Test of Tyme, A Development and Construction Consulting Firm, To Hold Free Seminar with +Olive, a sustainable lifestyle boutique in Carmel on Thursday, August 6, 2015: Stand the Test of Tyme with The Next Generation of Furniture: From Concept to Constr

July 2015. Pacific Grove, CA. Founded in 2008, Test of Tyme is an international investment and development company that restores, builds, buys and sells estates in Carmel and Pebble Beach and beyond. It will hold a free seminar, “Stand the Test of Tyme with The Next Generation of Furniture: From Concept to Construction, Cultivating Conscious Consumerism” with a presentation by Don Whitaker of Test of Tyme and Ashley Yeates of +Olive, a sustainable lifestyle boutique,  on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The seminar will be held at +Olive, located at 120 Crossroads Boulevard in the Crossroads Shopping Village in Carmel, CA.  Refreshments and beverages will be served. Space is limited and RSVPs are mandatory by calling (831) 655-2008 or emailing [email protected]

The presenters, Don Whitaker and Ashley Yeates, will discuss the critical need to support local artisans and American manufacturing.  In a recent California Report story on Transpacific Partnership, it showed that there has been a loss of over 432,517 California jobs.  In their presentations, Don and Ashley will focus on style, sustainability, craftsmanship, awareness and glamorizing careful consumerism. There will also be live demonstrations of furniture-making by Don Whitaker.

About Manufacturing Job Loss in America

The reduction of tariffs on foreign goods and/or elimination of import quotas results in the elimination of companies and/or industries whose products are undercut by increases in foreign imports. One of the key factors that determine whether a foreign-made good is cheaper than the domestic good is the cost of labor in the country of origin. Workers losing jobs to imports or plant relocations overseas — and the communities and regions reliant on economic sectors destroyed by such shifts–find their futures uncertain. Even the strongest proponents of “free trade” theory believe in trying to assist these workers and communities to adjust to their altered futures, if for no other reason than to take the edge off of the anger about job-losing trade policies.

Learn more at http://investmentwatchblog.com/california-lost-432517-manufacturing-jobs-since-nafta-find-out-how-many-jobs-your-state-lost-nofasttrack-tpp/#glzdH6AfpApux4rv.99 and


About Ashley Yeates

A licensed attorney in Texas, Ashley Yeates left the legal profession to follow a passion for “making things beautiful.” In 2001, Ashley Yeates launched the first of her enterprises — AYI & Associates — a boutique interior design firm. Established in Dallas, Texas, she moved the boutique firm to Carmel, California in 2005 to lead a more organic lifestyle. The move intensified a love for nature and shifted her design style to focus on sustainability and wellness, ultimately resulting in +Olive. A graduate of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Ashley decided to put her entrepreneurial spirit to work in pursuing a life-long passion for design. Today, her successful endeavors include +Olive, +Olive HC and CUSP.

According to Yeates, “Two of my most memorable childhood realizations are that the world is a big yet reachable place and I can make it better. At school, I used to swing as high as possible on the West Texas playground, looking across the desert horizon, knowing I would go out into the world and make a difference. At home, I ran the pastures in my Wonder Woman outfit feeling capable of anything. After I opened the new AYI & Associates Design Studio inside +Olive, it only seemed appropriate to add a big office swing. Although I retired the super hero suit, I feel empowered when combining the beauty of nature with fabrics and fashion to create a lifestyle line capable of shifting the way we manufacture and consume to preserve and protect the planet.”

About +Olive- Sustainable Lifestyle Boutique

+Olive is a luxury, sustainable furniture brand and retail concept in Carmel, California. Ashley created +Olive to resolve frustrations with a lack of quality in the furniture industry and to provide natural furniture options to her clients. “The lifestyle line accurately reflects the character of a community deeply committed to preserving nature, protecting the environment, practicing overall wellness and recognizing our impact on furniture generations.”

The +Olive furniture brand  is currently in production in California, Arizona and New Mexico with manufacturing processes certified by the Forrest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Furnishings Council and using Global Organic Textile Standards.  The +Olive brand encompasses multiple furniture lines and encourages consumer creativity and product uniqueness while adhering to soft impact manufacturing practices.

The +Olive lifestyle boutique located at the Crossroads Shopping Center in Carmel, California held its Grand Opening in June, 2015. The storefront and team are dedicated to changing the way people make purchasing decisions by offering high quality, luxury items that consider ecological, health and social impact. +Olive offers Eco Wool, Natural Organic Latex, Organic Goose Feathers, FSC Certified Wood, Organic Cotton, Linen, Cashmere, Mohair, Jute, Sisal, Marble and Stone, Natural Oils and Stains and Chemical Free Furniture.

With the slogan “We drink filtered water, we buy organic food, we read labels, and we recycle, BUT WHAT ABOUT OUR FURNITURE,” the retail concept incorporates other like-minded companies that are dedicated to raising consumer awareness and promoting product longevity and individual creativity that lead to a more meaningful life. “Americans can take pride in owning well-made American furniture pieces that can be handed down to future generations.”

+Olive seeks to educate on thoughtful purchasing and to inspire a shift back to values of quality and supporting local businesses. This concept fosters health and well-being, pure spaces, safe environments, smaller carbon footprints, and a stronger economy. It attempts to make the world a better place. +Olive’s mission is to educate others on the importance of sustainable and environmentally conscious furniture, linens, and accessories. For more information about +Olive, go to www.plusolive.com or call (831) 250-5307.

About Test of Tyme 

Known as two of the most sought-after artisans and consultants on the Monterey Peninsula, Don Whitaker and Scott Coulter and their hand-picked 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 homes 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.

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.

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. For more information about Test of Tyme, go to www.testoftyme.com or call (831) 655-2008.

About Don Whitaker/Test of Tyme

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 homes 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.

 About Scott Coulter/Test of Tyme

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.


About Susana DeFatima Silva, MA, REALTOR® CalBRE 01159741


Susana DeFatima Silva is a luxury home real estate agent with Keller Williams and a Co-founder of Test of Tyme. 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 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.