Photos by Eliesa Johnson
Kristi Berkvam Stratton in her home
Hunt & Gather's chaotic feast for the eyes also characterizes Stratton's 1917 East Harriet bungalow, which she shares with her husband Michael, a ticket broker (the pair met in the '80s when he owned Urban Wildlife, and she, Muddy Waters), and their daughters Grace, 14, and Lyla, 12. "We use every single inch of the yard and house," says Stratton.
In the living room, a print of the Queen of England holds court. Stratton designed the frame herself using strips of sanding pad.
The picture of five women in Stratton's sunroom is of her grandma with her four sisters.
“Spills and mishaps are A-OK here. I like layer upon layer of things that make me happy when I look at them. Slightly battered and beat-up décor instills comfort immediately.”
“I’m not afraid to throw things up in the air and see where they land,” Stratton says of her decorating style.
Stratton has layered the place with her one-of-a-kind finds and creative installations, such as these license plate numbers running up her stairs.
Some corners of Stratton's house feel like a step into Hunt & Gather, stuffed with her favorite finds from the shop.
A vintage bathing suit hangs in the corridor to an unapologetically feminine room.