Jenece Guglielmo’s 1915 Victorian rental apartment is filled with light and objects that are deeply personal. This is unsurprising given her career and background. A childhood interest in place and its creation led Jenece to enroll in a unique, though sadly ended, dual degree program with the University of San Francisco and California College of the Arts. Originally studying Architecture, she realized midway through that she was more drawn to the emotional and psychological connection to an environment and less interested in object building. She found Interior Architecture to be the perfect home to explore the design of space along with the psychological and emotional influences of that space with light and objects. After working in Italy and at some of San Francisco’s top luxury design firms, she’s now stepping out on her own to work on residential projects.
With a home located in the Nob Hill district of San Francisco, Jenece cheerfully accepts both the perks and (very limited) downside of the location, saying, “you get an amazing view and a workout every time you head out on foot.”
What else do you love about your location?
We have a wonderful neighborhood market where everyone knows your name and Chinatown is down the hill which is a wholly other experience in itself. I love the amalgam of worlds coming together.
Our apartment is a lovely spot with a fairly open plan for a 1915 Victorian. Fabulous light filters in and fills the apartment with a warm glow. But the gem of the space is certainly the view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay with the Headlands beyond. We transformed a nook into a simple lounge where the view takes center stage. It’s the perfect spot for one’s morning tea or afternoon cocktails while catching up with friends. So many great conversations are fostered when a great space filled with dear people are brought together.
You’ve blended many items from different times and places together to create a home that feels very personal.
A home is one’s sanctuary from the continual grind of the world around us. For myself it’s essential that a home be filled with pieces that give back to you in a sensory way, it should speak to one’s values and allow a place where one can truly be themselves and let their personalities through. Fostered along, of course, by pieces that speak to memories and moments of beauty.
For my husband and I, that includes travel, comfort and reflections of our life together. Whether it be hosting dinner parties or gatherings with friends it’s essential for us that everyone feels welcomed and relaxed. Sure, we have many vintage and heirloom pieces but I am much more comfortable with them being used and loved, than placed on a pedestal and revered from a distance. When things are damaged it in a way is a reflection of our own lives, we are not perfect and yet still have immense value. I think of it as building character!
Presently the apartment is a place we work, entertain, and live. Therefore it must be functional, in addition to being visually pleasing. When things have their own space and a sense of order then the mind can calm and focus on the task at hand, whether that be mulling over work or relaxing into a cocktail.
Do you have any particularly favorite aspects of your home?
Hmm… well, for me, design is in everything from nature to manmade. That noted, certainly the setting would be the main star, the light and view are so very much a part of the space. The duality of the historical language of the apartment juxtaposed against the modernism of the furniture is another that brings me joy. The third, well those would certainly be the objects within, the ones that I can look at and a memory is sparked. Like the Masaai spears my husband and I purchased while on our Honeymoon in Kenya, or the pair of Hans Wegner Heart chairs my friend and I found while on an afternoon stroll.
See Jenece’s home in the slideshow!