I’d love to walk you through the Provencal home, a Giannetti Home design that was featured in Veranda Magazine. This was a delightful project to collaborate with Steve on and I think you’ll enjoy the finished product.
Clients’ Stories and Dreams
One of the things we love most about our job is listening to our clients tell us about their stories and dreams so we can translate them to the space they’re imagining, but can’t quite picture.
With this design, our clients were a lovely married couple who had two different styles to incorporate. The wife loved feminine French design, while the husband preferred modern architecture. In the end, the combination worked very well, but it took some imagination to get there.
The clients wanted a space where they could live comfortably as a family of four with two teenage children, while also entertaining on a large scale.
We decided to place a formal living room and dining room in the front of the home to allow for entertaining.
And we created a more comfortable, family-friendly space toward the rear of the home to maintain their privacy when large parties were underway.
Another important feature the clients wanted was a natural flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. We used large French doors to connect the two, allowing for simple transitions to patios and gardens, as well as shining plenty of natural light into the interior spaces.
A guest cottage sits in the backyard, overlooking the pool, and has bifold doors that open generously to the patio and gardens, lending another taste of the natural indoor-outdoor flow that works well for the Los Angeles location.
Just as opposites often attract, we incorporated some of our favorite contrasting (yet complementary) pairings in the design. We love to combine antique touches to incorporate history and wisdom while balancing them with a modern sense of space and this worked perfectly for the clients’ two different styles. We also included different feminine or masculine touches based on who would be using a room most.
By the end of the project, our clients said the home felt like them, which is always our goal from the start. You can see more photos and read more about our design in Patina Homes, one of our four books.
Giannetti Stories and Dreams
As we’ve designed homes for our wonderful clients over the years, we’ve also been designing our own dream life and home along the way. Patina Farm is the result of years and years of dreaming, where we could live out our own story with our children, animals, and love for the land.
We transitioned to Patina Farm after years in the city. We called Santa Monica home for a long time, but craved a slower life with a deeper connection to nature. Ojai, California has been our home for over ten years and taught us so much.
Looking forward has always been something Steve and I do on our morning walks together. Dreaming big — and then making those dreams a reality — has always been a passion of ours and will continue as we move to Nashville and begin the Patina Meadow journey.
Our latest book, Patina Homes, has features on the Provencal house, Patina Farms, and eleven other home designs we have completed for clients.
You can find the book in our online store and you’ll get a discount if you order a full set of either three or four books.
I hope this helps you continue to design a life you love!