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‘Traditional With a Twist’ Style in San Francisco

by Annie Werbler

Pro event planner Kaella Lynn Wilson routinely styles weddings to perfection, but when it came to decorating the 1,800-square-foot flat she and husband Erin Wilson Jr. had recently renovated, she felt frustrated trying to establish her “traditional with a twist” style in a (covertly) kid-friendly way. Wilson asked interior designer Felice Press at Homepolish to help highlight the beauty of the artisan architectural features with preppy (but not stuffy), practical decor that wouldn’t seem as though it was purchased exclusively for two-year-old Beau and his forthcoming brother. The 1897 Victorian in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood still retains its period crown molding, fireplace mantel, and original windows. Press draws attention to these fine details by styling upper shelves with delicate, eye-catching objects, while filling lower levels with Beau’s toys for his own easy access.

As in any design process, a certain amount of trial and error was required before settling on priorities for the space. For example, the team bought a coffee table they loved but ultimately concluded marble is not an ideal material for use around small children, due to its porous nature and tendency to stain. They also purchased a number of items online that turned up inaccurate color discoveries in person. In the end, all the various efforts to fine-tune direction, make decisions, and pull rooms together happened just in time for the home’s next and most anticipated addition. —Annie

Photography by Lauren Edith Andersen, except where noted

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The dining room scene by Homepolish designer Felice Press includes a table and chandelier from Restoration Hardware paired with a custom built-in storage unit by Benchmarc Woodworking.
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An authentic antique​ Regency mirror​ reflects natural light from the home's original windows.
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A white bowl from Hudson Grace holds a lush Huckleberry Karen Designs floral arrangement.
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The bouquet echoes the shapes of a framed Thomas Darnell print hung on the wall.
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The Poly + Bark Louis Ghost-style armchairs​ ​are softened by emerald Serena & Lily lumbar throw pillows.
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This One Kings Lane bar cart resting in the corner of the dining room holds extra pillows and other decorative accessories.
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Past the doorway between dining and living rooms, cushy striped Pottery Barn armchairs populate the corners of the space.
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A durable raffia-wrapped Serena & Lily coffee table is almost as kid-friendly as the gray leather One Kings Lane pouf on the floor.
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A tufted-back navy HD Buttercup settee with an assortment of blue patterned Serena & Lily throw pillows.
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Detail of a bookshelf shows designated prop styling at both kid and adult levels.
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One of the tricks to making an elegant space also childproof is using inexpensive furniture that isn't too precious, like these bookcases and versatile acrylic folding tables from CB2.
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Detail of the original 1897 fireplace mantel, with a view back toward the dining room wall opposite.
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Big boy Beau and his mom Kaella Lynn Wilson enjoy playtime in the living room (and a really great hair day for both).
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Framed prints from various Etsy shops, including one with a quote from The Little Prince, are displayed above the white Babyletto crib with a GlamFete tassel garland. The handmade mobile was sourced from BRIKA.
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The nursery includes a handsome skirted Serena & Lily glider where Beau and his parents can read books together.
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"What I love about our home...
the light
the Victorian details
the high ceilings
the people I share it with"

Photo by Kaella Lynn Wilson.
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Floorplan sketch by Felice Press.

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