Patina Farm to Patina Meadow: Peaceful Traveling Mercies, Brooke & Steve

The announcement Brooke Giannetti shared at the beginning of the year that she and Steve might leave Patina Farm in Ojai for Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, didn’t surprise me. Tennessee is breathtakingly beautiful, and I have been visiting Franklin for decades. I recall the Giannettis’ delight discovering Leiper’s Fork years ago, and it surely took time to make such a leap of faith. Letting go of a home as lovely as Patina Farm? What bitter sweetness. Since we recently moved again, I think I understand a portion of it. And maybe I feel connected to Brooke and Steve as kindred since we are the same age and were married on the same day of the same year. Today, my heart lies with Brooke, Steve, the family, the animals, and all those friends who feel connected to the beauty their little farm brings.

Limestone fireplace in kitchen nook - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #frenchfireplace

Photos: Velvet and Linen Design: Steve Giannetti and Brooke Giannetti

Peaceful Traveling Mercies to Carry With You

For me, personally, I have to be intentional about placing myself in the way of beauty. As a highly sensitive soul, I’m prone to melancholy. Even when life delivers invitations to joy, my hands don’t always open quickly to receive it.

Following Brooke and Steve’s Patina Farm journey brings a timeless tranquility to thousands of admirers like me. I’ll never tire of viewing their work. Even photos of their farm creatures are mood lifting.

It’s not a small thing that they graciously share their home in Ojai.

The thing about making a home in any place at all is that it’s truly about the company–the souls who touch us and show us the face of Love.

Lacanche range and limestone mantel in kitchen - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #frenchkitchens

Architecture, interior design, gardening, art, and craft…while all were poured into this beautiful property, if you have taken time to read their work, you know their highest calling is to nurture family, creativity, and dreams.

I think as fellow journeyers, many of us have also felt nurtured by their hard work and their generosity in sharing the fruits of this farm.

Steel windows, white oak cabinets, skirted farm sink in kitchen - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #frenchkitchens

I was fortunate enough to speak with Brooke and Steve on one of their morning walks a few years back. And I remember asking about the experience of working from a home office where silly little goats gather on the porch near the window.

Ha!

Antique French cupboard holding dishes in kitchen - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #frenchkitchens

As I listened to them describe this deepening relationship and daily connection with their animals, it was clear their hearts were centered in it all.

Porch on master bedroom - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #stuccoexterior

We Love Journeying With You, Friends.

Centeredness is often on my mind these days as internal and external forces shift and evolve.

Serene minimal bedroom - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #romanticbedroom

The intentional ways we choose to stabilize, recover, rest, and rise seem more important than ever in the 2020s.

Dressing room in master - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #dressingrooms

So much has changed since this little farm came to be in 2013, yes?

Antique Swedish cabinet - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #swedishantiques

We’ve all grown so much!

Stone sink and unlaquered brass in powder room - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #stonesink

What joy it must be to see the many seeds planted at Patina Farm flourishing and bearing fruit!

Antique vanity in bath - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #bathroomdesign

Brooke and Steve, you’ve built a beautiful thing. Bless you. I wish you strength on your journey to beautiful Tennessee.

Soaking tub with glass wall - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #bathroomdesign

Strength of mind and strength of body to move through the tasks of beginning anew.

Belgian linen furniture in living room - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #livingrooms

I wish you courage as you let go of this place that so lovingly shaped you…

Shelves of antique vellum books in office - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #frenchfarmhouse

…courage to humbly be open to fresh experience.

Stone fireplace and window seat in office - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #frenchfarmhouse

I wish all the precious cargo a safe passage.

Floating shelves of art - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #laidbackluxe

May a calming energy find every beating heart.

Potted boxwood and topiary in sunny glass corridor - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #agedpots

May that energy feel reassuring and restful.

Charming outdoor dining - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #outdoordining

May the adventure of this move be sweetened by unexpected blessings.

Bucolic setting and magnificent exterior architecture - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #farmhouseexterior #rusticshutters

And may the wonder of these blessings linger and not fade.

Elegant dining room with antiques - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #diningrooms

May any tears that arrive be a sort of baptism to cleanse your vision.

Home office with antiques - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #homeoffice

I wish you tenderness of heart.

Guesthouse with rustic beams and shelves - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #modernfarmhouse

May you feel a buoyancy rising from realms unseen.

Guest house exterior - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #romantichomes #farmhouseexterior

May the daily rhythms that centered you in Ojai…

Antique cupboard with art and antiques - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #oldworldstyle #antiquecabinets

anchor you in your new home.

Tapestry and potted tree - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #oldworldstyle

May you find extra reserves of self-love and self-kindness to counter any disturbance from change.

Charming firepit with built-in seating - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #firepit #patios

May you find comfort in the shelter of each other as a new shelter takes form.

Rustic wood paneled wall and steel doors - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #rusticelegance

May the peace of the Topatopa follow you.

Glass and steel doors in bedroom - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #steelwindows

And may the pink moments magically journey with you.

Antique Swedish cabinet and Steve Giannetti framed art - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #gallerywalls

May the weight of any sadness from loss be felt reverently and wholeheartedly.

Stone sink in bath - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #oldworldstyle

May it be honored as a testament of your loving nature…

Farm sink overlooks ancient tree in kitchen - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #frenchkitchens

as a reminder of beauty’s power…

Gracie wallpaper in living room - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #livingrooms

as a token of your loving devotion lavished on a place.

Rustic shutters and tile roof - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #farmhouseexteriors

As evidence of the humbling hard work of becoming more fully human.

French limestone fireplace - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #frenchfireplace #romantichomes

I wish you joy.

Limestone wall in dining room - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #diningrooms

Joy bubbling from riches stored safely in the soul.

Chicken coop with vintage watering cans - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #chickencoop #modernfarmhouse

Childlike joy that must be shared with one another.

Breathtaking architecture and reclaimed antiques - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #europeancountry #archedceiling

For what Lord Byron said about winning joy and sharing? It’s all true:

HAPPINESS WAS BORN A TWIN.

Traveling mercies, friends, and

peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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6 Comments

  1. Mary Erin Wilder
    August 18, 2022 / 11:38 am

    What beautiful words to send to them on their new journey! Thank you for sharing, Michele!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 18, 2022 / 2:47 pm

      Thank you – so happy to have you here on the journey. 🙂

  2. Barbara Violette
    August 18, 2022 / 2:20 pm

    I loved this post about Patina Farm. Their living style is so earthy and understated and I love the French country feel. Your comments are so inspiring and beautiful!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 18, 2022 / 2:47 pm

      Yes! So earthy and sophisticated yet unfussy! Thanks so much for reading. 🙂

  3. August 19, 2022 / 7:50 pm

    Michele,
    Truly a touching tribute to them! Lovely, just lovely…
    As a Tennessee resident, the draw of Leiper’s Fork is irresistible. The most memorable sunset of my life was the vista LF bestowed one October evening drive. I wish them warm welcome!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 19, 2022 / 8:21 pm

      What lovely, welcoming words for the Giannettis! I love Leiper’s Fork, and my husband and I have it on our list for places we may retire! Thank you so much for adding to the beauty. xox

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