If modern farmhouse interior design floats your boat…and if décor styles like: Belgian design, European Country, French Farmhouse, Cottage Style, French Country, and Swedish or Scandinavian Style, then you’re likely an admirer of Brooke and Steve Giannetti’s work which mixes these elements magically and masterfully. Case in point: their own home Patina Farm.
Where is it? Patina Farm is a lovely 5-acre farm property in Ojai, California, designed by architect Steve Giannetti and decorated by Brooke Giannetti. It’s the Giannetti family’s home, where they have adopted chickens, pygmy goats, mini donkeys, and even babydoll sheep to love and care for on the farm.
Today promises a closer look at decorating and design elements within the Giannetti’s beautiful great room at Patina Farm where they have interpreted modern farmhouse style through a European Country-inspired lens with unfussy fabrics and furnishings (they designed most of the custom furniture, and you can find exact pieces at Giannetti Home).
Highlights of the Home Decor…The creamy walls are covered in a thin layer of plaster, the ceilings are accented with wood, the floors are wide plank French oak, and the windows are custom steel ones, left unadorned to allow the natural light to bathe each room. The interior doors are rustically vintage or antique, collected from their travels in Europe and interestingly framed minimally without wood trim. In the living room, you’ll spy: Belgian linen simple-lined and classic furniture, tufted leather chairs, rustic wood farmhouse tables, a slipcovered oversized ottoman topped with rustic bread boards and a champagne bucket turned vase, Swedish antiques, weathered candlesticks, a built-in window seat, velvet cushions, handpainted panels by Gracie studio to conceal a TV, and rugs layered casually.
What I love about this modern farmhouse living room with European Country inspired décor…It feels like the perfect sort of casual gathering spot for coming together as a family for conversation, watching a movie, laughter, and memory making. It is cozy for a small group, yet easily accommodates a crowd with the built-in window seating as well as stools and comfy ottomans to pull into service. The color palette is quiet and subdued which is a favorite of mine, and the gorgeous Gracie Studio panels echo the beautiful nature just outside the windows. You don’t see any glossy, lacquered, shiny anything in the space (beyond the glow of the champagne bucket) which creates this soft, welcoming, unpretentious sort of feeling that never shows off. The room for me is a lovely example of how to live with antiques and what you love in a comfortable, accessible manner. The décor feels effortless, undone, and unfussy yet remains sophisticated and elegant.
How to GET THE LOOK of this modern farmhouse living room…While one can mosey over to Giannetti Home and snag these exact pieces to create a European Country inspired modern farmhouse living room or family room, it is also possible to be inspired by the look (and call upon a designer to help!) and make it your own by mixing in collected treasures, art, furniture, and personal touches. The Giannettis masterfully mix high and low home décor, Belgian linen, Swedish antiques, and rustic wood tables and accessories that have a scrubbed, naked look. Maybe the palette will inspire you with its natural, subdued splendor. You’ll find a few checkbook-friendly suggestions for items that approach this vibe (with affiliate links which if used for purchases, may result in compensation for me) and for furnishings and décor which may work well for achieving a modern farmhouse look.
Bonus Peeks for You! I have also gone one step further for us creative types who love to build and are inspired by before/after images since Brooke Giannetti generously shared pictures of the ongoing construction of Patina Farm on her blog, Velvet and Linen. Believe it or not, Patina Farm is a new build from architect Steve Giannetti, with carefully thoughtful design and quality craftsmanship to ensure it looks like a charming, character-filled patina-ed property. Toward the end of this post, you’ll see shots of the under-construction Patina Farm living room and be able to appreciate the dramatic transformation.
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A budget-conscious alternative:
This sofa might work if an antique is out of the question:
Here’s an upholstered bench that may be a versatile piece in a casual room for extra seating or as a cocktail table:
Isn’t this an elegant settee?
Okay, I’m venturing beyond the Giannetti’s great room here (I think it may be in the master bedroom at Patina Farm), but the inspiration was just too relevant to creating European-flavored modern farmhouse style…
I love how Brooke Giannetti layers pretty rugs over plain ol’ woven ones.
…and if ever there were an image EVERY SINGLE FARMHOUSE OR FRENCHIE FAN SHOULD PIN…cue the choir of angels and BEHOLD:
If you don’t already own the Giannetti’s book, Patina Farm, do grab a copy.
Ready to see before pics of this beautiful project under construction at Patina Farm?
Photography: Lisa Romerein Sources: Velvet and Linen, Pinterest
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