A Simple, Light-Filled Wicker Park Apartment

published Feb 13, 2015
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Name: Stephanie and Ryan Sievert
Location: Wicker Park; Chicago, Illinois
Size: approx. 900 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, Rented

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Walking into Ryan and Stephanie’s top floor Chicago apartment, you are immediately greeted with a wealth of light and music. The stylish, tidily arranged furniture and decor is a direct result of the superb taste shared by the couple. For two years they have inhabited this artful space with their two cats, Meatloaf and Vom.

Ryan is an accomplished and hardworking graphic designer. Stephanie is a prolific photographer of people. The two have created a relaxing space that reflects their creative and warm spirits.

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Recently wed, this is the talented duo’s first home together. Wood floors, white walls, tall ceilings, and classic moulding outline the space. Ryan and Stephanie smartly highlight these good bones with mid-century touches and original artwork. Plants are abundant, but judiciously arranged.

This space feels clean and sparse yet full of character and life. The ample light, good music on the record player, and soothing meandering of cats all invites me to stay way too long. And I do.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: clean & simple, vintage & modern.

Inspiration: Other friends places, design

Favorite Element: Spice rack and coffee table

Biggest Challenge: Not having enough space for storage, small bathroom.

What Friends Say: It’s clean and has so much light!

Biggest Embarrassment: Entertainment center and bathroom

Proudest DIY: I love the hairpin coffee table and spice rack, both of which Ryan made.

Biggest Indulgence: Dining room table

Best Advice: Natural light is key! A bright apartment makes such a difference in mood/life.

(Image credit: Brittany Purlee)

Resources of Note:




  • Couch- CB2
  • Entertainment center- Room & Board
  • Chair- Thrift
  • Coffee table- Ryan made it
  • Plants- Sprout Home
  • Pool print above couch – Stephanie Bassos
  • Orange chair- Thrift
  • Labyrinth game- Thrift
  • Cool box (on bookshelf)- 1979 / SHOP
  • Rug – West Elm

  • Table and chairs- Antiques on 2nd
  • Record console- West elm
  • Record player- Ebay
  • photo above console – Timothy Burkhart
  • cat figurine- Asrai Garden
  • Lapsteel- Ebay
  • Plants- Sprout Home
  • Phantom photo- Stephanie Bassos
  • VW Van photo- Stephanie Bassos

  • Toaster- West elm
  • Chalkboard- Vintage
  • “Ain’t Nobody Feta Than You” art- Danielle Sievert (Ryan’s sister made it.)
  • Bedding- West Elm
  • Desk- West Elm
  • Hat boxes- Vintage
  • Black and white photo- Stephanie Bassos
  • Bedside table-Dial M For Modern, 1136 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL
  • Bedside lamp- West Elm
  • Gold dried flower holder- Asrai Garden
  • Desk chair- CB2
  • Rug-west elm
  • Clock- Society 6

  • “Start Anywhere As Long As It’s Now” print- Matthew Hoffman
  • Black and white print above bed – Ryan Sievert
  • “I” design print – Ryan Sievert
  • Bedding- West Elm

  • (Image credit: Brittany Purlee)

    Thanks, Ryan and Stephanie!

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