Brooke and Steve Giannetti Interview {Patina Farm}


Their lovely new book Patina Farm tells the story
of how Steve and Brooke Giannetti dreamed
a picturesque Ojai property into existence,
incorporating all of their favorite things.

Patina Farm book cover by Giannetti

Brooke and Steve Giannetti Interview {Patina Farm} Patina Farm (my photo)

Yesterday, I chatted with Brooke and Steve
to get the inside scoop on the new book
and learn more about:
their passion for materials that age artfully,
their preference for quiet color palettes,
and how they created Patina Farm
to fit them as a family.

Luxurious master closet dressing room with wood French chandelier at Patina Farm by Brooke Giannetti

Brooke and Steve Giannetti Interview {Patina Farm}

Photographs by Lisa Romerein from Patina Farm, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith

Prepare for breathlessness with each page turn, friends!

I love this genius decision to employ linen
panels (above) in the dressing room in lieu of
doors or open clothing storage.

Not only are they beautifully functional,
they reinforce the un-fussy style
and intent to welcome in the natural
beauty of the outdoors.

Cozy and charming hearth area with limestone fireplace and rustic mantel with breadboards at Patina Farm by Giannetti Home

Brooke and Steve Giannetti Interview {Patina Farm}

Love their upholstered pieces? Visit their shop!

Wouldn’t this be an amazing space to start the day?

I love how Old World influences marry beautifully with minimalist design

Brooke explained they were economical with
space for the interiors at Patina Farm–no extra
rooms for the Giannettis–who chose to forgo
formal living and dining rooms.

Exterior of the charming Patina Farm - a modern farmhouse in Ojai, California by Giannetti Home

Brooke and Steve Giannetti Interview {Patina Farm}

Who would guess this is a new property?

Steve is an artist who knows his way around space and light,
and Brooke is masterful with materials and setting the mood,
so together they are a balanced creative dream team.

Architect Steve Giannetti’s sketches grace the book and are a testament to his artistry.

Patina Farm photographs by Lisa Romerein

Concerning the timelessness of their designs,
I was not surprised to hear they have
no interest in trends.

“We select pieces that speak to us,
and they move room to room.”

Since the decor flows so seamlessly,
loved objects easily rotate.

Brooke calls her palette “happy” and derived from
the landscape with its muted golds, greys, and neutrals.
It’s a harmonious color scheme intentionally
evoking calm since the world of work can be
everything but.

“When we get home, we want it to be peaceful.”

Charming bistro seating outside Patina Farm by Giannetti Home in Ojai, California #patinafarm

Brooke and Steve Giannetti Interview {Patina Farm}

Patina Farm is more than a single farmhouse;
there are outbuildings, gardens, and seating areas
like the one above where I can imagine sipping
fresh lemonade and engaging in farm-speak
about the goats’ grazing habits.

photo of Patina Farm book by Hello Lovely Studio

Brooke and Steve Giannetti Interview {Patina Farm} the new book! (my photo)

Don’t get me started on Brooke’s office at
Patina Farm or the fact it has a porch
upon which sits a goat house
built by Steve
where goats may hang.

Because that is definitely the coolest office ever.


If you have been following Brooke’s journey on her blog

Velvet and Linen, then you know how much her critters

mean to her, and she tells me the goats now spend lots

of time with the donkeys who tolerate them. Ha!


Pygmy goats in pea gravel at #PatinaFarm, a modern farmhouse by #GiannettiHome in Ojai, California

Brooke and Steve Giannetti Interview {Patina Farm}


I could get used to your horizontal pupils, holy goat trinity.

On Brooke’s recommendation, I chose the identical fireclay sink she has at Patina Farm.

You know I spend all my cash on books,
but if you buy just one design book in 2016,
Patina Farm should be it!
Photographer Lisa Romerein hits it out of the park.

Then, you should mosey on over to the
Giannetti’s L.A. shop for an autograph!

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. March 3, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    A wonderful interview with Steve and Brooke, Michele!
    When I look at their home and grounds, the word that instantly comes to mind is Serenity"

    The Arts by Karena

    • March 3, 2016 / 8:32 pm

      it does so aptly describe this project, karena. thanks for reading.

  2. March 3, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    Michele, what a lovely feature on Patina Farm!! I just received my copy, and can't put it down. Will have to borrow some of those quotes when I share on the blog. I agree with everything. And what I love most is the connection between house and garden. So seamless!

    • March 3, 2016 / 8:33 pm

      yes! i have been savoring the book for days, soaking in every little bit of its unpretentious elegance. thanks for reading, loi.

  3. March 3, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    Thank you so much, Michele, for this beautiful review of "Patina Farm".
    It was such a pleasure chatting with you yesterday!
    I do hope one day you will come for a visit. As beautiful as the images are in the book, there is nothing like the real thing… you need to pet a goat to really appreciate them 🙂


    • March 3, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      my pleasure completely, brooke. thank you for sharing your world with us. would love to visit & cuddle a goat or three!

  4. March 3, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Hi Michele,
    Yes, could there be anymore creative team then Steve and Brooke, I have been in love with their home before it was built, when all they shared with us was a plot plan and elevation.
    Their home is no words other then every word out there that could express the soulful living this home lives. I could kick them out and move right in if I could 🙂
    I have Patina style book and her new one here on the way.

    Yes this wonderful architect husband of Brooks build the most charming stoop for her beloved goats enabling them to visit anytime they want, what a dreamy site to sit in your office and watch your goat family interact.

    Thank you for this beautiful share, now I can leave this post and tear down my house 🙂

    The best to Steve and Brooke.

    Michele, and so excited to see your new cottage take shape.

    • March 4, 2016 / 9:10 pm

      the charming goat stoop is so special. don't you dare touch your home! it's full of beautiful patina and style. like us!

  5. March 3, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    Looks incredible! I followed their building process but have not seen everything finished. These photos are what I would expect .. everything flows, woodsy, livable, and farm animals wondering about. Thanks for sharing and I will pick this one up for sure!

    • March 4, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      don't you love that it's a real farm breathing with love? you'll love the book!

  6. March 3, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    Michele what a beautiful interview. I have followed along with Brooke from the beginning and to see the evolution of their style come to fruition has been a wonderful journey. Their home is a masterpiece in design and living! Thanks for sharing this with all of us! xo

    • March 4, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      thanks for reading, friend.

  7. March 4, 2016 / 12:30 am

    Their home is so utterly breathtaking….words can not describe it. It just oozes peace and serenity and earthiness. They are both such amazing designers! I love every single inch of what they have created on this awesome land!

    xoxo laurie

    • March 4, 2016 / 9:12 pm

      earthiness, yes! the sort of uncontrived earthiness i love too. great to hear from you, heavenly girl.

  8. March 4, 2016 / 1:04 am

    I love seeing the development of your beautiful project… it's stunning!
    That home of Brooke and Steve's is insane! I hear they are the kindest individuals. Your posts are so inspiring! Thank you for always sending such kind words. Much love to you!

    • March 4, 2016 / 9:13 pm

      thanks, des. you know i love your incredible taste and all the ways you weave your faith into your vision of beauty. xox

  9. March 4, 2016 / 1:22 pm

    Love how the animals will greet you as you enter the gates…what a welcome! They have crated such a wonderful and relaxed oasis, love all the calm peaceful colors and the lush foliage that defies it being a new home. Great book too that I already own! Fun post….have a great weekend.

    • March 4, 2016 / 9:16 pm

      right? i think swans (like hanky and panky at lisa vanderpump's pad) might be a nice addition to the enchanted shangrila's entrance, yes? no? xox

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