We travel to Houston, Texas to meet with Leslie Sinclair of Segreto Finishes. She heads a large studio team that tackles beautiful decorative paint finishes combined with lovely ornamental patterns and stencil designs. We’re proud to feature her for our Stencil Star™ series, which seeks to showcase creative artists and feature their inspired work using our Royal Design Studio mylar stencils and Modello Decorative Painting Stencils.
ABOUT SEGRETO FINISHES
The world of decorative painting is limitless, ever-changing and richly complex. Finishes for walls, ceilings, floors and cabinetry are crucial to the embodiment of a home’s character. 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.
Graduating from the University of Texas with a business degree, Leslie left her corporate job in 1995 to start Segreto Finishes, naming the company after her husband’s family. Segreto, which means secret in Italian, rolls up all of Leslie’s passions — architecture, interior design, art, people and business– into her idea of the perfect job. Leslie’s talent for color, bringing innovative products to Houston, hiring and training a quality staff and working with people on their individual needs, built Segreto’ s reputation.
With a staff of 25 artisans, the company has become a premier finish design firm with work featured in numerous publications including Veranda, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Country French, Elegant Homes, Beautiful Homes and Beautiful Baths, to name a few. Leslie also regularly contributes to Antique Shops and Designers magazine.
Inspired by all aspects of artistic painting, she owns an art gallery, Segreto Studios, and writes a blog, Secrets of Segreto, about interiors, art and finishes. She also wrote her first book Segreto: The Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors, a wonderful reference book for anyone interested in home design.
What draws you to Stenciling?
Stenciling is a great way to give a uniform pattern for a wallpaper look while being able to customize colors to the clients decor.
Here is our Fortuny stencil graces the walls in an allover pattern to create a custom wallppaper effect. Such a lovely fabric finish!
How do you determine which pattern will work for your project?
The scale of the room, the fabrics, rug, and the clients personal style dictate which patterns I feel will work best in the room.
Our Moorish Trellis stencil adds just the right amount of pattern and interest to an elegant, neutral design.
Please share your top Stenciling tip with us.
I typically mix Floetrol in the paint when the client wants a more inconsistent look to the pattern.
How does stenciling enhance your creative business?
It allows me to cost effectively give a multitude of different all over wallpaper looks or ceiling treatments to clients that are custom in color and embellishment to their room. Wallpaper has exact color ways and each run is exactly the same. With stenciling, no two rooms will ever be just alike giving each client a one of a kind look.
An inspired take on our Kyoto Allover stencil from our Allover Japanese Stencils Collection finds hand-painted elements over the design pattern. The result is a whimsical, artistic finish for a lovely space.
Leslie and her team do extraordinary work but as you can see, they also do neutral very well! Please do check out the Segreto website to see more of of their projects as well as their Facebook page. They frequently share their fantastic projects via their Secrets of Segreto blog, too.
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