Ride On: Scott Johnson & Maureen Post

Scott Johnson and Maureen Post’s home is so much the antithesis of the sterile, minimalist space that fills page after page of interior design and architecture magazines. Where those lack in character and soul, their’s fills to the rim with warmth, character and charm. You won’t find fancy pieces out of a catalogue–their home furnishings have amassed over the years thanks to resourcefulness and a keen eye–but their collection of industrial chairs, all worth a pretty penny these days, will no doubt leave you envious.

The two have pieced together their shared home of two years with treasures found at rummages, flea markets, the occasional salvage yard and even taken in from Scott’s restaurants (him and partner Leslie Montemurro own the restaurant group Mojofuco Inc., which has given birth to some of Milwaukee’s greatest spots–Fuel, Palomino, Comet, High Hat Lounge, Garage, Balzac and Bel Air Cantina).

A myriad of photographs of family, friends and travels taken by both Maureen, a freelance writer and photographer (see her work here) and Scott, alongside paintings and artwork by local and international artists climb up the walls like the ivy that grows outside their home, while pieces resting on the floor or on shelves are layered atop each other, creating fluid vignettes with their own stories to tell. Even the fridge acts as a canvas for storied images. It all works together largely due to the neutral colors that paint each room and the couple’s ability to filter out the filler. Though there are plenty of pieces, each one serves a purpose and brings its own unique quality to the beautiful East Side Milwaukee home. Dense and interesting, while at once cohesive and inviting, the home shows just how inspired, passionate and full of life the couple are.

Ivy grows atop Scott and Maureen’s verdant East Side home in Milwaukee, WI

Maureen and Scott relax in their bright dining room on a sunny summer afternoon

A neutral color scheme balances the layers of pictures, paintings and pieces abound in the home

Items of different sizes and shapes stacked up and leaning against one another make for an organic vignette

Scott built the dining room table originally for his workshop but put it to better use upon adding steel legs and casters. A mix of aluminum Good Form chairs and blonde wood chairs add even more character to the well-crafted table

Trippy painting (center) by Scott’s friend, Milwaukee-based artist Fred Stonehouse http://fredstonehouseart.com/

The striking blue painting was once a Fred Stonehouse piece called “Island” from 1985. Milwaukee photographer Stanley Ryan Jones rescued it out of a dumpster and gave it to his girlfriend’s son, Adonis, to paint on in 1992. Scott purchased the painting from the very first art show held at Fuel Cafe. Upholstered blue chair (right) was Maureen’s grandmother’s

Photography plays an important role in their home. Books on the subject are a backdrop to a photo in a mug of Maureen’s mother

The living room, framed with number plates from Scott’s race bikes. Coffee table was a thrift store purchase that Scott vamped up by adding casters

The bold red painting is one of Scott’s very favorites painted by his college friend Nima Taradji. Scott adopted the piece when Nima realized his wife wasn’t nearly so fond of it

 

Taxidermy like the boar head (top right) appear subtly throughout the home, keeping a watchful eye. Scott picked up the slender gold lamp (left) at a rummage despite Maureen’s uncertainty: “It speaks to Scott’s ability to see things in a way different from me.” Needless to say, it’s Scott’s favorite lamp.

An entire wall of photographs taken by both Maureen, Scott and friends paints a colorful portrait of their lives and experiences

Family and friends may be scattered around the country but photos always make them feel closer

Wood dog sculpture by a Wisconsin folk artist, purchased at the Dean Jensen Gallery

A wiley boar (left) originally from a forest region of Bavaria and stoic cow greet you upon entering Maureen’s office

One of Maureen’s favorite pieces is an old Milwaukee Public Library table, once her father’s, which she refinished and uses as a desk

Family matters. Maureen’s grandfather and great grandfather (pictured left). “It was so rare to have your photograph taken back then so something special was captured here,” shares Maureen

In the background, a piece by a Brazilian artist made up of passport pages

A view into the living room from the foyer, which also doubles as Scott’s office

An old school desk in a soft seafoam green scored from the Elkhorn Flea Market, paired perfectly with a vintage swivel chair from Monogram Boutique in Delafield, WI http://www.monograhampaper.com/boutique/

A long list of to-dos from the many restaurants co-owned by Scott

In frame: Tattoo flash by Joe Darpel had recently been on loan to a Chicago art gallery

Freebird. Center image of bird is a screenprint from the Just Seeds Artists’ Cooperative in support of a cause rooted in Chiapas, Mexico http://justseeds.org/

Tiny it may be but it’s cozy and filled with love

A few of Scott’s trophies from past motorcycle races

The vintage-industrial kitchen houses some great flea market finds and displays some of the couple’s creativity; A utility tool chest with a butcher block on top becomes added counter space

Cooper peeks his head into the kitchen, where old signs, photographs and one-of-a-kind pieces are on display

An old racing sign marks the garage which houses Scott’s many bikes

Maureen, Scott and pup Cooper hanging out in the bike garage

“It’s kind of like Appalachia back here,” says Scott of their spacious yard. Vintage camper narrowly fit up the driveway but it sure looks at home in between the trees

Comments
6 Responses to “Ride On: Scott Johnson & Maureen Post”
  1. Joy O'Brien says:

    I didn’t think it was possible to be even more enamored of Scott and Maureen. Clearly, I was wrong. LOVE it, love it, love it. Thanks Home Again, once again, for being one of my very favorite blogs.

  2. Cleo Murnane says:

    One of my favorite places on earth. Miss you guys.

  3. Lynne Johnson says:

    Home Again sure has the it right, they are and live love beautifully! Love you both, tons!

  4. Tammi says:

    Heya just wanted to give you a quick heads
    up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it
    in two different internet browsers and both show the same outcome.

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