Joann and I began blogging in 2009. Back then, blogs were not nearly as mainstream as they are now and certain bloggers made a huge impression on me as I tried to cultivate my personal writing style and brand my own design aesthetic. One of those blogs was Velvet & Linen written by Brooke Giannetti who began her blog the same year as Kandrac & Kole.
I was quick to attend a book signing event with Brooke and Steve at ADAC here in Atlanta when their first book, Patina Style was published. It was no surprise that they were as down to earth and nice as their book revealed their lifestyle to be.
Several years later when Brooke and Steve decided to build the home of their dreams on 5 acres in Ojai, California, Brooke shared every step of their journey on her blog. It seems like forever ago that she was gleefully writing about her new Lacanche range being installed or deciding to add miniature donkeys to their animal menagerie, or finding the perfect antique in Belgium or France to add to a particular spot in the new house. This journey is now artfully chronicled in Brooke and Steve’s new book, Patina Farm.
“The vision that Brooke and Steve Giannetti have executed celebrates the good life and the art of living well. Artfully designed and executed, the house – like it’s owners – is a study in unpretentious elegance. Casual, comfortable style blurs the lines between indoors and out. Yet beyond the stalwart stone facade, hand-finished plaster walls and antique tile roof, it’s the spirit of the place that emanates.
When you’re at Patina Farm, you feel it through the waft of lavender in the backyard, the sound of crunching pea gravel underfoot on the back terrace, boughs of freshly cut lemons of the kitchen island, the jolly nature of miniature donkeys and Silkie Bantam chickens that have the run of the place.”
My design library is robust and I can say that Patina Farm is one of my all time favorite design books. The lessons and inspirations abound like this image from the master bathroom that is etched in my brain forever. Imagine the peace found here.
Thoughtfully creating a color palette inside our homes that purposefully mirrors the outdoors of our particular surroundings in something we can all do. Steve and Brooke even planted flowers in their gardens the color of their interiors knowing that they would always have an abundance of cut flowers in the house.
Large steel windows that go all the way to the countertop give an unobstructed view of the gardens from the kitchen.
Artfully displaying collections like these vintage cutting boards and then lighting them with a portrait light makes quite a statement.
Using vintage cabinetry instead of stock cabinetry makes for a much more interesting way to display simple white dishware (or any collection for that matter).
How many people have a built in bookshelf like this? How easy to put a simple linen skirt on a tension rod to hide the last shelf or two? The dog and rabbit supplies are hidden behind this skirt in Brooke’s office.
We all need to remember to celebrate our families heritage as well as our own personal talents as Steve has done on these reclaimed shelves in his office where he displays collections of plaster pieces from his families factory along with his own paintings.
I just love that even amongst the beauty and wonder of this amazing home goats, donkeys, chickens, dogs and a bunny roam the property making Patina Farm even more special. I think I’m too OCD for this but it’s something I aspire to:)
The greatest lesson of all from this book is this:
“One of the main reasons that we built Patina Farm was to show our children the power of a dream. We’ve always told our children that dreams can come true. Yes, their fulfillment requires a lot of hard work and determination, but they are attainable.” – Steve and Brooke Giannetti
You can purchase the book HERE.
Please Note: Photographs in this post by Lisa Romerein from Patina Farm by Brooke Giannetti and Steve Giannetti, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith.