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Happy New Year and Thank You for an Amazing Year!

We would like to take a moment to reflect back on a few of the highlights that have shaped our year into what an incredible journey 2011 has been.

  • Quick Inspiration has been an outstanding success and with that said a heartfelt thank you goes out to all the artisans involved in its creation.  This project has been more work then I imagined but the results are outstanding.

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  • Private classes, how we love them!  They allow for that wonderful time spent with you where creativity flows in any direction and at whatever pace you set.  In fact, a few have had dramatic effects resulting in a new direction where they decided to expand their business.  Way to go!
  • Everyday the studio is filled with wonderful, talented artisan who all willing to share their ideas in an atmosphere bursting with energy and inspiration.   We welcome you to bring in pictures as well as make sample boards.  We are always here to make suggestions should you need them.
  • Peggy retired from Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes during the year and we welcomed Agnes into our fold where she has been doing a great job.  We were sad to see Peggy go and at the same time happy for the next chapter in her life to begin.
  • The introduction of our new custom stencils has been a hit!  We couldn’t have been more ecstatic with the results.  Simply stop into the office or email us your custom design to have your stencil or vinyl made.  It’s just that simple!
  • We became a proud distributor of the Aurastone Finishing System by Granicrete International throughout the Illinois area.  A finishing system with custom looks that are exceptional on floors, countertops, walls, ceilings and exteriors; we couldn’t be happier to be a distributor of such a phenomenal and versatile product!
  • Kathy is still the leading distributor for the Golden Proceed Products.  As such, she is continually finding wonderful ways to make our jobs easier and more profitable!
  • Kathy is a contributing source to Pittura Magazine, a digital magazine filled with stunning pictures, articles and current interior designs.

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  • Change is in the air as Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes ended the year with the entire office undergoing a redo with all new surfaces and designs.  “A place of inspiration” is the main theme.  Come see and experience it for yourselves!


Oh the places Kathy has gone…

  • Attended the IDAL Convention at Virginia Beach, VA and had a very successful show there.  Not only that, Kathy was also elected President of the Heartland Chapter of IDAL.
  • Attended the Open Decor show in Naples, FL and had a successful class there.
  • Kathy is on the steering committee for the Professional Decorative Painters Association and flew out to Golden, Colorado to attend the 2nd Annual Education Summit that was a huge success.
  • Attended a private class with Jon Sundae and learned more about lime plaster than she ever thought possible.  She now is bringing a more affordable, reliable and dependable lime plaster to CIFF!

As we reflect on 2011 we must turn to our friends and customers to give heartfelt thanks for another abundant year that you helped make possible through your steadfast loyalty.  As always, we look forward to serving you in 2012.  We wish you a year filled with happiness, good health and prosperity in the New Year.

Have a Wonderful Year!
Kathy Carroll and the FauxByKathy.com Team

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