Perfect Patina

Monday, February 13, 2012

I was with a friend once and saw something in a store and said "Cool patina." She pretended to know what I meant (she never admits to not knowing something), and picked up a brand new wine glass and said "This one?"  After I stopped laughing, I gave her my precise, professional, definition of patina: "You know, how it looks when it's old." Haha ... not exactly the textbook definition, but it works for me.  My favorites are cream patina and green patina, but there are lots of other beautiful examples here, too:

I had a client once whose 125 year old dining room walls looked JUST LIKE THIS, below.  To date, my biggest professional disappointment is that I couldn't convince her to keep them. She painted over them. In brown  :(

Quite possibly my all time favorite image, below.  It's even my Facebook timeline photo :)


If you want to learn more, Brooke Giannetti's book, Patina Style, is a must read.

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Loribeth said...

All chippy and beautiful! Love it!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

So gorgeous! I love the daybeds and the chandeliers especially! There is nothing more beautiful than a piece with patina.
Thank you for sharing, and have a nice Tuesday.

The enchanted home said...

Hi DROOLING over this post!!!! This is a keeper! Stacy, hope you are doing well and "hanging in there" and I laughed when you mentioned your friend who "never admits to not knowing something"....we must have the same friend, lol. I love to play tricks, and will invent something or say "did you hear about...." making up a story and she plays right into it like a bee to honey...we laugh about it, its pretty funny. Gorgeous post!!!!!!!! Happy Valentines day!

Acquired Objects said...

OMG so many wonderful images with great patina! There's a chest up there that I'm absolutely drooling over! Funny about your friend but if she doesn't collect antiques she won't know.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said... manage to post the most incredible subject matter..I love this one!...Every, every image is beautiful...So, I guess my new word for me would be "patina"..Like, I have such great "patina" on my face..sounds better than I am getting old and seeing a wrinkle here and there!..

I do not have that book..definitely off to order it!


Cynthia said...

Beautiful pictures. I love the wodwork the best with ornate moldings.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Love the patina look. The soft greens and blues are naturally aged and its hard to duplicate it any other way. The colors are beautiful.

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

What beautiful images! I just love the old with turquoise anything!

Kay said...

You SO have my number on this post! I'll probably post every one of these to my pinterest file. LOVE. PATINA.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

This might be my favorite post ever~I loved every image. Cheers to Patina!

pretty pink tulips said...

Looking at these gorgeous photos, I immediately thought of Brooke. Her book should arrive from my friends at Amazon any day now!!!

xoxo Elizabeth

Haus and Home said...

That is so funny about your friend and you tricking her. Yes I posted a new picture, I got a new haircut and had my hubby take a picture of me the another night at dinner so I thought I would put it up :)
Happy Valentine's Day!

Interior Design Musings said...

That's hilarious!! And as usual, some of the most amazing images. Love them! M.

Ivy Clad said...

How starchy and boring life would be without a little patina! I love this post.

Let me know if you plant a pleached hedge. I would love to see how it turns out!


Angela / LifeLoveLuxe said...

There is something so hauntingly beautiful about well-worn, well-loved furniture, as though it has many stories to tell. Gorgeous post!

Sheila @SZInteriors said...

I love all the images in this post! If I started pinning, I'm not sure where I'd stop!!!

Angela said...

you facebook timeline photo is one of my favourite images I have pinned.