Magazine article Sunset

Land of Plenty

Magazine article Sunset

Land of Plenty

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Who hasn't dreamed of leaving the city behind for pastoral fields and life in the country? (Fresh air! Farm animals! Plenty of room to grow the garden of your dreams!) Which is why, in 2010, when almost five acres of former dairy pasture appeared on the market in Ojai, California, 90 minutes northwest of Los Angeles, Steve and Brooke Giannetti quickly snapped it up. Sure, their home in Santa Monica had chickens in the side yard and vegetables in the front, but there just wasn't enough square footage for what they really wanted-a sprawling landscape with a greenhouse, a pond, and some hoofed additions to the family. "Our life was evolving to be more centered around gardening and animals," says Brooke of the daily routine with their three children. "We were thrilled to find this property."

Brooke is an interior designer, Steve an architect, and together they own a studio and retail store, Giannetti Home, in Santa Barbara. With a blank canvas at their fingertips to begin their own personal project, the couple went to work flexing their professional muscles. Construction started in 2011, and one year later the family moved in, their homestead dream turned into reality. Despite its size, Patina Farm-so named for the couple's design philosophy of using building materials that get more beautiful with age- is intimate and neatly arranged. "We liked the idea of developing the land as outdoor rooms," says Brooke. "Places to have experiences with our animals and the plants." A rose garden and an enclosure for sheep and goats sit up top near the family home, while a chicken coop, donkey stable, and potager each have a spot down the hill.

Ojai has changed the pace of the Giannettis' lives, especially with a herd of 43 animals-including chickens, dogs, donkeys, ducks, goats, and sheep-under their care. …

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