Oh, The Mod-est Room You’ll See

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Throw in a vintage television set and a box of French macaroons, even Wes Anderson himself would probably ask to be invited to Vera May’s tea party. Decorated by mom designer, Petra, this upstairs 1920s Chicago bedroom combines the views of the neighborhood with modern art right onto the walls. Can you believe all it took was tape, paint and easy to find furniture? Read on to see how this unbelievably simple idea came to life.

Who doesn’t love a good “before” photo? This was Vera May’s room before the transformation – see how even a color change as simple as white walls brighten and liven up the entire space.

Petra used painter’s tape to “bring the neighboring buildings in.” The buildings were drawn from her little girl’s eye level so that the transition, from outside the window to on the wall mural, would be seamless. She even included little details, like their neighbors sailing a boat to the lake, to really make this room a storybook come true.

Vera's city bedroom

We love how the painted drawers add a third dimension. Sourced from a variety of places like IKEA and flea markets, the mod furniture matches the wall art down to the very last square.

Light pink, green and grey – these colors will brighten up even the coldest Chicagoan winter day. With an abundance of natural sunlight, Vera May’s room is a pastel perfect combination of modern art and DIY love.


Thank you Petra for sending this in! “Like” this post if you love this adorable room as much as we do.

— Christal Yuen

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