{design eye} featuring dan gutierrez

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!"


let the love flow

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 :: 

dress up your books

If you are anything like me when it comes to styling your home, everything has its place and the display of every accessory has to have style. 

I love reading and so I have an abundant amount of books. However, I don't always have the space or the right storage to display my books. I dream of having a home library one day. I'm online just as much as everyone else but there is something I LOVE about holding a book in your hand. Maybe it's the memory of reading while growing up, maybe it is the feeling of the pages in your hand, maybe it's always wanting to be connected to a texture with a story. Because of this love, my book collection grows. 

With just one bookshelf in my home I wanted to come up with a way to showcase my books but highlight color, texture and creativity. I went through my craft closet and pulled out left over Paper Source paper as well as grocery store brown bags. I busted out my book covering skills from grade school (did you have to cover your text books?) and here is what I came up with ...