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Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors By Leslie Sinclair
It is my pleasure to devote this post to Leslie Sinclair. Her beautiful book Segreto Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors is my current favorite. I was prepared to just give a sampling of great plaster, faux, trompe l’oeil, color palettes, interior design, art and architecture from the book until I discovered even more amazing work from the premier finish design firm in Houston, Texas Segreto Finishes. Leslie’s talents along with the work of the 20 amazing artists she has brought together are responsible for this most impressive body of work. The Segreto style is the result of what they do with paint, plaster and color on the walls, ceiling, doors and cabinets.
The architects, designers and builders that came together to create these spaces are all to be complemented. Excellent. I give the book 5 stars.
Selections from Segreto Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors.
Book Tip “When plastering the walls and ceilings of a newly constructed home, the sheetrock should be taped, floated and lightly sanded. There is no need to fix imperfections in the sheetrock or to texture, prime or paint the walls. This savings can offset the overall cost of applying plaster.” Leslie Sinclair
The plaster on the walls, cabinetry finishes and beams achieves the feel of Provence.
Love the panels and plaster. Love it.
The plaster walls for this master bath achieve a feeling of serenity along with the neutral and warm color palette. Very flattering. Rustic, elegant and classic.
Design – Eleanor Cummings
Louis XV Revisited
It was very difficult to choose what pictures to show you because they are all so wonderful, but this one is very special. “Changing the background color of this cove creates the illusion that the antique columns are integral parts of the design. Evoking a celestial sky, friezes that decorate these ceilings enhance its architecturally interesting details.”
Antiques and Furnishings – Joyce Horn Antiques
Ranch Style Chateau
“Bringing artful touches to the walls and ceilings of this large 21st century construction transforms its newness into the richness of a home with history.”
Designer – Talbot Cooley, Building Design – Colby Design & Brandon Breaux, Builder – Darryl Dieciedue
Fabulous design for this ceiling which would look great with one of Beaux-Artes decorative grilles or recessed light trims painted in the same color palette to replace the standard industrial features.
Wonderful wall treatment – tinted artist’s gesso troweled through a stencil over a silver metallic paint and then tea stained, giving the appearance of dimensional wallpaper.
Designer – Sheila Lyon
The 18th century French antique doors are beautiful and the glazed cabinets duplicate the finish. Wonderful ceiling also.
Designer – Marjorie Carter, Builder – Builders West, Inc.
The book has a section devoted to ceilings.
Timeless, Elegant and Livable
“Inspired by a fresco painted in 1500 at Torre di Bellosguardo, a former hunting lodge outside of Florence, this dramatic rendition is framed by trompe-l’oeil stone columns and archways. The scene incorporates the built-in sink basin to avoid interruptions in the mural.”
Designer – Anne Lydick
The book is 300 pages of great photographs, filled with inspiration from tiles to surfaces, fabrics, architecture, furnishings. and a Resource Directory.
More from Segreto Finishes.
In addition to the Finishing Services, Leslie offers artwork and furniture. What a great finish this is.
Painting by Jerrod Jones.
Painting – Greg Budwine
Visit Leslie’s blog Segreto Secrets.