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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Book full of Beauty

Over the years, I must have looked at 100 plus books on interior design, decorating, furnishings, architecture and so on, many of them wonderful books, illustrated with beautiful pictures. When paging through books like these, there is usually much that I like and quite a bit that I don't, and that is what I come to expect. I haven't ever come across a book  where I love absolutely every single photograph in the book. That is ... until now!

There is a book that is filled with page after page of such beautiful interiors, I think it has spoilt all other books for me.

The book I am referring to is ..... Segreto - Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors by Leslie Sinclair

This is not a book for casual flipping through. This is a book that deserves one's time and focus. There is such attention to detail in these interiors that I would find myself gazing at each image for ages before moving on to the next.  And because there are  300 pages - this book will keep you enthralled for days, weeks, maybe months depending how much free time you have!

The interiors are all so tastefully designed, furnished and decorated by the various designers involved, and the thing that really sets these interiors apart are the amazing plaster wall treatments done by Leslie Sinclair's team. They are so subtle, yet add such warmth and patina to a room.

I would quite happily live in any of the beautiful homes in this book.

I am completely smitten with this kitchen!

There is an understated sophistication about these interiors that is so appealing. Beautiful, but not overdone.

These bathrooms - Oh my!

So if you would like to treat yourself to a world of beauty, you can order the book here or via Amazon.

You can also listen to Leslie talk on The Skirted Round table

visit her blog here

or find her on facebook here

Now please excuse me as I once again lose myself in this incredible book.

Till next time

Sharon x


  1. Ahhh!! I am off to see if I can order it too! I LOVE these photos! Thank you Sharon for the great recommendation!!!

  2. I L O V E this book! and the last image of your own home could very well be from the book! Thank you for sharing. Hugs and xx Colette

  3. I have this book and like you Sharon I love it and can't get enough. While a slightly pricey book it is so worth the cost. You picked some beautiful images.


  4. Thank you so much for writing such a lovely post about the book!! It was truly a labor of love for me and I so happy you liked it!! xo Leslie

  5. Amazing book. Every picture is simply divine! It's exactly the style I love.
    i'll go to Amazon to buy this book.
    Bisou, Babi

  6. truly some remarkable designers that have created such stunning interiors...but as a follower of Segreto Finishes blog, I've become so enamored of Leslie's work and contribution to the warmth and depth that these designs exude...stunning photography too...

  7. I agree, this is a keeper! It is so similar to your own style. I can see "you" in these images!


  8. Delicious! Every single photo, every single room is...PERFECTION! Thanks for sharing!Can you say V'Day present? Oh, ya! Much love, Lisa

  9. I think I'll be ordering this book. Every picture you've shown is beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration. Leahx

  10. Oh I agree 100% with you Sharon!!! This is exactly the style i adore! Love the none colours...very soothing yet elegant. Everything is perfect!!!
    I must get this book!!!
    Pamela xo

  11. it's perfection in every it! xo

  12. Magnifiques photos, jolies ambiances

  13. I don't believe I've ever found a book with only photos that I like. That must be like finding a chest of gold ;-)

    I love your photo with the cup. This book is obviously so you!

  14. Wonderful! I love the rustic and homey feel in all those spaces.

  15. Oh, Sharon,
    This is all so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your find! Last December, we took a trip to the mountains. We did some antiquing along the way. I purchased an elk antler. It is almost identical to the one on the fireplace in image number 6. I'm heading over to Amazon as soon as I finish this note!

  16. I've just recently found her blog and I adore it. Such beautiful spaces with warm, relaxing feel!!

  17. yes it was rather unreal and beautiful, thanks for sharing some pictures. enjoy the coffee!:)
    xo sandra

  18. I have already been enjoying her blog. I need to order the book.

  19. Sharon,
    I see what you mean! How gorgeous!! I will definitely have to check this one out. Thanks for the heads up and beautiful photos. What a treat!!


  20. İ love blog <3 Türkiye'den sevgiler:)

  21. After viewing these pictures, I think I must go and get one for myself!!
    By the way, I think we need a close up of the patio showing behind the book! It look very pretty!

  22. Hello Sharon, you really do find the best things! Amazing rooms, lovely book. I think it is the plaster finishes that set these rooms apart. They have the edges softened like old uneven walls, I really love it. In my last house I applied a finish called Marmarino to my bathroom walls, around the shower instead of tiles. It was so soft and forgiving.

    Thankyou for your lovely comments on my post. I thought the scenery looked a little wild like something out of Braveheart or Wuthering Heights, but it is lovely in all seasons. Have a lovely weekend, Linda x

  23. Sharon, Thanks so much for sharing. I absolutely have to have this book. I am drooling over every image. I agree...the attention to detail is amazing yet, nothing appears over done. I'm ordering right now. Have a great weekend. Mona

  24. I have been wanting her book for awhile now so I may have to break down and get it!