Several months ago I moderated a panel at the Merchandise Mart about getting interior designers and landscapers to work together. Everyone agrees this is a great idea, but no one’s doing much about it. Now one prominent landscape firm has put its money where its mouth is. Schmechtig Landscape Co. has hired Christopher Michiels, an interior designer who was named “One to Watch” by the Merchandise Mart last year. “There are missed opportunities incorporating the views, both internal and external, with the awe-inspiring interiors and landscapes of our clients,” says Michael Schmechtig, president of the firm. “Coordinating color continuity, style compatibility, and mirroring of the homeowners’ personality will redirect the purpose of the beautiful large windows and doors and landscaping of our client’s homes." Sounds like a match made in heaven.