Approximately a year and a half ago I started receiving comments on Velvet and Linen from Interior Designer Penelope Bianchi. Her comments were always filled with passion, and reflected her love of life and interior design. We began corresponding, and I always looked forward to hearing from her. I knew I had made a connection with a kindred spirit.
No event made this more evident than when I received my September 2010 issue of House Beautiful. I casually flipped through the magazine until I reached an image and a title that made my heart pound: "Patina"
Whose house could this be? Penelope Bianchi's, of course! After reading Penny's interview and taking in all of the details in every gorgeous image, I sent an email off to Penny. "We both love Patina!" I explained to her that Steve and I were actually writing a book about our design philosphy that was based on embracing the natural beauty of finishes and textiles that comes from years of age and use.
A few months later, Penny invited me and Steve to a Lars Bolander book signing at her home. There was absolutely no way I would miss it! You can read all about it in the blog post that I wrote about this amazing evening.
Our visit to Penny's home changed our image of our future. It was the beginning of our dream of Patina Farm!
Since then, Penny and I have become great friends...
She has introduced me to countless gorgeous design blogs as well as to beautiful places like Rose Story Farm...
She's given me invaluable life advice including how to be an adored Grandmother!
Me, Penny, and Penny's lovely grand-daughter "Poppy" (whose real name is "Penny").
She has taught me so much about life and design. I've really never met anyone so generous, and her positive outlook on life is absolutely intoxicating.
Then a couple of months ago, Penny sent me an email asking me if she could host a Patina Style book signing at her home. How fantastic!
We'd love to share this evening with you... Please join us on Thursday, November 3rd at the Montecito, Ca home of Penelope and Adam Bianchi. It will surely be a magical evening for us all.
You will receive the Bianchi's address once you RSVP to email@example.com
Hope to see you on November 3rd!