If you were to ask us, Brooke Giannetti is living the dream. She’s 1/2 of Gianetti Home–a full service architectural and interior design firm that she runs with her husband, architect Steve Giannetti. They own a store of the same name, which offers imported European antiques and home furnishings in the couple’s signature Patina Style, along with their Giannetti Clothing line.
And of course, the best bit: she lives on Patina Farm, five acres of paradise in Ojai, CA. Each day, Brooke shares her home with her followers on Instagram, offering a look at life on the farm. Inspired by European country homes, the design of the property blends Mediterranean architecture with modern sensibility, while the gardens are beautifully maintained. Plus, there is a cute menagerie of miniature pygmy goats, babydoll sheep, highland cows, potbelly pigs, Sicilian donkeys, chickens, Shihtzu pups, and Hector, the house bunny.
We have so enjoyed following Brooke’s Instagram over the last few months, offering pure escapism for those of us living in busy cities. It’s an honor to have her here for our #5MinutesWith series:
MY LIGHTBULB MOMENT:
The day my husband, Steve, and I stepped foot on the five acre piece of land where we would build our home, Patina Farm. I could envision a totally different life, centered around nature and animals that would provide the calm environment necessary for me to create and dream.
I CAN’T START MY DAY UNTIL:
I feed all of my animals. I am the waitress to our mini donkeys, highland cows, pygmy goats, baby doll sheep, potbelly pigs, barn cats, dogs, chickens, and ducks before anything else gets done. Taking care of them is my morning (and evening!) meditation.
Making my dream life a reality.
YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME WITHOUT:
My iPhone. I never know when I will find myself confronted by a breath taking “Ojai Pink Moment” sunset or one of our goats offering up a hilarious performance that needs to be documented.
I’m already involved in two of my dream collaborations: I design our Giannetti Clothing with our son, Charlie, and I get to design dream properties for wonderful clients with my husband, architectect Steve Giannetti.
THE ONLY CITY BETTER THAN OJAI:
The Cotswalds in the UK. I could wander around the small towns, private gardens and countryside forever. A couple of years ago, Steve and I stayed at the Wild Rabbit, a charming inn located in the heart of the Cotswalds. We could walk along a country path, with pastures on either side, to Daylesford Farm. Both are owned by Carole Bamford and are inspiring for their design as well as their organic and spiritual aesthetic.
WHEN I FEEL UNINSPIRED
I invite our children to come up for a visit. They are all interested in design, so our family visits are always filled with inspiring, creative discussions. They introduce me to new designs and what is inspiring them.
ADVICE I WISH I HAD 5 YEARS AGO:
I wish someone would have told me the importance of biodynamic farming practices and how they can heal the earth. Last year, we started working with Andrew Beedy, a biodynamic consulant. He’s helped us develop our own large scale composting system, build a vermiculture (worm) compost and compost tea system, create grazing pastures for our animals, and design a wildflower meadow. We also now have bee logs and two owl houses. Our soil has never looked better, and our gardens have never been healthier. I only wish we would have started sooner.
IN 5 YEARS, FIND ME:
Living, dreaming and designing here on Patina Farm. Steve and I will be designing more properties for clients who love what we have created at Patina Farm and want to design their own dream homes. Our newest book, Patina Homes, featuring some of our favorite homes we’ve designed, will be published in Spring 2021.
In five years, you’ll also find me continuing to create more delicious plant based meals for my family and friends. As our animal family has grown, we found it impossible to eat animal products. We feel healthier and more connected to nature on our new plant based diet.
I’m also looking forward to expanding our Giannetti Home clothing, gardening and decor designs that reflect our casual, natural, and beautiful lifestyle at Patina Farm.
ABOVE ALL ELSE:
Don’t be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone to make your dreams your reality.
Brooke and Steve Giannetti are authors of the books Patina Style (2011), Patina Farm (2016), and Patina Living. Their fourth book, Patina Homes, will be published in Spring 2021. For more, following Brooke at @velvetandlinen.