Brooke Giannetti, Steve Giannetti
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The Giannettis have developed a design style that embraces Patina, the beauty that the passage of time brings to objects in your life.
Steve Giannetti and Brooke Giannetti are a design team and owners of Giannetti Home, one of the top design stores in Los Angeles. Their work has been the focus of countless national magazine features and has graced the covers of Veranda and Coastal Living. Steve is one of the most sought-after architects in California.
A Timeless design style with age-old character.
on the wall are linked not only by their blue and green palettes, but also by their soothing subject matter. When hung together, with the same amount of space between them, the water paintings become a larger, very expressive statement. We’ve also had success with grouping objects by themes in larger bookcases. For one client’s game room, we placed vintage toys and carnival games on different shelves, linked by their playful spirit. We’ve done the same with vintage instruments for a family that
fences. Cecil Bruner is a favorite rose vine, displaying a profusion of miniature pink flowers. In Santa Monica, our front palm trees serve as trellises for white floribunda rose vines. For larger elements, sycamores, California peppers and oak trees are solid choices in our area. We often use birch trees because of their beautiful gray-and-white bark; these look especially nice along a pathway. We have English cabbage roses, angel’s trumpet, and two varieties of aeoniums in our garden.
drywall. This process yields breathtaking results! Walls have a more permanent, aged look and become luminous without looking too shiny or glossy. One Kote’s cool white tone has more depth than paint, and provides a crisp, multifaceted backdrop. We explain to our contractors that making a wall perfectly smooth takes the life out of it, like refinishing an antique to make it look new. Quite the opposite, we embrace the rawness that occurs in the early stages of a project. We like to see evidence
backpacks and shelves for storage. Entries also need a staging place, and tables or even low walls provide a perfect perch. Remember to include entry seating, someplace to put on shoes, pull off a pair of boots, or wait for the family to get ready. The addition of seating and tables make an entry feel like a room in itself, rather than simply a place to pass through. Photograph � 2011 Lisa Romerein When buying antiques for our stores or clients, we only choose pieces we would want to have in
to enjoy, you’ll love the results. Try a vintage cabinet and baskets for storage instead of built-ins. Hang a pretty mirror in lieu of a basic medicine cabinet and surround it with art. Think of the tub as a piece of furniture—look for a beautiful tub with great lines. You can even repurpose a vintage cabinet as a sink, as we did with a Swedish version, for a one-of-a-kind piece (see second photo following). We avoid the coldness often associated with porcelain and tile used in bathrooms by