Interior Design

Jan 232015

The influence of Grey and Beige “Greige” is very prevalent in Leslie Sinclair’s new book “Segreto Style”.  There are innumerable mixtures of gray and beige,  greige,  with soft pastel shades that Leslie and her team of talented artists use to transform interiors using plaster, paint, glazes, metal leaf and the artistry which has made them a premier finish design firm.   Here is my review of Leslie’s first book, Segreto Secrets of Finishing Beautiful Interiors.  

There are 39 amazing residences shown in Segreto Style showcasing the work of a team of very talented interior designers, architects, builders, craftspeople and artists.  The focus of my review and the images Leslie provided me for this blog is to talk about the finishes.  The walls, ceiling and trim are the major players in the success of the spaces.  There are some great before and after pictures which demonstrate the power of the color palette and finishes like this study.  I love the effect the addition of wall panels added to the room.  Many of the homes use reclaimed wood.  The beams and the great finish add a lot to the character of this space.   As I read the book I knew my impression of the power of the finishes would be the subject of my blog.

Segreto Style before and after

This kitchen is another great before and after. Cabinet refinishing and plaster have really transformed this space.

segreto style

More beautiful cabinet refinishing with artistry to the panels.  Love the pewter countertop.  The finishes tie everything together.

segreto style


Wonderful mural is perfect with the reclaimed doors from Chateau Dominque and antique chests from Carl Moore Antiques.

segreto style

Perfect touch of artistry on the hood in this kitchen as well as handsome palette for the island and kitchen cabinets.

segreto style

Painted mural on gold leaf.

segreto style


Terrific plaster ceiling with just the right touch of gold.  Plaster moldings from American Masonry Supply.  Railing designed by Sheila Lyon Interiors Inc. and fabricated by Metal Railing of American, Inc.

segreto style

Love the faux finish on these iron closet doors which were converted into wine cellars.

segreto style

Love the cabinet finish.

segreto style

This French-style paneling and molding started with raw wood, textured primer was applied for an aged look and glazed to bring out the details, silver leafed and and stained to tone the bright silver to champagne.  The plaster was applied to walls and ceiling.

segreto style

This is just a peak at the beautiful work in Segreto Style.  One of my favorite homes is a renovation started in 2007 of a French Chateau designed in the 1930s by architect, John F. Staub.  The designer Kara Childress along with a great team is doing a spectacular job.  Purchasing items from around the world such as a chandelier that once belonged to Napoleon III and  restored sixteenth-century ceiling panels that originally hung in a villa new Parma, Italy.

Leslie Sinclair and her talented staff of artists.

Leslie Sinclair


More greige color palettes for inspiration.

greige colors

So soft and pretty with beautiful door panels.

greige nursery

Greige compliments just about any color.

greige with lavender

greige color paletee with teal

greige color palette

greige with gold

greige with teal

Wonderful with powder blue.

greige with powder blue

greige color palette

greige with pink

greige color palette

greige color palette

greige color palette

beaux-artes Florentine Recessed Light Trim

Beaux-Artes Florentine Recessed Light Trim would look great in this greige kitchen as well.

greige color palette

monochromatic color palette

The color of ornament.

color of plaster

greige color palette


Greige with gold

monochromatic living room






 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 1:24 pm Artisan and Craftsman, Interior Design No Responses »
Jan 162015

With the movie coming out on Valentine’s Day, it is a perfect opportunity to share my favorite gray classical rooms and exteriors since my last post on Fifty Shades of Gray.  A gray palette is sophisticated and serene.  Feast your eyes on Fifty gorgeous shades of Gray  in classical interiors.

grey walls

Gray is the new neutral beige for interiors and elegant when paired together.

gray wall panels

gray and biege

wall mural


gray and creamy biege

Gray walls with white trim.

gray with white trim

gray walls with white trim

gray walls with white trim

gray walls with white trim

gray walls with white trim

gray walls with white trim

gray walls with white trim

gray walls with white trim


gray cabinets with white accents

gray walls white paneling

Beaux-Artes has a beautiful solution for the ceiling speakers.

gray color palette Beaux-Artes speaker grille

Beaux-Artes White Finishes

gray wall panels

Several shades of gray

2-shades of gray

grey artwork and wall

This beautiful kitchen by the master of subtle color palettes, Leslie Sinclair of Segreto Finishes.  I am loving her new book Segreto Style. Next blog on Griege and a review of Segreto Style.

shades of gray


grey powder room


Grey Doors

Grey is a natural for metallic silver and mirrored finishes.

grey vignette

gray with mirrored finishes

Halfway there.   Continue reading »

 January 16, 2015  Posted by at 1:23 pm Interior Design No Responses »
Dec 302014

New Ravenna Mosaic Tile Company,  who I have blogged about here,  has introduced a fabulous  new collection,  Aurora,  that features glass gold leaf mosaics.  The creative force,  Sara Baldwin’s inspiration for this collection was from her travels;  including St. Petersburg and I am sure the Hermitage, because it was also our inspiration for our clients foyer.  The floor New Ravenna has designed for our project is similar to Josephine.



gold leaf mosaic tile

Here is a sample New Ravenna made for my client’s Foyer.

New Ravenna gold leaf mosaic tile sample

Our inspiration room from the Hermitage

My client loved the use of gold leaf on the walls with white ornamentation with a soft aging glaze.


Hermitage inspiration for Beaux-Artes Foyer



New Ravenna’s gold leaf glass mosaics are the epitome of mosaic artistry and a definite trend alert for fabulous embellishments for the home as predicted by Vogue.


picture of cosmique mosaic floor

gold glass wall mosaic

Cosmique glass mosaic



This is so fabulous.  Laser cut design.

Joie gold leaf glass mosaic tile


Margot glass mosaic tile

Reve Jewel Wall

Gold Leaf on Glass, Agate and Quartz

reve jewel glass mosaic on the wall

reve jewel  gold leaf and quartz


Gold Glass and Stone hand cut mosaic floor

black stone, gold glass hand cut mosaic

Embroidery and  Lace

I love the dress fabric  Aerin is wearing in this fragrance ad.  Can you see this used as a  window treatment.  Beautiful color palette.


Found a wonderful fabric that resembles Aerin’s dress at English Home.

embroidered window fabric

They have fabulous embroidered fabrics which can be purchased as pillows, bedding, window panels, table runners, etc.

embroidered sheer window panel fabric

embroidered pillow from English Home

embroidered pillow and embroidered sheer window fabric

embroidered pillows

embroidered sheer used as a bed canopy

embroidered sheer window panel

Very dramatic combination.  Would look great with the Soleil

black with gold embroidery bed spread


Gold Glass and Stone hand cut mosaic floor


This design would be wonderful with one of my favorite mosaic designs from New Ravenna

Victoria design embroidered pillows and window treatment

Marabel Stone Mosaic

Beaux-Artes’ recessed chandeliers are a unique embellishment for standard recessed lighting.  They have several new styles including semi-precious stones.  This Victorian recessed light trim in white  has a chain of opalite with light aqua quartz and opalite teardrops.


recessed light trim with semi precious stones

Tuscany style recessed light trim in Bone embellished with Pyrite, Labradorite and Swarovski Antique Green crystal.

tuscany recessed light trim embellished with semi-precious stones

Victorian 4″ recessed light trim in white with multiple clear crystal swags and 1-1/2″ U drop crystals.recessed light trim embellished with clear crystalRecessed lighting was never meant to be decorative.  However, it has become ‘standard’ in all of our homes today.  So why not make it an attractive light source.  Beaux-Artes classical solution for standard recessed lighting offers custom options to create the perfect accent to any decor.  This 6″ Victorian recessed light trim in a bone finish  has Swarovski antique green french style crystals to compliment the panel murals.

victorian style recessed light trim with crystals

victorian recessed light trim with custom crystals

Large ornament is another great embellishment.  Use it as a focal point like this fabulous headboard.

large ornament headboard

One large swag.

swag ornament

Decorators Supply Empire Plaster Swag 42″ x 18-1/2″  $276.13

Plaster Swag Ornament

This Empire Swag is perfect for a 36″ door header 31″ x 14-1/2″  $162.25

Plaster Swag Ornament

Plaques, Shields, Panels and Reliefs are a great way to use a large piece of ornament.

Relief ornament panel

I think this relief would fill the space better over the doors.  It is 78″ x 19″  $576

plaster relief ornament


Old English panel 36-1/2″ H x 26-1/2″ W $326.63

Plaster Panel

A winning combination ornament and mirror.

ornament and mirror

The perfect embellishment to end this blog on embellishments.  Ornament, Mirror and crystals. Love it.

Mirror with ornament and crystals