I Am Now an IKEA Hack-Segreto’s Updated Showroom!

Mar 18, 2019

Hi Friends!! Happy Spring!! I have been meaning to update you on the new things we have done to our offices and the warehouse, but you know how time gets away from us. Wanting to renovate, we thought we would get creative to come up with some solutions to house all of our samples and refresh our showroom.

Here is what it looked like about 6 years ago with the art work! Looking back, I do miss personally painting and certainly miss looking at all the beautiful art pieces which revolved on a monthly basis!! Until we can get a bigger space, our proprieties had to be to accommodating all of our client meetings and showcase samples.  Bye bye art!

Here is the before of our main conference room. It was originally the garage before we renovated the house.  I thought I would never run out of space. But 6 years later, we were bursting at the seams!

This is a shot of one side of the big room off the entry. We thought we could take this space that we previously used for retail and set up a second conference area!

Here is what it looks like today. The two chairs shown are part of a set of four.  It has been a great place to sit and meet.  For the sample display area I had spent hours drawing out different ideas for custom cabinetry but……. every carpenter I knew was working hard to get people back in their homes after Harvey. We had to rethink our plans and figure out what could we buy or build ourselves?

KALLAX Shelf unit IKEA Choose whether you want to place it vertically or horizontally to use it as a shelf or sideboard.


GODMORGON/TOLKEN / TÖRNVIKEN Vanity, countertop and 17 3/4" sink IKEA


The inset drawers and top cubbies are all from??… you guessed it – IKEA!  The waterfall bases are our newest innovation, SegretoStone. All the metal bins are from Pottery Barn. My fingers were crossed when I ordered them all online hoping that all the colors blended together.

Thankfully the colors all worked!! We added brass hardware to dress up the drawers and Kirby designed this wonderful Lucite and SegretoStone conference table to meet!!

Safavieh Natural Fiber Coastal Solid Sisal Marble/ Dark Grey Area Rug - 8' X 8' Square


The sisal rugs came from Overstock and were so well priced! They come in all sorts of sizes and look so much more expensive than they are!! A great bang for your buck.

Set with chairs from IKEA this area has become the perfect meeting space! The brass bulletin board with inset linen are from Restoration Hardware Teen.  Now all the samples are organized by color and so easy to find. Eventually this section will house the new Segreto color story. We will have plaster, paint, Segretostone and cabinet samples which will all coordinate providing clients the entire color palette in one place.  We liked the design of the entire space so much we recreated it in our main conference room!

My office got a bit of a revamp as well!!  Here is what it looked like when I shared it with Isai, our operations manager.  When he moved to the warehouse, my daughter Kirby moved in, and we felt we needed a bit of blush and pink to girly it up.

The desks and base of the new SegretoStone table are all from IKEA.  I used the same rug as in the conference areas, purchased the desk chairs from Pottery Barn Teen and added the two stools, allowing more seating for design meetings. These I found online from my favorite discount shopping sites, Ruelala.  The pink painting is actually a French framed wall covering from the 50’s that I purchased from Mecox!! I still love my plastered walls and pine ceiling that we finished to feel reclaimed!

We even coated our wooden doors with our blush SegretoStone!! It feels so heavy and solid now!!  The other side facing the hall is gray!

With no more art to hang we decided to hang some of our favorite samples on the walls!! After all, they are a form of art and clients love to see them displayed!!

Shelves from IKEA that we painted to read like brass line the hallways and hold our samples!!

I found these great well pricedsuper cool frames from Wexel Art that can be customized to any size!! I have some of the covers from the magazines we are featured in hanging on the wall! They would look amazing with family photos in your own homes. The chair-purchased 32 years ago for my dining room has been stripped bleached and finished to read as a natural wood tone rather than shiny dark mahogany!!

What a transformation.  Now the entire set of chairs surrounds a new SegretoStone table in the large conference room!  I love the contemporary mixed with aged finishes!!  Glad I save everything!! We are currently working on updating the bathroom but you know how they say the cobbler has no shoes, well in this case we have no powder bath. I hope you enjoyed the tour!! Our new layout has made it so much easier for us to serve our clients better–all the beautiful finishes are well organized and at our fingertips!! Next week I am going to take you on a warehouse tour!! Till then-Xo Leslie

  • Sandra Smith
    Posted at 04:32h, 18 March Reply

    Leslie, I loved reading this one with all the great tips. Thanks for sharing the Wexel Art site. I can use that one. Your designs are creative and beautifully executed. Kirby has quite the eye.

    Can’t wait to see the Studio tour.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:04h, 19 March Reply

      Hi Sandra!! I am so happy to see you hear. The art site is great and so affordable. I use to have them all custom made! Kirby is so talented–this is her Moma speaking-haha. Looking forward to seeing you at the studio!xo

  • Belinda
    Posted at 07:00h, 18 March Reply

    Hi Leslie,

    I have the same exact chairs but in dark mahogany wood. I love the way you transformed your chairs. What type of paint/ finishes did you utilize?


    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:03h, 19 March Reply

      Hi Belinda!! I stripped and bleached them several times first. Then I used a primer wash to kill the rest of the red undertones and applied a very translucent warm gray glaze!! I do love them now–the carvings show up so much prettier!! Good luck in your transformation!!

  • Debbie Moseley
    Posted at 07:11h, 18 March Reply

    Amazing!!!!! And also miss you 😘

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:01h, 19 March Reply

      Hi Debbie!! Miss you too!! Lets get together! I would love to catch up!! xo

  • Melanie Kershner
    Posted at 08:33h, 18 March Reply

    Really great space. Congratulations. Our Arts and Crafts grilles would also be a nice addition.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:00h, 19 March Reply

      Hi Melanie!! They are always a beautiful addition!! You are right, mine could use a facelift!!

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 09:07h, 18 March Reply

    Love your work, and I always look forward to getting your blog. One day, after I win the lottery, I will have you do it all in my dream home! Your new space looks great!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:59h, 19 March Reply

      Hi Stephanie!! I am so glad you find some inspiration with it!! I look forward to helping you but in the mean time there are so many wonderful things you can do yourself that makes your home your own. To me every home is beautiful when it reflects who lives there!! Have a wonderful day!!

  • susan
    Posted at 09:08h, 18 March Reply

    Your showroom is even prettier in person. On a recent visit, I came away overwhelmed with the beautiful art that you create on walls, floors, counter tops,and cabinets . And you and your staff were so welcoming. Houston is blessed with such talent as yours.
    Thanks, Leslie and team.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:57h, 19 March Reply

      Hi Susan!! Such a sweet email to start the day with!! Come by anytime!! xo

  • susan patt
    Posted at 10:05h, 18 March Reply

    picture perfect, leslie…always .LOVE seeing you beautiful work and ideas and smart shopping tips! xoxo

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:57h, 19 March Reply

      Hi Sweet Susan!! I still want to come by and see your lovely new home!! Happy Spring!!

  • Patricia
    Posted at 10:13h, 18 March Reply

    Brilliant, always inspiring 👏

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:56h, 19 March Reply

      Hi Patricia!! So fun to hear from someone from down under!! Best part of the internet!!

  • Myra K Baker
    Posted at 10:59h, 18 March Reply

    Love every detail. Love that you weren’t “too stuffy” to use IKEA and share your exciting results. You are so very talented and creative.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:55h, 19 March Reply

      Hi Myra!! My offices are right down the street from IKEA. they have so many wonderful well priced options that can easily be reinvented!! Thank you so much for following along!! xo

  • Luisa R Patterson
    Posted at 18:12h, 22 March Reply

    Like always Leslie You make everything just just beautiful:)

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:29h, 23 March Reply

      Hi Sweet Luisa!! I hope you are doing just great!! xo

  • Joni Webb
    Posted at 04:02h, 25 March Reply

    I love the new office! The pink is darling!!! Hope all is well with you!!!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:18h, 25 March Reply

      Hi Miss Joni!! So good to hear from you! all good would love to get together!! miss you!!

  • Izabela
    Posted at 18:56h, 12 April Reply

    Hi, I was reading a blog and someone dropped the link of your blog there. One click later and I am sifting to your transformations. Could you either do a post or explain how you changed the picture ledger and made it brass looking? I would be very interested. Also, the IKEA shelves that hold your samples, it is grey on the outside. Did you paint it? How? And with what? I have the same shelves in black and I do not think they would paint well. Thank you. Your place looks wonderful. Best regards from the Bay Area.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:26h, 22 April Reply

      Hi Izabela! I hope you had a great weekend. I primed them and just spray painted them with a gold metallic spray paint I found at Home Depot. I was going to do a finish on top of it but there was no need. super easy! Good luck and happy painting!!

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