What’s Segreto Up to?

Feb 04, 2019

Hi Friends!! I hope you all are having a wonderful week! I have been busy writing away on the new book. There’s still time to send your ideas or a compelling title! I couldn’t do it with out you! We have some great transformations this week. Hope these inspire you to see the possibilities in all things!!

This sweet young client of mine just purchased a new family home.  I had done quite a bit of work for her parents and was excited to work for the next generation!! Although she loved the home, the dark heavy look of the exterior was not her first pick. For her, the stained shutters and the gold tone of the stone just weighted down the exterior.

I let her know that we had amazing results with lime washing exterior stone for very reasonable pricing. And although she wanted distressed and aged shutters, we opted to pick a paint color that will look good now and could be aged in the future to give her some budget leeway for an interior project. We picked Sherwin Williams Mineral Deposit!! Stamped Concrete is also a great color and a bit less blue. Ready for the reveal?

She was thrilled and now when she pulls up to her home she smiles and feels-this is home!!  It is softer but still has interesting features which enhance its custom home feel!!!

This is her dining room before.  Honestly, the wall covering is from my friend Rusty Arena from Arena designs and I think it is beautiful!! She did love the pattern and had seen it in different color ways which she liked but this tone was not her!!  The trim, ceiling and drapes were all the dark gold. We brainstormed on things she could do that were budget friendly and would help this room feel more like her!!  She loves the Blaygeen-blue, gray, green- tones like what we picked for the exterior shutters!  She also wanted to dress up the console in the back which had been painted white. After brainstorming this is what we came up with…

I wish I had taken a close up of the finished console. We added gold leafing to the molding and lightly glazed the white which elevated the piece to an entirely different level!! This is a different piece we did in the same way-Imagine this bath vanity in solid white!!  Such a change!

Wanting to stay budget friendly, she had her painter prime and paint over the wall covering in Sherwin Williams Front Porch and we stenciled the top with a transitional geometric stencil with a pale metallic gold giving her an updated fresh contemporary feel.  She was so happy and ready for her big party!!

This powder bath designed by Trisha McGaw. It has a rich gray plaster background with an overlay of a silver metallic stencil and a polished layer of car wax to deepen the color and give the finish the most wonderful luster!

At the beginning we were playing with how dark to go with the plaster- haha I am learning how to alter colors on the computer so I thought I would show you two options-light and dark. Both are beautiful! Which would you choose for your home?

I love hand-painted designs!! I worked with designer Sallie Davis on this bathroom gem!! So soft and sophisticated and a fraction of the cost of hand-screened papers!! Fun part is you can personalize the flowers and birds to make it exactly the way you like!! This treatment I could have in every room in my home!! I have it in two!!

These chairs which were all dark mahogany got a paint makeover!! The shapes were so interesting and sizes perfect so revamping the finish gave them a a look perfect for an updated space!!

I should have taken a before shot of this fireplace. The paneling and exterior stone are both reclaimed but the inside brick was new and very consistent, taking away from the reclaimed feel the owner wanted. So Nest & Cot hired us to give a reclaimed feeling to the interior as well.

Starting with a consistent yellow firebrick this is the outcome after we finished. Even the dark patch in the back was added to insure the feeling that this has been used!

I hope you are opened up to world of new possibilities!!  I am constantly inspired by seeing how simply applying a painted “face lift” can reinvent  furniture pieces, rooms and almost any surface!! Just remember–all things have beauty and possibilities.

This is fun news!!  I was interviewed for Nosy Neighbor for The River Oaks Market Report and blog! Click the link to hear more about my journey and nosy info about me!! I hope you all have a wonderful week!!

Till next time – XO Leslie


  • Debbie Walker
    Posted at 08:11h, 04 February Reply

    All such beautiful transformations! And that could be your title… Segreto Transformations or Segreto Inspiration, for your work is certainly inspiring!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 09:29h, 05 February Reply

      Hi Debbie!! Great Ideas!! I am so appreciative for all who are helping me out!! xo

  • Linda Klinger
    Posted at 08:56h, 04 February Reply

    Such graceful and lovely transformations. And thank you for listing the paint colors. Looking forward to your next book, as well! Possible title or subtitle: “Secret No More?” After all, you are sharing your secrets!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 09:29h, 05 February Reply

      Hi Linda!! Love that suggestion!! thank you so much!! xo

  • Elizabeth Trevino
    Posted at 09:48h, 04 February Reply

    Love the transformation
    Wish I can do some transformation in my house

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 09:27h, 05 February Reply

      Hi Elizabeth!! You can– the power of paint!! I am so honored you follow along!! xo

  • Christine Moore
    Posted at 00:32h, 05 February Reply

    It’s really amazing and inspiring to see what you do with your finishes. It makes all the difference in creating a unique and beautiful space.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 09:26h, 05 February Reply

      Hi Christine!! You are so sweet and made my day!!Thank you for your comments!! xo

  • Luisa Patterson
    Posted at 09:21h, 05 February Reply

    Beautiful work Leslie 🙂
    Thank you for sharing
    We love fallowing your work from
    Kansas ❤️🌻❤️

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 17:02h, 07 February Reply

      Hi Luisa!! Hope you are doing great!! Kansas is a beautiful place!! xo

  • Max
    Posted at 15:42h, 19 February Reply

    Have and absolutely love all your books! You are a genius!
    Would love to see more paint colors identified and also technical information on achieving finishes.
    Thanks so much!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:19h, 21 February Reply

      HI Max!! thanks for your comments!! Writing now so I will definitely take note and include more!!!

  • Kate O’Hara
    Posted at 05:48h, 20 March Reply

    I am OBSESSED with the lime wash on your exterior shown. Our house has combination stone and cement board but the coloring is all wrong and it just occurred to me what we need to do. How do I find someone in Cleveland who does whitewashing/limewash etc? Can I do it myself or should I hire someone?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:03h, 20 March Reply

      Hi Kate! Thanks so much for following along with us. Lime wash does make such a difference. You might just google in your area. You can try it yourself. The tricky part is coming up with the right color which will mask the undertones of the stone. Why don’t you send me pictures of your home. Happy to help if I can.

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 07:09h, 15 September Reply

    I love the lime washing! I have been looking into possibly doing this to the exterior of my home. To give it a more updated fresh look. But I’m totally lost with where to start and overwhelmed on how to choose the right color.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 05:38h, 17 September Reply

      Hi Jennifer, I love the look to and have really enjoyed the transformation it made on my own home. Where do you live? Feel free to email me at

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