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I discovered the blog, “Velvet and Linen,” last year.  I like the work done by Brooke Gianetti and her architect husband Steve Gianetti because of the materials, color combinations, use of texture, and Steve’s art.  They have been featured in many high end magazines.  The pictures below are from Veranda and Romantic Homes.   The photo above is a home that the Gianettis designed for a charity show house.  Notice the beautiful canvases painted by Steve.  This room reminds me of the beach.  The raised panel shutters are the color of sand, the paintings are the water and sky, and the upholstery is the clouds.  I think that this would be an easy room in which to live.

When Veranda magazine came calling, they photographed this living room at the Gianetti home.

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A closet was made out of shuttered doors.  I used this picture in my blog about dried hydrangeas in an earlier post.

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The antique marble vessel sink is rustic and the gold mirror is ornate….a great combination in the powder room. Note that the sink is incorporated in an old table…no need to buy an expensive vanity that would not have nearly as much charm.

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This is Brooke as she passes by the doorway to the powder room on photography day.


In Romantic Homes magazine, Steve gives 10 tips for saving money when you build your own home.


Romantic Homes also featured the master bedroom. Notice the salvaged architectural tin wall hanging and the old French bed that Brooke bought from eBay.  Humble items take on a new life and look so glamorous!


This is the master bath off of the above bedroom.  We had a claw foot tub when I was growing up in Iowa.  My mother couldn’t wait to get rid of it and install a more “modern tub.”  Baths were never the same after that.  The claw foot tub was so special!


It is difficult to tell but the chandelier is covered with sea shells.  The mirror was once a window in a church.


To see more designs from this talented husband and wife team, visit www.brookegiannetti.typepad.com   Study the site to help yourself visualize repurposing materials for your own home.  Create and be happy!