Meet the Experts

Meet the Experts

Find out what makes our team so special.

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Kenneth Wingard

Kenneth Wingard graduated from Princeton University’s School of Architecture in 1986 and has studied art, sculpture and architecture in Europe, Asia and Africa. It was during these travels he developed an appreciation for the skill of the local craftsmen and began to think about how to combine those talents with his own design sense.

Kenneth has worked for Williams-Sonoma, and was the Divisional Director of Pottery Barn until he left in 1996. Shortly after, he launched his first line of vases, bowls, candlesticks and canisters made of materials such as brushed metal, wood, acrylic and glass. His products have been spotted at the New York and San Francisco MOMA, LACMA and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Get to know Kenneth here.

Kim Myles

Kim won HGTV’s Design Star in 2007 and has been serving up her engaging brand of design inspiration ever since. She helmed three seasons of her hit show Myles of Style, served as the host for two seasons of America’s Biggest Yard Sale, designed a luxury space on HGTV’d, and was a judge and mentor on HGTV’s $250,000 Challenge.

Her lifestyle brand Kim Myles Design is dedicated to creating accessible decorating tools, products and inspiration. Kim created a bestselling line of modern wall and furniture stencils and launches her line of luxury candles later this fall. She’s on a mission to inspire and empower people to take a fearless, fun and affordable approach to décor because it’s not about having ‘the perfect home’, it’s about creating ‘the perfect home for you’. Get to know Kim here.

Jennifer Farrell

Jennifer Farrell is a television host and lifestyle expert. Her most popular venture has been The Jennifer Farrell Collection, featuring hundreds of furniture and décor pieces at nearly 1400 stores nationwide.

In addition to television shows, product lines, and personal appearances, Jennifer continues working with select private clients through her exclusive interior design firm, Jennifer Farrell Designs. Jennifer's work has been featured in dozens of publications including Ebony, Entertainment Weekly, House & Garden, and Sunset. Jennifer's signature style balances an inventive flair for the theatric with a sense of cozy comfort to create inspired living. Get to know Jennifer here.

Nicole Gibbons

Nicole Gibbons is an interior designer, tastemaker, blogger and on-air personality best known for her fashion-forward point of view on style for the home. Her eponymous design firm, Nicole Gibbons Studio LLC, specializes in high-style interiors that combine timeless sophistication with a fresh, modern edge. Her distinctive design sensibility is eclectic and multi-layered, blending classic with modern, old with new, high with low and boldly mixing together rich color, pattern and texture in fresh ways that excite. Nicole believes that every space should include a touch of vintage and incorporates everything from family heirlooms and fine antiques to inexpensive flea market finds to add personality and soul to a room.

Originally from Michigan, Nicole earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and currently splits her time between New York City and Los Angeles. With a lifelong passion for design coupled with a fun, unpretentious approach to decorating, she is quickly earning a reputation as the voice of decorating for a new generation of passionate home enthusiasts. Get to know Nicole here.

Jesse Brune

Jesse Brune is a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef and lifestyle coach living in Los Angeles. He first made waves on television as the breakout star of Bravo's hit show Work Out, and he recently joined forces with Food Network to lead the cast of Private Chefs of Beverly Hills. His mastery in the kitchen and sharp sense of humor earned him national recognition as a new and refreshing character in America's culinary scene.

Jesse has been featured in Us Weekly, OK! Magazine and and has appeared on The Bonnie Hunt Show, Access Hollywood and E! Network's Red Carpet Oscar Special. He’s also had the privilege of working with top-notch Hollywood clients. Get to know Jesse here.

Marita Jara

Martita is a San Diego native and professional chef, best known for her appearance on the most recent season of “Next Food Network Star” on Food Network. A food industry lifer, Martita grew up in the restaurant business, embracing her family's entrepreneurial spirit and helping to run their upstart restaurant, Jose's Mexican Food.

A master of Mexican cuisine, her motto is to keep things as straightforward as possible. She believes that meals shouldn't take all day to prepare, but rather, that with simple flavors anyone can master, delicious food is just minutes away. Since her turn on Food Network, she's been appearing more on television, including frequently on the local Fox affiliate in San Diego. Get to know Martita here.

Ben Ford

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When you have a father as famous as Harrison Ford, you have to work hard to make a mark of your own, but Ben Ford has done it, winning accolades for his cooking from the Los Angeles Times and more.

Ford became passionate about cooking while studying at the University of Dijon in Burgundy and the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. He worked at Chez Panisse, Opus, Campanille, and Eclipse before being named executive chef at the Farm of Beverly Hills. He’s now a restaurant owner in Los Angeles.

Sharone Hackman

Culinary showman Chef Sharone Hakman has an insatiable appetite for adventure and for creating delectable food. His dishes are as versatile and lively as his personality, filling you up in taste and in presentation.

His standout performance on Fox’s hit show Master Chef propelled him to become a highly acclaimed chef, the owner of a high end line of BBQ sauces and an international television star with his hit cooking show in Asia. Sharone puts as much love into his food as he does into his zest for life. His celebrity clientele and television success has not steered Sharone away from who he is: a man who creates love and passion through his food.

Devin Alexander

Devin Alexander is a Media Personality, Healthy Comfort Food Chef, Weight Loss Expert, and New York Times Bestselling Author. As the Chef of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”, and Host of “America’s Chefs on Tour” currently airing on PBS, her unique approach to healthy cooking and her motivational personal story have landed her appearances on more weight loss and fitness shows than any other food expert or nutritionist in America. Having maintained her 70-pound weight loss for over 16 years, she lives and eats her message: you don’t have to deprive yourself to be fit and healthy.

After 9 years as the Owner and Executive Chef of Café Renee Catering, Devin now travels the country lecturing and consulting for major U.S. food and cookware companies. She’s on the Advisory Board of the American Culinary Federation’s Chef Child Foundation, Larry King Foundation’s Go-To-Chef to speak on “Obesity in America,” and she recently returned from the White House as part of Michelle Obama’s, Chefs Move to Schools Program. Her food line, Devinly Delites™, is currently in the works and later this year she plans to launch a major charity initiative.

Thad Mills

A native of Alaska, accomplished carpenter Thad Mills' career has been fueled by his Juneau upbringing. He completed a four year, 8000 hour course at the Southern Alaskan Carpenters Training Center and went on to work in rural areas of Alaska where he put his talent and education to use on everything from renovating schools and hospitals to working on missile silos. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he's put his love for sustainable living into a reclaimed and slab wood furniture business.

Thad has also been the lead carpenter on the hit shows Trading Spaces and Dear Genevieve and most recently hosted the home design show, Neighbor Labor. Motivating and empowering others with construction know-how that has the ability to change lives is his passion. Get to know Thad here.

Amy Devers

Amy Devers is an artist, designer, furniture maker, carpenter, lifestyle expert and television personality. Born and raised in Michigan, she has zig¬zagged across the country to earn three college degrees in fashion buying and merchandising, and furniture design.

Currently she can be seen helping homeowners as the host of A&E’s Fix This Yard, and on Ovation’s Designer People, she travels while profiling the world’s leading designers. She has been host and designer on several other DIY shows where she done everything from helping viewers build modern furniture designs, to fixing botched home projects. She also operates her own design studio in Los Angeles and contributes regularly to Modern Ink Magazine. Get to know Amy here.

Star Hansen

Star Hansen brings organization to the world one color-coded label at a time. Known as the "Lifestyle Organizer," Star's multi-layered approach is that of mind, body, spirit & space, with a focus on green living. Star has a knack for seeing through the clutter and into the lives & hearts of the people she works with, diagnosing people's emotional and lifestyle blocks, and guiding them to a state of organization and joy.

She currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA and can be found working with clients in the Bay Area, as well as traveling around the country providing her organizing services.

Fay Wolf

Fay Wolf de-clutters homes and hearts, in person and by phone. Her company, New Order, has been doing action-packed business since 2006, clearing inner and outer clutter. She also teaches group workshops, coaches fellow artists and mentors new professional organizers. Fay's work and tips have been featured in numerous magazines, books and articles online.

She is a Co-Active® trained coach and a Golden Circle Member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), as well as NAPO-LA.

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