Herb Gardens Inside and Out!

Hi Friends!  I hope this week will be special for you all!! When I was little and lived in Georgia, my Dad moved us out to the country to live in an old farmhouse built in the early 1800's. With land, and a barn, he wanted to complete our experience by having us plant a garden.  Thinking big, he plowed an acre and we planted lettuce, tomatoes, squash, turnip greens, carrots green beans and more. Although it was fun seeing how things grow, the amount of work it took to weed, harvest and can all ...

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Houston & Hurricane Harvey!

Hi Friends! I know many of you are living though hurricane Harvey and others have been watching it on TV.  Thank you for all for your emails and texts from around the globe to make sure we are ok.  I can't tell you how much it is appreciated.  So.... I thought I would send you a bit of what we experienced at Segreto. Friday was business as usual, although the roads were barren and the only commotions and crowds were at the grocery stores and gas stations as people prepared for the ...

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California Dreaming and the Most Beautiful Succulents!

Hi Friends!  I hope you all have had a great week! Well for me, it was California beach house dreaming when we got back from a vacation to see John's family. John grew up in Torrance, and lived in Marina Del Ray before he moved to Houston at the ripe old age of 35. When we visit his family we stay in Hermosa beach at The Beach House, which is the only hotel located right on the beach in the Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo beach area. Growing up close by, these beaches are where he lived ...

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A Great Store, The Best Banana Pudding, And A Few Finishes!

Hi Friends!  I hope you all have had a wonderful week!  Before we talk Segreto's finishes I wanted to share the fun Mother's Day weekend I had in Georgia, announce the winner of Kristy Harvey's book trilogy and give you the recipe for the best banana pudding I have ever had! The Perfect Mother's Day! I was so excited to go back to my home state which I had not returned to since I was sixteen. So when Lisa owner of  The Front Porch of Vinings asked me to do a book signing, I was super ...

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It’s Round Top Time Again!!!

Good Morning Friends!!  It’s time to put our boots(or comfy sneakers) on and head to Round Top, Texas for my favorite antique show! Can’t wait to hit the fields and search for new treasures! Source Each year the Antique Show gets bigger and bigger and with so many vendors it’s nearly impossible to hit them all!  With more than 60 venues to visit, and over 2000 dealers, this show has certainly put the small Texas town of Round Top on the map!!! The Round Top - Warrenton area shows take ...

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My Valentine’s Table Setting!!!

My favorite part of any holiday dinner event is thinking of ways to set the table. And Valentine's Day is no different!! Last year, I was especially excited for my Valentine's Day dinner because my sweet mother had given me a set of blush pink stemware for Christmas. These glasses were given to her by her mother years before, so I love that there's a history to them! My aunt Gayle also gave me the most beautiful blush pink tablecloth that had been hers. I guess they all knew my favorite color is ...

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Segreto is off to Fredericksburg!

We recently all packed up to work on a beautiful home in Fredericksburg Texas.  The last time I had been there was 25 years ago, when hubby and I stayed at a bed and breakfast-something they are known for!  I was excited to revisit this quaint Texas town! Source I found this historical home for sale which is a great example of all the beautiful stone work on all of the older homes, both the inside and out! Can't you just imagine a whole village with structures like this back in 1846 ...

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How to Pick the Best Down Comforter!

While I'm so excited about our new vacation home in Colorado (see the before pics here), it's starting to hit me just how many things you need in order to set up a new house! Pots and pans, glassware, towels, sheets, dishes, shower curtains, cleaning supplies...... and that doesn't even get me started on furniture!!! Lately, I've been focused on getting new bedding, which means I need to buy down comforter inserts. There's such a wide range of prices, depending on fill quality, stitching, ...

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Styling Your Bar Cart!

Originating as tea trolleys in the Victorian era, bar carts became popular in the 1950s at the end of Prohibition when cocktail hours were the rage. Now, the bar cart is here to stay and has become a staple accessory in home decor. Just like when you're designing a space in your home, a well-styled bar cart begins with a plan...and a great bar cart! I've gathered some great tips to get the good times (and your fantastic bar cart) rolling in time for the holidays! source 1. Find a Fabulous ...

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A Day on the Farm!

It is so much fun working on ranch or farm homes. Texas has so much land and beautiful places so close to home!!! I just had to share this wonderful homestead that I was so blessed to work in. I am always in such a hurry to get back to Houston to make the next appointment, but here I just wanted to stay!!! I had done work for the couple here in Houston and when they were remodeling their kitchen in their farmhouse in Bellville, I got to take a field trip! Bellville, population 4,097, was ...

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