Brooke and Steve Giannetti are amassing unique locates and designing their homes around them for 25 years. Whether it is a Flemish panel, a lace Fortuny pillow, a busted shutter or a tarnished flea market bucket, each thing has discovered a perfect location in their homes, and lots of inspired the style of entire rooms.
As their distinctive style style was explained and honed by using their blog, Velvet and Linen, a book surfaced. “The blog helped us write the book; in writing the blog that I have had to sit and make clear what our design philosophy is,” Brooke says. On their daily 6 a.m. walks, the couple had hour-long discussions about the book, hashing it out by section and brainstorming on the topic at hand. Now the outcome is readily available for every one of us to enjoy; here is a tantalizing taste of Patina Style.
Therefore, what is “Patina Style,” precisely? It is about paying respect to an item’s age and weathering and enjoying the story it tells. It is about seeing history, beauty, experience and long journeys when searching at tarnish, worn spots, and darkened or distressed pieces. It is about balancing old and new, simple and elaborate, masculine and feminine and industrial and gilded.
Within this dining room, garden views and natural light pour through French doors and transom windows, while natural fibers and mix-and-match seats are balanced through an industrial table and sudden carriage-style lantern. Fresh blossoms create another link between inside and out.
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You may absolutely judge this book by its cover. Rich textures, outdated components using a story to tell, intriguing antiques, a warm and comfortable neutral palette, natural fibers, glowing light, and a font appropriate for the couple’s aesthetic let you know exactly what you’ll discover inside.
One unexpected component inside: two-page first sketches by Steve that announce another topic with enchanting private flair. Each drawing contains Steve’s favorite piece from each section.
Brooke and Steve consider in planning a space around a piece with patina, while it is a couple old columns, either a pair of shutters, or maybe old doors. These French classic pine doors are the architectural component used in a brand new manner. A classic dress form or an antique rocking horse add unique style stamps to a room, becoming sculptures using a story to tell.
The way to acquire the patina-style equilibrium? “As a general rule, add a maximum of around 3-4 old and chippy pieces to a space,” Brooke says. “You will need a mixture of old and new. Maintain upholstery clean and easy, and equilibrium older pieces with pieces”
This bath is a superb case of patina style. The vanity is fashioned by a vintage part, the mirrors are gilded yet cracked, the glass pendant lights add intriguing form and decoration overhead. On the other hand, the walls are freshly painted and sleek, the curtain is light and crisp, and the fittings are clean and fresh. Metal basins sinks are industrial and much more manly; they balance the floral floral light fittings above.
Here, hot wide-plank flooring supply a foundation the couple feels just becoming better with time, while an industrial table, chairs and pendant light are balanced by newly painted built-ins and walls. A nautical theme loosely ties a number of the decorative objects together and inspires the marine wall light and pendant light, without making matters feel forced into a theme.
Patina style means combining monochromatic things on shelves so as to create a unified appearance. “One foolproof method to create a screen would be to showcase similar objects together … that the likeness might be in colour, or form, or period style, or material or location of origin,” they write.
The equilibrium outside comes from balancing the formality of structure (paths, flower beds, walls, etc.) together with the informality of implanted form. Patina style advocates “allowing the space go a little wild” within the fundamental infrastructure. Within this front garden, beds and walkways were established, then the crops were allowed to go crazy. Weathered pots, iron pieces and wicker were softly added to decorate the room and to supply spots to relax and enjoy it.
After over 25 years together, Brooke and Steve are still giving each other their favorite sees as gifts, and enjoy searching for unique things at flea markets, thrift stores, consignment shops and antique stores around the globe. In addition to raising their three children, Steve’s booming architectural practice, a favorite design blog and an internet design support, they’ve opened a shop at which you can purchase a few of their favorite sees: Giannetti Home.
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