15 European Modern Farmhouse Decor Secrets I Learned from Patina Farm

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It’s not every day a house comes along

and changes the landscape of a design genre,

but Brooke and Steve Giannetti’s

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.

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photography: Lisa Romerein

Velvet and Linen

Giannetti Home

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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!”

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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
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Patina Farm elegant yet rustic interior design in modern farmhouse - found on Hello Lovely Studio
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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
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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    July 14, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    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.

    • July 14, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      thanks for reading, Marilyn–i love having you here. 🙂

  2. July 14, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    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

    • July 14, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      thanks for reading, holly! xox

  3. Jana
    September 17, 2017 / 9:03 am

    I love everything about Brooke and Steve, and Patina Farm. Every little detail was thought of. I have followed them for years. This house, makes me weak in the knees. I pour over her books. I love the use of real! Thank you for your post and sharing photos of Patina Farm, a few I have not seen. And your insights. Can’t ever get enough. On her blog, the Building of Patina Farm is amazing to go through. So glad she shared that! Incredible. -Jana

    • michele
      September 17, 2017 / 9:25 am

      Thanks for reading and adding to the beauty here, Jana. It really is a rare treat to feel as though we were on the design/construction journey with Brooke and Steve. 🙂

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