Podcast, Ep. 90: Brooke and Steve Giannetti of Giannetti Home

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?
The cover of Brooke and Steve Giannetti's new book, Patina Living

Brooke and Steve’s new book Patina Living

Decorating Dilemmas:

Ladies,

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.

Thanks, love your show!

Meribeth

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.

Show Notes:

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.

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    Brooke

    May 30, 2019

    Hi Meribeth

    We agree with Caroline! Your home is beautiful, and we should have started our discussion with that statement. Steve and I were in problem solving mode and knew we were short on time so we focused on your request for small changes.

    Xo

    Brooke

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    Meribeth

    May 30, 2019

    Will do, Caroline. Thanks for the pep talk!

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    Meribeth

    May 29, 2019

    Thank you for featuring my decorating dilemma, ladies. I’m definitely going to implement the Giannettis’ suggestions for; stronger pops of color, incorporating larger pieces on the book shelves, larger rugs, and a trough of moss and a pair of tall lamps behind the sofa.
    I like the idea of painting my kitchen cabinets (I’ve seen some beautiful emerald green examples by Farrow and Ball) but I worry that colored cabinets might be a passing trend.
    I have to say that it was a little difficult to hear their assessment though. I mean, ouch! They definitely had nothing nice to say about my home.

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      Caroline McDonald

      May 30, 2019

      Meribeth,

      Do not get discouraged! I actually look at it from the flipside — their only suggestions were finishing touches (accessories, rugs, and adding color). All of your anchor pieces are stylish and functional, and you’ve done a great job of the most challenging part of the decorating process! All you need are final touches to complete the space!

      Everyone struggles with these same challenges — I know I certainly do! You have a beautiful home as is, these are just suggestions to take it to the next level!

      Thank you for listening. Please send us photos of any changes you make.
      Caroline

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