Segreto Vignettes! My Advanced Copy Has Arrived!!!

I had a surprise package today!!! An advanced copy of Segreto Vignettes came to the office! My staff wanted me to open the box in front of them, so when I walked into the office I had a rush of people coming my way with their big surprise!! Yes, I had approved things along the way but never had seen the book all together and bound! The printer would send me a bound book with no writing to approve the binding and the paper. Next, the book hardcover jacket, then the printed pages and ...

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Rose Quartz and Serenity: Color of the Year 2016

For the first time ever, the combination of two colors was chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year for 2016. A blush pink called Rose Quartz and a soft blue tone called Serenity. Source After a ten-year streak of vibrant pop colors, these more subdued hues are a welcome change of pace! According to Pantone's website, "Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure." "Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky ...

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Lavender Fields

A staple in the scenic hills of France and England, there are few herbs with as long and rich a history as lavender! Source I have always loved the fragrance, look and color of these pretty bundles, so imagine my surprise when I learned that there were two beautiful lavender farms practically in my own backyard! The first, Chappell Hill Lavender Farm, is located in nearby Brenham, Texas, in the heart of bluebonnet country! A mere eight miles from historic Chappell Hill, this ...

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Yellow

The color yellow, one of the original pigments praised for its relation to the sun. Whether bright and cheery or rich and warm, using yellow in the home can impacts us from our brain function to our moods and everything in between! Source Whether you are left or right brained, yellow appeals to both our logical and creative sides! The lightest color on the wheel inspires original thought, heightens mental agility, and stimulates inquisitiveness. Yellow has also proven to be a ...

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Maria Killam & Colour Me Happy!

If you haven’t heard of her already, someone you need to know is Maria Killam, author of Colour Me Happy, one of the top color blogs in North America. With over 250,000 readers in 171 countries across the world, Maria is an internationally known color specialist-- a true master of color!! Never without a happy smile, this sought after color expert is not only a decorator and stylist but she also gives training sessions to designers, architects, decorators and stagers on how to choose the ...

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Gray in the Home

Thanks everyone for the sweet supportive comments about the lime washing at my house!!!  I will send you pics when we are done!!  The new Antique Shops & Designer Magazine is out and I wanted to share a portion of my latest article about the Color Gray and give you a sneak peak of my upcoming book Segreto Style!!!! The room below, one of my all times favorites, is from the talented Talbot Cooley From TC Interiors!!! I loved the soothing polished plaster we applied in this bedroom!!!  This ...

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Blaygeen [bley-geen]- The Perfect Shade of Blue-Gray-Green

The new Addition of Antique Shops and Designers Magazine is out which features the article I just wrote on how to find that perfect shade of blue, gray, green. Here is a sneak peak-- Hope you enjoy!! Discovering that perfect shade of neutral “blue” can be rather difficult. My clients are often looking for the ideal blue, gray or green - not too blue, but a little muddy; sophisticated, not depressing. I have to take a deep breath just listening to their descriptions, and to reassure them I ...

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It’s All About Blue

Thank you to Autumn of Design Dump for writing a review of the book showing her favoirte pics!  She has great new products that she is constantly reviewing and giving her list of superstars!  Please give her a look!! Thanks for that Autumn you have really saved me alot of leg work. Hope everyone has a happy July 4th!  I should write about red, white and blue, but, from what I've seen latley it seems to be all about blue. We can't seem to get enough! And though it appears to be the trend of ...

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The Perfect White!!

Inspired by the Southern Creole style of well-known architect Ken Tate, this LSU alumna Claire Boyles wanted a home with a timeless and livable mix of old and new. She hired architect J. Marshall Porterfield to create his spin on Louisiana style and Steve Blalock to build her dream home. Keeping to clean lines and a primarily white color palette for the walls, the homeowner warms up the space with rich plaster, wonderful antiques and pops of contemporary art. The entry hall has a great ...

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