Risk Management: A SF Couple Rolls the Dice on Duboce Triangle Digs

When Steve and Lois Chess moved to San Francisco’s Duboce Triangle from the Marina District, it was a strategic play. The couple was downsizing, opting for a centrally located, landlocked two-story flat in lieu of their large waterfront house. The couple had worked with Vernon Applegate, principal at Applegate Tran Interiors, on other projects and loved his use of color. “I knew these clients, and I knew them to be fearless. I could push the envelope a bit,” he says. Stretching the design boundaries transformed a house originally inspired by a Martha Stewart aesthetic into a home where some rooms take their cues from, in Applegate’s words, “a sexy nightclub from the 1970s.”

Mary Jo Bowling
Vernon Applegate

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