The tranquility and rich colors of a photograph by Trine Sondergaard of a woman in a Danish 19th-century bonnet spoke to Hildreth. He selected two for his “Collector’s Cabinet” space in the 2017 DC Design House, placing an olive wood chest underneath one. On it, he carefully arranged a few items. There are books about photography; atop them, a wood sculpture by Jim Perry that contrasts with the soapstone top of the chest. The black resin doe lamp is his “quirky” element. He chose a vintage Turkish olive oil container because of “how the rough, humble nature of this domestic piece contrasts with the grandeur of the chest and photograph.”

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