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Turtle's "Rodchenko Blue" Room

Rodchenko Blue




Astoria, New York



Colors Used

Wrought Iron—Martha Stewart Solar Fusion—Behr White

Color Inspiration

The paintings (by my friend, painter Joseph Stabilito) and the walnut George Nelson coffee table inspired my color choices. I wanted bold colors with a vintage feel to tie together the wild mix of colors in the painting over the couch and the eclectic patterns elsewhere. The palette also allows the white laminates of the coffee table and other pieces to pop.

Color Tips

Don't be afraid to go bold—with paint, patterns, textures, and accessories. Before we painted this room, it was the off-white color the landlord chose. It just felt like a room full of colorful stuff, but it feels more cohesive now.

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Comments (51)

Exactly where I would want to sit with my tie unknotted after a day of work. Scotch in hand. Plotting.

posted by Tyrus on November 8, 2011 at 11:07am
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hello from Astoria...... love your apt.. Good Luck with the contest, hope you win.

posted by New York Muhtari on November 8, 2011 at 11:39am
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That is a good bold hue in blue! It does blend with all the other colors! PS love the interiors

posted by emilies on November 11, 2011 at 5:58am
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Wow--this is stunning. Love how you make modern look warm and cozy. The artwork is incredible.

posted by bellsonhopi on November 8, 2011 at 10:57am
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I want to live in this room NOW! What an incredibly inviting space, a perfect balance that somehow both soothes and invigorates. A truly distinctive achievement!

posted by EDecker on November 8, 2011 at 11:13am
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This is a really great room!

posted by LeAnn__ on November 8, 2011 at 11:44am
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I love the color palette, the mix of textures and statement pieces! <3

posted by Cbarnwell on November 8, 2011 at 12:22pm
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I love this color combination, and the touches of orange are so original. stunning room!

posted by mmemalkin on November 8, 2011 at 12:58pm
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I love your apartment, and I'm jealous that your landlord allowed you to paint.

Could I ask where you found the modular shelves/drawers from the first picture?

posted by La Femme Nicole on November 8, 2011 at 1:41pm
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Your apartment looks very cool, and of course I totally admire your choice of colors. It makes the painting really sing, and I'm glad you weren't afraid to go dark!

posted by Joseph Stabilito on November 8, 2011 at 2:01pm
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Thanks for your comments!

Nicole: That is a Case Study cabinet—a reproduction Eames cabinet by Modernica. A lot of Eames purists frown on Modernica's reproductions, but I've always had a soft spot for them since I first wandered into their (now closed) store in SoHo. Modernica seems to be thriving and expanding their factory in LA. Modernica.net

I got this particular cabinet from ebay—a guy in Brooklyn was moving to California. There's always awesome stuff on Craigslist and ebay.

Joseph: Everyone loves the painting. How could we not? Thank you!

posted by TurtleNYC on November 8, 2011 at 2:26pm
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Wow, this is beautiful! I want to come visit and just browse around. You are genius to put so much color in one place and have it look so inviting. Your family must want you to decorate all their rooms. I Do!

posted by Debbie Garrett on November 8, 2011 at 2:32pm
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Great design sense a nice place to come home to.

posted by dries on November 8, 2011 at 3:14pm
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Stunning, pure joy & so much warmth ... I feel the need to thank you for your hospitality! Your selections & placement are genius! Your beautiful floors, molding & lighting make these deep colors sing! I adore the artwork over the sofa & in the corner by the white/chrome rolling tiered table. Consider yourself favorited & pinned (Pinterest)!

posted by lifeabundant on November 8, 2011 at 5:18pm
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I love the George Mulhauser chair! great furniture is like steroids for a room.

posted by KyleNorman on November 9, 2011 at 4:03am
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You have created a truly inviting environment. I am amazed at all of the details that you chose to contribute to your apartment. This takes talent and a keen eye for removing ugliness. I think it is the best design in all of the competition.

posted by wendyweinstein on November 10, 2011 at 10:25am
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ooooh la la... gorgeous! This room provokes some really good sensations. You must be an artist of some kind. Congrats!!

posted by sajoy on November 10, 2011 at 5:20pm
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The color in here is great-- comfortable and modern. I wish this were my apartment!

posted by karrieg on November 11, 2011 at 12:32am
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Love your bold colour choice - well done!

posted by CalliD on November 11, 2011 at 9:51pm
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AMAZING!!! Love your style Turtle.

posted by JorgeA on November 12, 2011 at 10:37am
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You're hired to decorate my place! Wow!

posted by sarahd9599 on November 12, 2011 at 10:38am
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Beautiful apartment!! Love the color combination!

posted by Ellencuc on November 12, 2011 at 10:44am
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Oh my goodness, what a beautiful space! I need to know where that globe is from! Love the colors on it.

posted by AmandaAVS on November 12, 2011 at 2:35pm
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This gorgeous! Turtle, come to do my apartment!

posted by joymasters on November 12, 2011 at 5:15pm
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I like how everything "clicks" with everything else in the room. Bold wonderful colors, a definite feel of kick your shoes off and relax, eccentric bits, fabulous artwork. If this room was a person, I'd want to be friends forever.

posted by kassgood on November 13, 2011 at 11:07am
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By far my favorite entry so far. I hope you win!

posted by Vanessa Love on November 13, 2011 at 2:24pm
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Thanks! (I think.) It's a fab piece. :)

posted by TurtleNYC on November 13, 2011 at 7:43pm
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I love your apartment. The colar scheme is so warm & inviting. Great job!

posted by Marilyn McGuire on November 14, 2011 at 12:51pm
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I love the paint job. I need to come and relax and have a drink with you really soon!

posted by mary from ubns on November 14, 2011 at 4:58pm
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posted by mahzer&vee on November 14, 2011 at 5:01pm
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anyone else wondering how this room so suddenly jumped way ahead of all the others?

posted by barbieboy on November 15, 2011 at 1:40pm
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I've promoted it on my Facebook page and told my friends about it, which is presumably what other people are doing. I certainly don't want anyone to break the rules.

posted by TurtleNYC on November 15, 2011 at 1:47pm
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You know everyone is doing the same thing--don't worry about it for two seconds. Your place is jumping ahead because it rocks!

posted by bellsonhopi on November 17, 2011 at 11:10pm
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Great color choices! I particuarly like the orange items in the room as accents. They add nice interest & character!
Wishing you a brightly colored day!

posted by mary nolte on November 18, 2011 at 10:13am
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This is a stunning room all around.
What color is "Rodchenko Blue" and/or who makes it? I found a Benjamin Moore "Wrought Iron" but that is definitely a dark gray, not blue.

posted by Joyful Spaces on November 19, 2011 at 10:55pm
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Howdy! It's actually Martha Stewart Wrought Iron. I had to name the palette something and it reminded me of Aleksandr Rodchenko's "End Of Painting" canvases of primary colors. Rodchenko's blue is midnight...practically black. His yellow is dingy, mustard-like. (His red is brick- or blood-colored; I opted for brighter reds and oranges instead.) I saw the paintings at MoMA years ago and they stuck with me. Thanks for writing! The contest has been a lot of fun to follow and be a part of.

posted by TurtleNYC on November 20, 2011 at 12:32am
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Get the cornbread ready! This just makes me want to grab a throw, curl up and write a letter. It is a thought provoking space, in a calm way.
But at my first glance, all I kept hearing was the BEACH BOYS!? (our version of "Cocomo") Happy Thoughts! Good luck! Love, Newakis

posted by Shamu Burkybile on November 22, 2011 at 10:28am
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Love your space and colors! Your nephew loves a minimalist look but leans more toward a "hoarder" style! He needs help!
Great job!

posted by Stuart Thompson on November 22, 2011 at 10:50am
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Thanks, guys!

posted by TurtleNYC on November 22, 2011 at 1:58pm
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Love that dark blue wall color! Entire room was very nicely done! Wishing you the best luck!

posted by E.I.F. on November 22, 2011 at 2:14pm
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Thanks, EIF. It has been a lot of fun being involved in this and I wish the other competitors the best.

posted by TurtleNYC on November 22, 2011 at 4:21pm
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Stunning. Just the thumbnail upon voting blows the other rooms away. It's cozy, modern, casual and refined. Love love love it!

posted by iPenny on November 22, 2011 at 9:48pm
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Looks like big art is the way to go. I am glad you didn't shy away from a dark room as it is stunning. It makes a big impact.

posted by House Voyeur on November 23, 2011 at 9:22am
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I cannot understand why this room is not winning. Seems obvious to me. I didn't even have to think about it. It is a beautiful room with wonderful colour.

posted by GeorgiaMete on November 23, 2011 at 11:05am
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Aww, thanks guys! It may not be everyone's taste, but I'm very proud of it and put a lot of thought into it. I'm a graphic designer and I wanted to do something bold and hopefully a little different with midcentury furniture.

posted by TurtleNYC on November 23, 2011 at 11:27am
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Turtle, You made it to the finals --I ended up voting for you and my husband voted for Alison. it was hard to decide since both were fabulous.

posted by kassgood on November 23, 2011 at 6:41pm
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Thanks so much, Kass! I'm happy to have been a finalist and I love Alison's winning room. I like that there were all kinds of rooms that appealed to different sensibilities—please don't read my previous statement as a negative. I'm thrilled with this experience! And it looks like Alison has a thing for Eames chairs, too. They'll look great in her home.

posted by TurtleNYC on November 23, 2011 at 7:39pm
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Oh no, I didn't feel any negativity. House tour tho, I want to see your kitchen etc...and more vignettes.

posted by kassgood on November 26, 2011 at 10:40am
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Look confortable that space, i want that,.: *)

posted by Juds on November 26, 2011 at 4:58pm
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Turtle, I painted my living room dark blue . thank you for the inspiration. It looks great/

posted by kassgood on January 5, 2012 at 5:53pm
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That's awesome! I hope you're happy with it. Drop a line when you've posted photos. Good hearing from you!

posted by TurtleNYC on January 7, 2012 at 2:30am
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