INDIA HICKS: ISLAND STYLE
India Hicks has forged a design empire from her family’s enclave in the Bahamas. Her island life and decorating sensibility are a combination of her traditional British past and her richly flavored Caribbean present, all mixed up with her family’s own eccentricities. In India Hicks: Island Style, she invites readers into the charming world of Hibiscus Hill, colorfully populated by her partner, David; their five children; three dogs; two cats; five love- birds; and a tortoise. Timeless and under-decorated, her designs combine carefree island culture with British colonial form and formality. In eleven chapters, India walks the reader through the basics of her look: the subtle palette of island life; the family tradition of tablescaping; the warm anarchy of a family kitchen; the lazy pleasure of porches; the drama of entertaining; the “more is more” style of living with collections; the importance of shoe- string decorating and creative repurposing; and leaving room for spaces of sanctuary.
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