We have a new favorite book. It takes the popular Shabby Chic feeling, combines it with the strong movement of weathered finishes, draws it into a neutral palette, and plants it all on an unbelievable plot of land and outbuildings, gardens, and barn—and there you have Patina Farm. It is a dream house and estate for sure.
Apparently this is the second book from the talented Giannetti’s, their first book was a bestseller called Patina Style. The new book is the story of a talented architect and his designer wife creating a home with every considered detail and pleasant amenity, including adorable donkeys en farm.
You can tell they shopped throughout Europe for antiques and labored over every detail. For Francophiles, there is a lot to love here as the book just groans from Belgium and French furnishings and artifacts. And speaking of artifact, Steve Giannetti used hundreds of architectural details such as salvaged doors, stone sinks, stone fireplace facades, ironwork fittings and door handles, and more. There are a ton of plaster pedestals, archway pieces, all the way up to fluted stone columns that grace entrances and the gardens.
Sigh. The colors are muted creating expansive rooms roughed up with cracked leather chairs with hobnails, dark and painted chipped cabinets, pale rug and drapes which are colorless mostly but provide lots of texture against either stone floors or white-washed wood planks.
The work they’ve done outside also merits many look-sees from the greenhouse, to the storage sheds, chicken houses, donkey shed, outdoor picnic areas, and lake vista and rolling landscape. Every scene is a postcard picture.
This book is chock full of ideas—the kind of volume you can go through again and again finding something new each time. Even the cover shot has the title in raised letters, Patina Farm, and the architectural drawings start after the overleaf and dot the book throughout.
In addition, the author Brooke Giannetti is one of the most followed bloggers in the US. Her blog Velvet & Linen has been around for years and she has a huge following. Also they have done many celeb homes from Jennifer Garner and Ben, Barbra Streisand, to Anna Pacquin and more; so the look is one that is very hot right now.
Photos are done by the incredibly talented Lisa Romeirin.
Patina Farm by Brooke Giannetti and Steve Giannetti, Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith, 2016. Retails for approximately $40 U.S.