The utility sink goes glam — even when it services the chicken coop of an agrarian home.
This stunning and decorative utility sink wall in the new California home of architect Steve Giannetti and the decorator and highly regarded blogger Brooke Giannetti, ups the back-of-the-house ante in several ways. The oversized basin, reclaimed materials, unique installation and super serious faucet add character. But that’s just a trickle of the energy concentrated on this indoors/outdoors area of the house dedicated to working with flowers, plants or animals.
Located in space between the kitchen garden and a coop for the chickens [below], the planked oak niche houses a huge galvanized steel slant-sided basin mounted under reclaimed wood counters. A deck mounted, high arc Danze faucet can function like a hose and a sprayer. Cabinet hardware has a vintage 1940s barn look along with a pair of Barn Light Electric pendants. With only two long shelves and unvarnished cabinets it is wonderfully simple. Highly staged with pots of begonias and vintage watering cans for a lavish layout in Veranda magazine earlier this year, it could be transformed into a hard core workspace in less than an hour. But I don’t feel that’s the point.
The house, called Patina Farm (couple’s home décor book has the same name), is presented as the dream home built by Giannetti Architects, an influential design world couple with a signature home products brand. It strikes me as the So Cal equivalent of the agrarian lifestyle movement — a migration from city life to a country home with beautifully appointed interiors, views, land and animals.
I hope the Giannettis won’t be offended by my theory that their house defines a new agrarian home style. It’s a farm, but one that’s rustic yet polished, simple yet sophisticated, and countrified yet gentrified. It has a European aura with American details. The look is rooted in tradition but reinterpreted. It has patina plus the conviction of a new concept fully, and beautifully, executed.
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