A true artist sees the potential in a material, even when it’s raw. When jewelry designer Zani Gugelmann first saw her apartment, she knew exactly how to make it perfect: “We knocked out the walls and painted the brick and beams off-white to create a more airy and open loft.” The resulting space, a light-filled sanctuary in Tribeca, has all of the charm and exquisite detail of her work, Filigrana by Zani gold and silver jewelry, which counts Mary-Kate Olsenand Jessica Biel among its fans. The thoughtful nuances by Gugelmann and her designer and friend Carlos Mota imbue her flat with a sense of home, which is underscored by her neighbor: “My brother owns the apartment right above me.”

1-28-2013 11-48-18 AMI bought my apartment in 2005 in North Tribeca, a very laid-back neighborhood in Manhattan—it’s my refuge from the wild city.  The building was originally a tea factor. I love the ten giant windows facing northeast that provide me with incredible light throughout the day. This dress is by Calvin Klein Collection.

1-28-2013 11-49-04 AMMy apartment is what I would call warm modern.  By opening the layout, the space looked smaller, so we used larger pieces, such as the custom-made chaise lounge that sits just off the floor, to enhance the scale.  I also had a Persian rug stained purple to make it more eclectic and more my style.

1-28-2013 11-49-49 AM These antique Thai ceramic pots match the beauty of the roses.

1-28-2013 11-50-13 AMTwo Italian Boomerang chairs from the sixties are paired in front of the window to create a cozy seating area where I can read or enjoy the view.  My bed is custom-made in upholstered silk, topped with an Indian throw.

1-28-2013 11-50-43 AMMy boyfriend gave me a Smythson Diary, stamped with the inspiration “Make It Happen,” and I keep it close by on my nightstand next to a brass bull, which was a present from Carlos.  It makes a chic and strong accent in the room next to my Festoni Costolato lamp.  I keep my ring by Dani Stahl of Lia Sophia jewelry there too.

1-28-2013 11-51-05 AMMy close friend Mark Seliger took this photograph—it’s a platinum palladium made in the dark room—and I love it over my 1950s American stainless-steel and glass desk.  It’s also adorned with a floating heart sculpture by Hebi Arts and a Simon Pearce lamp.

1-28-2013 11-51-27 AMPhotography is my hidden passion, and this Lumix camera inspires me.  I keep it next to my miniature cow, which is part of the CowParade collection [Striped Cow by Carey Smith] and this seventies petrified-wood clock, which was a gift from my father.

1-28-2013 11-51-54 AMIt was important to me was that the rooms feel relaxed—we achieved that through soft textures, warm tones, and really comfortable pieces like this sofa.  I picked plush and warm fabrics on modern items, then added bohemian accents such as antique suzani fabrics for the pillows.  My coffee table from the 1970s was lacquered in a cool aubergine. The dress I am wearing is by Zac Posen.

by Lauren Santo Domingo | photographed by Claiborne Swanson Frank