What’s Cook’n at Segreto?!

Aug 17, 2015

Good morning to all my design-enthusiast friends!!  With the Houston building boom, we are working on so many new construction projects —  with so many unique and fun ideas!

Painted doors and glazed cabinetry by Segreto finishes, designed by Trisha McGaw.

Make new doors look reclaimed!

From the full wall of tile above the stove, to the decorative style of the back, right cabinets, to the custom-made pocket doors — which Segreto finished to look reclaimed — this kitchen, designed by Trisha McGaw, has winning bones.

Stenciling over plaster by Segreto Finishes.

Stencil over plaster

There is nothing prettier than painting a stencil over plaster.  In this powder room, designed by Maria Tracy of Tracy Design Studio, a soft blue/gray/green plaster was applied and then layered with a champagne metallic stencil.

Powder room painted by Segreto Finishes, designed by Nest and Cot.

Bird stencil over paint.

Whitney Janke of Nest and Cot Interiors wanted a whimsical powder room with a contemporary flair. I love her choice of this bird design that Segreto stenciled.

Plastered powder bath by Segreto Finishes, Designed by Trisha McGaw

Plastered powder bath

With floors and a counter as cool as these, plaster was the perfect choice to set off the elements of this powder room.  I can’t wait to see how Trisha McGaw completes the space with a mirror and sconces.

Hand-painted mural by Segreto Finishes

Hand-painted mural

So, is this wallpaper or paint?  Answer: This dining room wall mural is hand-painted by one of our Segreto artists; it combines the owners’ favorite trees, flowers, birds and butterflies. (There are even some small bees flying around!)  Typically, painting comes in a a fraction of the cost of hand-screened wall papers.

Stenciled ceiling by Segreto Finishes

Stenciled ceiling

This homeowner was inspired by my blog’s organizational challenge to completely rework her pantry. Once done, she was looking for a “little pop” in there. I think Segreto’s stenciling did just the trick! What about you?

Stenciled bulletin board by Segreto Finsihes

Stenciled bulletin board

So happy with the pantry stencil outcome, this same homeowner asked Segreto to stencil a large, framed bulletin board in her kids’ desk space. Her daughters agreed on this rose pattern and I think it is a great option to covering the cork in fabric!

speaker before paint_WM

Many times at Segreto, our job is not to make things stand out but to make them disappear!!! Like this unsightly speaker: now you see it…

Paint vents to make them disappear by Segreto Finishes!!

Paint vents to make them disappear!!

now you don’t!!!!!


And the outlets on this beautiful hand-painted tile back splash…

Painted plugs by Segreto Finishes.

Paint plugs to make them disappear!

Where did they go??

Painted light plates by Segreto Finishes!

Paint your light plates to blend into your marble back splash!

You’ve got the hang of it! What is Segreto masking here? Now, for the real “cooking” part of What’s Cook’n at Segreto!!

What’s Cook’n in my kitchen?

Strawberry Avocado Couscous Salad with Lime Vinaigrette: summer in a bowl!

recipe 2

Strawberry Avocado Couscous Salad with Lime Vinaigrette


Prep Time: 10 minutes. Cook Time: 15 minutes. Yield: 4 servings.


  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts

Lime Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, or more to taste


  • To make the vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lime zest and juice, and sugar in a small bowl; set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, cook couscous according to package instructions.
  • In a large bowl, combine couscous, avocado, corn, strawberries, cilantro and pine nuts. Stir in lime vinaigrette.
  • Serve immediately.
bar cart

And just in case you’d like a glass of wine with that salad, our Segreto Boutique has glassware, gallery trays, bar tools, wine stoppers, and ice buckets! Cheers!!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! I so appreciate you visiting my blog!! Til next week!!





  • Taylor Greenwalt
    Posted at 09:48h, 17 August Reply

    Now that’s amazing…You cant see the switches at all! I’m going to have to try that recipe!

    • Leslie
      Posted at 14:29h, 17 August Reply

      The switches are my favorite part!!! I hope to have more to follow! Thinking about you and your son!! xo

  • Andrea Elliott
    Posted at 11:08h, 17 August Reply

    I’m absolutely in love will all the work that you and your artists come up with for your clients. The painted walls are just stunning. I’m so wanting to have a mural with all my favorites wildlife.


    • Leslie
      Posted at 14:28h, 17 August Reply

      We will have to find the perfect place!!! I have a funny story when we meet for you! I hope you had a wonderful summer!! xo

  • Natalie
    Posted at 11:53h, 17 August Reply

    I always look forward to your blogs on Mondays! 🙂 So inspiring! That salad looks delicious!

    • Leslie
      Posted at 14:26h, 17 August Reply

      Hi Natalie!! Thank you so much!!! I am tying to make myself get on a healthy eating kick so hopefully more recipes to come!!! Have a great week!!!

  • Karena
    Posted at 08:34h, 18 August Reply

    The artistry of your entire ream amazes me Leslie. I adore the hand painted murals and those pretty birds!! Gorgeous!!

    The Arts by Karena

  • Amy@MaisonDecor
    Posted at 20:28h, 18 August Reply

    Always amazing artwork over here. I love the hand painted murals and the disappearing wall switches and ceiling mounted speakers. Truly amazing! The salad looked good too Leslie. xo

  • Joni Webb
    Posted at 17:55h, 21 August Reply

    wow – you are amazing~that mural!!! those light switches and vents. You are so talented and have the best artists!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! incredible.

    • Leslie
      Posted at 09:21h, 22 August Reply

      Ahh Thanks Joni!!! I think the light switches are my fav!!! Hope all is well with you! xo

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