What Segreto is Up to!

Sep 03, 2018

Hi Friends!  I hope all is great with you and yours!! People always ask me what my favorite projects are, and truthfully I respond I love them all!  Here are a few which we have been working on I thought you might like to see!!

I know you have all heard of designer Eleanor Cummings!! She is on of our country’s best designers and I am so fortunate she resides in Houston and allows me to follow along with her on many of her projects!! This renovation, constructed by Goodchild Builders, has been a major transformation! We finished the study paneling, built out of oak, to read as if it were left alone.  This seems like a simple process, but when wax or sealer is applied to wood, it turns orange or yellow-not the look she was going for.

Also with the plank style construction, the wood’s variations and colorations can be extreme.  We apply a series of washes to mask the golden undertones and give a more consistent base before glaze the wood and seal the finish. Look at that metal shelving used and the hardware-brilliant!!

They were just moving in when I snapped these pics so the home is not completely finished. The living room with lots of seating has a contemporary fresh edge to it but the feel is warm, comfortable and inviting. All of Eleanor’s homes look different as she mixes so many one of a kind elements into her design, but that warmth and sophistication is always there! We plastered throughout the home a new plaster product-it has a subtle depth but absolutely no sheen! We refinished the beams as well and…………………guess?

Crafted Eleanor’s vision for the room’s coffee table in SegretoStone!  It took a team to build this one!

We are so thrilled to have our new product a such a focal to the room! Thanks Eleanor!  I can’t wait to see the entire room completely finished.  Next week we are lime washing the existing brick walls and floors in the wine room!  We have discovered a special sealer that we think will make the floors durable!! Eleanor and her assistant Meagan are AMAZING to work with, and of course Goodchild Builders, with superintendent John feel like family to us!!

When I saw the renderings for this sink made from Segreto Stone I was so excited to see it come to life.  I love the slab on the back creating a ledge and the ample room for soaps etc. on the counter.

Daughter Kirby has taken the lead on this one with very talented designer Amy LeCrone.   This has be one of my favorite SegretoStone sinks we have created!!

In the same home,  you will spy a contemporary mantle made from SegretoStone!  A great alternative to cast concrete or stone, there are no seams and the organic nature of the product produces a clean lined, natural appeal.  I think even the beautiful pup to the left of the mantle loves it!!

This home another masterful renovation is stunning inside and out.  For the exterior we finished the exterior shutters to feel as if they have come from centuries past. I love the added gardens flanking the front entrance.

The shutters which can be closed flank the front entrance which will look even better when the lantern light fixture is installed!

There were lots of right choices made on this home.  The shutters on the side of the home which are attached from their top are also finished.  What a interesting slant to ones hung on either side of the window-perfect for this garage which doesn’t need as much light entering the space and is a focal to the front of the home!

She also didn’t want the normal interior stained finish so we were asked to work out magic!  I love the warm tones of the finish mixed with hints of gray!!  We did lots of work in this house from beams, to plaster to lime washing to SegretoStone–stay tuned for an update!!

Well super exciting–Even though I still have not finalized the names of our new Segreto Paint colors we sold our first 40 gallons this week!! Look at Roger , our warehouse manager, go!!

Segreto Paint-Soothing colors to go with today’s busy lifestyles. He-he, I was so grateful for your color naming help, I am testing some slogans for ya’ll to chime in on!  I could go on for pages!  Here are just a few.  Please leave me a comment to join the conversation or email me directly at! Much love to all!  Have a wonderful week!! xo Leslie

For today’s busy life-classic colors which inspire warmth and serenity.

Segreto Paint- More than just a color,  sophistication and tranquility in a can.

I saw my dreams and then I painted them-Segreto Paint

Segreto Paint- Serenity for your home.

Segreto Paint-Tranquility in a can.

Cloak your home with Serenity- Segreto Paint.

A can full of calm-Segreto Paint.

Blanket yourself in sophistication-Segreto Paint.

Beauty in a can.


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  • Amy Cook
    Posted at 06:59h, 03 September Reply

    As always, I LOVE reading your blog and staying up to date on your gorgeous projects! I just adore the cute cowhide chair in the first photo displayed today. Would it be possible to share the source for it?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:39h, 04 September Reply

      Hi Amy!! I love it too! Eleanor has such a wonderful eclectic mix of things!!! I am so sorry but I don’t know where the chair is from. Thanks for following along and have a great week!

  • Alex Saloutos
    Posted at 07:06h, 03 September Reply

    Good Karma In A Can!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:37h, 04 September Reply

      Love that!!!–thanks Alex!

  • Jeannie Grant
    Posted at 07:28h, 03 September Reply

    I love, Segreto Paint-Serenity for your home. Also keep thinking Segreto Paint-Serenity in colors. Plus love your work!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:37h, 04 September Reply

      Hi Jeannie! THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I like the Serenity in color idea!! I so appreciate you following along-it makes it even more fun!

  • susan
    Posted at 08:34h, 03 September Reply

    Do you have more pics of the black metal doors and what company made them?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:35h, 04 September Reply

      Susan!! Which house are you speaking of? All three have black doors. I love them all!!! Also are you in Houston or somewhere else?

  • Nancy
    Posted at 20:01h, 03 September Reply

    Love the second one…
    Segreto Paint – More than just a color…….

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:33h, 04 September Reply

      Hi Nancy!! Thank you!!! I Hope Taylor’s new place is going well!

  • Luisa Patterson
    Posted at 09:14h, 04 September Reply

    Great work Leslie 🙂

    Do you have color sample chips that I can use for my clients?

    Keep up the great work and thank your for sharing 🙂


    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:10h, 07 September Reply

      Hi Luisa!! We are working on that!! You are so sweet to ask!!

  • michele@hellolovelystudio
    Posted at 01:13h, 06 September Reply

    Oh, Leslie! This is so beautiful and star-studded! So many thoughts to share, and I hope I’m not too late to the paint slogan party (I’m still struggling with the mystery illness and way behind on blogreading.)

    Eleanor Cummings is so BEYOND – wow wow wow on the paneling and that Segreto stone masterpiece of a table. I love the decor, and the bathroom sink is reminiscent of a grand piano…seriously stunning.

    Segreto paint! What joy this venture must bring. I know a day where there is a wet paintbrush in my own hand is a happy day indeed.

    I’ll brainstorm slogans all day if you like! Off the top of my head, what about going in the direction of ‘secret’ for obvious reasons. Like

    SEGRETO PAINT – The secret to tranquil interiors.

    I could give you 50 more…email me anytime 🙂


    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:12h, 07 September Reply

      Hi Michele!! I wish you were here to help me name the paint colors!! I love your ideas!! Send any you have my way–for some reason it is becoming a mind road block!!! xo

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