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In an alleyway just a few blocks from the Cable Car Museum on Nob Hill, 12 Auburn fits a whole lot of design punch into just over 700 square feet. But the small size of the single-family home was actually a benefit, according to interior designer Noz Nozawa of Noz Design.

Describing the project on her website, Nozawa said, “Given the kitchen’s small footprint, we were able to select luxurious finishes like the marble herringbone backsplash and Calacatta marble countertops, and we could go bold with graphic black & white stripes, making for a space that’s light, dramatic, and a reflection of its dwellers’ point of view.”

The design was bold enough to catch the attention of Elle Decor, which used the dining area to illustrate a story from this past April on experimenting with matte and glossy paints.

The kitchen and dining area weren’t the only updates Nozawa made for the owners, who she describes as “impossibly chic” with a “Dorothy-Draper-meets-Tom-Ford style.” There were other small but impactful changes throughout the house, according to the sellers’ agent Faye Dibachi, who also represented the owners when they bought the home back in October 2012 for $732,000. The home will officially come to market on September 8 with an asking price of $1,200,000.

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