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Rachel's "Retro Mod" Room

Retro Mod




Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts



Colors Used

LIme Green, Pink, Black and Red

Color Inspiration

The existing window trim was wood so I wanted colors that would pop in contrast to that. Also I found that really cool flocked vintage wall paper at an estate sale and had to use it. I had envisioned a crushed velvet bean bag chair from the begining.

Color Tips

The lime green I originally picked was too dark. So I bought a much brighter lime green and used the darker one for the baseboard. I have many sample paints so I spend a lot of time mixing colors myself and making swatches on the walls. But I still never know till you do a big area. Then I know right away, if it's what I want or not.

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Comments (22)

Great mix of styles an colors. I find you very creative. Congratulations!

posted by Fratolo on November 15, 2011 at 9:26am
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Those chairs! Where are they from?

posted by itsjustgoldie on November 15, 2011 at 12:03pm
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I am a fan 4ever of this fun livingroom, which does not feature a television!

posted by brianmason on November 15, 2011 at 12:31pm
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Are those...baby arms? In a shadowbox?

posted by Lizabethy on November 15, 2011 at 12:53pm
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The arms in the box are creepy... but other than that very pretty space.

posted by Dana J on November 15, 2011 at 12:54pm
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I love the palette and would love to see where the wallpapered wall (which I love, btw) is in relation to the rest of the photos. And the doll arms are awesome!

posted by The Happy Heathen on November 15, 2011 at 2:07pm
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Is that sofa a futon? As a fellow JP resident I have a typically narrow stairway (no sofas that cannot be disassembled need apply) and have been looking to replace my battered guest room futon frame for ages. I love the look of that.

posted by caitlinp on November 15, 2011 at 2:17pm
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love the colors, some of the art work is a bit questionable for my taste, but to each their own

posted by ladesign on November 15, 2011 at 2:48pm
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Really cute and fun. Your bold color choices work.

posted by gretchenE on November 15, 2011 at 5:19pm
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Your place is soft, almost earthy, but so comfortable, with the openness of an art gallery. I really like the way you've displayed your small doll collection! It's amazing that, against a flocked wall paper like that, my eye is drawn to the art, not the pattern behind it. Neato!

posted by Vincent B. on November 15, 2011 at 5:21pm
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The doll arms are SICK!!

posted by SpiffySue on November 15, 2011 at 7:32pm
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love the colors!..and the shadowbox of tiny dolls. really cool chairs! also not thinking the shadowbox of the two doll arms look that great..I'm betting you'll find something cooler..! best hot pink color!

posted by keeks on November 15, 2011 at 7:48pm
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Agree on the creepy baby arms...but I do really love the colors. Especially the wall. And I love the beaded curtains.

posted by SheYoshi on November 15, 2011 at 8:12pm
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What is the main wall color? Looks like a lovely, more humane version of my living room walls. Lime green/chartreuse shades are so tough! You're right - you never know until you get it on the wall. Nice work.

posted by jednakasia on November 16, 2011 at 3:04pm
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That coffee table is amazing, and I love the yellow-green. But the dolls (and their disembodied arms) are freaking me right out.

posted by ranta on November 16, 2011 at 4:25pm
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The first one I've commented on - love the doll bits and funky wallpaper!

posted by mlle p on November 17, 2011 at 3:18pm
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I can't say enough how impressed I am by the wall colour you've chosen for this room! I love all shades of green, but I've always been wary of green for a large room. This looks fantastic! I'm inspired!

posted by glitchgirl on November 18, 2011 at 1:56pm
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Love it all, including the doll arms, which look like an abstract hug. Be true to your vision!

posted by vintage birthday on November 20, 2011 at 8:23pm
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the dolls arms DO look like an abstract hug (good call, vintage birthday) The whole room is fun and clean and happy. You get my vote.

posted by kassgood on November 20, 2011 at 11:17pm
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Thanks for all your comments on my retro mod living room. i think it's funny that people freaked out over the baby arms, art and doll collection. I'm a professional artist and didn't want to hang any of my art in my house.... So I went with my funky collections. You should see the front yard!

posted by Rachel Paxton on November 23, 2011 at 12:56pm
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Arms, baby! I got a wonderful chuckle, which turned into a laugh after reading the visceral negative reactions. "A neo-post-modern commentary on the dissociative nature of the 1950's nuclear family ideal as viewed by the interior designer." There. All better now? Love it, Rach. See you at the beach. OUR beach!

posted by MoshupWhiteboutay on November 25, 2011 at 8:50am
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Well maybe the dismembered baby doll aesthetic is an age thing. It seemed perfectly normal in the early 80's at Rhode Island School of Design to dismember baby dolls for any creative purpose...

posted by Rachel Paxton on November 27, 2011 at 12:29pm
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