PATINA LIVING: How to Live a Gorgeous European Farmhouse Lifestyle

Patina Living & Loving: European Farmhouse Style is my tribute to the third book in the Patina quartet of lovely volumes by Brooke and Steve Giannetti! If you loved Patina Farm, this volume goes deeper. Inside, you’ll discover more than design savvy eye candy or lovely garden inspiration. Warmth, heartfulness, and hopefulness (so often in short supply within the design world and culture in general!) are blooming too.

Patina Living dressing room area of master bathroom with antique vanity, linen upholstered chair, and linen panels. French farmhouse decor and rustic modern farmhouse style from Brooke Giannetti and Steve Giannetti. #patinafarm #europeanfarmhouse #modernfarmhouse #dressingroom #masterbedroom #oldworldstyle #belgianlinen #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign
Patina Living by Brooke and Steve Giannetti, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith, photographs by Victoria Pearson. Rustic modern farmhouse lifestyle inspiration from Patina Farm in Ojai, California…certainly charming indeed.

Let’s re-visit this review since I know how many of you admire the fine work of the Giannetti dream team. If you missed PATINA HOMES…good gracious, make sure you read it too!

In Patina Living, the designers followed their hearts, let nature be their guide, and allowed an adventure to shape them into something new.

Patina Living book cover with African pygmy goats and rustic modern farmhouse styled farm table at Patina Farm - Brooke Giannetti & Steve Giannetti.
Patina Living by Brooke and Steve Giannetti, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith, photographs by Victoria Pearson. Rustic French and European farmhouse inspo from Patina Farm in Ojai, California…hello charming indeed.

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Patina Living & Loving: European Farmhouse Style

As I type these words, the people under my roof can barely contain their joy about a favorite TV premiere tonight. Me? I prefer to luxuriate in this gorgeous book’s European farmhouse inspired Patina Farm pages!

French farmhouse limestone fireplace and antiques in Patina Farm Kitchen - Giannetti Home. #frenchfarmhouse #fireplace #patinafarm #giannettihome #interiordesign #europeanfarmhouse #modernfarmhouse #limestone
A stone fireplace divides two dining areas at Patina Farm…in case you admire rustic elegance (photo by Brooke Giannetti).

Does your design library include Patina Farm?

Limestone flooring, antique wood doors, groin vault ceilings, plaster walls, Swedish antiques and French farmhouse allure in Brooke Giannetti's Patina Farm home - Velvet & Linen. #patinafarm #frenchfarmhouse #limestonefloors
Velvet and Linen/Giannetti Home

It’s not just another modern farmhouse or a spec home for busy professionals.

Gorgeous David Austin roses in vintage glass bottle vases at Patina Farm - Brooke Giannetti. #davidaustin #roses #farmhouseflowers #patinafarm #velvetandlinen
Velvet and Linen…hello lovely indeed.

This Old World style new build in Ojai, California, was a family’s bold adventure away from chaos.

Swedish mora clock in romantic bedroom at Patina Farm (a European country farmhouse by Giannetti Home) with Old World style, sumptuous linens, a French stone fireplace, and rustic elegant charm. #moraclock #interiordesign #swedishantiques #europeancountry #frenchfarmhouse #patinafarm #brookegiannetti
Swedish antiques and also treasures from Europe share space in a modern California farmhouse (photo: Velvet and Linen).

Remember when the interiors were taking shape?

Limestone fireplace under construction at Patina Farm - Brooke Giannetti & Steve Giannetti. #patinafarm #frenchfarmhouse #modernfarmhouse #fireplaces #limestone
As the interiors at Patina Farm took shape, Brooke also chronicled the glory on her blog.

For those of us following along, it felt magical to see each layer thoughtfully rendered.

Patina Farm living room with Belgian linen furniture, limestone fireplace, and white oak hardwood floors. #patinafarm #giannettihome #modernfarmhouse #livingroom
Patina Farm living room photo by Velvet and Linen…hello lovely indeed.

Inside Patina Living is a beautifully photographed collection of images, recipes, and snapshots of organic Cali French farmhouse life.

Push play below to get a taste:

Is Patina Farm a Real Farm?

If you are a longtime follower of Brooke Giannetti’s Velvet and Linen, you likely devoured construction chronicles of Patina Farm as well animal adoption updates. Goats, donkeys, sheep, cows and also chickens bring fullness of life and love to the landscape.

Babydoll sheep (Cashmere) from Patina Farm - a rustic modern farmhouse in Ojai, California by Brooke Giannetti & Steve Giannetti. #babydoll #sheep #farmanimals #patinafarm
Babydoll sheep, pygmy goats, as well as more farm animals call Patina Farm home.

Can you imagine caring for these creatures each day, beginning at the crack of dawn?

Or working at your desk inside as little goats frolic just outside your window?

Patina Farm outdoor dining area where pygmy goats are frolicking - Brooke Giannetti. #patinafarm #pygmygoats #africangoats #farmanimals #frenchfarmhouse
Old World style is also livable style (Photo: Brooke Giannetti of Velvet & Linen)!

Brooke and Steve’s vision of pastoral tranquility for their family led to more than a showhouse for their many talents. It was a bold move to live more intentionally and to share a piece of paradise with others.

Their dream also inspires us to think boldly and to dream of possibilities!

Fear quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #fearquotes #strugglequotes #encouragementquotes

European Modern Farmhouse Master Bedroom

I could ramble on about how their aesthetic and lifestyle philosophies speak to my soul…how something set apart seems to be happening at this little farm.

Patina Farm master bedroom by Giannetti Home is a study in European country elegance with California organic simplicity. Photo: Velvet and Linen. #patinafarm #masterbedroom #serenedecor #frenchfarmhouse #europeancountry #whitedecor #zenbedroom #romanticbedroom #giannettihome
Timeless and tranquil, an understated master bedroom imparts serenity as well as laid back luxe.

There’s a freedom that comes when you decide to put down roots in a place that gives so freely, you can’t help but be moved to a spirit of giving too.

Patina Farm master bedroom by Giannetti Home is a study in European country elegance with California organic simplicity. Photo: Velvet and Linen. #patinafarm #bedroom #europeancountry #modernfarmhouse #chaise #interiordesign #bedroomdecor
Furniture such as this chaise in the bedroom is designed by Giannetti Home too.

However, let’s get to the new pretty patina-ed glimpses!

Patina Farm: Chicken Coop - Brooke Giannetti. #patinafarm #chickencoop #giannettihome
Certainly some of the luckiest chicks in Cali (photo: Brooke of VelvetandLinen)! Patina Farm’s inspiring interiors and gardens…hello lovely indeed.

Pssst. As I navigate a life with chronic illness, I am ever open to messages of hope and healing. I scribbled down this thought yesterday, and maybe it will land on fertile ground:

Grief quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #strugglequotes #griefquotes #selfcarequotes

Peek Inside Patina Living’s Pages!

Take a peek inside the book right here.

Gardens at Patina Farm

Are we interested in how Patina Farm’s gardens grow?

Gorgeous gardens at Patina Farm in Ojai, California - Brooke Giannetti of Velvet & Linen.

Oui, oui! Aren’t they magnificent?

Patina Farm French farmhouse and gardens at sunset - photo by @leilag15.
Photo: @leilag15

I can’t help but think how tending to the land and to the animals keeps the Giannetti family grounded in heartfulness and free from the flurry of anxiety.

Happiness quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #happinessquote #inspirationalquotes

To be surrounded by so much growing, thriving, blooming, flourishing…

For some insight about the creative process behind this Giannetti dream team, here’s what Brooke says:

Brooke Giannetti quote about how she and Steve design garden and outdoor spaces.

French Country Inspired Dining Room

Oh, Patina Farm dining room, I could get used to your lofty ceilings, limestone, plaster,

Patina Living photo of dining room with limestone French mantel, French farmhouse chandeliers, plaster walls, and rustic modern farmhouse style. Brooke Giannetti and Steve Giannetti designed the space at Patina Farm. Photo by Victoria Pearson. #patinafarm #limestonefireplace #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #modernfarmhouse #diningrooms
Patina Living by Brooke and Steve Giannetti, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith, photographs by Victoria Perason. Rustic modern farmhouse and lifestyle inspiration from Patina Farm in Ojai, California…certainly charming indeed.

mix of antiques, French country lighting, original art from Steve,

Patina Farm dining room with a magnificent view to an ancient oak and gardens. Brooke Giannetti and Steve have designed a dreamy lifestyle! #patinafarm #diningroom #giannettihome #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #europeancountry #interiordesign
Patina Living by Brooke and Steve Giannetti, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith, photographs by Victoria Perason. Rustic modern farmhouse and lifestyle inspiration from Patina Farm in Ojai, California…certainly charming indeed.

and all the California sunlight!

Blissful Window Seat

Would you choose to get literary or lounge-y with a gentle breeze?

Patina Living photo of Steve Giannetti with Sophie on built-in window seat bench at Patina Farm. Photo by Victoria Pearson. #patinafarm #stevegiannetti #windowseat #europeancountry #interiordesign #modernfarmhouse
Patina Living by Brooke and Steve Giannetti, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith, photographs by Victoria Perason. Rustic modern farmhouse and lifestyle inspiration from Patina Farm in Ojai, California…certainly charming indeed.

What a brilliant shot for the book!

Heavenly Gardens at the Farm

While the interiors of Patina Farm may be laid-back luxe, the outdoors are certainly lush!

Patina Living photo of beautifully lush gardens with boxwood and roses as well as patio with French cafe furniture. #patinafarm #gardens #landscapedesign #giannettihome #frenchgarden #frenchfarmhouse
Patina Living by Brooke and Steve Giannetti, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith, photographs by Victoria Perason. Rustic modern farmhouse and lifestyle inspiration from Patina Farm in Ojai, California…certainly charming indeed.

If beautiful country gardens and climbing roses take your breath away, you’re indeed in for a treat!

Patina Farm garden at sunset with boxwood, climbing roses, and European country style. Brooke Giannetti. #ojaicalifornia #patinafarm #giannettihome #frenchfarmhouse #frenchgarden #rosegarden #landscapedesign #boxwood
Rosy moments on the farm…hello lovely indeed (photo: VelvetandLinen).

The pink sunsets are surely a highlight of living in such a place.

Charming and rustic outdoor dining area with potted flowers at Patina Farm - Brooke Giannetti of VelvetandLinen.
Velvet and Linen

Don’t you love the peeks Brooke shares of Patina Farm through the seasons!?!

Patina Farm exterior in fall with rustic shutters, rugged stone, and lush gardens. Brooke Giannetti. #patinafarm #exterior #stonefarmhouse #modernfarmhouse #frenchfarmhouse #fallgarden #ojaicalifornia #giannettihome
(Photo: Velvet and Linen) rustic modern farmhouse and lifestyle inspiration…certainly lovely. Patina Living as well as Loving: European Farmhouse Style in California.

When the Gardens Were Young

It feels like yesterday the Giannettis were planting their gardens!

Patina Farm exterior when it was newly built. Brooke Giannetti. #patinafarm #frenchfarmhouse #giannettihome #houseexteriors #frenchcountrygarden
Patina Farm’s exterior when it was newly built…hello lovely indeed (photo: Velvet and Linen).

You’ll delight in Patina Living’s visual treasury of natural farmhouse beauty. It glows with a sort of golden warmth that can truly only develop with time and tenderness.

Donkeys at Patina Farm. Brooke Giannetti. #patinafarm #giannettihome #ojai #modernfarmhouse
Rustic modern farmhouse lifestyle inspiration…certainly lovely indeed (photo: VelvetandLinen). Patina Living as well as Loving: European Farmhouse Style in California.

The PATINA QUARTET…

four ways to say HELLO LOVELY:

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Patina Style

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Patina Farm

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Patina Living

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Patina Homes

And just in case you may be feeling a twinge of inadequacy as you consider this body of work (that took many years of hard work, sweat, and tears), please do remember:

Encouragement quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #encouragementquotes #strugglequotes

I share that message not as a stranger to it – if you could see my life with its loose ends and undone-ness at this moment, you would see I am living into it, exercising my faith in it.

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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14 Comments

  1. April 15, 2019 / 9:11 am

    Love this post! Every inch of this home (and outdoors) is just perfect! Thank you for sharing. Best, Kim

    • Michele
      Author
      April 15, 2019 / 10:46 am

      Thanks so much for reading and celebrating the Giannettis today! Peace to you.

  2. Joanna
    April 15, 2019 / 9:23 am

    Perfection!

    • Michele
      Author
      April 15, 2019 / 10:45 am

      Ha – sure seems close! Happy new week, friend.

  3. Kathleen Barbour
    February 1, 2020 / 8:51 pm

    Where are those amazing cushions from on that window seat? They look so so cozy.

    • Michele
      Author
      February 2, 2020 / 9:44 am

      I suspect they are custom – and you can direct any questions about the decor at Patina Farm to giannettihome.com. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  4. Joanna
    June 26, 2020 / 9:33 am

    Thank you for sharing Patina Farm with us today. It is a little piece of heaven.

    • Michele
      Author
      June 26, 2020 / 3:21 pm

      It certainly is, and what a timeless place that reflects the owners passions and sensibilities – just what home should do!

  5. Cindy
    August 17, 2020 / 9:16 am

    I don’t remember ever seeing such beauty. My heart is singing. So much peaceful beauty to take in. In the Patina Farm living room there is a delicious leather chair with pockets. I would love information on that chair. Is it custom? Or purchased? Either way, I need it.

    Thank you Michele for your help!!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 17, 2020 / 11:44 am

      I so agree! This home has been captivating me for years. Not sure about the exact chair since the Giannettis do design/sell furniture here: https://giannettihome.com/collections/all-furnishings – I’m sure you can contact them with questions. Tell them I sent you and fall in love with their site, GiannettiHome!

  6. Amy
    June 30, 2021 / 7:18 am

    So much loveliness to take in @ once! Thx for gathering up & sharing all these Patina Farms videos! I can never get enough…and always discover some new little treasure of theirs each time I watch them…for example all the unique mushroom 🍄 looking stones scattered throughout their landscaping…love those!! They have a wealth of knowledge to glean from and are so kind to share it all with us! Thanks to you for introducing them to me…they were a huge source of inspiration when we built our home! And now I’m going to glean from them landscaping ideas as that is something we’ve yet to tackle and will @ some point soon. Brooke is so cute & down to earth! I love that long linen cardigan she’s wearing that laces up the back!! I will be soaking up all the goodness in this post over & over again…thanks, Michele!🤗🍄

    • Michele
      Author
      July 1, 2021 / 10:09 am

      Yes – those mushrooms – I remember the first time Brooke found them at a market, and her collection has grown! They are such an inspiring dream team who stay true to the philosophies and materials they believe in. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a farm with animals to simply love, not eat? Thanks so much for being here and making it more fun to share. xox

  7. Holly Irwin fine Art
    June 30, 2021 / 9:32 am

    What a gorgeous post Michele! Thanks for sharing your love of all things beautiful. I’m mesmerized by the gardens and winding gravel walkways. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Dourth of July holiday weekend 🇺🇸

    • Michele
      Author
      July 1, 2021 / 10:07 am

      Happy 4th to you and yours, Holly. The Giannetti’s property always inspires me in fresh ways, and instantly makes me want to build something beautiful with natural materials I love. xox

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