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A Visit To Aidan Gray!!!

I have always loved Aidan Gray's furniture and accessory line so I was very excited when I got the call to do a bit of handy work in their new showroom for the opening of Dallas Market  this week!

This isn't our first time working with Aidan Gray. We were honored to be a part of Cote de Texas' Aidan Gray contest where the design company's owner, Randal, redid the winning home with a houseful of beautiful furnishings.

On the inside page of his new catalogue, Sweet Randal put a shot of the rooms where Segreto applied both cabinet and plaster finishes along with our logo!  How nice is that!!


Aidan Gray's new showroom in the Dallas Market Center has a 140- by 8-foot corridor that runs through the space.  To differentiate this corridor from the rest of the room, he wanted the concrete stenciled in a very faded fashion, like the inspiration photo above.  I loved his logo and thought it'd look great to give hints of that design on the floor.  We drew out a stencil and sent it off to be reproduced! When we got the renderings back though, I just wasn't wowed.  There was no time left to start over so I turned to Royal Design Studio, a company we often purchase stencils from, to search for a precut one that would ship overnight and look fab!!  

The design, featured here as the motif in a powder bath for designer Cindy Witmer, has always been one of my favorites! And I think it complements Aidan Gray's beautiful logo perfectly!


Here we are on site, laying laying out the pattern and working out the math (the most challenging part for me)!! John, the go-to guy for the Dallas showroom, moved all the furniture out of the corridor space so we could begin!  Thank you, John!!!

While the guys were getting started, I had some time to shop around and place an order for our little Boutique Gallery in Houston. It was so hard to choose - everything was so beautiful!!!  Here's a sneak peek of their wonderful treasures!

I really noticed how the showroom now carries some antique items!  Along with their exceptional reproductions, I spied a few one-of-a-kind treasures that would be the perfect finishing touch to a room's flavor.

This is a new line for the showroom... and I fell in love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  They had shells and butterflies framed as well!  Put those in my cart please!!!

 This new design, a skirted zinc table, is to die for!!

In the meantime, the guys have made great progress!

Before we and a few other trades started, the showroom had everything placed perfectly. But even with things stacked in corners, it wasn't hard to appreciate the many treasures!!  I adore those pedestals and the beautiful cornice!  I might need that for my renovation project!!


Randal and team really have outdone themselves this year, creating so many unique products - fresh and current, but with a timeless appeal!  I can't wait to go back next week and see everything put in its place and our floors completely finished!  If you are going to market, be sure to visit Aidan Gray at their new location on the fifth floor. You can also check out their pieces at your closest retailer or shop online.

Since I was driving back and forth the same day (about a 9-hour drive), I coaxed two of my besties into going with me.  We, of course, had to take a little break at my favorite pit stop!  Buc-ee's!! A road trip is never complete without getting some beaver gear! Hope everyone has a wonderful week!!  Till next Monday!  xo Leslie



Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone!!  I so hope you had a wonderful Holiday with your friends and family and a Happy New Year!! I am so sorry I have been under the radar for a couple of weeks but I was sick the entire break! I still had a wonderful time as all my kids were home, and when do I get to sit on the couch for 14 days and watch old movies, and catch up on a CW show called Heart of Dixie.  I've watched 2 and a half seasons and am hooked!!

2014 will be a fun year for me.  With the Houston real estate market being crazy, as well as my work load super busy, John and I decided to renovate our home of 26 years rather than move. Architect Ken Newberry who I have worked with on many amazing projects agreed to help.

I have never liked the exterior of our home built in the 60's although we did make some changes for the better when we first purchased it in the late 80's.  If I were building from scratch I would model the design after architecture that I love from the 20's. Ken definitely had to be creative on this one and as you can see below he met the challenge. 

I was honestly brought to tears when the new elevation was unveiled. Believe it or not this is the same structure.  I love the  slurried brick, new dormers, and metal casement windows. Ken and his talented team turned my house into my dream home!!   Given it’s in our budget after the bidding process,  I am excited to take you with me every step of the way.

Getting ready for the renovation we will be confined to the back part of the house.  This is spurring us on to modifiy what used to be the Segreto offices (above) into space we can use now. My office to the left will eventually become the exercise room but during the construction we will turn it into Kirby's room since she is living at home with us.  The offices to the right are being renovated now to combine my office and a craft room.  I am almost done with it and can't wait to show you the final reveal!!

And of course there are all those New Years resoulutions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Loose weight!!!!   I ordered premade meals from My Bistro MD.  They were having a sale for $99 for the first week.   The food is good, they ship it directly to your home and I was never hungry. I hope it works!!



This  are great exercises for people who have not been regular exercisers like me to get you started!!!


Beautify!!!!!  Buy New Lipstick--Bobbi Brown's Bikini Pink - a universally flattering nude!!!!!


Home remedy to whiten teeth I have been wanting to try!!!!!!

Option 1: Put a tiny bit of toothpaste into a small cup, mix in one teaspoon baking soda plus one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide, and half a teaspoon water. Thoroughly mix then brush your teeth for two minutes. Remember to do it once a week until you have reached the results you want. Once your teeth are good and white, limit yourself to using the whitening treatment once every month or two

Option 2: Dr. Oz Teeth Whitening Home Remedy: 1/4 cup of baking soda + lemon juice from half of a lemon. Apply with cotton ball or q-tip. Leave on for no longer than 1 minute, then brush teeth to remove.


Soften your feet!!!!

One of the best softening, detoxifying foot soaks ever! Fill a large bowl with warm water and add 1 cup apple cider vinegar with 1 cup Epsom salt. Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes, rinse and lightly scrub with pumice stone. Then say hello to gorgeous feet :)

 I am excited to see what 2014 will bring!!!  Come visit us at the store this week as we are having an everything must go sale!!  (See Below).  Happy New Year to all and back to mmy regualr schedule!!!  Till next Monday!!  xo Leslie



Home for the Holidays

 Can you believe Christmas is here!!!  Each year goes by so fast!!!!

Clients are getting ready for Christmas and it is so fun seeing all the different ways that they have decorated. Above is one of my client's grandson--isn't he a cutie!!!   I hope you enjoy these decorations from the fun home tours I get to see every day!!! They certainly put me in the holiday spirit!!!


Simple Slendor!!!!!!!!!!!!





Formal Elegance!!!!!!!!!!!


 Tablescapes to Dine For!!!!!


Its all about the tree!!!!!!


Happy Holidays from the Segreto Finishes Team!!!... We had so much fun this year at our annual Christmas party.  With all of our staff and their families we had over a 100 attend.  We always host the event at Tia Maria's Mexican Restaurant on Dacoma street.  Family owned and operated they have our own special room complete with mariachies and great food and service!!

P.S in this shot is left to right is Charles who is Leslie C's Fiance, my husband John who helps with all the bank work and insurance, Leslie C who is my Sr Designer, Karen who runs my office and store, and Isai who runs the plaster crews!!! The picture to the right also includes Andrea who runs the furniture refinishing, art gallery, and helps me with all the scheduling!  What a wonderful management staff I have!!!



 Each year we give out plaques for exceptional service for 5 years.  We with moving into the shop last year didn't have our Christmas event so this year we had 9 team members that celebrated 5-7 years with the company!  Hats off to them they are exceptional employees!!!!


My little dog Charlie got a new coat for Christmas!!!  He is as excited as I am to have Segreto's work featured in the two publications below!!  To end the year I want to make sure you all know how much I appreciate all of you--my wonderful sweet blog readers!!!  I so hope you have a wonderful Holiday with your family and friends and a very Happy New Year!!!   Till next year!!  xo  Leslie




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Deck the Halls - and the Table, and the Mantel, and the...


Christmas time is just around the corner and I can't help but feel in the holiday spirit!! All my kids will be together and there is bound to be lots of shopping, decorating and celebrating!! With this collection of seasonally-inspired decor and fashion ideas, it should be easy to find joy all around you this season!!

Home Decor!!!
While I still love all the white and natural color palettes I discussed in last year's Christmas post, this year I seem to be wanting to add a bit of color!!!


Maybe it's because I keep having visions of this Cartier store all wrapped in red!! Below are a few decorating ideas for my home this season!!!

For the Tree!!

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Holiday Fruit!
I love using fruit in my holiday decor! Sticking with the red theme, pomegranates, berries, and apples fit the bill!!

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Gorgeous Garland!
There are so many different options for garland! I'm a big fan of the real thing whether it's evergreen, bay leaves, magnolia or other items mixed in fresh from your yard!! Garland works beautifully with so many things!! 






For the Table!


Rosemary wreath place card holders! Tie together a long sprig of rosemary with a piece of yarn for a touch of rustic loveliness. Then add a piece of paper interlaced into the leaves with the assigned name for that seat. Your place settings will look and smell divine!



Just for Kids!!!


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Here's an idea that may actually get your children to set the table for you!! Using the picture above as a guide, arrange your plates and silverware to take the shape of a friendly winter snowman. Brightly colored paper napkins can be used to polish off the look as the perfect scarf and top hat. Don't forget to give your snowman some life with gumdrop eyes and a carrot nose!


Frosty Beverages and Festive Food!! 
With everybody in such close quarters during parties and family get-togethers, having appetizers and drinks on hand is sure to make everyone a little merrier!!  


Cheese platters are fantastic appetizers to serve at any party. For an extra flourish, layer cubes of cheese and multi-color grapes in the shape of a Christmas tree and garnish with fresh parsley or thyme for a festive look. Don't forget the celery stalk as the tree trunk!!


With a colorful presentation and plenty of sugar, this cranberry and rosemary white "Christmas" sangria looks as good as it tastes. Come to think of it, this could double as a centerpiece as well!! 


For this super cute idea, pour a cocktail or non-alcoholic refreshment into large plastic ornaments you can purchase from the craft store!! Helpful tip: Use a funnel to get the beverage in so you don't end up making a sticky mess!


A classic winter cocktail with a twist: The eggnog martini!! 

Eggnog Martini

  • 2 1-2 oz. Eggnog
  • 1 oz. Van Gogh Vanilla  Vodka
  • 3/4 oz. Amaretto

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake over ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and dust with freshly grated nutmeg or cinnamon. Cheers!!!

Seasonal Fashion!!
I can't help but love the glitz and glamour the Christmas season brings!! There is something so dazzling about sparkles, velvet, and lace, especially when it comes to fashion!! Now if I only had somewhere to wear these green velvet Gucci shoes... 

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Happy holidays from Segreto!! May your home become a little merrier and a little brighter with some of the inspiration shared in this post. Till next Monday!! Xo, Leslie

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A Designer for the Holidays - Regina Gust

I have seen Regina’s work with Regina Gust Designs (formerly Twins Design Christmas) for years when working in homes around the Holidays.  I was fortunate to get to know her personally when we were in the same fab home(see here) together for an Easter deadline. I thought It would be fun to do a spotlight on her Christmas Decor, since for over 20 years, Regina has been decking Houston’s halls with exuberant decorations and in more recent times was featured in the Frontgate catalogue.  Whether she’s using fresh flowers, natural, glitzy or traditional elements, her creations always get the special “Regina” touch that give them a uniquely lush look.

Regina’s key goal in decorating for the Holidays is to bring joy to each client.  And joy she does bring through customizing each home for the holidays using the clients existing décor as inspiration.  

This wouldn’t fit in my living room for sure, but it is really spreading Christmas cheer for the students at Stephen F. Austin College!  That is Regina, pretty as her tree, putting on its finishing touches. This tree absolutely glitters with its silver and gold decorations, fillers(sometimes call picks) and ribbons. Regina says fillers are essential for creating fullness in every design. 

Fillers are branch like pieces that come in all styles that you can add into a base piece of garland or a tree. A good strategy is to add fillers first then ornaments and add the ribbons last.  

You can get so much inspiration from all the different style represented on the trees at Regina's Holiday Boutique! This tree is adorned with natural decorations: pinecones, snowflakes and burlap ribbon. Every tree should have a little bit of sparkle and clear glass balls catch the light perfectly for a subtle shine in this organic look.

Garlands Galore………. One of Regina’s trademarks  is her stunning garlands, all saturated with ornaments, ribbons and accessories, from elegant to whimsical, all her beauties really make you want to jingle all the way!! 

Flock the Halls……………………. Remember the flocked trees?  Well they are coming back. Regina loves using them for an all white look, mixing them with white ornaments, crystals  and ribbons creating a truly elegant statement.  See how she uses flocking in her designs below!!!!

Don’t stop at the tree!!!.......... To elicit holiday spirit throughout your house decorate, chandeliers, sconces and mirrors and more.


Outdoor spaces……………Outdoor mantels  and doors need a touch of holiday, too. Makes you want to snuggle up to the outdoor fire or welcome you into the home.

A fearless approach and passion for flair has helped Regina carve out a special niche in the luxury Holiday and event design market. Constantly evolving, her holiday business has expanded to include Halloween, Easter, Valentines and special events. Thanks Regina for sharing your holiday joy with us!!!  
To contact Regina call 713.426.1226 or email To get inspired and find a special pieces to add to your own Holiday décor, visit Regina Gust Designs Holiday Boutique at 5005 Larkin, open seasonally M-Sat from 10-5

 Along with our unique gifts, art and accessories we are so excited to feature jewelry designer Candice Dickerson at Segreto for our special Holiday shopping event this Thursday. Look forward to seeing you all! Feel free to pass on the invite or bring a friend!  Till then--xo  Leslie

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