Lessons In Black and White


We caught a few glimpses of a recent project in Novato by Nest Design Company’s Heather Brock and Jennifer Wundrow. The clients, empty nesters, sought a break from their previous home, a more formal and traditional place on the Peninsula. Their new home is blessed with soaring ceilings, massive timbers and lovely views, that allowed Nest to deliver a final product that’s both fresh and timeless.

“We used black to make the architectural details pop and draw your eyes to the view,” notes Wundrow.

WThe designers have always created fresh interiors with an effortless feel, a few eye-popping bursts of color set into pale spaces and a subtle use of whites. Here, they’ve washed out certain details with white (the bedroom rafters) and made others stand out with a judicious use of black. Plus the duo loves a bit of painted furniture, like the Belmont Console from Mr. Brown (above) or the spectacular Ferret bed from Noir. The classic, fully upholstered bench was designed by Nest for the project; baskets are from Mecox Gardens.

MBelow, graphic cement tile, a custom walnut vanity and brass hardware really makes the master bath sing.

Photography by Thomas Kuoh