What Segreto Has Been Up To!

Feb 26, 2018

Hi Friends!! I hope you all are having a great week and that normal will be a part of your day.  Between the floods, fires and freezes it seems that so many have had so much to deal with!  I have been working with so many lately to help put their homes back together. So an ordinary week seems just great to me!  I wanted to share just that with you a ” fun normal” work week looks like to me!!

This bar accent wall we installed for Designer Ben Johnston was soft but so impactful!!  Using Venetian plaster, our artisans created an hombre effect! Super cool, my operations manager Isai wants a similar finish in his office at our new warehouse!!  STAY TUNED!!

I was excited to see that this project we did for Sarah Eilers will be featured in March April issue of Southern Home. Hopefully you all got your reduced subscriptions from an earlier post.

I wish I could show you this entire home!!  Built by Allan Edwards with Interiors by Tricia McGaw, it is AMAZING! This extremely tall, dramatic entrance was difficult to plaster but the outcome was spectacular!!   Look for this one being published in print.

Loving Galveston, it was really an honor to work on this historical, pre-1900 hurricane home. Full character, I will show you the home and all of its charm when complete. We have been working with designer Shirley Hill on this project.  Such a creative talent!!

In the kitchen we have started a distressed diamond pattern on the floors!!  Love the worn look–perfect for the age of the home!! If you like historical Galveston, I read a book recently, The Promise by Ann Weisgarber!  I really enjoyed the read, heartwarming and emotional, it gave an insight of what it must of been like to live though one of the deadliest storms in America.

With all the hurricanes frequenting Houston, generators are becoming a common necessity.  This one, having to be installed on the rooftop overlooking a courtyard, was an eyesore both for the homeowners and the bordering neighbor. Painting it the house color and transforming it into a bird house or hotel, it both became more discrete and a fun accent!

We had fun researching birds and the homeowner picked all of her favorites!!

I know this isn’t the best picture-sorry to the talented ladies from Ivy-Hall Designs who did an amazing job with this entire home!!  I just wanted to show you how dramatic a subtle treatment can be.  This metallic stencil on top of plaster complements the chandelier and creates a special feel to the tub area!! A tight squeeze working around a chandelier and tub–Jim Bob Taylor with Doyle construction really worked with us to make our job’s easier-many thanks!!

I never get tired of seeing how painting plugs to blend with the counter surface make such a big difference.  This counter? Marble? Granite? Quartz? No it is petrified wood!! Beautiful!

Here is another example on marble–one complete one more to go!!

Ok here is little Charlotte, Isai’s little one, at my new happy place. I know it just looks like a big, ugly garage, but for me it is a world of possibilities!! A place that we can spread out and be creative!!

My Husband is excited too!!  We took down part of the side fence and painted our new logo on it!! Neiter Creative came up with the design and I love it!!

Here it is up on the building!! I wish I knew when people were taking down old fencing!  An inexpensive way to have reclaimed wood!!  It has a wonderful natural look and can be use for interior planking, ceilings and cabinetry!! AND SO AFORDABLE!  We coated it with three coats of exterior flat sealer to insure it lasts for years to come!!

Well you still see the dents, but the new paint color really helps!!  We hope to move in soon so look forward to new updates!!  I hope you have a wonderful, normal week, and find your happy place like this big garage has become mine!!  Here is to dreams coming true!


  • Melanie
    Posted at 05:45h, 26 February Reply

    You and your talented team are creating such beauty. Congratulations on your new space.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:07h, 26 February Reply

      Hi Melaine!! The first comment on the new website!! Thank you!! I am so excited about the new space–just can’t wait to get it cleaned up and organized!! Have a great week!

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 07:09h, 26 February Reply

    You never stop amazing me with your creative talent!!!! Can’t wait to see what you are going to wow us with in your new wonderful space. It’s like Santa has a new workplace!!!!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:26h, 26 February Reply

      Hi Suzanne! You are so sweet to follow the blog!! Thank you! I am so excited about my new workspace!!! Can’t wait to see what we can create there!!

  • Courtnay Elias
    Posted at 07:23h, 26 February Reply

    So exciting! Did not know about the move!!!!! Big things for Segreto always!!!
    Courtnay Elias

  • Courtnay Elias
    Posted at 07:24h, 26 February Reply

    So exciting! Big things for Segreto always!!!
    Courtnay Elias

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:15h, 26 February Reply

      Hi Miss Courtnay! I had the most amazing home tour yesterday and was so blown away by your work at Julies! That home is beyond perfection!! Your talent never ceases to amaze me!! Gosh I wanted to redo my whole home after seeing that! We are keeping and redoing our showroom but will also have the warehouse with a showroom and offices there!! We are working on some super cool new things! Hope all is well with you! xo

  • Susan
    Posted at 07:52h, 26 February Reply

    always so proud of you, leslie…

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:15h, 26 February Reply

      I am so lucky to have you! Thank goodness for the Blog—it is a way we stay connected!! xo

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 07:59h, 26 February Reply

    Congratulations on your new workspace! Love your SF fence-sign on your building, and BTW, the building doesn’t have dents, it has the “distressed” look!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:11h, 26 February Reply

      Hi Stephanie!! I like that outlook!!!I can’t wait to show you the inside finished product! Have a wonderful day–you certainly made my morning!!

  • Marilyn Elliott
    Posted at 08:23h, 26 February Reply

    Precious Leslie, Your magic continues. We always love being a little part. Can’t wait to see you happy place in person. Our love, Marilyn and Lynn

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:28h, 26 February Reply

      Lynn has me excited to see Galveston!! It will be fun–A double date!!

  • Sarah Eilers
    Posted at 08:30h, 26 February Reply

    Congratulations Leslie and team on your new space. So exciting. I can’t wait to see it in person.


    PS thank you so much for the mention of our Southern Home feature article. It was a wonderful project to work on with you.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:54h, 26 February Reply

      It is always awesome following your team with finishes. Your talent is amazing!! Happy to share it with others! xo

  • Nancy Piland Walker
    Posted at 11:49h, 26 February Reply

    Leslie, you and your team are truly amazing. Love your new space and your logo. You are such an awesome woman and I’m so proud to be your Aunt. Love, Nancy

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 18:46h, 26 February Reply

      I’m the proud one and its so special you follow along!! We have quite the adventures in our future!! I am so excited about whats to come!! xo

    Posted at 13:13h, 26 February Reply

    A week in the life of SEGRETO is a beautiful thing to see. From stunning plaster finishes to matching a generator or switch plate . . . we never tire of your talent. The new website took our breath away (way to go Neiter Creative!). It suits y’all perfectly.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 18:45h, 26 February Reply

      Hi Cathy!! I am so glad you liked the new website–they did such a great job!! I can’t wait to put our finishing touches on your beautiful new store!! xo

  • Olive Reed
    Posted at 15:54h, 26 February Reply

    Love all the special projects you share. So wish I had your talents.
    Looking forward to seeing more of the Galveston house.
    My family and I lived in Galveston when hurricane Carla hit and heard many stories of the 1900 one. Thanks goodness
    some of those wonderful homes survived.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 18:44h, 26 February Reply

      I love Galveston!! That must have been scary to be there during the hurricane! I am so gals so many did! I can’t wait to share this one in its entirety!! Thanks so much for your comments!!

  • Gus & Nina Moncivais
    Posted at 11:49h, 27 February Reply

    I just adore everything you do. Your love of what you do clearly shows on each and every project you are involved with. Good luck on your new space.
    Come see us at AG Antiques/Timeless Elegance Antiques
    We are always bringing in new pieces. Booth 1114!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 02:43h, 01 March Reply

      Thank you-I love it! I will come see you! thanks for the invite!!!

  • Luisa Patterson
    Posted at 13:47h, 28 February Reply

    Bravo my friend always amazing work 🙂

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 02:42h, 01 March Reply

      Thanks Luisa! Have a wonderful week!!!

  • Anna Koroni
    Posted at 08:07h, 05 March Reply

    Hi Leslie! You and everything you do and present are true inspiration!!!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 09:55h, 05 March Reply

      Hi Anna! You are so sweet! I loved sharing this collaboration of my oldest two! Thanks for following along!

  • michele@hellolovely
    Posted at 13:10h, 13 March Reply

    Ben Johnston’s accent wall. OMG. Yes. I have been dreaming of a similar abstract look for my awful laundry area which I try to avoid at all costs! This wall looks amazing, and I will not be surprised to see more of them popping up everywhere! Your new sign is gorgeous too, friend. xox

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 17:02h, 13 March Reply

      Thanks Michele! Its so fun trying new things!!! Can’t wait to move into the warehouse!!

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