One of my favorite design books this year is without a doubt “Patina Style.” Written by interior designer and blogger, Brooke and her architect and artist husband Steve Giannetti, the book takes you through a pictorial journey into their personal aesthetic – Patina Style. What a gorgeous world these two have created! Through their two houses, their clients projects, and their design shop – the Giannettis together have created a style that will forever be linked to them – Patina Style. How many in the design world can claim that feat?
What exactly is Patina Style? “It is the celebration of the beauty that the passage of time brings to the things in your life. The antique and imperfect, the slightly worn combined with natural materials and a subtle color palette create a look that is both timeless and fresh.”
I “met” Brooke through the blogging world when she started writing “Velvet and Linen” which instantly became a huge hit. People loved seeing glimpses inside the Giannetti’s homes, their shop and their clients houses that they created sometimes together, and sometimes apart. Brooke’s blog is one that I read each time she has a new post. I love seeing what she and Steve are working on – whether it’s creating a new line of furniture or rearranging their shop. I especially love seeing the images Brooke posts of their own houses in Santa Monica and Oxnard. Recently they purchased some land in Ojai where they are building their dream house – Patina Farm, of course! Brooke has been so kind to let her readers in on the process of designing the new house. Readers can’t wait until they break ground and we get to see the house going up. It promises to be a learning lesson for us all.
Besides decorating, running a design shop, organizing two households, building a new home, and mothering 3 children – Brooke, along with Steve, found time to write, Patina Style. Where they found this time, I have no idea! The book is filled with gorgeous images – along with text - that explains how their Patina Style evolved and what exactly it means. It’s also a primer in how to achieve this look for your own home. Each page is eye candy – one image is prettier than the next. Even the cover is luscious. It might be my favorite design book cover – ever. Needless to say, the book has been a success. It quickly sold out of its first printing and more had to be ordered to keep up with the demand. Here are few of my favorite images from the book:
The Giannetti’s Santa Monica entry way – it sets the tone of the house and shows exactly what Patina Style means. I love the large antique clock face juxtaposed next to the Mora clock. The painted settee perfectly fits the space. It’s a study in scale and a vignette worth painting.
The Giannetti’s recently redecorated their Santa Monica house. Before the shelves held a collection of green glass. Now, it holds white ironstone and hotel silver – placed next to warm, antique bread boards. This mixture of colors and textures represents Patina Style exactly.
The Santa Monica master bedroom – a treehouse overlooking the backyard. The room is filled with a collection of antique furniture from different countries and eras. Shutters are used to flank the French door.
So gorgeous! The master bed in Santa Monica sits underneath a corona draped with vintage Fortuny fabric. Gauzy linen lines the back. I adore the nudes that flank the bed – one facing front, one facing back.
In their Oxnard house, an antique Italian scroll sits above a simple white headboard. The romantic scroll becomes the focal point in this room. The curtains to the left of the bed hide the bathroom. The wall between these two rooms was removed during their renovation of this property. What a great idea to make a room appear larger and yet, cozier at the same time.
The powder room at Oxnard. So many different textures and colors – yet, it is all so soothing and calm. The painting hanging next to the door is one of Steve’s recent works depicting the ocean.
Besides being an accomplished and highly sought after architect, Steve is a gifted artist. His charming sketches are used to introduce each new chapter in Patina Style.
To order the book, go to Amazon HERE. I promise, you will love the images – and you will learn so much from the informative text.
Wait – isn’t this a giveaway???? Oh, my, I almost forgot! Yes, this IS a giveaway!!!
Recently Giannetti Home signed up with Dering Hall – a new online shopping venue that features well known designers such as Michelle Nussbaumer, Rose Tarlow Melrose House, Steve Gambrel, and a host of others.
For the giveaway - you will need to go to Dering Hall – Giannetti Home HERE, look around at the product available and pick out a piece of Steve’s artwork that you would like to own!
That’s right! The giveaway is a work of art by Steve Giannetti. You might be partial to his water pictures:
Or his travel sketches:
Or his nudes:
After you pick which art work you would like to win, please come back here to the comment section and tell me which one you picked. Be SURE to leave your email address if you want to win!!!
The contest will end this Friday night at 11:59 p.m. Remember also, if you want to order the book Patina Style, go HERE.
A huge thank you to Brooke and Steve for this great giveaway!
20 October 2011
Posted by Joni Webb at 12:07 AM