After living in the heart of Philadelphia, Kristi Reed and her husband Greg moved back out west in search of that good, slow country living. They were both lucky to find jobs in the charming town of Livingston, Montana, and after that, house-hunting was a breeze. This 1920s 1,700 square foot farm house nestled in the Paradise Calley allowed them the life they were searching for. Boasting four acres and plenty of rustic charm, Kristi says of their space, “Out here I am able to run my online business, grow a lovely garden and take care of plenty of animals.”
Kristi works at the town’s Food Pantry, and also runs the online vintage shop, Windy Peak Vintage, and Greg works at the local hospital. In their down-time, they enjoy frequenting local thrift shops and antique stores, and tending to their home, land, and their animals. Among their pet-posse is a corgi named Clyde, a corgi-heeler mix (AKA a cowboy corgi) named Judd, their cat, Crick, and 8 hens. On top of their farm-animal-family, they’re also pleased to be preparing for the arrival of their first baby!
Three years into living in their space, and Kristi and Greg’s home is still a work-in-progress. Since moving in, they have renovated and restored the original features of their entire upstairs, but until they’re able to balance the fine mix of time, patience and money to overhaul the main floor, they’re working with what they have and making temporary fixes and using decor to make it their own, regardless of its imperfections. Especially with a baby on the way, “we have learned to establish priorities in our home,” Kristi says, “It’s amazing how much a new coat of paint or a throw rug can brighten up a room.”
Despite their limitations, they’ve created a cozy, rustic, cabin feel, with just a hint of modern touches. “Mostly everything in our home is vintage, second hand, or handmade,” Kristi explains, “The theme is eclectic with a mid-century, [rustic] vibe.” With clean white walls and original wood floors, their open floor plan allows for maximum views of the Absaroka Mountains, and their backyard is not only a playground for many deer and antelope, but the perfect place to watch the sunset and star-gaze. –Sabrina