The Segreto Family- Meet our Artisans!
Hi Friends!! We are all in this together! XO! We can stay strong and stay safe! So……. as hard as it is-don’t let up, everyone’s lives do depend on it! Learn to video chat, send texts and handwritten notes to stay connected. Stay the course by continuing to distance, washing hands, wearing masks, only going out when necessary and not touching your faces.
This is our new normal, Leslie a Sr. Segreto designer and Roger our jack of all trades stopped to send me a selfie. They look cute in their face garb but I think we need to come up with a Segreto designer mask to wear! About 2/3rds of my staff is working with extra protection, washing stations, masks and safe distancing. I wanted to share some pictures my staff sent to me before the pandemic. They have started a private Facebook page for our team to view. I have enjoyed it so much I felt you would too!! Not only is their work incredible, their love and passion shines through, and it thrills me to see them having so much fun at work!
Michele, a Segreto artist whose background is as a sculpturer and decorative painter, joined our team two years ago. A father of twin teen girls, he was well know for his creation and restoration work of cast figures which adorn government buildings in both Cuba and Mexico.
Bringing his gifts to our firm, his sculptural skills have translated into creating florals and butterflies onto ceilings, walls and now art pieces.
Our goal is to one day have one made and hung on the walls in our studio to beautifully display each color of Segreto Paint! For more information on art pieces email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A jack of all trades, Michele is shadowing the edge of this silver leafed lucite coffee table to be placed in a contemporary living space.
Segretostone makes the most beautiful furnishings, but it has to adhere to a substrate. In creating these side tables named the “Eleanor” after the talented designer Eleanor Cummings, we built molds and poured their base from concrete.
Miguel, head of our stone crew, has coated the concrete with a layer of alluring rose SegretoStone. Next, he will sand, apply another coat and then give it a hard polish to bring out is natural luster.
Although several Eleanors went to clients, this one is on display in our showroom under a floral art piece!! LOVE! These 19 by 19 by 19 tables are no available in all of our SegretoStone colors! We are stocking up on these during down time not being able to be in peoples homes! Also, in case you haven’t heard, I have greatly reduced the price of the Segreto books helping you to pass your time with design inspiration at home.
Liliana, mom of one sweet 5 year old gal, has recently taken over our furniture refinishing studio! Learning through our ranks in the cabinet refinishing side, she brings her knowledge of making job built cabinetry look like one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, giving new beams a reclaimed look and gold and silver leafing bead details on paneling to completely reinvent existing furniture pieces to work with any design aesthetic.
Don’t like the tone of your hardware? No worries, in most cases it can easily be changed with paint. That way you don’t have to worry about filling the holes or finding new hardware with the right spread. These were brass before, and now are more silver/Champaign in tone. Rub & Buff is an easy to use product which you could use at home to alter things like hardware or picture frames.
Meet Frank, a seven year Segreto veteran who leads our plaster crews. A jack of many trades, he is transforming a mid-century side table by coating it with SegretoStone. What a change! This was part of a pair I bought years ago when I helped Matthew with his first apartment(somehow that post is lost) and this table still made the cut when Kirby helped him in his new hIghrise pad.
Now they can never be a set as this segretostone version is our coffee table in our office. I love reinventing something old into something new, giving it a totally different look. What can you imagine in your home in a completely different way?
Meet Allan, a long time Segreto staple with over 20 years with the company! Where fine arts are involved, there is not much he can’t do. When the talented New York Designer Robert Passal reached out for help, I knew Allan was perfect for the job. Robert had the table made, and custom painted the legs and band by an artist in his area, leaving the top black. His Houston client adored embellishment so much she wanted to add more.
Rather than ship the piece back to New York we were hired to embellish the top in a complimentary design to its base. Here is a progress shot. Alan laid it out and painted the base gold first. In this picture you can start seeing some of the details and shadings added.
The artwork was so complementary that no one would know that the way it looks now wasn’t the original intention!!
I Hope our team can get back together soon working as a team in one place. Currently we are only scheduling projects where we can practice social distancing 6 ft. apart to keep our staff and clients safe. I hope all is well with your and yours. Stay grateful for something everyday, it certainly changes your outlook into one of positivity during these challenging times! Much love, and till next week!! xo Leslie