Interior Design Books: Provence & Secrets {Segreto}

Allow me to share one of the many
reasons I adore interior design:

there is within this field a universal loveliness

which transcends language and culture…


*speaking with hands now*


Case in point.

Segreto Finishes,

a design firm headed by

Leslie Sinclair

is named for her husband’s

Italian family name Segreto,

which means ‘secret.’

Ooooooh, I love un segreto!

Here is a peek at some secret finishes

executed in a breathtaking Provence-inspired

home featured in the new book.

Sarah West ~ architectual consultant

Architectural Solutions, Inc ~ architect

Richard Price Custom Homes ~ builder

Plaster and reclaimed architectural finishes

weave rooms together harmoniously…

and can you imagine the secrets these

old pieces could tell?????

light fixture by AREA

18th c. door from Chateau Domingue

Leslie owns an art gallery and is inspired

by all aspects of artistic painting, in fact,


she can say she wrote the book.

A big gorgeous book of secrets.

(I love this kitchen like a fat girl loves cake.)

It was that iced white beauty lounging lustfully under that cloche

in a few images above that made me say it.

Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors

is full of spaces with visual inspiration, warmth, character, and depth.

The plaster! The floors! The essence of Provence!

Isn’t it romantic?

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. May 30, 2012 / 7:27 pm

    Such peaceful and beautiful pics! 🙂

  2. May 30, 2012 / 7:43 pm

    I adore the tranquility
    of these beautiful spaces!
    Our first floor has plastered
    walls and they have held
    up well for over 16 years….
    Well, with the exception
    of a few chips where my
    {not so little anymore} man's
    Tonka trucks used to crash
    into the walls : ) The windows
    are amazing in these pics….
    and the kitchen ~ be still
    my heart!

    Happy Wednesday, lovely

    xo Suzanne

  3. May 30, 2012 / 8:21 pm

    Hahahaha… I'm still laughing at the (I love this kitchen like a fat girl loves cake!!!) Amen!!
    Such gorgeous rooms… seriously makes one feel like they have stepped back in time!
    I just love how you always post such amazing images along with such fabulous writing – it always makes my day!

    much love,

  4. May 30, 2012 / 8:22 pm

    Magnifico!! franki

  5. May 30, 2012 / 8:34 pm

    The book is on my list! Isn't their work gorgeous?
    Love these images, Michele!
    Happy Wednesday.

  6. May 30, 2012 / 9:09 pm

    So pretty Michele! The second image is one of my favorites. This post is a reminder that I must get the book!


  7. May 30, 2012 / 9:12 pm

    I can see why you love this look, Michele!
    What's not to love! Seriously.
    Love the belovedly worn woods and the gray beigey yumminess!
    Oh making up all kinds of adjectives there!!!


    Thanks for sharing,

  8. May 30, 2012 / 9:59 pm

    What a stunning post…a feast for the eyes! I really need this beautiful pick me up (along with my coffee) which I am in desperate need of!!!!! Love Leslie, love her work and love you Michele 🙂

  9. May 30, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    Leslie above doesn't have this book? GET THE BOOK LESLIE! I have two copies already and love, love love it. There you go with the cake thing again and last time I thought about cake for two days!


  10. May 30, 2012 / 10:11 pm

    the book is sort of gold! and one of my favorite things about it is limited words. i like picture books!!! it's visual inspiration so little need for chatter.

    ha! sad but true: i had no cake today…but cinnamon bagels with schmear saved the day!

  11. May 30, 2012 / 10:57 pm

    oh. oh. OH.

    love. love. LOVE.



  12. May 30, 2012 / 11:52 pm

    I'm in love with Segreto too! That kitchen is absolutely amazing–I can't think of a single thing I would change. BTW your writing is so beautiful–"Universal loveliness which transcends language and culture…" exquisite!

  13. May 31, 2012 / 1:53 pm

    So romantic. That kitchen is indeed, dare I say it, better than cake. I love seeing reclaimed materials being used in projects – there's so much beauty in the past, I love to see it carry on into the future even if it is in pieces. Bella, Bella!

  14. June 1, 2012 / 2:37 am

    Isn't her book amazing. I just love the warm and inviting tones in every image, and poured over every page!! Hope you're having a wonderful week, Michele!!

  15. June 1, 2012 / 2:45 am

    It's a completely perfect look… i think i must have this book!


  16. June 1, 2012 / 4:27 am


    Very lovely and very you!

    Let's not move from Swedish to Italian though (but do you know I speak both?). You were doing so well with your Swedish!

    Segreto in Italian = "hemlighet" in Swedish.

    So there.

    Love to you my friend.


  17. June 1, 2012 / 7:53 am

    Thanks so much for giving your take on the book!! Your writing is great! If there ever is a book 2 I would love to hire you to write!! Have a great day and week! Leslie

  18. June 1, 2012 / 11:18 am

    I'm right with you Michele…that kitchen is gorgeous…one can dream! Robx

  19. June 1, 2012 / 2:41 pm

    Oh, what a beautiful house! I love the old word look of natural textures.

  20. June 1, 2012 / 5:56 pm

    i have the best readers in the universe. and they speak a bazillion languages to boot.


  21. June 2, 2012 / 12:51 am

    oh Michelle, this post is poetic and charming….I love the secrets of Segreto!! So much so that I have stocked signed copies of Leslie's book at Maison Decor (my shop) in Massachusetts~so if anyone is looking for their copy in the Boston area~ the only retail location who has i in our neck of the woods! its a GORGEOUS book, filled with inspiration!

  22. June 3, 2012 / 12:28 am

    The stone walls, those wood beams, the floors, the windows, the kitchen, everything is perfection. When can I move in?

    Thanks for a big dose of gorgeousness, sweetie!

    Have a good weekend!


  23. June 3, 2012 / 8:30 pm

    Such lovely pictures. Im gong to Toscany next week…cant wait ;o)))
    Love Elisabeth

  24. June 4, 2012 / 11:49 am

    okay, I missed this post and now I can almost smell Lavender. I am dazed, feeling balmy, wine-ish and I want a pink lemonade. Why do you do this to me? WHY? 🙂


  25. June 5, 2012 / 2:26 am

    i smell it too! love that comment, roy! filling up your senses–that's what i like to hear.


  26. June 5, 2012 / 7:35 pm

    Oh soft textural greigey loveliness! I can see why you would love this, it's definitely that beautiful soft rustic just-your-style.

    Beautiful! xxx

  27. July 9, 2015 / 11:20 am

    The pastel colours make the place look very warm and cozy! Love it

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