Have you seen the new book Patina Style? It’s from the amazing husband/wife duo Brooke and Steve Giannetti. They’ve got a wonderful blog called Velvet & Linen.
The book showcases their signature style of creating rooms that are filled with beautiful objects with a patina well-earned over time.
I had the wonderful opportunity to ask Brooke a few questions about her design philosophy.
TF: How do you define patina?
BG: How age and use make objects more beautiful over time.
TF: What advice to do have for composing great collections for a home?
BG: Group your collections by type or color. Make a bigger statement with smaller objects by grouping them together. Limit the number of different types of collections that you include in one area. If you are going to combine many different items they should be unified by material or color.
TF: People today are accustomed to shiny, new, mass-produced perfect things. How do you get your clients to embrace imperfections?
BG: We walk them through our home and store (Giannetti Home). Nothing is more convincing than experiencing the beauty of our naturally distressed pine floors (from years of walking on them and living in our house) or seeing the white oak floors in the shop that are now slightly gray from exposure to the life at the shop. Most of our clients agree that a softly worn Swedish or French antique is beautiful. Why wouldn’t they want their entire home to evoke the same emotions?
TF: What would you say is your number 1 all-time greatest find at a flea market?
BG: I found the slightly tattered embroidered and painted screen that is on the cover of Patina Style at the Santa Monica Airport Flea Market for a few hundred dollars. The pale blues, pinks, and neutrals are perfectly faded to reflect our color scheme. It really embodies our design philosophy.
We are offering another book giveaway on the blog this week! Who wants a copy of Patina Style? I’ll be holding the drawing this Friday at noon CST. To enter, simply leave a comment below letting me know why you love a little patina in your home!
The book is available for purchase on Amazon. CLICK HERE