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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wonderful Wall Treatments

As an interior designer I have read and collected many design books over the years. It takes a very special book to receive permanent space on my bookshelves. It is very rare for a design book to continually inspire me page after page. I recently encountered a book that achieved both.


For many people SO much thought and consideration goes into the furniture they select and the accessories they choose. While they may agonize over artwork and perhaps ponder paint colors I think that it is safe to say that the majority of us don’t stop to think about how we can include our walls and ceilings as another way in which to design a sacred space.

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While the ceiling is often referred to as “the fifth wall”  to which a paint color and perhaps molding (moulding) can be applied, we often don't give much thought as to how a finish could enhance the space. Here gypsum plaster envelopes a guest room in texture and warmth.

Lydick bedroom

From the moment someone walks into a home there is an opportunity to create a dazzling space that delights. In this entry a hand painted medallion, plaster finish and antique lantern take this vaulted ceiling to extraordinary heights.


In a common area that is anything but, the addition of natural wood beams and antique stone over each entry beautifully showcases the lovely plaster walls.


In this dining room a cool toned plaster helps enhance the addition of antique French canvases as well as painted and glazed shutters.


Looking through page after page of beautiful inspiration I found it impossible to choose a favorite kitchen.

Arbuckle kitchen

The reclaimed terra cotta flooring, concrete backsplash, and glazed cabinetry in this dazzling workspace had me swooning at all the beautiful elements that make up this room.

Shaper Kitchen

Bathrooms are another area in which hand painted designs, murals, stencils, waxed plaster, and many other finishes can be used to enhance a space no matter how small.

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While I loved the soft serene seafoam blue plaster of the first image in this post, Mr. D├ęcor loved the dusky deep blue of this space. You might be surprised by how it was achieved.

Leslie Sinclair is the amazing force behind Segreto Finishes, a decorative finish company based in Houston. For those who wish to learn more or receive inspiration through many gorgeous design ideas Ms. Sinclair has recently written a book.

“Segreto Secrets To Finishing Beautiful Interiors” can be found here and here.

front cover

Happy Reading!



Jennifer Watkins-Jones said...

Such beautiful spaces you have shared! I am sure you have found much inspiration between the pages. I adore that first bedroom with the wood on the vaulted ceilings! Our living room is finished that way making it our favorite room in our new house.

miss flibbertigibbet said...

I love their finishes and am always inspired by their beautiful photographs! Wonderful book!
Blessings, Lorraine

Debbie said...

Why, these photos look just exactly like MY house.

yeah, right...

Ioana-Carmen said...

Hy beautiful! your blog is so sweet! I was wondering, would you like to follow each other? :X

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I loveeeeeeee all the beautiful designs!! Thanks for sharing these Laura!!

Tammy said...

Gorgeous spaces! Every single one of the. sigh...
Just read your last post. Oh my! It just about made me cry. What a beautiful love story! You are an excellent writer. I could just imagine the scenes and the people you told about. Congrats on your anniversary! Wishing you much happiness.

Sherri B. said...

I am loving the kitchen with the copper range hood and especially like the island with the reclaimed wood,...Wow! xo

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I'm drooling over these images. I don't know which I like best. The rustic elements really speak to me, and I'm a nut for old stone.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I would throw every thing in my house to the curb for a house that looked like any of those pictures LOL

so wonderful

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I agree with Mr. Decor. I love the blue finish! This is such a lovely post. I have bookmarked it for further inspiration!


Maria (Magia Mia) said...

Interior design has been my passion for most of my life, and it's the finishes and materials used that have always appealed to me the most. I was painting my bedroom as a teenager, and now here we are, full circle, and I'm painting for a living(ish).

I've always felt strongly about the finishes first, and the "stuff" later. The walls and ceiling can instantly produce an ambience faster than any furnishings can. Case in point: stone walls in a castle....*sigh*

Linda said...

Inspiration for sure from a girl with a house full of hand-me-down furniture. Dear husband and I have only bought maybe 3 pieces of furniture in all of our 10 years of marriage and there's no room for anything more in our 1200 square foot ranch. But painting - wall coverings - I need to do that at some point. The more I read online, the more I see, that we really don't do much decorating at our home, lol. :)


Lady Dorothy said...

Oh, my. I don't know whether to swoon or drool. All just fabulous!

laxsupermom said...

What beautiful spaces! I love the aged patina of the surfaces! Thanks for sharing.

Blondie's Journal said...

These are beautiful images and have me so inspired! My living room needs painting and I am fretting over colors {as usual}. I love these muted colors! :)


It's All Connected said...

Oh, that kitchen island is perfection! I'm a nut for old plaster and wooden beams, so all these rooms are wonderful to me. ~ Maureen

Jill Elaine said...

Those photos are all just lovely! i want that book!

Calypso In The Country said...

Gorgeous pictures! That kitchen!!! What a great book.

Creations By Cindy said...

WOW! I love every room you have shown. Beautiful! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Karena said...

Laura I have heard of this book; and from these amazing images would love to read it all!

Art by Karena

designchic said...

Gorgeous images all with such character. Can hardly wait to add this to my ever growing collection of design books!!