For those who enjoy design books about vintage style, a slick new title has just arrived: Patina Style by Brooke and Steve Giannetti. She is an interior designer and the creator of a popular blog called Velvet and Linen. He is an architect, artist and furniture designer.
The authors love patinaed finishes that result from weathering and years of use; they celebrate the beauty of the old and imperfect. The design aesthetic features vintage and antique furnishings and natural materials that age with grace.
A calm palette of warm neutrals - creams, gray-greens, and blues - provide a soothing background. Velvet fabrics and worn rugs with mellowed hues add texture and softness to the mix.
Think wabi-sabi design with a luxurious edge.
Most of the photos come from their homes or projects. The text is peppered with phrases like, “At our house in Santa Monica...” “At our beach house...” “Our house in Oxnard...”
My favourite photos feature a room that displays Steve’s water paintings. In this comfortable space, the art work is accentuated by the aqua velvet of cushions and sea-green glass of insulator caps.
The Gianettis exhibit considerable flair with collections and offer advice about displaying them. For example:
Amethyst bottles and old-fashioned top hats stand atop vintage metal cabinet drawers.
Pocket watches and clock faces combine with bound leather books.
Vintage globes are surrounded by architectural remnants and carved wood blocks.
Patina style goes into the garden as well with weathered furniture and plants that have soft pastel flowers and grey-green foliage. Very pretty.
It's eye-candy design at its best.