My Favorite Space: Stan Rogers

PHOTO BY WHITNEY PULEN

PHOTO BY WHITNEY PULEN

   As director of the ballet department at Friends University, Stan Rogers looks forward to flopping down in his big, “circle chair” when he gets home from a day of teaching or a long rehearsal. Actually, he enjoys his favorite piece of furniture most anytime.
   “I love this chair. I bought it 12 years ago at Abode Home. The big pillows came with it,” he said leaning back. 
   Stan and his tiny dog, Teddy, watch television from the chair. When Stan reads the newspaper or a book, he’s in his chair. When Stan had shoulder surgery, he slept in the chair because it hurt his shoulder to lie down.
   The large room is full of mid-century furniture and accessories. 
   “I really love this room, mainly because of all the light,” he said. “I like furnishings from the ‘50s because the design element is sleek, and it goes with the house.”
   Light pours in from a wall that is almost entirely glass. Outside is a pool, gardens with an Oriental influence and plenty of room for Teddy to run around.
   “I have several pieces of Haywood Wakefield furniture. Right now I have loaned out my dining set so I put that little table there for now,” he said referring to an low, round table with stools underneath.
   Another feature of his Riverside home that he enjoys is the little fountain in the room that he adds surprises to once in a while. Right now a little plastic alligator calls the water feature home. 
   “And of course, Aquaman is here,” he said.
   From his favorite space, Stan can see several decorative lamps from the ‘50s and large, colorful paintings he has collected or created.
   Looking around he said, “Yes, this is my favorite room.”