At Home with Susanna Salk and Brooke & Steve Giannetti on Patina Farm

Patina Farm is the realization of a dream that many only fantasize about. Living on a small lot in suburban Santa Monica, California, Brooke and Steve Giannetti had already recognized their love of land, natural materials and fine old world craftsmanship. As Brooke got the itch to have a farm, documented on her popular blog, Velvet and Linen, they tore out the front yard to put in a vegetable garden, then got chickens, finally realizing they needed to buy something bigger. On a trip north to Ojai for a client project about six years ago, they fell in love with the area and found a beautiful piece of property that was the beginning of the dream. Susanna and I were beyond thrilled to be able to visit the culmination of their vision at Patina Farm. Tag along for a video visit to a small slice of paradise.

From a bare bones lot to finished lush landscape, it is hard to believe Patina Farm didn’t always exist.

Patina Farm bedroom verandaAs interior designer and architect, Brooke and Steve share a distinctive style that embraces nature and the beauty of imperfection.  An effortless blending of indoors and out,

Patina Farm - Brooke's office.

old and new

Patina Farm vignetteand an appreciation of the human touch at work, seen in the plaster walls and stone, hand crafted hardware and natural woods inspired their naming of Patina Farm.

Patina Farm plaster work

Although the house is entirely new, Brooke and Steve incorporated timeless techniques and beautifully aged building materials that bring a certain history to the house. And while some moments may seem stolen from time,

Patina Farm master bedroom fireplacethere are always reminders of contemporary life, incorporated in thoughtful authentic ways.

Patina Farm kitchen

For a further peek, be sure to check out Brooke and Steve’s recent book, below, including many details on the design and building process behind creating Patina Farm. It is chock full of plans, ideas and creative solutions for bringing patina style home.

patina farm

We can’t thank Brooke and Steve enough for inviting us into their idyllic home. It is a true testament to their collaborative and creative vision as a talented designing couple.

At Home with the Giannettis on Patina Farm

all photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

And of course a big thank you NEST Fragrances for their chic new ad preceding the video. Their beautiful fragrances and candles are an essential accessory to any home and a perfect pairing to the beauty of Patina Farm. We hope you’ll let them stylishly scent your world!

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27 Responses to At Home with Susanna Salk and Brooke & Steve Giannetti on Patina Farm

  1. Maureen says:

    Loved it! Thanks for the tour — Patina Farm is magical — and so is Ojai ❤️

  2. Cindy White says:

    Wonderful video. I loved their book and the video brings it all to life!

  3. Thank you Stacey and Susanna for beautifully capturing our wonderful day together at Patina Farm! We all hope you will come back soon…

    xo xo

    Brooke and Steve

  4. Gayle Ahrens says:

    How amazing you are …… What a capture !!! Enjoyed every minute !!!!
    Gayle

  5. Devin says:

    Left breathless….Perfection!
    It brought back memories of Folie Gep and a dear missed friend.

  6. Just beautiful – in every way!

  7. Dionna says:

    I want to move in! Breathtaking
    .

  8. Vivian Villalon says:

    Deeply grateful for allowing me to take this fabulous tour of Patina Farm…this is the closest I’ve come to this idyllic place and the visionaries who created it, Steve and Brooke Gianetti.

  9. Lois Black says:

    absobloominglutely STUNNING. I WANT TO LIVE THERE!!! must have cost a gazillion dollars. what vision and creativity GENIUS!!!

  10. Patricia says:

    As with all your videos, you captured the true essence of the place in such a charming and natural way! Thank you for sharing this unusual and beautifully designed place.

  11. franki says:

    Awww….it was like visiting dear friends. Their attention to DETAIL is…”what it’s all about” in my opinion. I’ve been an admirer for years and look forward to “our” next virtual get together!! xxx franki

  12. Barb says:

    Every detail speaks to me! I love your videos….you need to take me with you! 😊

  13. Laura Taylor says:

    Love, love, love !!!

  14. Lindsey Lamer says:

    This video and blog post was so inspirational! The irony of the entire thing for me was that I was marathoning (not a word) Quintessence videos all weekend while I cleaned out and organized my closets. During the clean out I was sorting perfumes and the only ones that made the cut were my NEST fragrances! They really are the best.

    Thank so much for sharing these videos and tours. I have already printed a few of the photos for my inspiration board. That master bath is to die for!

  15. What a magical place! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Fabulous Stacey and Susanna. So inspirational and dreamy. Loved this story!

  17. Oh this is without a doubt my favorite from this wonderful series. I am truly hoping to get to PF at some point but until then, this is the next best thing. Thank you, Stacey and Susanna…

  18. Beth Scanlon says:

    “A small slice of paradise” is an accurate description. Amazing work and style, beautifully presented !

  19. Such a treat! Could definitely picture myself at home. Tons of inspiration—thanks so much😎

  20. Louise Egan says:

    Stunning home and garden, pure paradise

  21. Ofra weiss says:

    California living at it’s best.

  22. Some time ago I was lucky enough to visit Patina Farm with my friend Penny Bianci . The home and garden were very new and lean but the bones were beautiful and I knew it would only become magical. Well obviously it is now! ELANA

  23. Phyllis says:

    Loved this video, Stacey! I can’t get enough of this house and property. It is absolutely dreamy.

  24. Viewed it over and over and ran and called friends to watch it on YouTube first…to then notice Brooke had made mention her of your site and the joy of seeing more of Brooke and Steves beautiful Patina farm is breathtaking. I love their style, mix of gathered and collected pieces, and how they live a well lived home life.
    I love how any of Brooke’s home decor could mix right in with my euro-French brocante designs.
    Beautiful interview and will enjoy again watching you tour their home, again and again.

    Xx
    Bisous

    Doré

  25. Adriana Assemi says:

    When my father described the property to me (after watching the video), I was so intrigued, I had to take a look for myself. The property really is quite stunning, and the deliberate nature of the design choices are apparent. It’s quite lovely to see their love for their animals, incorporated into the design. A gorgeous home, but also a very sweet story.

  26. Linda Jeter says:

    What a lovely trip!! Having followed on the entire Patina Farm, from plans revealed on Brook’s Blog, to the completion of what we see now, you have made it possible to feel like I’ve been there for a visit! How delightful! Everything about the Farm just flows so beautifully. Thank you

    P.S. I’ve long admired your work as well Susan!

  27. This is heaven on earth!
    Well done to you both….. will be trying to use some of your wonderful concepts here in my little patch of Switzerland!
    Ps Both books amazing and so honestly written.

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