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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Two Entrepreneurial Woman-Two Creative Homes!

Hi Friends!  We have been inspired by the break and have been working on some new projects at Segreto!!! These two have been super fun as each were spearheaded by super creative entrepreneurial women. The first home is Susan's, a long time friend who owns and runs Multiplicity, a venue, boutique and artisan school in Old Town Katy, Texas. Along with hosting weddings and events she and her staff teach group or private lessons on jewelry making, sculpture and a multitude of crafts--what a ...

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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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Colorado Update Part 3-Bedrooms and Baths!

Well here is the last in the series!  Thank you for all your wonderful comments!! The house isn't completely done yet but close! I really wanted to plaster the house but due to my crews heavy schedules and the contractor's timeline it just didn't work out!   This was my inspiration board for the bedrooms!  What did I use? I loved the fabric behind the bed designed by Susan Blankenship(house is in Segreto Vignettes!) but with my lower ceilings and small room, I decided it wouldn't ...

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Colorado Update!

Hi Friends! I am sorry it has taken so long to update you on the Colorado home!  I really wanted to finish and show you the progression all at one time.  so we have a three week series from start to finish. It definitely is a big change and a totally different look. Remember these pictures of the original townhome we purchased, furniture and all? Although hubby John was thrilled with all the furnishings in the unit, I though it felt dark and a bit claustrophobic. He even loved the torn ...

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What Segreto’s Been Up to!

We have been busy with so many fun projects that I thought it was time to share! I have had so much fun seeing some of the homes we have worked on, furnished!! This is a stately, established home where the bones are amazing and the homeowners just wanted an update. The original moldings and floors remained but the walls were coated with plaster in a soothing warm tone. Before, the moldings were white, but toning them to the plaster put focus on the architecture and floors and really ...

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How do you Design a Den around a New Barbie Couch?!

Hi Friends!!  Before we start I wanted to show you the amazing showroom Vivaldi which I am going to speak at this Wed.! The first time I walked into this place I felt like I was in an art gallery!!  Although they also have a warehouse, they have a large showroom where the slab are mounted and back-lit!!! I know this one will be a really fun event!!!  Come with firends for lunch and walk with me though the gallery where I will show how different colors and finishes complement your ...

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Extreme Chair Makeovers – Project Reveal!!!

It's Friday!! And, you know what that means...it's time to reveal some Extreme Chair Makeovers from these talented and fabulous bloggers! Please click on all these other wonderful designers and bloggers who have done their own chair makeovers! If you haven't seen my chair redo's from last week's blog they are at the bottom! Before you leave, I would love your vote for the Amara Interior Blog Awards!  I am so honored to be up for this year's short list!!! More information below! ...

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Project Design: Extreme Chair Makeovers!

  When I was asked to participate in the upcoming project design on Extreme Chair Makeovers, it started me thinking about all the chair makeovers I had done at my own home!  Although it would be wonderful going into a store and seeing the perfect chair with the perfect fabric, this rarely happens to me!!! Below you will see my chair makeovers and Friday we will post the link to other top design bloggers' outcomes to their chair challenge!  So stay tuned!!! Here is just a small ...

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House Tours All Day Long!

Hope you're all having a great Memorial Day weekend!! One thing I love about work is that I am able to see so many different beautiful homes and basically go on home tours all day long!! I thought it would be fun to have you come along with me! My first stop of the day was checking on a new construction that we were finishing up for designer Sarah Eilers and builder Andy Abercrombie! The kitchen, full of charm, has a special finish in which we add sand to the primer before we paint and ...

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