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