Brooke and Steve Giannetti are two of the nicest (and most talented) people you could ever hope to meet. If you read design blogs (or shelter magazines) you have most certainly read Brooke’s blog Velvet & Linen and seen their work featured across the web.
Brooke frequently collaborates with her architect husband on projects, as well as their store, Giannetti Home. Brooke and Steve’s work has appeared in C Magazine, Romantic Homes, Country Living, Coastal Living, HGTV, New Old House, Rue Magazine, The New York Times and several regional publications.
Since 2009 readers have been inspired and delighted by daily doses of Brooke’s designs and aesthetics—always elegant, never fussy and fused with antiques, natural materials and warm, soft colors. Brooke’s blog, along with the Giannettis’ signature style, led to their first book Patina Style (published in August). The first printing of the book sold out in less than a month. I can unequivocally say that it is one of the prettiest books on my shelf. If you are still looking for a great gift idea, this book would surely make any design lover smile.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style has definitely been influenced by growing up in California and raising a family here: comfortable, natural, imperfect.
What is your most prized possession?
The five acres of dirt in Ojai where we will build our next home, Patina Farm.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Having dinner with my family every Sunday night at the Italian restaurant down the street.
What is the one thing in life you cannot live without?
My family (Steve, Charlie, Nick, Leila, our two pups and 5 chickens)
What inspires your creativity and designs?
Our clients and my life with Steve and our family.
Who are your style icons?
Audrey Hepburn and James Perse. I like style that is clean, uncomplicated, and classic.
Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?
My husband, Steve. After 25 years, we have a design shorthand and a trust in each other’s talents.
What books are currently on your bedside table?
“A Whole New Mind” by Daniel Pink (the perfect book to share with our children as they think about their lives after high school) and “The Business of Design” by Keith Granet (all the things they never teach you in college).
What is your favorite luxury in life?
Growing my own vegetables. After I factor in all of the time and the organic amendments, it doesn’t make financial sense, but my time in the garden keeps me sane!
Past or present who has most influenced your direction in life?
Steve. The day I asked him out on a date 25 years ago at the Cheesecake Factory in Marina del Rey turned my life from a confusing windy path into a
road of dreams. I have no complaints.
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