The Design



What is THE CHARMED LIFE, and what is THE ELEGANT GUIDE TO LIFESTYLE DESIGN? It’s building a life of relaxed sophistication, meaningful success and more intelligent luxury.

It begins with learning to enjoy the intrigue of life, through all of its interesting twists and turns. It’s remembering that I’m exactly where I’m meant to be, right here, right now, and it’s making the most of today by surrounding myself with more art, music, literature, interesting people and romance. It’s also accepting that quite a lot of change and more than a bit of uncertainty are an integral part of a fascinating and thriving life, and it’s putting creativity, warmth, intelligence and quiet self-confidence into all that I do. It’s practicing the art of relaxed sophistication.

Next, it’s following a manifesto of doing what I love, doing it well and mentoring others, while ruthlessly protecting my priorities and my values. Whether I’m an entrepreneur, a professional, a creative, a craftsperson, a philanthropist or an intellectual, it’s using my talents to both challenge myself and to make a difference, and it’s being comfortable with my own definition of prosperity, whatever that might be. It’s also being fearless in taking the calculated risks that turn an ordinary life and career into something truly extraordinary. It’s finding meaningful success.

Finally, it’s managing my resources to bring both breathtaking style and brilliant experiences into my life, and to stay connected with others. It’s traveling the world and embracing adventure and other cultures, and it’s investing in a collected and inheritable home, whether it’s in the buzz of a city, in a beloved hometown, in a renovated cottage by the sea or in a quiet village abroad. It’s also appreciating a smaller, more classically laid-back wardrobe, and it’s enjoying gorgeous whole foods and wonderful artisan wines around a table that’s filled with the laughter of family and friends. It’s creating a life of more intelligent luxury.

Is it possible to build a charmed life by practicing the art of relaxed sophistication, finding meaningful success and creating a life of more intelligent luxury? The answer may be as simple as taking a quick inventory, and then a confident step forward. A complex goal. An elegant solution.