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Fall 2013 - In This Issue

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Christine Chesney
Christine Chesney I’m a lifelong plant lover, a Los Angeles Master Gardener and a frustrated painter who now creates with the incredible beauty of nature as my pallet and residential homes as my canvas. I am a licensed landscape contractor in partnership with my sister. We have owned Remarkable Gardens, an award winning design/build company since 2000. You may have seen us on Landscapers’ Challenge- we were featured three times on the show in 2003, 2004 and 2005. We won all three challenges and we found out that we are better designers than actors. My free time finds me on the golf course or ballroom dancing.

Chris Considine
Chris Considine Over the last three decades, Christopher Considine has created images for a wide variety of businesses and publications. Whether it is stock photography, microelectronics, Disney products, executive portraits, heavy machinery, Direct TV campaigns, or the Oscar poster, his imagination and execution shine through his work. In the past decade, he concentrated on photographing architecture, namely many important buildings and dwellings in Southern California. By combining quality interior and exterior images of homes with written descriptions in brochures, he elevated the real estate industry’s marketing of homes to an extraordinary new level of quality and excellence. Agents, architects, and builders call on his talents when they need images combining architectural design, detail, and light that enhance the impact of their property to potential clients.

Nicki Huggins
Nicki Huggins Nicki Huggins is a designer of authentic and vintage-inspired American outdoor furniture. Also a noted outdoor historian, Nicki selected some of her favorite pieces of American design from 1930 – 1960 as the new RetroPatio collection. She has supplied vintage American outdoor furniture to discerning clients all over the United States since 1998. Nicki has been featured in magazines such as Coastal Living, Renovation Style, Met Home, the Los Angeles Times Home magazine, Culture and Leisure, and Belgium’s de Morgen magazine. She has also appeared on HGTV and House Beautiful for A & E TV.

Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Mathew
Melkon Khosrovian Litty Mathew Greenbar Collective represents the world’s largest portfolio of organic, handcrafted spirits, including BAR KEEP organic bitters, CRUSOE organic rums, FRUITLAB organic liqueurs, IXÁ organic tequila, SLOW HAND organic whiskey, TRU organic gin and TRU organic vodkas. But that wasn’t always the case. When husband-and-wife team Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Mathew began making spirits in 2004, they used conventional spirits and local, hand-processed produce. Soon, their unique spirits won many awards. But Melkon and Litty couldn’t take all the credit. They learned their successes also hinged on some silent partners — the farmers who grew their ingredients. Several had moved to organic farming, resulting in more aromatic, flavorful produce...which led to more flavorful, aromatic spirits. Their minds were made. ORGANICS HELD THE KEY TO BETTER TASTING SPIRITS. Today, Greenbar Collective produces and distributes the world’s biggest portfolio of organic spirits — all made by hand with real ingredients. The environment also benefits because the company uses lightweight bottles, 100% recycled labels and plants a tree for every bottle sold. Cheers!

Nancy Valentine
Nancy Valentine I’m a perfectionist, detail oriented person who loves the challenge of melding landscape with hardscape. I love to work with all shades of green and find leaf shapes and textures as exciting as flowers. I partnered with my sister and together we created Remarkable Gardens a design/build landscape company. We won a California CLCA State Trophy Excelsior award in 2008 and enjoyed the convention in Hawaii too. I love creating three dimensional sculptures, Steam Punk hats and making seaweed baskets. One day I will live in France with my son and his beautiful French wife.

Nick Williams
Nick Williams Even at the young age of 12, encouraged by his artist mother and influenced by a plant-loving family, Nick recognized his passion for garden design. Winning horticultural awards throughout his school years, he soon established an up-close and personal relationship with a variety of plant materials, many of which continue to dominate his plant palette many years later. With a keen appreciation for textures and anything out of the ordinary, Nick’s designs reflect a strong collaboration with the ideas and aesthetics of his favorite heroes - Frank Lloyd Wright, Cliff May, and John Muir. Nature and her elements of life - earth, air, fire and water - are the most striking forces that appear in Nick’s work. Rich with design elements, including large boulders, water features, wood structures and a variety of stone materials, his outdoor-living creations gently invite one out through the door of the house and into the sights and sounds of the outside world.

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