cozy up

by gina gutierrez in ,

I know, I know. We're not cuddling up by a fire; we're gearing up for summer. BUT, my client and I found some wonderful styling pieces that make you want to sink into that sofa or curl up with a good book. 

At the Penn Residence, just about everything is new. The home was gutted and rebuilt with such beautiful finishes. However, my clients have decided to use their current furniture with the exception of some styling accessories. We recently purchased a few pillows and a throw for their living room. These are simple yet stunning decor pieces with high quality texture. Take a look. 

So, with that being said ... next time you plan to cozy up, be sure to do it with style! A remodel does not always require new buys. Use what you have and style it up with small accessories to add new life and a bit of shine. 

{part one} styling class with the lovely justina blakeney

by gina gutierrez in ,

This week I started a class on SkillShare called Interior Styling: The Fundamentals to Styling Your Space like a Pro with the lovely and talented Justina Blakeney

I am so excited about this class. I can spend hours learning about anything related to design. It's my passion and creative outlet. This will be a fantastic way to up my game and just continuously learn. 

Since working with clients I have let my 600 square foot San Francisco home fall off my radar. BUT, this class is perfect timing because I'm excited to mention that my home is going to be photographed by the amazing Sonya Yu in May! She is helping me build my portfolio with her gorgeous photography. This is perfect timing and motivation for me to upgrade my own space. 

I'd love to share with you what I learn in this class so you can see how my space evolves and so you can also take Justina's wonderful principles and apply them to your home. 


Justina's Eight Styling Principles

Different spaces (My friend Doug uses the word "moments" which I love. I may need start that.) in your home should try to follow these elements.

  1. Needs
  2. Shape
  3. Color
  4. Pattern
  5. Texture
  6. Placement
  7. Bling
  8. Botanicals

Check out this "moment" I found and outlined as an example. 

:: source :: 

Our homework was to then take BEFORE pics of our own moments inside our home. Ahhh! Showcasing my own home before it is PERFECT?! Hello vulnerability. 

I know it is only going to make me a better designer and very eager to show you my AFTER pics. If you know me, I am determined. I'll do my best to rock this. 

Lovelies, my home ...

:: my coffee table ::

:: my sofa ::

:: my console / media table ::

:: my bookshelf ::

:: my bed ::