When sculptor and illustrator relocated from Brooklyn to a new-construction craftsman in Nyack, NY, they opted to paint each of the home’s rooms a stark, bright white. “When Rodger was buying the paint, the salesman asked if we were painting a hospital,” Johanna jokes. Although an unadulterated white is typically the purview of hardcore minimalists (and, yes, healthcare facilities), the intention here was quite different. In addition to acting as a stage for the daily lives of Rodger, Johanna, and their two children, the home does triple-duty as a studio and a gallery for the couple’s massive collection of artwork. Hung in a salon style, the pieces (either inherited, found, or made by Rodger and Johanna) fill practically every inch of wall space in the home. A brilliant explosion of color and texture with hardly a spare piece of white to be seen, the home is a veritable treasure trove of inspiration, life, and love—and anything but stark. —
The main stairway is the first thing one sees upon entering the house. Portraits of Rodger and Johanna's children, Ella and Clyde, line the walls along the stairs. Sculptures and most wall art by Rodger. Pom-pom piece by Clyde. Curtain sewed by Johanna.
Alternate angle of the main entrance with Johanna's studio in-view. Collages on the right by Johanna. Ink drawing at top left by Mike Gorman. Gallery poster by Barry McGee. Paintings of shoe and airplane by Steve Keene.
The living room, like the rest of the home, follows an "anything goes" approach, in which most things tell a story or hold some sentimental value. "We let the kids really go nuts with their toys, and usually make a big mess," Johanna says. "We have lots of musical instruments to play around with even though none of us really know how to play any of them." Orange hammock chair purchased in Cape Cod. Grey stool by Philippe Stark. Carpet from ABC Home. Orange stool made by Rodger. Other furniture vintage and found.
Alternate view of the living room. The many works on display include art posters from Johanna's parents; pieces by Richard McGuire, Steve Keene, Taylor Mckimens, and Greg Nemec; fragments of an old football uniform; and a wax mould of Rodger's hand from Madame Toussaud's in Times Square.
Rodger constructed a wall with French doors to keep Johanna's studio separate from the living room. White sculpture on the coffee table by Rodger.
Johanna's illustration studio. Orange Eames chair by Herman Miller.
Alternate view of Johanna's studio.
Alternate view of Rodger's studio.
Alternate view of Rodger's studio.
"The master bedroom is yet another exploration in stuff," Johanna says. Above the bed hangs the couple's wedding invitation, sculptures by Rodger and Ella, brass necklaces by Rodger and Jodi Levine, collages by Johanna and Dennis Busch. Bedspread from Anthropologie. Pillows sewed by Johanna.
Alternate view of the bedroom.
Clyde's bedroom. "He has had complete creative control in here," Johanna says, "and I dare say has been influenced by his parents, as much of it has been put-up impulsively, much of it found, much made by himself, with several gifts from his parents."
Alternate view of Clyde's room. Wire sculpture and modified giant trophy by Rodger. Truck print by Dave Ellis. Collage and dog painting by Johanna. Rug from Pottery Barn. All furniture inherited and found.
The guest bedroom, also known as the "cheer-up room." "We do have a piano (from the Bethany Baptist Church)," Johanna says, "even though none of us really know how to play, which isn't to say that we don't try." On the left wall is a part of Rodger's graffiti sticker collection. Pixies album cover and rocket art by Steve Keene. Print on top right by John Ritter. Curtain by Johanna. Hanging light from Urban Outfitters.