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Julia Wang
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Tour: A Magical San Francisco Woodland Nursery

These first-time parents transformed the guest room into a dreamy haven for baby—and they did it on a budget you won’t believe.

Galeet and Alon live in San Francisco and work in Northern California’s booming tech industry. The couple is about to welcome their first child—a baby girl!—but they also have a 3-year-old miniature dachshund named Gonzo (in some ways, the original first child) who is excited to be a big brother. We spoke with Homepolish designer Benedetta Amadi (aka Benni) to get all of the details of their woodland-inspired nursery.

Photo: Lauren Edith Andersen

What was the timeline for completing the nursery?
Galeet and Alon contacted us early on in their pregnancy to design the nursery in their 1907 Edwardian-style home. Living in the city, they wanted to convert their guest bedroom and office into a nursery while still maintaining some functional guest space.

Photo: Lauren Edith Andersen

Did the couple have a vision for what they wanted?
They were looking to create a cozy woodland-themed nursery that was gender neutral and grounded in a calming color palette, so we began building on that initial concept. I sourced some unique items they hadn’t thought of, like the wallpaper, mobile and animal heads, which ended up being favorite elements of the nursery that really tied everything together.

Photo: Lauren Edith Andersen

What was the renovation budget?
The budget was $3,000, excluding the couch. We splurged on the wallpaper and saved on some other items that we sourced from Ikea and Target, such as the pink storage cubes and the lights.

Photo: Lauren Edith Andersen

That wallpaper in the nursery is so beautiful! Where is it from?
The wallpaper is from Cole and Son. We wanted to create a magic forest vibe, but didn’t want it to feel too "childish.” We just loved the classic look of this wallpaper.

Tell us about some of the other pieces in the room, like the mobile, the area rug and artwork.
The bird-motif mobile was purchased at Aldea in San Francisco, the bear-shaped rug is from Pottery Barn Kids and the artwork is from Minted. All three elements tie back into the magic forest theme.

Photo: Lauren Edith Andersen

We also love that the room has a streamlined color palette of gray, pink and touches of yellow—even in the artwork and quilt. How did you decide on that?
The couple initially wanted a neutral palette, so we settled on gray and yellow. When they found out that they were having a girl, I suggested to add some pink in there as well.

Photo: Lauren Edith Andersen

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PHOTO: Lauren Edith Andersen