15 European Modern Farmhouse Decor Secrets I Learned from Patina Farm

July 13, 2017

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It's not every day a house comes along
and changes the landscape of a design genre,
charming Patina Farm sure 'nough did.

It's a farmhouse with miles of style, but
what you quickly discover about Patina Farm
is it doesn't demonstrate "farmhouse style."
Rather, it's a masterfully constructed home
with European-inspired style uniquely
created for living and loving life on a farm.

It even became a book!

With the creative humans who live there,
are pygmy goats. Babydoll sheep.
Bantam chickens. At least one blonde shih-tzu.
And a host of lovely lessons and secrets to learn.

Let's explore a few secrets together.

images:
photography: Lisa Romerein

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1.
Wall Paint is Optional.
What you find inside Patina Farm is
the look of thick Venetian plaster, but for less.
The Giannettis used California One-Kote from
Western Blended, right out of the bucket, over drywall.
The Giannettis didn't paint over the coating,
but you certainly can if you wish.

Steve Giannetti says, "It gives off a kind of luminosity."
I say,
"Luminosity is my favorite!"

Patina Farm elegant yet rustic interior design in modern farmhouse - found on Hello Lovely Studio
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2.
Look, Mom, No Baseboard!

There exists on the web a plethora of
lovely images of Patina Farm's interiors,
yet I wonder how may admirers
fail to notice the absence of
trims and baseboards?

The Giannettis simply let the marriage of
beautiful walls and floors BE.

The result is an unfussy, beachy, rustic
modern, casual flavor kind of vibe that works
magically in a country farmhouse
sans ballroom or formal parlor.

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3.
Linen in Lieu of Cabinet Doors.
Instead of incorporating hardwood cabinetry, which
is maybe expected in a farmhouse, you'll find
luxe linen: under the kitchen sink, in closets, and
to conceal storage in bathrooms.

Brooke says,
"It adds a lovely kind of softness."
I say,
"Ahhhh, and it's quiet."

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4.
Romantic, Not Recessed Lighting.
As much as Americans love their can lights
(and Canadians a la Candice Olson love their
sparkly bitty "pot lights"), Patina Farm loves
its natural, soft, and ambient lighting.
Romantic chandeliers, sconces, and lamps
illuminate this farmhouse, enhancing its
ageless appearance.

Recessed lighting, while functional, can be
harsh rather than glowy, and a soft glow
is arguably one of the most important
elements for romantic style.

(Sidenote: Does anyone truly use
ceiling lights in bedrooms, living spaces,
and kitchens? Because the only time I turn
on ceiling or recessed lights is when I
am painting the room!
When you think practically about a
room's lighting, taking into account
the natural light it will receive,
it's surprising how we continue to
carve all those circles into our ceilings.)

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5.
Abs Windows of Steel.
You can't miss the warmth of wood beams
and accents inside Patina Farm, but many of the
windows and doors are framed with steel,
not wood, for a minimal, sleek,
and slightly industrial look.

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6.
Repurposed Vintage and Antiques.
If you have ever purchased a new bathroom
vanity or commissioned custom cabinetry
and countertops, then you already know
the expense for such new fixtures.
The Giannettis have demonstrated with
Patina Farm how one may achieve
a much more interesting result
(often at a lower price point!)
by repurposing antiques and fleamarket finds.

For example, regarding bathroom sinks,
Brooke says "Using a vessel sink on top
eliminates the need for a pricey marble
or stone top."

To me, this is a genius win-win, sort of
design coup: more character, less money,
and more patina, less worry.
These pieces have already proven they can
stand the test of time and won't need to be
replaced after falling from favor. 

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7.
A Peaceful Palette.
The color palette for both the interiors and gardens
at Patina Farm is neutrals and pastels, a palette
I might characterize as NATURAL NIRVANA.
Greys are weathered and gentle.
Blues are pale, whispery, skies or velvety indigo seas.
Whites are cotton candy clouds, wave caps,
and creamy limestone.

You won't spy the latest shade of chalk paint
viral-ing on Pinterest inside this classic farmhouse,
but you WILL sense the calming reflection
of the tranquil earth with its evolving patina.

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8.
Rustic Relaxed Elegance.
If elegance involves grace, style, and simplicity,
Patina Farm succeeds magnificently by
achieving it without fuss, pretense, or formality.
To see the rustic interpreted with such
pared-down authenticity is such a relaxing
breath of fresh air!

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9.
Deep Reverence for Nature.
Farmhouse style is still all the rage, but from Patina Farm
we learn not a style, but a way of living life.
This home's construction echoes the whisperings
of a rural, mountainous landscape.
Designed with all of nature in mind, it doesn't
simply accommodate its humans, but it
honors the wildlife, farm animals, gardens,
and wide pink sunsets.

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10.
Timeless Treasures.
While not all of us have the sort of
access the Giannettis have to fine European antiques,
custom furniture, and accessories, we all have
the ability to choose design elements which will
be relevant now and tomorrow.

Timelessness doesn't mean budget-less;
in fact, a small budget is often a
catalyst for curating a timeless look since
it entails seeking creative, less popular
design options off the beaten path.

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11.
A Modern Open Concept.
Traditional farmhouses often have a closed
floorplan with walls separating each room.
This segregation is often not only undesirable
for family members to enjoy time together
at home, but it also limits natural light--
that all important, priceless jewel
which enhances mood and
elevates the everyday.

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12.
Alternative Kitchen Storage.
Instead of new cabinetry, the Giannettis
used antique pieces like the painted French cabinet
above to store kitchen items.
They have also designed plenty of hidden
storage, including a center island which houses
drawers full of baking utensils and spices.

What is masterful about the design of
this European flavored kitchen is that
it doesn't at all feel cluttered or mishmash.
The "busy" side of the center island with its
drawers and storage faces the stove and remains
hidden from the living space on the other side.
Incorporating a peaceful, calm palette and repeating
materials (European oak, plaster, linen, limestone)
throughout the entire home is also key for
a calm feel.


Patina Farm elegant yet rustic interior design in modern farmhouse - found on Hello Lovely Studio
European Farmhouse Decor Inspiration
Patina Farm elegant yet rustic interior design in modern farmhouse - found on Hello Lovely Studio
European Farmhouse Decor Inspiration
13.
Mixing Metals.
We Americans seem so afraid to
mix our metals,
don't we?

Just look at the Lacanche range in the Giannetti's kitchen.
Copper, brass, and stainless steel live harmoniously
and quite naturally, and it's this subtle integration
throughout the farmhouse that promotes
an ageless, undecorated, tasteful groundedness
and warmth you just can't achieve with
severely limiting your repertoire of finishes.

Patina Farm elegant yet rustic interior design in modern farmhouse - found on Hello Lovely Studio
European Farmhouse Decor Inspiration

14.
Authenticity When Possible.
There is so much faux in country and
farmhouse home decor today, that it can
feel like an ironic faux-crafty-country cliche.
I say ironic because shouldn't country decor
be about all-natural interior enhancements
like fresh wildflowers, rustic branches,
and real galvanized vases and buckets?
Yet we see fake everything for sale.

Not so much the design story at Patina Farm.

No faux weathered wood plank signs
proclaiming "Farmhouse" or "Bless this Mess."
No faux tin buckets of artificial hydrangea on
laminate floors mimicking French oak.
Except for beautifully crafted vintage-inspired
new custom furniture, the decor inside is...
well, the real deal...with original peely paint and
architectural salvage from Europe, for instance.

Instead of feeling frustrated by the expense attached to
such authentic finds and travel, perhaps the important
lesson here is to buy better, buy less, and just be patient.

Honestly, there are all sorts of authentic vintage
and antique items others cast to the curb everyday!
Plus, the hunt for authentic, old, "junk" is FUN!

I'm not getting pretentious here...I'm too renegade.
As I type this, there's a faux business sign hung on the wall
to my right, and I confess there's fake hydrangea tucked
in a Hobby Lobby urn in our Arizona kitchen!

I truly value and aspire to be surrounded by
authentic decor, but I also compromise as
necessary since there's much more to life
than original paint or naturally-aged brass, oui?
Love, health, and sourdough bread, for instance.

Still. When you're design freaky and on a mission
to create a world with pure beauty at home,
it's good to avoid erring on the faux side too often.
Contrived, quickly acquired, and crafty
can needlessly fall flat.

Living with less until the
just right, authentic pieces find you
can be an honorable wait.

Patina Farm elegant yet rustic interior design in modern farmhouse - found on Hello Lovely Studio
European Farmhouse Decor Inspiration


Patina Farm elegant yet rustic interior design in modern farmhouse - found on Hello Lovely Studio
European Farmhouse Decor Inspiration

Patina Farm elegant yet rustic interior design in modern farmhouse - found on Hello Lovely Studio
European Farmhouse Decor Inspiration
15.
Interior Doors as Art.
This one's huge.
The Giannettis collected antique and vintage doors
they loved and put them into service to enjoy
and use everyday as beautiful art.

By keeping the palette restrained,
it doesn't feel like a hodgepodge,
and the warmth radiating from the collection
is thrilling, if you ask me.


Patina Farm elegant yet rustic interior design in modern farmhouse - found on Hello Lovely Studio
European Farmhouse Decor Inspiration

Patina Farm elegant yet rustic interior design in modern farmhouse - found on Hello Lovely Studio
European Farmhouse Decor Inspiration

Patina Farm elegant yet rustic interior design in modern farmhouse - found on Hello Lovely Studio
European Farmhouse Decor Inspiration

Patina Farm elegant yet rustic interior design in modern farmhouse - found on Hello Lovely Studio
European Farmhouse Decor Inspiration
The worst kept secret?
How Patina Farm is my
favorite design project and home,
and how I remain grateful
the Giannettis share their secrets and
recipes for design goodness to help bourgeois
peasants like moi refine their own European
modern farmhouse dreams at home.

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Thanks for reading, and to boost your
Patina Farm I.Q., check out
this handful of design lessons
I learned from Patina Farm.

Peace to you right where you are.



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4 comments

  1. Just breathtaking and oh so peaceful. I am slowly but surely learning to buy better, buy less, and just be patient. Thanks for the visual reminder of this truth.
    Marilyn S.

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    1. thanks for reading, Marilyn--i love having you here. :)

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  2. Hi Michele, This post was certainly chock full of goodies! Everything about Patina Farms feels so authentic, it has such an easy and gracious aura. Thanks for this Friday treat. xo Holly

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