Anna Gabriel's Downtown Pad

Anna Gabriel's Downtown Pad

Liezel Strauss
Nov 9, 2009

Name: Anna Gabriel
Location: Lower East Side, NYC
Type: Co-op apartment
Size: 1,500 square feet
Years lived in: 3

It's no surprise that Anna's biggest home embarrassment is the lack of storage for her Rock Band guitars and drum kit, since she's the daughter of Rock legend Peter Gabriel. Within minutes of visiting her Lower East Side apartment you get a sense of Anna and her love for people and the arts. Her home is a soulful pad and you realize the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Anna is an amazing artist in her own right — a successful documentary maker, photographer and humanitarian.

Her home reveals her passion for Cambodia, Mexico and Africa with travel treasures dotted around. Most of Anna's pieces were gifts from friends and family and as a result her home is a beautiful nest with an open door policy to those nearest and dearest to her.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Pretty eclectic as I have collected various pieces of furniture throughout the years and when I moved in to this apartment they all just seemed to fit.

Inspiration:Travel to different places around the world always inspires me. Most recently I have spent time in Asia but Africa and Mexico have also inspired me in the past.

Biggest Challenge: Trying to create storage space as there was only one cupboard when I moved in. I had closets built in both bedrooms but the space was difficult to work with.

What Friends Say: They say they want to live here. In fact I often have friends from the UK come visit for a week and stay a month.

Biggest Embarrassment: I have nowhere to hide my Rock Band guitars and drum kit so they sit out in the living room for all to see. Plus, I am not even very good at playing them!

Proudest DIY: With the help of a friend, I put three old window panes in to the wall between the bedroom and living room to let more light in to the bedroom.

Biggest Indulgence: I put in a new kitchen and bathroom and a steam shower in my bathroom.

Best advice: Live in a space for a short time before you fully decide what to do with it. This way you can get a feeling of how you and your daily life work within the space.


Kitchen Furniture: Home Depot

Accessories: Mainly gifts from friends

Lighting: Home Depot

Rugs & carpets: Home Depot

Window Treatments: Bed Bath and Beyond

Tiles and Stone: Artistic Tile

Art: All of my friends artwork (paintings in living room by Lydia Mullin and Kon Trubovich)

Beds: West Elm (my bed was given to me by a friend)

Bedroom furniture: West Elm

Dining Room: Table from Amaran

Desk: Found on street.

Thanks Anna!

Images: Liezel Strauss

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