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While gratitude is always in my thoughts, it’s only natural that we take special note of it this time of year. And though I have many things to be thankful for, the following are the three that remain near and dear to my heart.


With adult children, I’m often thankful for how much time I get to spend with Charlie, Nick, and Leila.

Our Giannetti family portrait

It’s not lost on me that we have such a wonderful connection and that they were all here to support us in the opening of our new store at our housewarming party. And I’m forever grateful that I get to spend every day with Steve, my closest friend, and confidant.

The family category of course includes the Giannetti Animal Family, who mean so much to us and have been adapting well to their new home.


In a recent blog post, I explained the three core tenets that Steve and I have identified as our guiding principles. Community is one of those pillars and the driving force behind the opening of our new store, Patina Home and Garden. It’s also why I’ve continued the blog and started Letters From Brooke — to create a deeper connection with you even if we live far apart.

I miss my dear friends in Ojai and California, and I’m enjoying the company of new ones here in Leipers Fork. I’m so grateful for the friends we’ve made over the years — old and new — who have allowed us to create such a vibrant gathering space online and in person. That includes you! I’m so thankful for you and your support.


If you’ve been here with me for a while, it probably comes as no surprise that Mother Nature makes the list. I’m constantly in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds us wherever we go, while still providing the literal source of life with which we could not live without.

Nature at Patina Meadow

Nature has become such an important part of my life and I’m so grateful for the lessons it teaches me every day.


We’ve had an eventful year so far, and I could go on and on listing the things I’m grateful for, but I feel those are the three that capture the essence of why we do what we do here at Patina Home and Garden.

What are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you again for being a part of our community.



5 comentários


Jan 4, 2023

Brooke, I am thankful for your words of Wisdom. I am Thankful for my Health. I am Thankful for my Family and all my Great Friends. I am retired and I am a artist who enjoys painting watercolors. I also enjoy my little Mini Schnauzer which I rehomed last August, She is my Best Friend and my Soulmate. Brooke, I love all your animals. I love the way you treat them. I wish you and yours a Very Happy and Healthy New Year. May 2023 bring all of you joy!!


Brook, I so appreciate your words of wisdom. Although I have so much to be thankful for I still feel so unsettled. Retired now with the feeling I could, I should, I need to do more. Reading your wise words clears my thoughts and replaces it with something more peaceful. Thank you, V.


29 de nov. de 2022

I’m grateful for you now being part of my life and to be so inspired by your and Steve’s work and ethics and spirits as two very wonderful , kind and talented people. I discovered you about a year ago when I was in a Managed Isolation hotel room run by the New Zealand Government as part of its COVID response and your U tubes came up , unsolicited, when I was watching some others for Studio McGee and Amber Lewis . I have all of your books now and love following your evolving life in Leipers Fork . A truely remarkable transition by a remarkable couple . Your comment step by step into change stays with me always…


29 de nov. de 2022

I am so happy for you all. Will you and Leila still do an occasional cooking class? I always enjoyed them.



Pat Dodd Ryan
Pat Dodd Ryan
28 de nov. de 2022

Living on our own tiny slice of heaven here on Cape Cod with my husband and my cat. Plenty of gratitude for what we have and who we know and call friends.

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