In the kitchen a Carrara marble counter and backsplash and black-and-white checkered flooring form graphic backdrops for this refurbished Victorian.
Thayer Allyson Gowdy
A predominantly white interior can look stark and minimalist, so Nunn brightens her home by selecting hues with warm undertones.
Her whites have a hint of yellow, grays a hint of brown, browns a hint of red. "Undertones can considerably change the feeling of a color," she says. Finishes and materials throughout the house are in the same neutral color palette ― stainless steel, chrome, silver, and pewter.
Her discipline also extends to her kitchen, which forgoes built-in storage for a four-tier baker's rack and open shelving under the stainless steel island.
"With everything out in the open, it's accessible and easy. I like the purity and the clean look," she says. "Even pots and pans can be artistic in shape."
The screened-in porch ― formerly a laundry area ― is home to a stainless steel worktable for gardening and pet chores, and transforms into a bar when hosting guests.
Nunn loves the original concrete sink in the corner: "It's old and funky and practical. I can wash paintbrushes in it or hook up a hose for gardening."
Her timeless aesthetic is easy to emulate. "I chose not to clutter my home with impersonal accessories," Nunn says. "This house had great bones, so I helped it breathe ― and let the adornments grow naturally."
Design: Kimberley Nunn, Shopworks Design, Napa, CA (707/258-1924)