Patina Living Book: A Dream Life on a Dream Farm

If you’ve been a follower or subscriber of mine for any length of time, then I’m sure you know I’m a long time fan of designer Brooke Giannetti. I’ve featured her designs in the pages of Maison de Cinq many times, and I was an early reader of her popular blog, Velvet & Linen. During the time, I followed the building of her dream home, Patina Farm, lapping up each post detailing the process. Hers was one of the first blogs I ever followed, and to say she’s been an inspiration is an understatement. She is probably the single biggest influence on my style, and definitely hands down my favorite designer.

So when I was invited to review her and her husband Steve’s new book, Patina Living, I jumped at the chance! Together they’ve created an enviable life in Ojai, California, on their property aptly named “Patina Farm.” If you already know them, then you know they had two previous books, Patina Style and Patina Farm. But where those two works focused on their gorgeous architecture and interior decor style, this book is quite different. This one focuses on their life on the farm.

 They share how they came to leave their suburban life in Southern California, and how they live with meaning and joy on a high-end homestead surrounded by natural life and beauty. Here is a peek at their amazing life….


Patina Living book by Brooke and Steve Giannetti

Their animals are truly their passion, and inspire much of what they do. Their goats are one of my favorite things!


Patina Living on a farm in Ojai, California donkeys gorgeous farm homesteadIn addition to the animals, they have a large vegetable garden.


Patina Living farm life with goats, sheep, and chickensTheir farm is an idyllic place, full of donkeys, chickens, goats, sheep, ducks, and dogs!


Brooke and Steve GiannettiSteve and Brooke Giannetti with one of their adorable donkeys!


Patina Living porch with vines, lantern, cat french country farmhouse style Coffee (or an aperitif) on the porch anyone?! Oh, and cats! I forgot to mention they have cats, too!


Patina Living shot of oak tree with sunset gorgeous farm shotSimply stunning. And did I mention I’ve been there? I visited last year and I can attest to the fact that it is as idyllic as it appears!


These are some of my absolute favorite images from the book, but there are so many more! If you love nature, or animals, or European farmhouse style as much as I do, I know you would love this book! Their slower, more purposeful way of life is truly an inspiration. And of course, the peeks at their European farmhouse interiors is an added bonus 😉


Patina Living French European farmhouse style living vanity with window view

European farmhouse french country dining room rustic style


To order a copy of Patina Living, go here.

Patina Living book cover goats farmhouse garden

And if you like what you see, I encourage you to also check out Patina Farm, which details the amazing building of their home. And for more of their work and their store, go to Giannetti Home.

Thank you to Brooke and Steve for inviting me to review their gorgeous new book – I’m honored and thrilled to be able to share such a special place with all of you. 



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    1. Oh I’m so glad to hear that Shirley! Their books are so good – and this one is especially sweet with all their animals!


  1. Their book looks so pretty as well as their home….I love all the animals ! Do they have a blog to follow ? Are they on Instagram ? Thanks for info.

    1. Hi Linda, and yes, their home and all their books are stunning! She has a blog, Velvet and Linen which I linked in the first paragraph. Also, an Instagram account under the same name. And they share so many fun videos of the animals!


  2. Great post! Thanks for sharing The Giannetti’s new book. I LOVE their style! Best,

    1. Thanks so much Kim! And I’m so glad you love them, too! They are amazing aren’t they?!