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A Great Shopping Day in LA

When I was in California visiting my husband’s family, I got the chance to check out two amazing stores – Gianetti Home and Kier Design - with my sister-in-law, Heather! We broke away one day and had so much fun seeing some of LA’s leading interior design shops. First stop, a visit to Brooke Gianetti's store, Gianetti Home, in hopes of meeting her! Brooke writes one of my favorite blogs, Velvet & Linen.  


I was expecting the store front to look like her home - full of character and brilliant landscaping, as you can see on her site. Not sure what I was thinking though... this is a store front in LA (11980 San Vicente)! But you'll notice all of Brooke's signature warm touches and creative architectural accessories can be found inside. 


Here I am - so excited to go in!!! Unfortunately, I never made it that far. The door was locked, and THEY WERE CLOSED ON SATURDAY!  Just my luck…  Oh well, we still got some great inspiration peeking into the windows. 

   The shop is so pretty and has a definite liveliness to it as it's also a working design and architecture studio for Brooke and her husband, Steve, who work side by side. Brooke offers interior design, and Steve does architecture and building design. I learned on my visit that the two also do landscapes and have a great little selection of pots on display. How wonderful!

Even though I wasn’t able to go inside, I was amazed with how much I was able to take in through the windows. The store’s full of French chairs, linen slipcovers, candles, big baskets and other great furnishings and accessories. There's a lovely soft color palette throughout, and I adore the way Brooke and her team have grouped pieces together so that it feels more like someone's home than a store.

What a wonderful collection of antique mirrors mixed in with some industrial pieces! Brooke has a great eye, pairing primarily French and Belgian antiques with outdoor and industrial elements. I had a great time getting a glimpse into their store and hopefully I’ll be able to go back soon.

Fortunately Heather and I had better luck at our next stop – Kier Design in Pacific Palisades. It is so charming and has some amazing, unique pieces. If you’re ever in LA, it is absolutely worth the trip!!! 

Interior designer and owner, Heidi Kier certainly has her plate full, running not just this wonderful shop but also a very successful design business! But she does both so graciously and displays an incredible array of accessories, lighting and furniture.

Kier Design has such a unique mix of items that Heidi has purchased from around the States and across the globe—it’s like a big treasure chest!  I love how her presentation and display really provides some great ideas for accessorizing tables and filling in little nooks and crannies.  The nice neutral color palette accented with aqua and turquoise is so pretty!

She has a huge collection of vintage, old Hollywood-type pieces. This beautiful 1950s martini set is absolutely delightful! You just can’t help but love the color.

I always enjoy seeing lamps made from repurposed objects. These were made from old balustrades and have a beautiful aged, original finish!  I actually have a bunch of antique balustrades from old historic buildings in Houston and Galveston just sitting at my workshop… I need to do the same with them.  Believe it or not, they’re 200 years old - It’s hard to find things that old in Texas!

Heidi collects an amazing variety of fossils and shells! And I was pleasantly surprised that they had such reasonable prices in her upscale location. I love these sand dollar fossils – amazing! Sand dollars were my favorite thing to collect and search for when walking the beach as a child.

I wish I had bought these to accessorize the shelves in my new den – I’ve never been able to find any as big. Their color tones are so wonderful and have a great bit of sheen.

This is such a great combination – a framed piece of antique seaweed and the varying heights of these French and Italian candlesticks!  I love how both Kier Design and Gianetti Home bring the outside in by incorporating some natural elements into their designs. I would take this whole collection!

Heidi has a few of these amazing statues, made for her by the artist. They are truly a stunning way to bring a hint of the beach into European design!

She is very proud of her vintage assortment of Murano lamps… as she should be.  I have never seen quite a collection!  They are a wonderful way to tie in a contemporary style with a bit of the past, and they’re definitely one of a kind with different shapes and colors to choose from.

These heart-shaped, stone vases were so cool and unusual that I had to buy several for gifts. At thirty dollars each, I couldn't go wrong! Notice also the beautiful white coral placed all around – so beautiful!

Heather was excited about her steal of the day - Aidan Gray candlesticks at half off!!!  Kier Design is a great place to go to find unique pieces in a wide range of price points! And there were so many pieces too – I think it would take days to really see everything in the store!

Heidi loves doing her own custom designs and refurbishes many of the items she finds.  She was so sweet to show us her secret stash in the back workroom!!!  I can’t thank you enough, Heidi, for being so kind and giving us a tour around your beautiful store! Kier Design sells many of its pieces online and ships them to you…I should know, I bought several things there.  Perfect for those of us who don’t live in California!

Be sure to check out the Brooke’s blog, Velvet & Linen, and swing by Kier Design and Gianetti Home next time you’re in LA.  Hope you all have a great week!


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The Love of the Banquette


Booth? Table? or Banquette?...

From everyday seating in cozy breakfast nooks, to elegant dining rooms and seating areas, banquettes have been popping up on the interior design radar with gorgeous new designs and unique placements. 

The term Banquette is derived from the French word for bench. It is traditionally a built in piece of furniture that fits into a corner or against a wall, that takes up less space than an assortment of chairs around a table. Contemporary renditions of this seating trend include use of a wider variety of furniture including using antique couches or the back of a kitchen island as the base for the banquette. Some new versions even include extra storage space or cubbies for pets, perfect for a smaller home or those living in apartments or highrises!


Breakfast Nooks

Curl up with your coffee and the paper or brunch with mimosas. Either way, who wouldn't love to start the morning in these sophisticated banquettes!

Designer Julia Blailock-  art by Segreto Finishes.

Better Homes and Gardens

Classic Casual Home

Better Homes and Gardens

Source Unknown 

At Home Arkansas

House and Home

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Southern Living


Behind the Island

It's inevitable, the party always ends up in the kitchen! The Banquette setup encourages diners to get cozy and enjoy a lingering meal so it's the perfect solution to add one to the back of the kitchen island. These banquettes will keep the gathering together from dinner prep all the way through cleanup.

Damask and Design

Traditional Home

Tobi Fairley 


Dining Rooms

Anything but stuffy, these elegant banquettes are a breath of fresh air for the traditional dining setting. The term "banquette" is closely related to "banquet" The sources of these words may vary in history but collectively we associate these terms with friends and family gathering to celebrate and enjoy meals together. 

MJ Interior Design Inc. Traditional Home.

Great tufted Banquette (Designer: Sarah Richardson)



Seating Vignettes

Space saving and incredibly chic built-in banquettes transform corners and walls into friendly gathering spots. 

Cote de Texas

Desde My Ventana 

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La Dolce Vita, designer Colleen McGill



Custom Make One of Your Very Own, or...Can't wait or want something more mobile? Try one of the many new ready made options like one of these.

This banquette settee by Ralph Lauren Home would take the morning cup of Joe to a whole new level.

 Hickory White (left), Windsor Smith Home Collection (right)


Bonus Features!

left: source unknown, right Design Dump

Extra storage is always a good thing. If only they could fit another walk in closet underneath a banquette! These creative, camouflaged hiding spots could stow all kinds of goodies. 

And finally some furry friends to send you off! Chris Madden has the right idea with his custom banquette. Human seating on the top, cozy dog beds underneath. 

Dont forget to mark your calenders and tell your friends about our fun trunk show. We would love to shop and visit with you at our boutique located at 1414 Antoine Dr. We have special guests Golden Threads and Arte Pura. To learn more about these lines and more, visit last week's blog here. Have a great week!  xo Leslie

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Segreto Boutique Spring Trunk Show-Arte Pura and Golden Threads--April 18th!

Join us for a sneak peek of the treasures that will be at the Segreto Spring Trunk Show Thursday April 18th featuring special guests Beadboard Upcountry with Arte Pura linens and Jennifer Welker with Golden Threads jewelry.

We can't wait to go shopping!


Arte Pura

Meet Maryanne of Beadboard UpCountry in Brenham, TX, the only carrier of Arte Pura linens in the United States. She is bringing it all to Segreto! Come see these incredible examples of Italian workmanship and order your own unique piece. Each duvet comes in 12 different options and you are able to customize the decorative details. The line includes bedding, table linens, slip covers, decorative candles and even pajamas! 

We are so excited for one day to be the only place in Houston to view Arte Pura!! If you are interested in bedding bring a picture of your bed, measurements of height and dimensions. The linens are European sizes and this will help Maryanne to customize bedding for you. For slip covers bring your chair.  For more information of Arte Pura, visit my past blog about her lovely store Beadboard UpCountry in Brenham, TX here or their website here.


Golden Threads

Visit with the famed Golden Threads designer, Jennifer Welker, in person and see her entire collection!!  Custom designed and hand-made, this home-grown 28 year old's jewelry is worn by the whose who in Hollywood and across the globe.  

 The Golden Thread line is an interesting and intriguing collection of jewelry that promotes true personalization and style…a mix of trends and classics…the designs include everything from diamond initials to birthstone pendants, intricate leaves and stylish keys, even monogrammed discs and animal charms. Some even include gorgeous semi-precious stones like turquoise and pearls. Perfect for everyday layering!



Reasonably priced, these unique personal assortment of customized keepsakes are a perfect graduation, wedding, baby or birthday gifts!

Segreto Finishes Boutique

Refresh your Spring look with art, accessories and gifts from Segreto's Boutique. The shop is one of our newest ventures and we have been getting new inventory daily to share with all of you! Whether you are looking for the final touch for your home or the perfect gift for a friend (or just a treat for yourself!), you can find it all right here!


We look forward to shopping with you on April 18th from 10-6! Please pass it on to your friends!  Located at 1414 Antoine it is just north of Westview on the east side of the street across from St Regis school.  There is parking in the back. Hope to visit with you there!! xo  Leslie

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Loving Lucite

Lucite, making a huge resergence in today's interiors, is associated with decor of the 1960s and 1970s.  Developed in the early 1930s, lucite was introduced by DuPont in 1936, the same year Rohm & Haas debuted Plexiglas (the same polymer, under a different brand name). Lucite has become a brand name like Kleenex which refers to any kind of acrylic resin. Durning World War II, these light shatter-resistant materials were reserved for the military and were used in submarine periscopes and aircraft windshields. Following the war, interior decorators began using Lucite in posh homes in New York, Paris and Hollywood.


Helena Rubinstein, the Polish multimillionaire cosmetics mogul, had her now infamous sleigh bed made in Paris in the 30’s. Concealed fluorescent lights made the bed’s headboard and footboard glow. She was known to have business meetings in her bedroom—she in her bed and her advisors sitting in the 8 matching Lucite chairs that surrounded it.

The Paris Apartment sells a reproduction of the original chair for 3100 unupholstered. I read here that Alan Moss has had the original for sale for $32,000!!


Credit: Dragonette Limited

This fun Lucite 'corset' chair by Grosfeld House made a big splash in 1939. 


Artists and fashion designers, impelled by the appreciation of space age design, began using ultra-modern materials in their work in the 1950s and ’60s. Dalí painted on Perspex, the sculptor Leroy Lamis made geometric cubes from Plexiglas and Marilyn Monroe donned Lucite sandals.



These vintage beauties were on first dibbs.  I would have loved to snag these up!!!

New Orleans Style Report | Garden and Gun

The recent Lucite renaissance can probably be traced back to 2002, when Philippe Starck introduced his Louis Ghost Chair produced by Kartell.


 Candace Cavanaugh--Pacific Heights Residence!!

Designer Nancy Price.--Love the brackets!!

Lucite--brilliant shelving!!!

Vintage lucite desk from the 70s...awesome!!

 Designer Michelle Morgan Harrison

Couldn't find the maker of this one but LOVE IT!!!! 

Ikea  79$ each!!!

 So fun for bride and groom chairs!!


Vintage Lucite Trunk - want? $135

Valentino Lucite heels!

Fantastic frame! What a great idea to mount the art in plexiglass!!! Learn how to do this with your own art here. Hope you enjoyed all the Lucite, I could have posted 50 more--for more fab examples go to my Pinterest board. Hope everyone has a great week!!  Till next week!  xo Leslie

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An Elegant Easter 


Easter Greetings!

The flowers are blooming and Spring is officially here, which means Easter is just around the corner! Many of you are planning brunches, lunches and dinners to celebrate the holiday with family and friends. We want to share some of our favorite finds for adorning your homes and tables with beautiful décor and food.


Table Top

Bring out your bunnies and hop to decorating! Set a beautiful Easter table with flowers and Easter keepsakes. One of the easiest ways to make a big impact on your table is to mix a collection of vases and containers that are all different sizes with seasonal accessories and candles.



Make your guests feel special with thoughtful placecard settings like these lovely, delicate hanging eggs.

This adorable table top is playful and sophisticated at the same time. Incorporate unexpected elements like bell jars and vintage lace for an artistic flair. 

Vintage Easter brunch from Indulgy

An all white and green color scheme makes for a beautiful crisp and clean look.


Egg cups make perfect bud vases. It would be beautiful to have these scattered throughout the home in little vignettes.

Inspire Bohemia

Learn how to fold a bunny napkin Here and impress all your guests with your new origami skills!

Bunny ears are perfect as burlap napkin rings on these playful napkins.

Uncommon Designs


Bunny Food 

Now for the main event, the food! Enjoy your Easter classics like carrots and deviled eggs with beautiful presentation that will complement your decor. 

An unexpected twist on the classic carrot. Perfectly bite sized for little Easter bunnies to nibble!

How can anyone resist these bunny buns!

This looks like it would be easy to do yourself! Twist the dough into a knot and add a beak, eyes and tail feathers. Tweet Tweet!

Dress up your dips with a Bunny bread bowl! Carve out a bowl in a loaf of sourdough for the dip and slice a baguette in half to use as the ears. For instructions on how to make these fun Easter breads click here.

These deviled eggs look too pretty to eat. Learn how to make this arrangement here.



Easter Eggs

These DIY gilded and glittered eggs are pretty enough to leave out all year. Display them in a pretty bowl or scatter them throughout your tablescape for a touch of sparkle.

What a special way to send an Easter message. It would be hard to break it to reveal the treasure inside!

Oh Sweet Babies 

Inspire Bohemia




What is Easter without some precious baby animals? 


 I am very grateful for all of what God has given us!! Hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family and friends!  Till next week!  Xo  Leslie

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