy!).
Image above: I try to design each corner as its own tiny vignette. This small shelf is given life with a blue frame and “basic needs” card. My husband bought the whole pack and randomly leaves them around the house with sweet notes for me.