• UO on Campus: Gabriella Cetrulo

    We're visiting the light-filled, airy, and all-around lovely space of NY creative Gabriella Cetrulo to learn more about how the artist and writer styles her Cobble Hill apartment to be as cozy and picturesque as the brownstone-lined streets around her.
    Photos by Anna Ottum

    Can you share a bit more about yourself — who you are, where you’re from, and what you do?
    I’m originally from a little suburban town in New Jersey. I moved to New York to earn my BFA in Illustration at Parsons and landed a full-time job in marketing sort of quickly. But after years of procrastinating, I’ve finally made some drawings I plan on printing onto functional items like tees, cards, and ceramics this year. I’ve also gotten into acting and writing in my spare time. I’ll be working on in a little hotel promo next week and just wrote a short I plan on making with friends this summer.
    Tell us a bit about your space! What's the vibe?
    I moved in with one of my close friends and her boyfriend six months ago. It’s a duplex apartment, so our bedrooms are on separate floors and we don’t share a bathroom, which really makes it feel like we have our own space.

    What was one of the main things you were looking for when hunting for your apartment? 
    I was really just looking for a place near work that had lots of window light and high ceilings. I don’t even care about how much space I have as long as the ceilings are high.

    Can you share a bit about your neighborhood + location — what you like about it and how it informs your view of the city.
    I live in Cobble Hill, which is a neighborhood couples tend to migrate to when they’re starting families. I probably see 15 strollers a day, on average. I feel slightly misplaced at times because it doesn’t reflect where I am in my life, but I do appreciate the relaxed suburban vibe. What I love about the neighborhood is how picturesque it is. I’m constantly gaping at the little parks and beautiful old brownstones here. 

    How do you describe your aesthetic when it comes to styling out your space?
    I’ve jokingly referred to my bedroom as a nursing home because I’m often drawn to antiques you’d expect to see in your grandma’s house. Like I found a beautiful deco-era bedroom set that has the largest round mirror I’ve ever seen. I also collect objects that facilitate my laziness, like a vintage TV tray. I like to eat breakfast in bed while watchingThe Golden Girls (surprise).
    What are some of your favorite possessions?
    I have a ceramic palmistry hand and crystal ball I assume used to live a psychic shop’s window. I like to pretend I know how to use them, but I don’t.
    Do you collect anything?
    I’m really into collected old children’s books. My favorites are a 1932 edition of “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” (illustrated by Kay Nielsen) and a first edition of “Lona; a Fairy Tale” by Dare Wright (who I’m a little obsessed with).

    What’s your favorite part about your space?
    I live above a pizzeria so my bedroom happens to smell like pizza dough at all times. I’m not exactly upset about it.
    What’s your least favorite part?
    The constant pizza dough smell leads to constant pizza cravings.
    What’s your favorite thing to do on a night staying at home?
    I love watching old movies in bed with cookies and tea. Everyone should try dipping chocolate chip cookies in peppermint tea. Or graham crackers in cinnamon tea. Really.

    What’s on rotation right now for you: music, books, movies, and/or other at-home activities you’re into?
    I find myself watching a lot of the same movies again and again. My go-tos have been “Leave Her to Heaven”, “Carefree”, “Suddenly Last Summer”, and “Waterloo Bridge”.  I’m also a huge fan of Woody Allen and have watched “Stardust Memories”, “Alice” and “Play It Again, Sam” more times than I can count.
    I recently saw Charles Laughton’s “Night of the Hunter” for the first time and loved it, but I don’t think I’ll be adding it to the rotation unless I feel like sleeping with the lights on.
    As far as music goes, I’ve honestly been listening to the same music since high school. I never really get tired of David Bowie or Brian Eno. I still listen to “Here Come the Warm Jets” every day.

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