Home: Is a lot of your decor from your childhood?
C.H.: Yes. The paper doves hanging from my dining room chandelier were on the Christmas tree when I was really little… And this chair in the reading nook has been recovered, but it was in my childhood bedroom, and this mosaic is one I made in fourth grade of the house I grew up in across the street.
Home: Everywhere you look there’s a memory.
C.H.: Pretty much everything has a memory. In my closet, I have this thing I made several years ago. It’s like a 3D scrapbook. I was a Camp Fire girl. I do a lot of public speaking, but when I was little, I had a speech impediment. And the first time I ever had to use a microphone, I had to recite the trail seeker desire pledge at the grand council ceremony at the fairgrounds. It’s a memory that’s embedded, but I’ve got camp mementos, stuff from student council, a watch that was mine when I was a little kid, a bracelet of my daughter’s when she was a baby.
Home: With items from so many different decades and styles, how do you arrange everything?
C.H.: I like having little vignettes like this. Things tend to accumulate until it’s no longer satisfying, and then I have to purge it. Typically, I'll just organize it better. I’m known to be super-organized and a bit of a perfectionist, so organizing is something I do to de-stress. Organizing is comforting to me. Putting this candle here and those rocks there; it’s comforting.