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Patina Style Hardcover – August 1, 2011

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Three years ago, interior designer Brooke Giannetti started a blog to document her projects and her inspiration. She didn’t think anyone would read it. Boy, was she wrong.

Today, Velvet & Linen has e-mail subscribers all around the world, and it routinely appears on lists of must read design blogs. (The Washington Post included Velvet & Linen on its own top 10 design blog list in 2009.)

The success of the blog has catapulted Brooke’s career, as well as the career of her husband and business partner, Steve, an architect, furniture designer and painter. And, it’s helped land their work on the pages of numerous magazines, including Veranda, Coastal Living, New Old House, Romantic Homes and Country Living Gardener.

Followers of Velvet & Linen are treated to daily doses of design inspiration via the Giannettis’ aesthetic: an elegant, yet unfussy, mix of antiques, natural materials and warm, neutral colors (think soft creams, grays, blues and greens).

The couple designs with real life and families in mind, they say. Their approachable interiors, which are both rustic and refined, blend the beautiful with the practical and the old with the new (heavy on the old). For them, the more weathered and imperfect, the better.

Brooke’s blog has also recently led to a book. “Patina Style” (Gibbs Smith, $35), which was published in August, is a crash course in the Giannettis’ signature style and showcases the couple’s homes and other design projects. The first printing of the book sold out in less than a month.

In addition to their architecture, interior and landscape design firm, Brooke, 46, and Steve, 51, have a home furnishing shop, Giannetti Home, in Brentwood, Calif.

Though the couple live in Santa Monica, Steve is from the Washington area. He grew up in Prince George’s County and graduated from the University of Maryland. Brooke was born and raised in Los Angeles.

In addition to their blog, their book and their thriving businesses, the Giannettis have three children, two dogs and five chickens.

(Terri Sapienza Washington Post 2011-09-08)

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Patina Style celebrates the beauty that the passage of time brings to the things in your life. The antique and imperfect, the slightly worn combined with natural materials and a subtle color palette create a look that is both timeless and fresh.

Brooke and Steve Giannetti embrace the life in things: a newel post worn smooth by touch, a leather trunk bearing scratches of global travel, velvet that is faded over time, silver that is subtly tarnished, or a flowerpot wearing a covering of moss. This is the essence of Patina Style.

The Giannettis reveal how they create the look, repurposing salvaged objects, bringing outdoor pieces inside, turning old treasures into something better than new. Lavish photography and a clear design philosophy will inspire you to see the beauty in everyday objects and to develop your own patina style.

Brooke Giannetti and Steve Giannetti are the owners of Giannetti Home, a full-service architecture, interior, and landscape design firm as well as a home furnishings store.

Their work has been featured in numerous national magazines, newspapers and books, including Veranda, Coastal Living and the New York Times.

Brooke is the designer and the creator of the popular "Velvet and Linen" blog (on the Washington Post Top Ten blog list). Steve is an artist and furniture designer, and one of the most sought-after architects in Southern California. Brooke and Steve live in Santa Monica with their three children, two dogs and several chickens.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423622537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423622536
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By designingmom on August 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
First, I must admit that I like their blog and style (or most of it). Having followed their blog somewhat, I admire the serene style and openness in terms of advice. While I really wanted to like the book, I have to admit that I am disappointed with it. Some of the other reviewers are right, there is not much here that I have not seen before on their blog or written in magazine articles. The photos are lovely but I've seen most of them already. I was hoping to see more photos from their client work so I am disappointed.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By cabot on December 29, 2011
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I wanted to like this book and was considering purchasing several copies as gifts this Christmas. Thank goodness they had it in stock at my local bookstore so I could see it before I purchased it. What a disappointment! Bottom line, if you've seen the "Velvet and Linen" blog then you've seen the book. Nothing new here, just more of the same. Even worse, after a few pages it all just starts to look like the same old shabby look that we've all been subjected to for way to long. Nothing fresh or the least bit inspiring. In addition, the book is printed on inferior stock which makes the photos look blurry. No wonder there are so many used (and new) copies for sale at a deep discount. Save your money. I did.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Yas on July 17, 2011
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Patina Style is filled with beautiful, high quality pictures of Brooke and Steve Giannetti's design aesthetic. They take the simple--whether it's an aged mirror or a burlap curtain--and elevate it to the sublime. Being familiar with Steve's architecture and a fan of Brooke's Velvet and Linen blog, I had expected as much. What I did not expect from Patina Style, but am thoroughly enjoying, is the practical advice and pearls of wisdom discovered throughout the pages. From their advice on creating a display, to the list of resources in the back, to their suggestions for things like paint color, this book guides the reader on achieving the Patina Style look.

To get a sense of the Patina Style philosophy, check out Brooke's Velvet and Linen blog and the Giannetti Home website. Patina Style is timeless, yet up to date...inviting yet elegant...serene, but filled with quirky surprises...Think of a linen slipcovered chair next to an industrial table topped with mercury glass vase. Steve Giannetti is a prominent architect whose work regularly appears in notable magazines. His wife, Brooke, is an engaging blogger and leading interior designer. Together, in creating Patina Style, they have articulated a look which will inspire you to appreciate authenticity and simplicity, makes you want to stay at home, enjoy breakfast in your garden, and cook a simple farmers market meal for your loved ones. This is a style not just to admire, but one you will want to live by.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By jjane on August 4, 2011
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This book was a huge let down. I was encouraged to buy it due to so many upbeat reviews. To me it's recycled Shabby Chic without the variety of homes or charm. Each page is like a repeat of the previous page. Really, really disappointing. I have a large collection of decorating/design books but this one won't be added to it. I'm going to donate it to my local library.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Denise A. McSpadden on October 23, 2012
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Normally I don't write reviews for Amazon but was compelled to do so after wasting precious time and money on this book. As mentioned in other reviews, the book has the same Swedish/French look we've seen for years so it is nothing new and definitely not inspirational but the information the author gives is not even fresh or new, not helpful, limited in content, etc. I could go on but suffice to say it was just a boring and quick read. The photography is pretty but I flipped through it twice and realized there weren't that many photographs. The book is only 150 something pages so it seems overpriced for what it is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diana McConnell on January 2, 2013
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This is a gorgeous book that can be read over and over and seem like a new book with every reading. I love her design ideas-but they are very difficult and expensive for the average home-lover to replicate. The book is a wonderful journey into new ideas-but you have to go all the way or don't even try. The look is very specific and beautiful when executed correctly and with an endless budget! Dream land....
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23 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Maximum Toile on July 31, 2011
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Nice size. Pretty cover. Most of the photos feature Pale creamy upholstery, grey painted French/Swedish style settees, old books left out in the rain so they can develop picturesque stains. If the Wisteria catalogue was transformed into a book, PATINA STYLE would be the result. As it is, I've seen it all before in all the shabby chic books mouldering away in my shelves. But if you really like this style, may I recommend THE NEW EIGHTEENTH CENTURY HOME by Lalande, who at least doesnt hold back on artfully displayed dead animals.
PS. How do all these white shabby chic couches stay white anyway? It is a Mystery upon which Maximum Toile reflects while she does the laundry.
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23 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. T. Campos on August 13, 2011
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I have never heard of the authors' blog: VELVET & LINEN but it seems to me as if fans have decided to inflate the ratings of this otherwise mediocre book. Well, I paged through it at my local Barnes & Noble and there isn't anything here I haven't seen . . . ad nauseum . . . in VERANDA or any of its shabby chic partners in crime. To wit: the fabrics are pale and "serene" and redolent of a lighthearted rococo air; a touch of gilt or fuschia enlivens the assorted "objets", and the shelves gleam with books mostly purchased for their peeling antiquity. The only things missing are 4-pound Yorkies sitting adorably on a grey velvet pouf, but I suppose their barking would disturb the resident Murano glassblowers.

I submit -- a Neoclassical Meh and no, I don't have a competing Blog entitled THE ROMANTIC VERVOODT.
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