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The Art of Living Well 2022

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Following the success of the inaugural Art of Living Well in 2019, this year's Masterclass is set to be an experience to surpass all others. Hosted by Charlotte Coote at her coveted Mount Macedon home, with international guest speaker India Hicks and leading Australian landscape designer Paul Bangay.

The one-day masterclass, on Friday 16th December 2022, will be spent immersed in the luscious mountain setting of the famous private home and garden, Marnanie. Focusing on interiors, gardens, lifestyle and entertaining, the day will commence with Charlotte's open home where she will discuss her designs, and the stories and processes behind them.

Paul will follow with a walking garden tour, imparting his boundless knowledge of garden design. You will be treated to a glamorous long table lunch where you will enjoy delicious seasonal produce by Cookes Food, paired with Pommery Champagne. India will regale her mad-cap tablescapes and panic dinners with amusing irreverent family anecdotes.

The afternoon will be 'In Conversation' with India, Paul and Charlotte discussing all things design, gardening and lifestyle. There will be stories from their diverse careers, priceless tips and the opportunity to ask your questions to these industry leaders. Wrapping up the day will be a decadent high tea and gift bags full of surprises from our speakers and sponsors.


Charlotte Coote

Charlotte is a leader in Australian classic contemporary interior design, with an elegance that transcends fleeting trends. Having worked on projects throughout Europe and America, she brings a unique and international approach to her work which showcases her five principles of design - Timelessness, Authenticity, Lifestyle, Scale and Quality. Revered for her sense of style and boldness, Charlotte mixes colours, textures and patterns to achieve rich and layered interiors. She has recently published her first book Colour Is Home and is regularly featured in Australian and international design magazines. She has been a key note speaker at Decor and Design and has produced installations for the National Gallery of Victoria.

India Hicks

Designer, Entrepreneur, author of five books and board member of Global Empowerment Missions, India descends from both British and Interior Design royalty. Her mother, Lady Pamela Hicks is the daughter of the Mountbattens of Burma and her late father David Hicks was a world renowned decorator. India has designed hotels, homes and homeware collections and previously owned her own lifestyle brand. Now, India consults with high end fashion and lifestyle brands and has released a podcast delving in to the extraordinary life of her mother.

Paul Bangay

Paul Bangay is undoubtedly one of Australia's pre-eminent landscape designers and gardening authorities. The author of eleven books (1996-2020), his work has been featured in a dozen other titles, and in countless magazines over the course of his thirty-year career. In 2001, Bangay was recognised with the Centenary Medal (General List) and in 2018 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to landscape architecture.


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