Segreto Impressions is Ready for Pre-Order!
Hi Friends! Well, the day is here. Segreto Impressions, my favorite book to date is ready for pre-order! Why is it my favorite? Below is a sneak peek!
The pages are filled – yes over 400 of them – with an eclectic mix of simply beautiful interiors. The opening page starts with this stunning dining room in which we hand-painted a mural for Marie Flanigan complimenting her amazing decor!
Listening to you, I took the best parts of what you loved the most from all the previous Segreto books. Segreto Impressions starts with 30 full home tours, is followed by large sections of your favorite rooms like kitchens and baths, and then has a full section on different finishes, innovative ideas and even ideas on space planning and how to pick impact areas for special treatments. With so many top architects, designers, and builders involved in the rooms we teamed up with to create these places our clients call home, the visual inspiration is like no other Segreto publication.
This book is much more personal, sharing more of myself and my journey, as well as the homeowners’ and designers’ visions. We all want to live beautiful lives and enjoy precious moments in time with those we love. Home is often where we can do that the best. It’s where we raise our families, entertain friends, and create memories that will carry us through our entire lives. I hope that this book empowers you to craft a home that reflects your inner self and helps you discover who you really are or aspire to be.
The opening home tour was a wonderful home dear to my heart as I had also customized it for the previous owners. With a totally new perspective Designer Meg Lonergan turned it to a more contemporary direction.
With high gloss ceilings, plastered walls and even Segretostone floating shelves, this truly became these homeowners Parisian apartment right here in Houston. It is an amazing house-and the book shows the full tour!
With so many different design styles, Architectural Consultant Sarah West also did all the furnishings in this lovely European style home. The homeowners, with a deep appreciation of history and the reclaimed, incorporated century-old elements which make this spacious home feel warm and inviting.
There are so many beautiful examples of how to incorporate more contemporary elements- following today’s trends. The coffee table, set on brass cubes, is one of Sarah’s designs. The top is actually made from a piece of salvaged architectural glass! LOVE!
The kitchen section starts with a close-up image of a table we marbleized for Designer Linda Eyles and is followed by image after image of unique and inspirational kitchens!
Designer Lindsey Herod, with her flair for color, did an amazing makeover of this previously French-Style kitchen for the editor of the lifestyle blog L Avenue.
Bathrooms are places where we relax our souls, and allow ourselves to unwind and refresh our start to each day. Enjoy the journey touring so many beautiful ones, incorporating pieces into your own place of solace. And yes, the walls are hand-painted by the Segreto team, and not paper using the homeowner’s favorite colors and florals.
This re-model by Goodchild Custom Homes and Renovations was designed by Riley Suffel and created out of one of the oldest farmhouses in Houston’s Piney Point Village. Elements of the couple’s favorite boutique hotels were incorporated to allow them to wake up every morning feeling as though they are on vacation. Take me away!!
Master baths are for retreating, but powders are for drama. Learn sources for the latest trends in tiles, lighting, and finishes which will enable you to create a little jewel box of your own. The powder to the left with our polished plaster walls is Designed by Maison Maison and built by Butler Brothers. The one to the right where we finished the cabinet and door is designed by Ken Kehoe & Company and built by Cupic Custom Homes.
This section, dear to my heart, shares the creative journey of how we take an idea and bring it to life, like this prototype we created for Marie Flanigan for the walls of her client’s master suite.
With pages on plasters, wood finishes, murals, and decorative elements you will know the many possibilities that finishes can bring to your home and see examples of how these finishes look applied. The plastered hallway has a dream team of its own. Cindy Witmer Designs, Robert Dame Designs, and Stonehenge Classic Homes.
What is a Segreto book without a detailed sourcing section?! Look at how many sources there is per spread! The opening picture is a beautiful dining room in which we collaborated with Designer Shannon Crain and Riverway Development creating a hand-painted mural over a velvety plaster. This time the sources are all in the back, immersed with pictures of some of our favorite rooms. This way the main book is cleaner in feel and the pictures were able to be larger since there was less text.
AND GUESS WHAT?! SEGRETO IMPRESSIONS IS PRINTED IN THE USA!
And where did we land on the cover?
This was our initial concept. Linen imported from Europe in a soft tone, with a half jacket (belly band) wrapping around showing some lovely finishes. We sent promos out to stores and put the image on our website. The insides of the books were already printed ready for the cover. Unfortunately, the linen shipped was defective and it would take a month to receive new materials. I had to make a quick change in order to get the books to you for holiday gift-giving. I had 24 hours to create and deliver a new cover to the printer. So……
….the new concept began. This image of a ceiling we did for designer Schann Kastendieck for Valobra Master Jewelers came to mind.
With Kara leading my graphics team at Limb Design, we came up with a new jacket, the chandelier wrapping around the book. The gray flaps fold inside and match the end sheets of the book.
The final reveal! What do you think? The inside hard jacket is white with Segreto impressions debossed into the cover, enabling you to take the jacket off and have an alternative simple elegant look. I am so excited to share this book which shows such a world of possibilities and so many beautiful design styles. I am honored to work with so many talented people and blessed to have the trust of my homeowners. I always feel the Segreto books are labors of love from me to you and tributes to all the designers, builders, architects, craftsmen and tradespeople who all come together to create that place we call home.
Ready for pre-order now for a November 1st ship date, these beautiful books are available to purchase on our website. If you don’t have Segreto Vignettes, there is a limited time offer to package and save! Or if you do, keep Impressions and gift Vignettes! Although Segreto Impressions is filled with 100 more pages, the price is just 10$ more! Two books in one.
If you would like me to sign it to you or a loved one, please leave a detailed message of who it is for and why they are special to you. Also, if you would like to pick it up at our office rather than have them shipped, please note. Thanks for taking this journey with me! I feel like you have been with me every step of the way!
COME SEE ME OPENING DAY- OCTOBER 1st at MARBURGER FARMS ANTIQUE SHOW, I’ll be there early at 8:00.
I hope to see you all at The Marburger Farm Antique Show where you will be able to view see first hand all the breathtaking design inspirations in the pages of Segreto Impressions before its official release date!!
has been a favorite source for antiques for over 20 years. This twice a year tradition located in Round Top, Texas, features more than 350 dealers from across the United States and the world.
I will be there at 8:00 sharp and will have time to chat before the mad rush to shop!
Tuesday, October 1, (Gates open at 8am). Shopping starts at 10:00 am and goes till 6:00 pm. Early Buying Special, 10am – 2pm, $25.00 per person
General Admission, 2pm – 6pm, $10 per person
Look for me right across from the main office nestled in between food booths and right in front of the picnic seating where you sit down to eat!! Hope to see you all there. Till next week! xo, Leslie