Maggie & Ryan's Quietly Colorful Queen Anne Apartment

Maggie & Ryan's Quietly Colorful Queen Anne Apartment

Andie Powers
Jun 13, 2011

Name: Maggie Morgan of Maggie Rose & Ryan Stephens
Location: Upper Queen Anne — Seattle, Washington
Size: About 700-800 square feet (2 bedroom, 1 bath)
Years lived in: 1.5 years — rented

I was so excited to see my friend, Maggie Morgan, featured in an Apartment Therapy House Call a few months ago, that I called her up to book her full house tour. Maggie and Ryan live in a charming, open space in Upper Queen Anne that is wall-to-wall with painted, hardwood floors and energetic touches of color.

Maggie prides herself on being able to create a modern, yet comforting space on a low budget. As a full-time blogger and owner of Maggie Rose, a DIY style and decor service blog, she is constantly on the lookout for innovative and creative ideas to create a beautiful space in a practical way.

Situated on the top floor of a split level apartment building, their home is elegant and calming while still hosting vibrant, delightful details at every turn such as a bright, turquoise vase or a tongue-in-cheek wall-hanging. I hope you enjoy the tour as much as I enjoyed photographing it!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Traditional with a dash of modern.

Inspiration: Combining our two apartments to this shared one, and working with what we had on a restricted budget was our biggest inspiration. Natural textures, muted colors, and unique details are elements we returned to time and again.

Favorite Element: Ryan: The record album shelf/window seat. Maggie: I love how the paint color in the office turned out.

Biggest Embarrassment: Ryan: I'd like a new desk. Maggie: If we owned the house, I'd gut the kitchen and bathroom and remodel them both. And paint the purple stairs (I might do that anyway).

Proudest DIY: We refinished the dining room table last summer. Working with what we have until we can afford something we love.

Biggest Indulgence: The rug in the living room. We want a second one for the bedroom!

Best Advice: Decorate over time for a layered and collected look. That way your home evolves with you and your changing tastes (plus it's easier on the wallet).

Dream Sources: flea markets, Circa Who, Pieces, Design Within Reach.

Resources of Note:



    • Rug: Surya, "Continental"
    • Coffee table: West Elm
    • Big lamp: CB2
    • Smaller floor lamp: Ikea with DIY shade
    • Window seat: Ikea Expedit with DIY cushion.
    • Pillows: handmade
    • Curtains: Ikea
    • Animal watercolors: Etsy seller, Dimdi


    • Paint color: "Mocha Cream" by Benjamin Moore.
    • Nail-trim console table: The Company Store
    • Mirror: Cost Plus World Market
    • Bar cart: vintage
    • Floating shelves: Storables
    • "For Like Ever" print: Village
    • Ladder shelves: Target


    • Island: Ikea
    • Trash can: Simple Human
    • Chandelier: vintage


    • Paint color: "White Wisp" by Olympic
    Bed: Crate and Barrel
    Lamps: TJ Maxx with Lamps Plus shades
    Nightstands: Target
    Dresser: Ikea
    Painting: done by Maggie
    Curtains: Pottery Barn


    • Paint color: "Winter Calm" by Valspar.
    • Ryan's chair: Dania
    • Corkboard: Storables
    • Maggie's desk: Parsons from West Elm
    • Maggie's chair: vintage, refinished
    • Maggie's pinboard: DIY by Maggie
    • Curtains: Ikea
    • File boxes: See Jane Work
    • Desk lamps: both Ikea
    • "Blogs and Coffee" print: Made By Girl

Thanks, Maggie & Ryan!

Images: Andie Wurster

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