Thought Leader Conversation: Rancho La Puerta President On Bringing Spa Life Home

I can’t count how many clients have asked for spa-inspired bathrooms in my 16-plus years of design. Many have also asked for kitchens that would help them create spa menus for their families and friends, and for spaces where they can de-stress at home, just as they did on vacation. These requests are often accompanied by snapshots of the suites they stayed in at destination spas and resorts to illustrate what they loved and want as part of their remodel or new construction project.

So when I read that world-renowned destination spa Rancho La Puerta — just over the border from San Diego and Chez J in Baja — was building a wellness design community of spa-inspired homes next to their facilities, I had to check it out! That led to my latest Forbes.com Thought Leader Conversation piece. I interviewed the president of the spa (and daughter of the intriguing founding couple). She’s as refreshing as the spa itself, and the new homes she’s creating for those who want to live the spa life full-time have this same energy.

You can read the Residences at Rancho La Puerta and founding daughter/president Sarah Livia Szekely Brightwood here, (and you can enjoy some of the lovely home space pics for the new residences too).

The restful hammock spaces at rustic Rancho La Puerta have found their way into the new Residences too.
(Photo Courtesy: Rancho La Puerta)



Next Avenue, a terrific PBS site for 40-plus folks like myself, shared a piece on boosting your immunity during flu season. I’m proud that they included my wellness design tip. You can read that article here.

The Spruce, one of the top design sites online today, included my tips in its article on creating an efficient, ergonomic home office. Here’s a link.

Everyday Health shared my personal growth story from 233-pound couch potato to my fit and active almost 60-year-old self today. You can read that here.

I’m delighted to share that I’m participating in the Abundance by Design Virtual Summit. This will be a two day FREE event from October 30-31, 2020 to cover your home and your best self. Here’s a link to register.




I’ve been attending the International Builders Show since 2007. It was the first major design expo I ever attended, and I’ve gone most years since then — especially after it co-located with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in 2014.  I’m very proud to share that I’ll be a featured speaker in 2021, talking about wellness design for the 50-plus homebuyer.  The pandemic has turned this massive February 9-12 expo into a virtual event, which will definitely be new and different, but it gives many more industry pros the chance to safely attend. I’ll keep you posted on timing/format/etc. as we get closer.



I’m always grateful for glowing reviews of my books. You can find them on Goodreads and Amazon. (I’d greatly appreciate your reviews too! Here’s a downloadable form to quickly and easily write one you can copy/paste onto your favorite book sites.)

Five Star Amazon Review / Best read for your home especially during this pandemic: “This book shows you how to improve your home (especially during these times) for a healthier, happier and brighter lifestyle. It’s easy to read, laid out room by room with many great quick tips along the way. I’ll be sharing this book with those I love to keep them healthier longer.” Patricia Armstrong (October 12, 2020)

Five Star Goodreads Review / “This book had really great ideas for making your home living space a more functional to maximize your health. There is so many safety and accessibility ideas for the home, that I never thought of. Would make a great housewarming gift.” Ro Scott



Not long after the pandemic struck, I created a home health guide for making the extended time at home easier, safer and more functional. I recently updated the guide with more tips and the latest science. You can download a FREE copy here.


It’s not too late to join my Book Launch Circle. I’ll be sharing special events and opportunities to members there. (Rest assured, your personal information is never sold or shared!)





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Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC
San Diego, CA

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