Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Kitchen Inspiration Month: Day 29 - Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors

While I have to confess that I am a bit of design book hoarder, rarely do I find one so captivating that I want to share it with all of you. With over 100 in my collection, the best of the best get top billing on the living room table, where I pick them up and read them to avoid the chores of CDLV.

My newest addition is "Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors", by Leslie Sinclair; and is by far the most beautiful collection of rooms that aren't just gorgeous, but charasmatic, atmospheric, and covetable. Sinclair, who owns Houston based Segreto Finishes, specializes in paint finishes applied to walls, ceilings, cabinets; she even joked on her Skirted Roundtable Interview that if you stand in one place too long, you might end up with a subtle glaze! These finishes include a newly engineered gypson plaster application, glazes, faux stones, and murals.

Many houses I have shown in the past four years have been those where Segreto applied their magic. And magical is exactly what their finishes are. There is no way to adequately describe how beautiful Leslie’s finishes are. You almost have to experience them firsthand to truly understand their worth. The finishes are subtle and textural – wrapping the room in a soft color while adding an air of sophistication.

I thought a great way to end our Kitchen Inspiration Month, would be to share a few of the beautiful kitchens in Leslie's book, highlighting her amazing paint techniques - let's take a look.

Gorgeous right? Can you believe those cabinet finishes? This isn't your grandmother's faux finishing. In fact, I don't even like to think of Leslie's work as faux finish - but rather art. And I think that every high-end designer in Houston would concur.

For the past 16 years, Leslie and her team have been working on kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, you name it - they've painted it! Most surprising, Leslie has never been classically trained as a painter! She just picked up a brush and began to release her creative genius. And genius, it is! Her techniques are unique to her, seeing the finish in her mind, and then working on canvas until she gets the look perfect. The result - in one word: Inimitable.

To purchase “Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors” from the website click here or to purchase through Amazon click here.

Thank you to Segreto for supplying these photographs!


  1. I'm sorry to see Kitchen month go, Artie. I know you put a lot of work into it - and I've gotten so much inspiration from it, so thank you!

    Also, thank you for sharing the Segreto book. I have seen their work on several blogs, and I listed to Leslie's interview on the SRT, and it was really shocking that she wasn't trained.

    I suppose some people are just naturals at what they do!

  2. Love them! So much more life than a boring ole' white kitchen, Artie! Thank you for sharing! Too bad they're not in Califonia! :(

  3. I'm sad to see the month come to an end, too! But atleast we can always go back in for inspiration when we need it, right?

    Great work Artie.

  4. I'm thinking if you ever want to part with your collection of books Artie, you can call me. I'd gladly come and pick them up!

    Great ending for the series. Thanks so much for your hard work! P.S., You're nominated for the Homies on Apartment Therapy!!

  5. Great work, Artie.

  6. I'm in love with these finishes. I have an old Debbie Travis book, what a joke!LOL! I need this book, Artie!

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. I add my regrets that this series has ended and a big thank you for a yeoman's work. I have pinned or bookmarked most everything in this series. Leslie's work is beyond beautiful. I would love to have that first kitchen. I'll have to save my pennies and buy her book. If the images you have chosen are any example, it must be filled with lots more inspiration.
    All the best...Victoria

  8. Thank you so much for this beautiful series. I appreciate all the hard work you have put into it. You have a lovely blog and I look forward to any and all posts.

  9. A wonderful series Artie. The Segreto finishes are so luxe yet subtle I love the examples you have shown us!

    Art by Karena

  10. *** I think "W.O.Y", Artie!!!

    ****** Yes, "WE ...OWE...YOU" a huuuuuge THANK YOU for this OUTSTANDINGLY FABULOUS SERIES!!!*****

    This was obviously a.l.o.t of work for you... heck, it's almost a book... and I just couldn't ever wait til I saw your NEXT kitchen topic... Just WONDERFUL!!!

    My BFF from KS was here visiting last week, & I shared some of your pics... she's in the process of "remodeling/reworking" her large kitchen, and we had great fun thinking of ideas, etc... BUUUT, we needed YOU & your great IDEAS there, too!!!

    Thanks again!

    Linda in AZ *

  11. P.S. It's really HARD to "prove" one is not a ROBOT here,kiddo... either the letters are just tooooo hard to decipher, or I'm losing my eyesight! HELP, please!

    Again, thanks! Linda ***

  12. Hi Artie, I'm in love. With every single image, no joke. French inspired/clasic interiors are my favorite, and these are just incredible. Her art is amazing. Thanks for sharing it all, as I didn't know of her. Hope you are well!