Thursday, October 25, 2012

Rediscovering Simplicity

I'll admit it- I'm just a neutral kind of girl.  I think neutrals (beiges, whites, linens, wood, etc) get lots of bad press in the blog realm.  Some consider them "boring" or "drab"- but not me.  And you know what?  They endure.  They stand the test of time.  You may remember me posting my living room a while back, showcasing just how much I love my neutrals:


My love was rekindled when I picked up a new coffee table book at one of my favorite stores, Memorial Antiques and Interiors.  The book is called Segreto: The Secret to Finishing Beautiful Interiors, and was written by Leslie Sinclair, a local Houstonian.  Leslie owns Segreto Finishes, and does some of the most beautiful work I've seen.  With a staff of 25 artisans, the company has become a well-known finish design firm with work featured in most major design publications.  The entire book is full of architecturally rich homes to drool over. 


 Just to give you a tasting, here is some of the work of Segreto Finishes:










French country details+soft woods+Turkish and French pots+plethora of neutrals?  That sounds like my recipe for divine design.  Speaking of French pots, how fabulous is this one, in a dining room designed by Pamela Pierce and walls and ceilings by, you guessed it, Segreto Finishes!

{featured in Antique Shops & Designers November 2011 issue}

Those drapes just do it for me.  I love full, pooled drapes. 

Essentially, if you love traditional design with timeless elements, then you will love this coffee table book as much as me. Read any good coffee table books lately?  You know I am always on the hunt!
Happy Thursday!

18 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos! I love neutrals too for interiors and clothes. So chic!

    www.thestylestorm.com

    xo, Christina

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  2. Yes, they can totally come and redo my house any time they want! (c; I'm all for neutrals, too, because then I can put all the loud, bright, obnoxious prints paired with them (c;

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  3. i'm a huge neutral fan, too! I have been wanting to pick up this book!

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  4. I'm moving into neutrals lately....Like you say they are timeless. Beautiful photos. I had not heard of that book before. Thanks for the intro.

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  5. Neutrals are definitely timeless. And with your design style, they look so beautiful! I am trying to incorporate more neutral pieces into my home because as much as I love color, I get sick of it and want a new color so quickly!

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  6. fine pics!! ; DD

    www.live-style20.blogspot.com

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  7. I love love love that chair in your living room. Seriously, so gorgeous!

    -Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  8. Neutrals rock! I love that book too!

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  9. Wow!! I love it. It's gorgeous.

    Xo-L
    simplylowcountry.blogspot.com

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  10. I also love this colour palette!

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  11. You have shown that neutral doesn't automatically mean simple. It's about having some personality and texture in a neutral room, then it can be just as interesting as a room full of color. Great post. Yels x
    http://fourunderoneroof.blogspot.com

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  12. Oh my these are gorgeous...neutrals have never looked so interesting and glam!

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  13. Oh my goodness, each room is simply stunning! Those kitchens are amazing!

    xo jen
    Pearls & Lace

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  14. I larve everything you came up with! How gorg!

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  15. I'm really into this grayish natural wood look!

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  16. I prefer to decorate with neutrals too - even when I use colors I use the more neutral shades. Now I need to get that book. :)

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  17. I love your home and everything in it, but girl you know I needs me some color!

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