{design eye} featuring dan gutierrez

by gina gutierrez in

There is beauty in everything. 

Up and coming furniture guru, Dan Gutierrez, knows that and saw potential in this mid-century accent table.

Purchased for just $15 in Manhattan, Dan rolled up his sleeves and got to work. Here is his creative process:

  • Start with sanding the full surface using a strong, coarse and heavy grit sand paper.
  • Follow with steel wool brushing.  
  • Clean the wood thoroughly. 
  • Apply the first coat of paint. Let sit for no less than 1.5 hours before adding another two or three coats. Dan chose to paint everything but the drawer and legs.
  • Let dry overnight.

For drawer and legs --

  • Apply the first coat of stain allowing to dry for 2 hours.
  • With steel wool, lightly brush the surface.
  • Apply two or three additional coats the same way.

Finishing --

  • Choose a shine/polyurethane protectant from your local hardware store and apply. Dan chose to use a high gloss and applied two coats waiting about 2 hours in between. He applied the gloss to the entire piece to protect from easy scratching and water rings from glasses.

This particular table can be used as a night stand or mini bar. Get creative. What do you need in your space? How can a flea market or thrift store find be turned into a piece you use everyday ... and cost next to nothing! Use these steps to make something of your own. Discover your inner artist. 

Interested in purchasing this chic table? Dan is selling for just $75 plus shipping (pick up available in NYC). If you would like more details on dimensions and pricing, please connect with me. 

Dan is an actor, singer, and dancer in New York City. While he pours his heart into his business, CanDor Productions, he often makes time to refurbish furniture for his home and others.

He mentioned to me, "I want to make good quality furniture that is trendy and fun for an affordable price!"


flashcards on your wall

by gina gutierrez in ,

I was bumming around Hayes Valley one day and swooned over these prints. There are a few perfect for some projects I am currently working on. I'm even craving one for my home. The old school flashcard adds a bit of nostalgia while the framing and likable quotes modernize this fun wall decor.  

They can be found at Lavish in San Francisco, on One Kings Lane, and through designer Smith+ Co. Prices range from about $85-$125.

celebrity style :: adam levine

by gina gutierrez in ,

Some may say I am a little crazy for Adam Levine ... just a little.

What?! ( giggle )

I like his music AND his tattoos AND his hair AND his voice  ... oh, AND his home. Okay, seriously, his style is pretty exquisite when it comes to men's fashion. The same can be said for his home. 

With interiors inspired by 20th century designers, Levine describes his home as Hollywood without being 'Hollywood.' Recruiting designer, Mark Haddawy, together they meticulously selected fabulous decor items such as carrara marble, a 1920's persian rug, a Philippe Starck–designed bedside lamp shaped like an AK-47, and luxurious velvet window panels.

Levine notes, “You want to make sure you’ve pared down all the extra details so that in the end, every stitch has a context uniquely yours.” 

Love that. ( And him. )

Reference :: Architectural Digest ::

lookbook for GRD

by gina gutierrez in

On Saturday, I had the luxury of hanging with my best friend, Mario Estrada, VP of Strategic Partnerships, Director of Fun at Hipstamatic and Content Editor for Snap Magazine. With that title alone, you can tell he's a creative. So, with my very own best friend awesomeness, I was able to convince him to snap some shots of me for my business. I wanted a few looks for my website, blog, social media platforms and all that goodness as the growth of :: gina rachelle design :: takes place. 

I'm alright in front of the camera when I am with friends and you catch me in the middle of a big laugh, but I knew I would need Mario's art direction to guide me. Here's a glimpse of our fun adventure. All photos were taken on our iPhones using Hipstamatic. 

Haircut by Shvonne Austin of Renaissance Salon. Hair Styling + Makeup by Maryanne Garcia of Renaissance Salon

let the love flow

by gina gutierrez in , ,

Here's a glimpse at my Valentine's Day ... love, family, friends, and sharing.  

:: desktop by Breanna Rose::

:: crafting ::

:: for the besties ::

:: handwritten notes are my favorite ::

:: added some flare ::

:: chocolate covered strawberries and their packaging ::

:: wearing my pink ::

:: a valentine from a sweet DIAKADI client :: 

:: tulips from my best friends, @norcalathlete + @diakadisf

:: a day of giving + sharing // @ryanlove75 ::

:: from my sweet date, @boltron:: 

:: dressed up for the evening ::

:: to always remember ::