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
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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}. Photo: Lisa Romerein. Buy the book:
Patina Farm.

Some of the photography here is by Lisa Romerein from Patina Farm, and images are here with permission from Gibbs Smith.

Prepare for breathlessness with each page turn, friends!

Patina Farm Master Bathroom and Dressing Area. Photo: Velvet and Linen. Design: Giannetti Home.

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

Patina Farm Master Bathroom and Dressing Area. Photo: Velvet and Linen. Design: Giannetti Home.

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

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}. Buy the book:
Patina Farm.

Love their upholstered pieces? Visit their shop!

Patina Farm Master Bedroom. Photo: Velvet and Linen. Design: Giannetti Home.
Patina Farm Master Bathroom and Dressing Area. Photo: Velvet and Linen. Design: Giannetti Home.

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

Patina Farm Master Bathroom and Dressing Area. Photo: Velvet and Linen. Design: Giannetti Home.

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 skip a
formal living room and formal dining room.

Exterior of the charming Patina Farm - a modern farmhouse in Ojai, California by Giannetti Home
Brooke and Steve Giannetti Interview {Patina Farm}. Photo: Lisa Romerein.

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.

Patina Farm Master Bedroom. Photo: Velvet and Linen. Design: Giannetti Home.

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

Patina Farm Garden Room. Photo: Velvet and Linen. Design: Giannetti Home.

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

Patina Farm Master Bathroom. Photo: Velvet and Linen. Design: Giannetti Home.

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

Patina Farm Breakfast Area Near Limestone Fireplace in Kitchen. Photo: Velvet and Linen. Design: Giannetti Home.

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 anything but.

Patina Farm Gardening Area. Photo: Velvet and Linen. Design: Giannetti Home.

“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.

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

Patina Farm Kitchen. Photo: Velvet and Linen. Design: Giannetti Home.

You know I spend all my cash on books, but if you buy just one design book in 2016, Patina Farm should be it! Then, you should mosey on over to the Giannetti’s L.A. shop for an autograph!

Photographer Lisa Romerein hits it out of the park so prepare for the prettiest picture book for your coffee table!

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Peace to you right where you are.


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  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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