If the idea of decorating or designing a farmhouse kitchen has captured your imagination and you happen to be a fan of French country decor and European rustic elegance, this source of decor inspiration is definitely for you! When this breathtaking kitchen at Patina Farm with its French Country, French Farmhouse, European Country house design details was constructed in 2013 by Steve Giannetti and Brooke Giannetti for their family’s farmhouse in Ojai, California, I for one, had never seen a modern farmhouse kitchen quite like it!
While the design sings with a magnificent, modern, lofty, architecturally interesting yet understated melody (with an airy openness to adjacent living spaces), a harmony of sophisticated, personal, and warm details enrich the tone and complexity. It’s that just right blend of modern yet timeless presence that feels beautifully natural and nourishing for the soul.
True, there are more than a few luxe (and even fantasy) decor elements in this kitchen; yet the space does not show off or feel out of place with nearby mini donkeys and pygmy goats on the porch. To my senses, its barefoot elegance echoes the surrounding luxuriant landscape. Find more glimpses of it here.
How did the Giannettis create such a lovely farmhouse kitchen design which feels like a riff on European farmhouse charm, lightened up with California sunshine? Well, if you’re a designfreak who hangs out in blogland, you may already know. As a longtime follower of Brooke Giannetti’s Velvet and Linen blog, I tuned into every post update on the project as she chronicled Patina Farm’s creation and graciously shared the sources, highlights, and headaches.
If you have ever dreamed of designing a similar modern farmhouse kitchen with European and French Country inspired interior design, perhaps the inspiration and ideas culled from the Giannetti’s masterful modern farmhouse kitchen design will spark your imagination and illuminate your decorating dreams.
Source: Velvet and Linen, Pinterest Photography: Lisa Romerein and Brooke Giannetti
10 Gorgeous Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas
1. Hanging Lanterns.
The hanging lanterns in Brooke Giannetti’s Patina Farm kitchen came from South of Market and have this fabulous light grey color which keeps things feeling subdued and hushed.
2. European Antiques.
The Giannettis found the gorgeous antique quatrefoil you see inset on the wall above the range hood on a trip they made to Belgium. The piece adds so much originality, history, texture, interest and charm to the space (and maybe will remind them of the beauty they experienced together as a family on that vacation abroad). There are now so many online sources for architectural salvage and antiques that may work in your own kitchen…Houston-based Chateau Domingue has beautiful offerings.
3. Wood Countertop.
The Giannettis designed their farmhouse kitchen’s custom island with a top that is partly white oak and partly Calacatta marble. The marble’s edge has been beveled to meet the wood for a seamless flow. The “patina” part of Patina Farm refers to Brooke and Steve’s passion for objects which have developed a timeworn appearance from age and use. Choosing wood for a countertop is an example of embracing such a love for patina since the wood’s appearance will change over the years.
This choice may not be ideal for those who wish to preserve a perfect finish and for certain family situations (I am imagining small children and colorful markers!). But for a casually elegant country Euro farmhouse look celebrating imperfect beauty, it may work beautifully. In fact, wood countertops can be easier on the kitchen design budget.
4. Open Shelving.
Google “modern farmhouse kitchen” or search the term on Pinterest, and you’re likely to spy dozens of examples with open shelving on the walls in lieu of upper cabinets. But in the farmhouse kitchen at Patina Farm, the open shelves have been smartly built into the ends of a custom white oak island to house kitchen essentials. There are so many reasons this design idea is a keeper. First, even if you decide your kitchen essentials are too unsightly to be out in the open, you can use the shelves for pretty things and have a surface to change out the decor. Second, if you have guests or children helping in the kitchen, it’s far easier for them to assist since pans and tools are visible. Third, the lower level these heavy kitchen essentials and appliances rest on may protect you from accidents. I can attest to this since I recently suffered a forehead wound from a heavy platter flying out of an upper cupboard as I searched for another item. Low, open shelving may prevent ungainly scars (but they won’t keep the toddlers from playing with your pots and pans)!
5. Stone Backsplash.
While there are endless options for a farmhouse kitchen backsplash including beautiful handpainted tile, classic subway marble or porcelain tile, quartz, granite, or marble, the choice of limestone here in the Patina Farm kitchen adds instant age, warmth, and French Country charm. The Giannetti’s kitchen doesn’t feel like a brand new build in part due to non-trendy kitchen design choices such as this one.
6. Apron Front Farm Sink.
A large white fireclay farm sink is one of the easiest ways to impart farmhouse style in your kitchen design, and Brooke’s is from Signature Hardware. A farm sink like this is nostalgic, romantic, and incredibly useful for hiding dishes, bathing babies, and washing oversized everything. (I trusted Brooke’s opinion and put the exact same sink in our own Chicagoland kitchen which is a Euro/Classic/Shaker style kitchen design…I am grateful every single day I incorporated the farm sink!)
7. Shelves Near the Range.
The sparkling Lacanche range in Brooke Giannetti’s Patina Farm kitchen design is without a doubt, a heavenly showstopper, and it has been given a place of honor with a beautifully created custom range hood. So it may be difficult to take your eyes off the range, but if you choose to, then you will notice the open shelving flanking this glorious cooker. The shelves are made from marble and keep essentials at the ready but out of the sight line. Brilliant!
8. Semi-fitted Storage.
Once upon a time, kitchen storage did not entail the straight rows of lined up cupboards and uninterrupted runs of base cabinets topped with countertop we see today. A fitted kitchen can be an efficient and functional way to house and hide storage, but here we see a happy medium. In this custom farmhouse kitchen design by the Giannettis, an Old World painted and patina-ed French cabinet has been incorporated into its own recessed niche, providing lots of vertical storage and charm factor. The piece is balanced by a paneled refrigerator on the same wall.
9. Wall of Glass.
While we may not all have a tree as sculptural, interesting, and grand as the one thriving outside of Brooke Giannetti’s kitchen window, there are still plenty of kitchen design lessons we can glean from the decision to add a virtual wall of glass to allow natural light to flood the space. A more traditional design choice may have been to design the kitchen with a pretty window over the sink to enjoy the view, while flanking that sink with open shelves. What a coup to not just make it a double, but a triple! The view and light are expansive, and storage has been found in space perpendicular to the windows (some of it hidden behind a door, some of it visible with open shelves). Also noteworthy: the custom steel windows were not painted the standard black which we see in so many industrial farmhouse kitchen designs. The color is a custom light grey which whispers and does not harshly compete with nature so beautifully welcomed through the panes.
10. Natural Neutrals.
The neutral palette in Patina Farm’s farmhouse kitchen design is a soothing backdrop for pops of color from nature, food, and seasonal decor. (And if you are curious about the wall paint color…there is not paint on these walls which were troweled with a thin layer of plaster.)
Stay tuned for more kitchen design ideas inspired by this modern farmhouse kitchen at Patina Farm, and for now, enjoy more inspiring moments from it to PIN AND SAVOR FOR LATER!
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