Leslie Sinclair of 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. 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.

Graduating from the University of Texas with a business degree, Leslie, mother of three, 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 over 35 artisans, the company has become a premier finish design firm with work featured in numerous publications including Architectural Digest, 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 has written two books, Segreto: The Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors, and Segreto Style, and is working currently on her third book Segreto Vignettes.





Join Leslie at the ArtFusion Event in Estes Park, Colorado October 28 and October 29, 2016.

Beyond Technique: The Consulting Side of Fine Finishes

$150 Includes a signed Copy of either Segreto Style or the Newly released Segreto Vignettes 85$ value.

Two class choices.  Friday, 7pm or Saturday, 1pm  Class will not be more than 2 hours.

This class will explore how to walk into a home and advise clients on the way certain finishes can impact the overall allure of their space. You have an entire toolkit of finishing techniques, but knowing which finish and which color to use for different situations can be tricky. Rather than cover how to create a specific finish, this class is all about how to decide which finish to create and, more importantly, how to discuss those finish options with the client.

We'll talk about the latest finishing trends and the various ways you can enhance or downplay the architecture of a room, integrate old surfaces and fabrics into a new design scheme, and tweak or transform existing elements with finishes. Each participant will take home a signed copy of Leslie's newly released design book, Segreto Vignettes, so you'll have a resource to continue learning about the topics discussed in class.

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