Husband and wife design duo Brooke and Steve Giannetti are on the show this week. Hot topics include how to build a new house with the charm of an old one, their goats’ diet, the inspiration behind that insane bathtub, and much more!
What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
- Why Brooke and Steve love an antique
- They talk about their triology of books — how their style evolved, what inspired their home Patina Farm, and how they designed the space with a wholistic feel
- Why it’s important to design for the space you have, including the site and location if you’re building a new home
- Some strategies Brooke and Steve used to make their new house feel old
- An important technique they learned in Belgium
- Steve gives us a little lesson on site planning
- Steve’s favorite book if you’re looking to expand your design education
- We talk about planting and how to strategically choose plants for your land
- Brooke’s interior design path and how she started designing homes
- We talk about goats and how the Giannetti’s have laid out their yard to keep the goats from eating their gorgeous rose bushes
- The next projects on their horizon and why they’re not afraid of running out of getting bored
- We talk televisions and where the Giannetti’s have theirs hidden
- Where the idea of their spectacular bathtub came from and how they keep all that glass clean
- The importance of a focal point and why it’s so important to have them in your room
- When to stop decorating?
I’m a new listener and I started at the beginning, so this question relates to episode #11 with Suzanne Kasler. I recently renovated a small ranch and created an open concept family room, dining room and kitchen. I saw that Suzanne united all the rooms in her show house with a continuous sea grass rug and layered smaller rugs over it. Would a larger neutral rug that would continue under the credenza and the dining room table be a good idea in my space? I am considering layering your 5×7 Céline cheetah print area rug under my coffee table. What do you think? I’d also love suggestions for decorating the credenza. What I’ve got there now seems not quite right. Maybe everything is too big?? And anything else you see that you would change or improve on.
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Steve likes the big seagrass rugs that connect it all, and looks like the rug is too small for the space. The room needs a focal point, such as a big antique or paint a little of the wall around it. You are better off with a collection of the same items, such as a hodge podge of many. Brooke also thinks it would be nice for the piece behind your sofa to have natural color that ads lushness to the neutrals. Add a couple tall lamps on the table with white shades, and you would begin to see more of a focal point. Use furniture to create zones, and take away the rug under the stools by the kitchen bar to create a smaller space by putting the rug under the living room area. Define the spaces and start with big elements before you focus on the smaller elements.
- Artist Angela Blehm’s Gainesville home
- Brooke and Steve’s three books — Patina Style, Patina Farm,and Patina Living
- Steve’s favorite design book — A Pattern Language
- Brooke’s favorite rose sources — Rose Story Farm, Otto & Sons Nursery, Grace Rose Farm
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