I missed meeting Brooke Giannetti when I was in Los Angeles a while back. My schedule was hectic and she was busy with business and children and our paths did not cross.
But I have read her blog, Velvet and Linen, for a long time and I liked her already.
Brooke and her husband, Steve, own Giannetti Home where they offer up interesting antiques and beautiful (and sensible) architecture and design services. I've always enjoyed their aesthetic as it seems so genuine.
I've watched Brooke spiff her kitchen, build a chicken coop and become friends with Penelope Biachi (which brings about a little envy.) And, now she's written a book, Patina Style.
There is no doubt that the interiors are beautiful, but the bonus is the amount of really helpful advice that you will find here. Her thoughts on paint are worth the price of admission alone, but there are also great sections on using architectural salvage, furniture placement and display.
If you like things that show a little bit of the life they've lived, you'll love Patina Style.
Images, courtesy of Brooke Giannetti, photography by Lisa Romerein except the last which is Steve Giannetti.