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….
Their animals are truly their passion, and inspire much of what they do. Their goats are one of my favorite things!
In addition to the animals, they have a large vegetable garden.
Their farm is an idyllic place, full of donkeys, chickens, goats, sheep, ducks, and dogs!
Steve and Brooke Giannetti with one of their adorable donkeys!
Coffee (or an aperitif) on the porch anyone?! Oh, and cats! I forgot to mention they have cats, too!
Simply 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 😉
To order a copy of Patina Living, go here.
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.
*affiliate links are included for your convenience. Photographs are by Victoria Pearson, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith*