The behind the scenes pics and all of the images of the Southern Living House in Little Rock Arkansas designed by the Sisters of Providence Design...Read More
Let me introduce you to Leslie Sinclair...the owner and creative mind behind Segreto Finishes...
I had been working, and in and out of the rain all day long (the reason for looking so lovely) when I ran by Cobblestone and Vine to see Leslie because she was doing a book signing and I was so excited to finally meet her in person. We had emailed back and forth for a while , so I wasn't going to miss this chance. regardless of my day.
We hit it off instantly...love so many of the same things...
She is a wonderful talent and business woman and her books serve as frequent inspiration for our design business. If you are a design enthusiast you need her books....Two in print...and a third will be released September 2015.
The first book...mine is looking really tattered ...it's just awesome...
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This book was released November 2014 and it's really good too..
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Look for this one September 2015...
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In visiting with Leslie I found that she is NOT just a faux finisher.
She is an artist and designer as well. When an interior designer comes to her to do a project...they talk vision and then Leslie comes back with the ideas...she lays out a plan for finishes that are appropriate, cohesive and authentic. This sets her apart from other faux finishers.
Segreto Finishes becomes a part of the design team...
I could share so many images...but I've picked a few of our favorites...and then you just have to go to her website to view more...believe me...you will want to.
Love this dining room...casual and so French...
One of our favorite powder rooms ever...
Everything is so soft and serene in this beautiful living room...
What an awesome way to treat a long hallway...
Oh my... the built in doors with such a fabulous finish...
The plaster finish is so subtle and pretty...and I really want those inset architectural pieces on either side of the fireplace. Too die for!
Yes, yes, and yes...just love those painted columns in the corner...May be hiding something...may not...they are just fabulous and add great architecture to the space.
I may be one of the few that loves and appreciates this...but actually one of my favorites ...So authentic...Nothing over done and cheesy ...So French...Just love it...
Always a superb job on furniture pieces and cabinets...
What a gorgeous living room...
Love the way they treated these doors rather than the expected dark stain...
Painted ceilings...either wonderful...or you know what I mean...Not so much!
This is really beautiful.
There is an art to faux finishing...It's not just painting old furniture. Leslie and her team are true artisans who continue to perfect their craft.
It's done...It's finished!
We've worked our tails off...
Preview Party on Thursday night...Fun , Food and Wine.
The Southern Living Idea House opens to the public on Friday April 24.
- Located at 21204 Valley View Cove, Roland, AR 72135
- Open Friday, April 24, 2015 until Saturday, May 17, 2015 (CLOSED Monday's)
- Tuesday through Saturday the home will be open from 10:00am until 4:00pm.
- Sunday afternoons the home will be open 1:00pm until 4:00pm
- Tickets are $20 per person
We hope you come and take the tour if you can...
We may be a bit prejudiced ...but we think it's awesome!!!
It's your turn. Let's talk!
Last week my friend Alexis and I tried out Piro, a new pizza place in SOMA. This week we ate at a place called South On Main, that happens to be next door to Piro. South On Main is a unique experience as it is a great restaurant, as well as performance venue, featuring the best of southern cuisine and culture. Wednesday night, when we went, there was a jazz band performing. Our table was close to the band, so we started with wine and appetizers while listening to the music.
Unfortantly after I snapped a photo of the wine and the really pretty chandeliers above the host stand, my phone decided to quit working.
I did however gather some photos online of menu items, and will do my best to describe our meal haha.
We started with the skillet break appetizer. It is a soft bread, similar to pita that is cooked in a cast iron skillet, hence the name. Its served with different dips, spreads, or toppings, and the night we were there, it was a delicious smoked trout spread. Our waitress brought us a second appetizer on the house, since it was our first time dining there... thanks again! She picked her favorite, the trotters, made from pork and a cornbread served over brown beans. So yummy!
For our main course, my friend ordered the pasta, and I the fish.
The pasta was wonderful with butternut squash, brussel sprouts, and sage. My striped bass was delicious with the fennel salad and clams.
For desert we had the cookies, which a is basically two homemade cookies with a scope of ice cream in between. The ice cream is from Loblolly, a local ice cream place. Below is the chocolate chip version, while the one we had was snicker-doodle cookies with carrot cake ice cream in the middle. Awesome!
South on Main was a great place. The atmosphere with the live music combined with the delicious food was so awesome, especially on a Wednesday night! I would definitely go back. The music always changes, as well as different variations of menu items, so you could have a totally different experience every time.
Will you be trying South on Main?
Until next week, Zac.
I consider myself very fortunate to have close friends who enjoy trying new things, especially food! haha.
We recently tried Piro Brick Oven & Barroom, which just opened in SOMA here in Little Rock, and we loved it! It is all around a great restaurant. The atmosphere, the staff, the interior design, and of course the food, all excellent.
They were packed considering it was a Saturday night, so the energy in the room was great. Between the two of us we recognized a few other diners, as well as a waitress, who we went to high school with!
We ended up sitting at the bar for some awesome drinks, and catching up with our friend from high school.
Next we ordered pizzas! My friend ordered the H.A.M.cetta, which is a restaurant favorite, and I had the Funghi.
They both were so delicious! We will definitely be back, and recommend you give it a try.
What do you think? Anyone else been there?
Until next week, Zac.