New Trends in Beautiful Homes & Estates: Interior Design, Solar, Roofing and Fine Woodworking


Learn from the top experts on the Monterey Peninsula! The community is invited to an outstanding free seminar event, “New Trends in Beautiful Homes & Estates – Interior Design, Solar, Roofing and Fine Woodworking” on Tuesday, September 20th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at 2106 Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove (a half mile from the Pebble Beach gate entrance near Inn at Spanish Bay).

This informative event will feature four outstanding experts: Pam Meyer, ASID, CID of Design Works, Ltd, Kasey Dority of Dority Roofing and Solar, Susana DeFatima Silva and Don Whitaker of Test of Tyme, LLC. All three of these high-end firms enjoy decades of experience and have worked on hundreds of the finest homes and Estates in Carmel and Pebble Beach as well as many other areas on the Monterey Peninsula and beyond. At the event, Don Whitaker, an award-winning wood artisan, will also do a fine woodworking demonstration. 

In addition to the seminar, come and see beautiful samples of the outstanding Old World Design work done by the Test of Tyme artisans and a great array of top quality, innovative roofing materials and solar solutions available from Dority Roofing & Solar. After the seminar, do a “Meet and Greet” with Pam Meyer of Design Works, Ltd.,  Don Whitaker and Susana DeFatima Silva of Test of Tyme and Kasey Dority of Dority Roofing & Solar. Ask all of your questions and learn more about Old World Design and the latest high quality roofing and solar solutions.  

Attendees will enjoy complimentary light appetizers from Jeninni Kitchen + Wine Bar in Pacific Grove. Independent Ambassador Carrie Schulte and Personal Wine Expert of the Boisset Wine Collection has generously donated several bottles of red and white wine for a drawing at the event.  With the Boisset Wine Collection, Ambassadors provide access to exceptional limited selection wines direct to the consumer.  For more information, go www.roamingwino.com. Space is limited. To RSVP and for more information, email [email protected] or call (831) 655-2008.

Space is limited. To RSVP and for more information, email [email protected] or call (831) 655-2008. 

Gallery Sur is a valued sponsor of the event. 

About Test of Tyme

Founded in 2008, Test of Tyme (testoftyme.com) is an International Investment and Development Company that restores, builds, buys and sells properties on the Monterey Peninsula. Test of Tyme works with the elite and high profile individuals and celebrities on the Central Coast, San Francisco, Woodside, Sonoma, Napa, Marin County and beyond, including Betty White, Mariah Carrey, producer of the Lion King in Big Sur, founder of Chevy’s Restaurants, Sean Penn in Marin County, Test of Tyme has worked on over 350 of the largest estates in Carmel and Pebble Beach as well as on many estates located throughout Central and Northern California, including such many homes on the ocean side of Seventeen Mile Drive and landmark sites as the Tor House in Carmel, Cypress Point Golf Course Club House, Pebble Beach Golf and Tennis Club, Jan De Luz in Carmel Valley and Carmel, Augustina’s in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Otter Cove – Peter Read’s residence designed by prestigious architect John Matham, and the residence of the owner of Gallo Winery’s estate, and the residence of the owner of Gallo Winery’s estate, both on the exclusive Seventeen Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. 

One specialty of the firm is Old World-inspired designs that they often incorporate in homes of the rich and famous in the region. Old World Design in the modern world has become a popular trend among those who value the beautiful hand-made craftsmanship of Europe over hundreds of years. From Hearst Castle to the Vanderbilt estate, learn the characteristics of Old World Design that has intrigued so many wealthy homeowners.

Partners Don Whitaker, Scott Coulter and Susana DeFatima Silva, have combined their talents to create beautiful estate projects built to stand the Test of Tyme. In 2015, Test of Tyme partner, Donald Whitaker, is also taking a look back at his journey of over forty years. Don began work in his field at the cabinetry shop that his father managed. He was recognized in the “Who’s Who among Americans in the Vocational Technical Field” and received a top award in the International Carpentry Competition in 1975. Forty years later, he is an integral part of the Test of Tyme team. 

Known as two of the most sought-after artisans and consultants on the Monterey Peninsula, Don Whitaker and Scott Coulter and their handpicked group of sub-contractors, have worked together to build or renovate many of the largest estates in the area. Due to their passion and talent, artistic vision and top craftsmanship, they have been honored to work on more than 350 of the largest and most beautiful estates and structures in Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pebble Beach, including more than 20 homes on the ocean side of Seventeen Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. Most recently, they have worked on a 28-room mansion near the Lone Cypress Tree. They have also worked on the most expensive home in San Francisco. Their work, simply stated, is created to stand the Test of Tyme!

One of their specialties is in the replication and creation of Old World-inspired finishes (1680’s – 1740’s European style), as well as the creation of original pieces designed for a specific home or space. They also restore paintings and other works of art. 

Since the establishment of Test of Tyme in 2008, Scott Coulter and Don Whitaker’s artistic work has been featured in the prestigious Perspectives on Design California, a publication on creative ideas shared by leading design professionals. This is a showcase of the state’s finest architects, artisans, homebuilders, landscape architects, interior designers, craftsmen, and other industry specialists, under whose creative direction the extraordinary is made possible. This publication is part of a popular series that spans the Southwest, Chicago, New England, Florida and other design-savvy regions in North America and Europe.

Test of Tyme consists of artisans whose passions lie in the transformation of a home into an embodiment of three-dimensional art. According to Scott Coulter, “We are a community of craftsmen and artisans that transform dwellings into habitable works of art. From the hand laid tile individually treated to match flawlessly with one another to the revival of a damaged painting thought to be untreatable. Rustic furnishes, antique revitalization, old-world finishes, varnishes, and custom painting.” 

Test of Tyme can transform every aspect of the average home into a marvelous homage to the old-world escapes captured off the pages of a European novella. The craftsmanship and artistic vision of every member of this team poured into the very foundation of each of their passionate projects. But the artistic skill of Test of Tyme extends beyond the palette of the metamorphosis. Their skills including restoring other art such as damaged sculptures, paintings, or manipulating unique pieces of art to fit with the motif of your home. Rejuvenating and recovering the vibrancy of art that was believed to be beyond saving, or modifying other pieces to synchronize fluidly to the ambience of your living areas.

About The Test of Tyme Team 

Don Whitaker

A partner in Test of Tyme, Monterey native Don Whitaker is also the owner of The Golden Hammer in Pacific Grove providing cabinetry and custom millwork, including furniture design. He earned local, state-wide and international awards for his carpentry work and has over 40 years of experience, primarily on the largest estates in the Carmel and Pebble Beach area. His passion for perfection is reflected in his wood artistry seen in doors, beams, cabinets, floors and more. Don is a graduate of Monterey High School and attended Monterey Peninsula College. He began work in his field at the cabinetry shop that his father managed in 1971. He was recognized in the “Who’s Who among Americans in the Vocational Technical Field” and received a top award in the International Carpentry Competition in 1975. 

Scott Coulter

A partner in Test of Tyme and also the owner of Time Honored Finishes, Scott is legendary for his custom painting and extraordinary “time honored finishes” that transform the interior and exterior of a home into a work of art for generations to come. Specializing in rustic furnishes, antique revitalization, Old World finishes, varnishes and custom painting. His surfaces are scraped, distressed, shaded, brushed, aged and inspired by Scott’s vision. Scott also skillfully restores damaged sculptures and paintings, as well as modifying other pieces to synchronize fluidly within a home. Together with Don Whitaker, surfaces featuring wood, paint, plaster, stone, effects and iron are perfectly finished to suit an estate’s unique character. 

Susana DeFatima Silva, MA, REALTOR®

Susana DeFatima Silva, MA, REALTOR® is the managing partner in Test of Tyme. Susana is also a REALTOR® Luxury Home Agent with Del Monte Realty. A native of Terçeira, The Açores Islands of Portugal, Susana has over 20 years of experience in project management and real estate development. She holds an MA Degree in International Policy Studies, with a focus in International Trade, Investments & Development from the prestigious Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a BA in Communications with a minor in Journalism from CSU Monterey Bay. She is also an active community volunteer, and has worked with MEarth, Monterey County Reads of the Panetta Institute, Kinship Center of Monterey County, Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers Big Sisters and F.D.E.S. Portuguese Hall of Monterey, a non-profit that raises revenue to fund scholarships for local youth. 

Susana has Realtor partners all over the world, in the United States and Internationally. She has access to an international property MLS and a luxury agent networking site which affords her the opportunity to share her listings with real estate professionals around the world. This also allows her to promote International builder and developer projects. Susana is a part of a key network of successful and dedicated agents working at the top of the market. She participates with other Realtors and special experts to learn and apply what is working in today's real estate investment market, both locally and globally. CalBRE 01159741

About Pamela Meyer, ASID, CID, Design Works Ltd. 

Pamela Marie Meyer is the owner of Design Works Ltd., with over 37 years of experience in high end interior design. Design Works, Ltd. is a full service interior design firm owned by Pamela Marie Meyer located in Carmel. Pam started Design Works Ltd. in NY, after studying interior design at Russel Sage College. She fell in love with the fabrics, the colors, the shapes and how putting all the elements together can create a brand new space! Before she could find a job with a design firm, she had someone ask me to create some draperies. She then thought, "I have a client; maybe I should start my own business.” She loved working directly with clients, letting her creativity flow to give them even more than they expected, so she decided to give it a whirl. That was in 1979 and she hasn’t looked back. The smile on her clients' faces just energizes her to keep turning their "ugly ducklings" into swans over and over again!

The first step for any design project is an in depth interview where she listens carefully to what the clients says. Together, they develop the scope of the project, the budget perimeters and vision. With that in hand, she creates a design to delight her clients. She brings over 37 years of experience to the table pulling all the moving parts together from subcontractor negotiations, to ordering furniture and other elements, to all the finishing touches that make each project unique. Over the years, her primary focus has been on creating homes that have sense of place, that highlight the architecture of the building and honor the sensibilities of each owner. She loves taking a perceived problem and turning it into something wonderful that brings pure delight to her clients! 

About Dority Roofing

Kasey Dority and his wife Monique Dority are the owners of Dority Roofing & Solar, a full service Roofing and Solar company located in Pacific Grove. Since opening in 1996, Dority Roofing & Solar has established itself as the leader in high-end roofing and solar installations with projects all over Pebble Beach, Carmel, Pacific Grove and the entire Monterey Peninsula.

Dority Roofing & Solar is proud to be recognized as the only Roofing & Solar company in Monterey County to have received the “Green Business” certification award and the “Green Contractor” award by the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program. They are members of “Build It GREEN” and promote the use of sustainable fire resistant roofing products, insulation and solar electricity. The innovative roofing, solar, skylights and waterproofing products and materials installed by Dority Roofing & Solar can be viewed in their Pacific Grove showroom.

To schedule an interview with any of the presenters, please call Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444 or email [email protected]. For more information about Test of Tyme, please call (831) 655-2008 or email [email protected]. For information about Design Works, Ltd., please call (831) 624-4000 or email [email protected]. For information about Dority Roofing, please call (831) 375-8158 or email [email protected].