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.
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.
Love their upholstered pieces? Visit their shop!
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.
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.
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
“When we get home, we want it to be peaceful.”
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.
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!
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.