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Book Review :: Patina Farm

When I started blogging back in 2009, there were a few hundred decor bloggers out there. Now there are thousands and it’s been really hard to keep up with all my favorites because the list just gets longer and longer. One blog that I’ve followed from the very beginning is Velvet & Linen by interior decorator, Brooke Giannetti.  We quickly bonded on interior design, being moms and raising backyard chickens. At the time, Brooke and her world-renown architect husband, Steve were living in a lovely home in suburban Santa Monica, California. I’ll never forget her decision (which she shared on her blog) to leave the bustling, star-studded Los Angeles community for the quite, serene oasis of Ojai Valley – situated just south of Santa Barbara. I was inspired by her bravery to move her school aged children, build her dream home and follow her heart to spend her free time in nature.

Patina Farm // Book Review // via @simplifiedbee

Over the course of the last few years, I’ve watched Brooke and Steve’s dream unfold and was thrilled to hear that they were going to give us a tour in their just released book, Patina Farm . Through 150 stunning images and beautiful sketches by Steve, the book delivers a detailed account of inspirations, architectural elements, and various influences the designing couple encountered throughout the process. I found it interesting that the number one influence in their home’s footprint was sunlight. To achieve their goal of maximizing sunlight in and outside the home, they situated the house so that the back faces south. They also balanced the light in rooms by adding windows to two or three sides allowing for natural light for greater lengths of time. The connection of the indoor and outdoor spaces just flows in this house – allowing the family to reach their goal of of being surrounded by nature.

front gate // Patina Farm

The mix of materials used throughout Patina Farm was heavily influenced by French, Spanish and Belgium design and included galvanized steel, terra-cotta roof tiles, limestone, glass steel doors, and reclaimed barn doors to name a few. The Giannettis wanted their home to feel as it was built over time this mix helps them achieve that look. The result is a home that’s stunning from every angle. It’s superbly elegant, yet inviting and unpretentious. Brooke and Steve make it look effortless.

farm sink kitchen // steve and brooke giannetti // patina farmkitchen // steve and brooke giannetti // patina farm

One of the main reasons we built Patina Farm was to show our children the power of a dream. – Steve & Brooke Giannetti, Patina Farm

breakfast area // steve and brooke giannetti // patina farmliving room // steve and brooke giannetti // patina farmmaster bedroom // Patina Farm // Book Reviewmaster bedroom chaise // steve and brooke giannetti // patina farm

This one of the loveliest decor books I’ve read and I’m amazed at how intimate it is. From the first page, Brooke and Steve welcome you into their home in the most down-to-earth, personal way. I highly recommend taking a tour of Patina Farm for yourself!

*photographs by Lisa Romerein from Patina Farm by Brooke Giannetti and Steve Giannetti, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith

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Read full story By on March 8, 2016 in Bathroom, Bedroom, book, book review, Features, Garden, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, outdoor living, Uncategorized

Floral Nursery by Emily Henderson

pink floral nursery // Emily Henderson #nursery

Have you had a chance to see the sweet floral nursery by Emily Henderson? The LA-based designer created the girly, girl room for Lulu & Georgia founder, Sara Sugarman and her new baby girl. The custom designed floral wallpaper on pink ground was designed just for this space (my favorite detail in the space!)  The large scale floral pattern with leafy ferns and blooming peonies has an old Hollywood Regency feel that’s undeniable. The color chartreuse was pulled from the wallpaper and repeated in solid velvet drapery and a bench cushion. Love, love, love!

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*images by Jess Isaac for EHD and Monica Wang Photography

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Read full story By on March 3, 2016 in baby and children, baby nursery room, Bedroom, color, contemporary decor, girl's bedroom, interior design, Interiors, pattern, vintage, wallpaper, window treatments

Glimpses of a Design Client Installation

Installing for a design client is always exciting. In fact, I had the pleasure of doing a large install for a client just last week. It’s always fun to see the before and after transformation right in front of your eyes. Most of all, it great to see the smiles on your client’s face. I’m thrilled when they are in love with their new space.

Although it’s not time to share all, I have been sharing glimpses of this beautiful home and design on Instagram. Here are a few of my favorites.

inlay side table & chrome lamp // Cristin Bisbee Priest Designs // Simplified BeeChevron-Cow-Hide-Rug-Siimplified-Bee Oly Chandelier // Cristin Bisbee Priest // Simplified Bee #Chandelierplay room rug & pouf // Cristin Bisbee Priest // Simplified BeePowder Room with Trellis Wallpaper in citron // Cristin Bisbee Priest // Simplified Bee

I’m loving it all and am especially pleased with the wow factor Kelly Wearstler’s trellis wallpaper in citron gave the powder room (pictured above).

Wishing you a wonderful week!

happy decorating,

cristin

*all photos by Cristin Bisbee Priest for Simplified Bee

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Read full story By on March 16, 2015 in baby and children, Bathroom, bathrooms, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, lighting, Playroom, rugs, simplified bee portfolio, wallpaper

Baby Boy Nursery Design by Caitlin Flemming

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Sophisticated, timeless and just plain adorable. The nursery created by Caitlin Flemming, interior designer and the voice behind the Sacramento Street blog is all that. Featured on Rue Daily last week, Caitlin shares the sweet room that welcomed her son, Jackson. The neutral room is grounded in beiges and whites (great starting points for either gender) and then layered with blue accents. It’s clearly a baby’s room, although sophisticated art, rich textiles and timeless furnishings make it a space that adults would love to hang out in as well. Bravo Caitlin!

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get the look

See more great pix of this baby boy nursery design and a fun interview with Caitlin at Rue Daily.

happy decorating,

cristin

*photography by Bess Friday

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Read full story By on February 23, 2015 in baby and children, baby nursery room, Bedroom, Boy, contemporary decor, crib, interior design, Interiors, original artwork