A Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt!!

It's Valentine's Day again! So how do you show that special someone that you care? With my husband of 28 years, I have found that it's never the monetary gifts never that show him how special he is to me – after all, his eyes don’t light up at a blue Tiffany box like mine do!! But he always appreciates little notes and handmade gifts which bring out that youthful smile I fell in love with all those years before. When we first married, we were as different as black and white, but ...

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Stars & Stripes Forever!

Fireworks? Sign me up!! July 4 is one of my favorite holidays -- always happy to celebrate all the graces Americans enjoy. With our home renovation complete, we can finally entertain, ring the bell of freedom, and wave the red, white & blue! By July, it’s a tad hot here in Houston, so my July 4 party planning is super easy and breezy! Décor! Since my overall landscape theme is green and white (rosemary, roses, boxwood) – I am going to use BIG star stencils on my back lawn and ...

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Segreto’s Organization Challenge – Reader Submissions!

Last week we hosted Segreto's very first Organization Challenge! Seven amazing blogs came together to share their projects - everything from pantries to closets, offices to master bathrooms! If you haven't had the chance to see them yet, visit our previous blog here, they were all so great! Today we have submissions from our wonderful readers on their own organization makeovers!!! Below we have four of our favorites to share!! Enjoy these inspiring spaces! Teresa's Pantry ...

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Salvaging A Light Fixture & House Update!

With all the money going out the door with my house renovation, I am really making an effort to try and paint or refurbish my existing pieces as much as I can rather than give away, sell or buy new!!   I bought this chandelier from Joyce Horn Antiques to place in my entryway years ago.  Italian made, it was green and rust colored with bundles of hanging grapes and crystal accents galore; I just had to have it! 15 years later, all the grapes and crystals that I had originally adored ...

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Christmas, Segreto Style!

There are few holidays that inspire more decorating excitement than Christmas! From the shop windows to the fireplace mantle and everywhere in between, I just love seeing what beautiful and unique ways others are celebrating the holiday season!! Source Such splendor in this statue draped in cedar and pine boughs with pine cones and ribbon.  This year, I will keep in mind the advice of Emily Thompson, flower designer of the above,"Everything is so maxi-malist at the holidays, there's ...

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The Perfect Hostess Gift!

Such a fun time of year with so many wonderful holiday parties and get-togethers!! What do you get that sweet hostess who has planned and prepared to insure that you have a perfect evening? Source A simple and adorable DIY, this serving platter is one part functional and two parts cool. Simply purchase a white ceramic serving tray, and a small container of chalk board paint available at most craft suppliers. Paint the flat surface of the tray and let dry overnight. Viola! Gift with a ...

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A Week With Segreto!!

With fall just around the corner we have started our holiday crunch; trying to get all of our sweet Segreto clients finished in time for holiday entertaining! Here are a few projects we have been working on this week!   With the orange stained ceiling beams trend falling in line with avocado green shag carpets, we are constantly busy transforming these architectural elements to a weathered gray antique look! Here is Jerry applying the first step to kill the orange undertones. Who says ...

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A Limewashed Facelift for my Exterior

I have researched the web high and low to find the best solutions for altering my exterior brick. My husband for the last 28 years has loved the brick and finally is letting me change it. I debated between a slurried brick finish (mortar troweled or brushed a top of the brick), a painted brick or a lime washed surface. I finally decided to go with the lime wash. Source Lime washing can be done many different ways. It can be applied to give full coverage over the brick or you can let ...

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And the Renovation Continues… Master Bath Edition!

Well my house renovation is in full force and underway!!  My bathroom is gutted and I am trying to finalize all of the selections. Marble is the topic today!! Here is my inspiration picture!  I love the way the marble comes down onto the cabinet!!!  As you can see, we are going a totally different direction than the original floors —from brown to white!! I have been shopping the globe for slabs and finally realized it is best to find your flooring first. It is easier to get a sample of the ...

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Before and After Transformations

Finding the perfect finishing pieces for your home can be like the classic search for the needle in the haystack. Getting completely custom furniture can be extremely pricey but sometimes you find pieces that just need a creative facelift to turn it into something uniquely perfect for your home! At the Segreto workshop, we get to see the "Grand Reveal" every day. Enjoy some of our Before and After Pictures Below...    Have a great week!  xo  Leslie ...

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