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How You Can Tour the County Estate “Patina Farm”

If you’ve never been to the charming town of Ojai, located in Ventura County 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles, then I highly suggest you plan a trip this upcoming weekend. It may be last minute, but wouldn’t life be dull without a little bit of spontaneity once in a while? A trip to Ojai any time of the year is wonderful but this weekend is particularly special – especially for all you design enthusiasts out there. To kick off the holiday season, the annual Ojai Holiday Home Tour & Marketplace will take place November 10 & 11.

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The official website describes the event as follows:

“Each year the Ojai Holiday Home Tour welcomes designers and florists, each of whom are assigned a home and tasked with bringing their own vision of décor and the holidays to life. This year (November 10-11), we have lined up the following designers Bruce Abbott, Angela’s Flowers, Carolyn Bennett of cdb gardens, Laurel Crary, Brooke Giannetti of Giannetti Home, and Ojai Blooms.”

What particularly caught my attention is that the home of Brooke and Steve Giannetti is included in the home tour this year. Inspired by the country homes of Europe, the talented architect and designer/husband and wife duo Brooke and Steve Giannetti designed and built a country house in the Ojai Valley of California. It took them 6 months of planning and  18 months of construction to develop the five-acre site that is now their home and farm. Brooke is also the author of a website that I’ve followed for many years, Velvet & Linen, where she chronicled the project that ultimately led to the publication of a beautiful book that I am happy to have on my bookshelf. I’ll also be preordering their latest book, Patina Living, that provides insight on what they’ve learned while living on the farm. Patina Living is due out in April 2019 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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The Ojai Holiday Home Tour is a wonderful opportunity to step inside some of the most beautiful properties in the valley, including Patina Farm. Tickets to the event can be purchased on-site or in advance here, with proceeds benefiting the Ojai Music Festival. I have other commitments this weekend and am very disappointed that I won’t be able to attend to tour Patina Farm. However, I do hope that one day I might be invited as a guest. In the meantime, I will sit back and enjoy Brooke and Steve’s lovely book. You can purchase your own copy here. 

If you happen to attend please send me a note to let me know…I’d love to hear all about it…

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I am always intrigued of stories I hear about people who take the risk and make a dramatic change in their lifestyle for something more fulfilling. You know… the people who throw caution to the wind and give up it all up in exchange for life completely opposite of the normal day-to-day life they are accustomed to. Admittedly, I am sometimes somewhat envious…

This is the case with fashion Designer Hanne Benoist and her husband, Gilles. They gave up city life and closed up their Paris based boutique to move to the countryside and build their dream home in the village of Gordes, France. Their daughter served as the architect for the job and she did an amazing job respecting the surroundings as the buildings blend seamlessly with the rural landscape, as if they have always been there. After digging around trying to find more about the property I learned that escaping to a French farmhouse can actually be a reality…at least on a temporary basis. In fact, you can escape to this very one. The family rents rooms in the five room guesthouse, known as LE MAS DE LA TANNERIE, or if you prefer you can rent the entire house. Here is a look at the entire property. Doesn’t it look like the perfect retreat from the stress of everyday city life?

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If you are looking for some new reading about another risk taker then head over to After Orange County where the site’s author, Celia, shares her life after leaving Orange County, California. Celia “ran for the hills” to set up a new home for her and her family in Lake Arrowhead, California. The site provides lovely features on topics such as decorating, cooking and entertaining. Every time I read Celia’s site, I dream of buying my very own cabin in the mountains. Celia…do you care for a new neighbor? LOL.