Segreto Finishing

When I went to Round Top I had the privilege of meeting Leslie Sinclair, the owner of Segreto Finishes. I now have two of her books that I love! There filled with timeless designs and ideas.
She works with some of the top designers in Texas. The images I'm posting are from her new book.

Leslie owns a Faux finishing business which she started in 1995 after her third child was born. It started as a hobby and grew into a part time venture, but the company kept growing. For Leslie to be able to work at her hobby as a career was really exciting and fun for her! 

The faux finish in this bathroom is subtle and beautiful.  That's what I love about her work!

Look how pretty the walls look in this entryway..

This is her newest book.

She has another book, Segreto Vignettes coming out Sept 2015.

 And yes, I do want to get it! 

The first 17 years she operated her business out of her home so she could see her kids in the morning, be there for lunch in the summer and see them after school. Her staff and her clients grew up with her family and Visa Versa. She said her sweet husband was so patient. But, after 17 years she purchased two small 1950's homes  close to her home and moved Segreto there.

Every room has her work displayed..from the walls to the flooring! 

I love both of her books, but this is my favorite so far! I can't wait until her next book comes out in Sept!

Leslie has been renovating her own home for the last 15 months. She says, " I practice what I preach, no one loves finishes, or design more than me." It will be fun to see her home when shes done!  To see the before pictures of her office go here. To order her books go here and here

Here is her Bio!

The world of decorative painting is limitless, ever-changing and richly complex. Finishes for walls, ceilings, floors and cabinetry are crucial to the embodiment of a home’s character. Segreto Finishes’ niche in the world of design motivates owner Leslie Sinclair to constantly explore new techniques and finishes that appeal to a vast multitude of styles and personal tastes.
Leslie lives by the philosophy that upon entering a room, your eyes should not draw a distinction to one element or finish but should see the surroundings as a whole. By developing a palette that complements a home’s architecture and design, surroundings are given a new perspective.
Graduating from the University of Texas with a business degree, Leslie, mother of three, left her corporate job in 1995 to start Segreto Finishes, naming the company after her husband’s family. Segreto, which means secret in Italian, rolls up all of Leslie’s passions — architecture, interior design, art, people and business– into her idea of the perfect job. Leslie’s talent for color, bringing innovative products to Houston, hiring and training a quality staff and working with people on their individual needs, built Segreto’s reputation.

Thanks for stopping by!




I've been on the sofa with pneumonia and it isn't going away real quick! In fact it feels like eternity... 
But, for now lets get on with stripes!


 You can add texture, color and drama through a variety of different striped fabrics. I love stripes, they go with almost any pattern and style..

Does anyone know who designed this?


Contemporary, casual, or formal.

( Bill Ingram)

They work

Anna Spiro

If you look closely, most of the fabrics have some form of a stripe. The size, direction and color of the striped pattern determines the outcome.

Anna Spiro

Anna Spiro

I've always loved stripes on a sofa...

Upholster a chair, love-seat in a striped fabric to jazz up a room. Look how the casual stripe up-dates this antique chair.

Anna Spiro

Kate Forman

So pretty...
A small stripe on the sofa and the rug has a free form stripe

There's a lot of fabrics in this room..The striped sofa calms all the other fabrics down...brings everything together.

I realized I have a lot of striped clothing, but I don't have furniture with striped fabrics..
I guess I need to change that!

( House Beautiful)

You can mix a stripe with other patterns in the same room. Keep the patterns in the same color hues and mix larger and smaller ones together.


Irving&Morrison, Photo,Miguel flores-Vianna, Elle Decor

Love, the fabrics in this display...again, there are 3  patterns of stripes. It works because there different in scale and pattern.

I love this quote!
(found it here

Being sick has given me some time to think about where I want my business and blog to go and what I need to do to achieve that.

I'm working on a web-site and gathering new photos of my work. The photos I have are old...

Yes, I'm married to a photographer and you would think this would be an easy task. 

My goal is within the next couple of months to photograph my new work...I have at least 5 homes to photograph.

The last two years I've been helping take care of my parents..it was hard to focus on my blog and to give it the attention it needs...I'm hoping I will have the extra time now.
 Don't get me wrong...
I loved my parents and was blessed I could be there for them...it was a stressful time and I miss both of them so much. 
I also wanted to thank all the people who reached out to me during such a difficult time...it amazes me the wonderful bloggers and people out in blogland!

You are awesome!


A bedroom make over

( Lisa Ruby Ryan)

I'm working on a bedroom with one of my favorite clients...we are putting together inspiration pictures and getting a plan together..I thought I would share with you some of our ideas...
(Brooke Giannetti)

( Decor Pad)

We want to use wallpaper on one wall, something like this floral one.

we need two bedroom dressers for next to the bed..

She likes this chandelier

This could hold the T.V.

She has this rug, but I'm not sure we are going to use it.

This is the room now

Were keeping the blue/gray paint color.
What do you think so far? 

And don't forget to read below for a great give away!

Dear Carolina author, Kristy Harvey is doing a fabulous giveaway to one lucky winner! 
A $1,000 dollar spending spree from design Chic...
It's so easy to enter…
Once you've purchased your copy of the book simply send the proof of purchase to readdearcarolina@gmail.com.  A photo of the book is fine as well. How fun would a $1,000.00 be to spend at their on-line store... 

The lucky winner will also receive a free e-copy of the Dear Carolina Companion cookbook! It will be full of favorite Southern recipes from renowned bloggers as well as family members, and Dear Carolina printable quotes just for entering!


Dear Carolina

I had the pleasure of reading Dear Carolina. Kristy Woodson Harvery, our fellow blogger of Design Chic has written this beautiful book. She sent me a copy and asked me to review it and I'm so glad she did.

Its a beautiful story of two strong southern women whose lives become connected through a baby.  The strength of a young women and her emotional journey will bring tears to your eyes...her bravery is impressive. 
Dear Carolina draws you into the lives of both women and weaves their story unto your heart. I didn't want it to end...I've been thinking about the characters and I want to know the next chapter of their lives. 

It reminded me of how important it is to come along side each other through difficult times. That family and children should be treasured..that a tragic situation can bring many blessings and love.

The book is filled with  many heartfelt quotes like this one. 

I fell n love with the main characters...The young Jodi and Khaki, the Interior designer. Like I said, I didn't want the book to end. 

Thanks Kristy, were very proud of you!

 Dear Carolina will be available May 5th., but you can pre-order it at

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