Faux Retreat 10 Year Anniversary Event

We are celebrating 10 years of Faux Retreat and invite you to a special 2 day event September 26 - 27.

All classes, demonstrations, light breakfast and lunch are FREE. You will need to bring some tools and primed sample boards if you would like to take home samples. Information will be posted in the Faux Retreat group.

Lodging is $85 a night for single accommodations at Stronghold. You can view lodging for Stronghold facility by going to their website. Lodging reservations will be taken starting September right here through the website. There are also other places to stay in the town of Oregon.

When: September 26 - 27

Where: Stronghold Castle & Retreat Center in Oregon, Illinois

65 miles W of Chicago airport


September 26 . Class with Color Atelier. + demonstrations

Olivier Garnier, owner of Color Atelier will be just one of the instructors teaching you some fabulous finishes. You will be working with and get to do your own lime paint finish (including a technique that resembles polished plaster.), limestone plaster and polished plaster. You will see demonstration of Taldelakt, which is used in wet areas such as showers, and outdoor areas. Time permitting, you will get to use products on an actual wall.

September 27

Sheri Zeman will be teaching a finish you can take home with you and doing some demonstrations. Make sure you bring a primed board! + Demonstrations + Keep watching

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Olivier Garnier - Plasters and lime paint

Olivier started his career at early age in France, and comes from a generations of artisans family who produce, and install decorative finishes in Europe. Olivier, former paint chemist, developed and formulated lime-based paint and plaster finishes for many European and American brands. He started Color Atelier Paint with his wife, Burju Garnier, offering comprehensive line of residential and commercial specialty finishes, paints and products that are natural and artisanal, delivering superior quality. All products bring an unparalleled distinction to surfaces via traditional European techniques designed for today’s modern aesthetics and health criteria. 

Olivier Garnier also owns his San Francisco based decorative finishes studio, provides full commercial and residential services with the capacity to accomplish projects of any scope, large or small.


Stronghold Castle

Stronghold is a four-season Camp & Retreat Center overlooking the Rock River. The Center offers a unique Tudor style Castle, modern retreat building, cabins, and a central dining facility all situated on 360 acres of woodland, meadows, and prairie. The Center offers varied and flexible environments for day use as well as overnight accommodations. The beds are in the process of being replaced and the current ones are not great.

Stronghold Castle was also the location for the debut of Re.Vive. 20 Decorative Finishers, artists and contractors came together to restore/remodel their conference room. On the job training at its finest!