Patina Farm

— Discovered a couple who've accomplished my dream.

"When we first dreamed of living on Patina Farm, we imagined that we would spend our free time tending to the gardens and the animals. We envisioned eating our chickens’ fresh eggs in the morning and cooking with the vegetables and the fruits we would grow."

A few months after we settled into our apartment in Berlin, I was surprised to find myself wishing for something different. This was about two years ago. My husband and I had driven into a wheat field on an ancient farm road. We spent two years prior dreaming for an apartment like that one we’d just moved into.

All of a sudden, in the midst of a field of wheat near a large oak tree, I wanted something else. I came away thinking, this can’t be. I am getting no where even after attaining my desired lifestyle. I believed I only felt a strong desire to live in the country because it wasn’t something I had and that I’d become accustomed to yearning for what I don’t have.

Shabby chic weathered and worn style…"The chalky palette of vintage plaster and wood carvings combined with scaffolding shelves, galvanized metal and aged concrete, all covered with a fine layer of white dust, created the perfect palette."

It’s been two years, and I’m still craving that country home where I can grow my own vegetables and raise my own chickens.

Since that initial spark of desire, I’ve found more enjoyment hiking in the forest and visiting the sea. Being out in nature became the way I felt rejuvenated on weekends. My husband and I started to camp more as we got bored of the stimulation in the city.

Last week I came across Patina Farm, a book about a farm built and designed by Brooke Giannetti and her husband, architect Steve Giannetti. The book describes how they were able to bring their dream to life—in designing and creating a real home.

"During our various journeys, Steve drew in his sketchbook, documenting particular building features that inspired us."

"The focus of our free time began to center on nature. I spent more time tending to the garden and the chickens." - Brooke Giannetti

I’m starting the process now, collecting design details everywhere I go. I think it’ll take at least ten years. Having no background in design, I’ll need to understand basics. Even the most professional designers took ten years to build their dream homes. So actually it’ll take me at least twenty…

"One of the main reasons that we built Patina Farm was to show our children the power of a dream. We’ve always told our children that dreams can come true."

I’ve only been in a few spaces where I felt completely at home. Once it was in a living room nook near a bookcase full of cookbooks in the home of a friend’s aunt. A comfortable space that I feel calm and settled seems a rare and unattainable occurrence. The apartments and houses I’ve lived in are full of awkward spaces. None were designed with me in mind. The dream of a home has a psychological aspect of providing security and stability, along with comfort and functionality. Maybe home is just in the head, but according to Patina Farm, all it takes is hard work.

Patina Farm book photos by by Lisa Romerein except the garage with rose trellis. That garage photo is by Brooke Giannetti and Steve Giannetti.

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