Saturday, May 25, 2013

Giveaway of Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors by Leslie Sinclair

Introducing Leslie Sinclair of Segreto Fine Paint Finishes and More

Leslie is offering a Giveaway of one of her Beautiful Books, "Segreto, Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors!" Value is $85.

Leslie describes that The world of decorative painting is limitless, ever-changing and richly complex. Finishes for wallsceilingsfloors and cabinetry are crucial to the embodiment of a home's character. Segreto Finishes’ niche in the world of design motivates owner Leslie Sinclair to constantly explore new techniques and finishes that appeal to a vast multitude of styles and personal tastes.
Leslie lives by the philosophy that upon entering a room, your eyes should not draw a distinction to one element or finish but should see the surroundings as a whole. By developing a palette that complements a home’s architecture and design, surroundings are given a new perspective. Segreto Finishes specialize  in fine plasters, finishes on cabinets, furniture and walls , decorative painting and murals

I will let the Images speak for themselves
Plaster Groined Ceiling with decorative Flourish
As you will see from the following images, Leslie and her team of artisans which has grown to 40,
accomplish indoor Plaster Work, Paintings, Faux, Tromp l'Oeil and  much more.
Later I will show you her latest venture!

The Range Hood and Crest and Inlay
The Subtlety of Ancient Plaster Work Techniques

Custom Art panel within an Alcove

A Luscious Powder Room with Decoratively painted Walls so Elegant
A Room with a View Faux Painted  with Iron Rounded Shutters

Painted totally Flat to look like a Fabulous Window with Designs in Quatrefoil
An Exquisite Sideboard with much decorative painting,  Glazing and  a Marble Top

Beautiful Works of Art
Art by Leslie Sinclair "Sterling" What Talent!

Sherbet by Christina Gracci, Mesmerizing

Leslie has also opened a wonderful Boutique in her Studio and Gallery, She is located at 1414 Antoine, Houston TX 77055. You can reach her at 713 461 5210. In the near future she will have an online presence!

 Leslie has two sites,, also her blog site which is wonderful,

For an Opportunity to Win Leslie's book, "Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors" Value $75 and Open Worldwide;

1) Visit Leslie's site and tell us what works and finishes you like the best.
2) Please be a Follower of Art by Karena. You can see the several ways to befriend me in my right hand column at

That is it! A winner will be chosen on June 1st at Midnight EST!

Thank you to all of my wonderful Friends, Followers, and Family for supporting The Arts

Art by Karena

Thank you to Irina with Palomasea for choosing me to be the recipient of Jamie Cat Callan's new book, "Ooh La La" ! I am so excited. Reading is one of my favorite pastimes.

Images and some Text from Segreto Secrets


Splendid Market said...

What a talent, thank you for the introduction Karena. I love the softness of her beautiful walls, but it is the beautiful sage kitchen island that makes my knees go weak!! What a great blog too! Happy weekend, Karena. I'm a follower, and have you on my blogroll.

Lisa Mende said...

Love Leslie! Met her in Little Rock at Cottage & Vine. She is so talented and so nice! Would love to have her book. I love her ceiling finished!!! I already follow you!

Di said...

Wow wonderful work, I love that silver toned bathroom, cabinet, walls and floors just beautiful. I am a faithful follower of yours, have a great weekend and thank you for a sweet giveaway, Di@Cottage-wishes

Lauren said...

The powder room with the decorative painted wall is amazing!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

This is a beautiful post! That powder room and the sterling mum! I would love a chance to win Leslie's wonderful book!

French said...

I have been meaning to track down this book for a peek; I love all of her finishes, but especially the simple plaster finishes, which are surely done in the time-honored way and go so well with those bricks and exposed beams. She has a talented team of artisans~

Simply LKJ said...

A follower of yours always. What exquisite work! The finishes are beyond amazing. The window looks so real!

Palomasea said...

So gorgeous!!! What a treasure is this book! I will visit Leslie right now...
Thank you, dear Karena!!!
- Irina

Brittany Ruth said...

Her finishes are great. I'm a furniture person and I love finding out the ages, styles, and country of origin for furniture. Her painting and finishes really breath life into the furniture she paints. I thought the table with the rose pattern top was subtle but beautiful. I would love to win this book and learn how to create these stunning finishes on my pieces.

Thank you

-Brittany Ruth

Acquired Objects said...

I was lucky enough to receive not one but two copies of Leslie's book it's fabulous!

Enjoy your weekend!

Celia M. High Heeled Life said...

Dearest Karena you are introducing me to yet another fabulous creative person. Visits to your blog are always inspirational to me.

Hope you are doing well and wishing you a fabulous Memorial Day week-end... Many blessings my friend. C. (HHL)

P.S. swooning over that powder room.

Couture Carrie said...

Love that sideboard!


peggy braswell said...

Hi + Adore the bathroom she has done.
I am a follower of yours.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good afternoon dear Karena! WOW...well first of all, I am thoroughly enjoying my new book that I won from your blog! And this is another beautiful offer you are making! That range hood is stunning and while the one I asked my husband to make me is beautiful, I wonder what one like this would look like, all in stone!

Thank you for stopping by today my dear. Wasn't that France party so fun? Be well, Anita

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Karena, I am a big fan of Leslie and her beautiful work. I would be thrilled to win her book. The finishes she does on cabinets are my favorite...Gorgeous! Of course I am a follower of yours.

Julie said...


Great giveaway! A home is not finished unless you add the details.

Have a great week!

Jane Kilpatrick Schott said...

Leslie and her crew of painters and designers are legend in Houston and a really wonderful gal. I don't know how many folks I took to her home and office to see her magic. Her book is inspirational...check it out.

Linda Primmer said...

Such talent. I truly appreciate the love, time and labor on these incredible pieces. It's difficult to pick a favorite, because i love so many. The decorative is stunning. Love the ceiling treatments. I always wanted something done to our barrel ceiling in our dining room.
Thanks for sharing this amazing artist. I hope life is treating you well. I am already a follower. xo Linda

Ideezine said...


Love to add this book to my designer's library. I'm a follower and love the "Plaster Groined Ceiling with decorative Flourish".

I have Leslie on my blogroll and visit her site often to see a world of decorative finishes reveal their magic!


Anonymous said...

Hello lovely Karena. Thank you so much for stopping by the table again and for inviting to enter your giveaway. Oh my, what lovely finishes. The first image of the ceiling is simply dreamy.
Thank you for the book offer. Sounds perfect. Already a follower. Off to visit Leslie's site.

chedeb5353 said...

I have wanted this book since it came out! I love all her finishes, I think the plaster is my favorite.I am a follower, Debra

michele said...

i have leslie's book and treasure it. she is one talented artist, and her team works miracles!

have a wonderful week, beautiful blogger.


Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

love the details of her finishes!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Karen!
Have been a follower of yours for a long time and thank you so much for inviting me over to see this lovely artist and her work!
I am heading over to check out her link too.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Oh my heavens.... to have to choose one thing? Impossible in this situation. I loved the furniture and the finishes, but the "decorative" link was simply divine!
I love the powder rooms that are painted in muted shades with foil metallic damask patterns stenciled on the walls. I also loved the stenciled floors.... just fantastic!

Oh I do hope I could win this book!
Thanks to both of you for offering this to all of us!


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Karen,
Leslie's children's room with the giraffe and other animals is my FAVORITE!
Sure I am a follower.
Hugs to you,

Anonymous said...

What talent, huh? I can see this book being one of your faves!!! xo

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I love a giveaway! Her cabinet finishes are my favorite. They did not have names on them, so the creamy white ones.

helen tilston said...

Hello Karena

A beautiful and fresh approach. The book is spectacular and how generous that you are giving one away.

Hope your week is special
Helen xx

YONKS said...

All I can say about that beautiful book is WOW! Stunning. Thanks for coming to visit me in France. Hope you are well dear Karena :-)
Much love

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

I love Leslie :) She is an incredible artist!! And her plaster work is amazing.

Thanks for hosting this generous giveaway, Karena.

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Wow - Leslie's work is beautiful! I love the powder room and the faux quatrefoil window.

I absolutely love Leslie's artwork - my favourite piece is Mirror Image.

annechovie said...

Leslie is so talented!!

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

What a lovely giveaway Karena! I'm thrilled that you left me a message as I would love to enter! My favourite finish is the plaster - the pale sweeping staircase is heavenly! Warmest wishes - Glenda

mail4rosey said...

The photos do speak for themselves. These are all amazing.

I'm visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things. Thank you for sharing!

vignette design said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks for the opportunity to win Leslie's book. She is a friend of mine, and believe it or not, I already have her book that she signed for me. She is one of the most talented, beautiful women I know! Good luck to all who entered, they will definitely enjoy Leslie's book.
xo, Delores

Home Lifestyle Design said...

Her work looks amazing. I just found your blog and I am your newest follower. Thanks, Patty

PURA VIDA said...

I am mesmerized!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

I could not even imagine the work that went into each of those rooms and such.The sheer elegance of them take my breath away.Thank you for sharing with us,
Marie Antoinette

It's me said...

I loooove books !! your give away....thanks for inviting me...have a nice

Burlap Luxe said...

Hey girl! You know me soooooo well!
This is a perfect book for me so count me in on this beautiful GiveAway!
I would paint my heart out on so many customers walls using the different techniques of vanecian plastering, faux finishing columns in the many model homes I have decorated for developers all with a high end look and
trompe l'oeil. All finishes that I have not been doing for awhile do to trends and the economy.

Thank you sweet friend for taking the time to visit me always making my heart happy and joyful in all the love you bring.

Thank you for this giveaway it's going to be so exciting to see who wins :)

Lots of love and good health to you.


Mary said...

Wow, Leslie is very talented. I love that powder room too. Pretty and amazing.

Stacy Curran said...

I already have this book, and it is a must have for anyone who is serious about design. GREAT giveaway!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Karen,
Congrats to Bette!
Since you have a noreply-comment setting it is impossible for getting in touch with you.
Neither on your personal FB, nor Google+ there is an email listed...
Okay, let's put it here:

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder has left a new comment on your post "{Our Smaller Office}":

Dearest Karen,
Thanks for your visit and comment. We all can learn from each other at times.
Hugs to you,

Posted by Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder to MARIETTE'S BACK TO BASICS at June 2, 2013 at 8:12 PM

From: Karen Albert
Sent: Sunday, June 02, 2013 7:57 PM
Subject: [MARIETTE'S BACK TO BASICS] New comment on {Our Smaller Office}.

Karen Albert has left a new comment on your post "{Our Smaller Office}":

Dear Mariette, Bravo, great job, and as you say it is always so nice to be able to arrange your new office just the way you want!

2013 Designer Series
Art by Karena

Posted by Karen Albert to MARIETTE'S BACK TO BASICS at June 2, 2013 at 7:57 PM
By the way, your word verification will keep many comments away. There is a far better way for warding off SPAM effectively:
For changing your word verification:

Hope you are doing well!

Ideezine said...

Hi Karena and Leslie

Very excited about winning this book. Can hardly wait to see all the dreamy works of so much talent.

I will send you my mailing address through a direct email.

Thanks Again for a great giveaway Ladies!


Roma @Online PhD in Education said...

The pictures were definitely interesting. I think the kitchen was the most surprising looking. The powder room was definitely a highlight. All the other pictures were magnificent and I will be in contact with this designer soon.

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