August 6, 2011

India Hicks-Island Girl

Veranda June 2011 featured India Hicks gorgeous Hibiscus Hill Bahamian home. 

This British-born style and decorating maven was born with style in her blood. Her father, famed interior decorator, David Hicks, was renowned for creating what he termed, "tablescapes" and Hicks has used this to create "mini-museum" of disparate eccentric objects in their house. 

She is the goddaughter to the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) and was one of the bridesmaids for Princess Diana's royal wedding, her first modeling job was with Ralph Lauren, she has published two books: Island Life and Island Beauty, launched a beauty collection with Crabtree & Evelyn, hosted Bravo Reality show, Top Design, has ran three full marathons and now has launched India Hicks fine jewelry collection. What an impressive line-up.

Here is a glimpse in the artfully decorated house of India Hicks at Hibiscus Hill

"we never drift too far from our DNA: a combination of international lives, classic British taste, including its eccentricities, and the flavor of the Caribbean"...India Hicks

Top, is the playhouse for Hicks four children designed by their father painted red, white and blue after the Union Jack; Bottom right, the beautiful India Hicks with her daughter, Domino.

Gallery of art bring global allusions to this island house; Tablescape with dark wood and reds and corals.

Breezy guest bedroom complete with cover-up, beach towels and straw hat.

India playing with her daugher, Doimno; In India's red study with a sketch of her mother; Gone barefoot.

Exterior of Hibiscus Hill that was built in the 1950's but was endeavored to make the villa look like it was built in the 1850's.

Shade pergola perfect for mid day nap

India's travels on safari in Africa was inspiration for the formal table to be outside and open, set with fresh pineapples, symbolizing hospitality.

Left: David Hicks masculine study in Mahogony with sailboat model and seascapes; Right: dining room with antique furniture found on her travels to New Orleans and more pineapples.

Classic Caribbean low key style mixed with the French antique mantel and mirror.

India's desk holds one of her favorite mementos on her desk tablescape: a rose from Princess Diana's bridal bouquet (India was one of Diana's flower girls);  Bedroom walls covered by hand-colored tropical bird prints dated 1820 to reinforce the feeling of a period plantation house. A traditional cotton canopy dresses the four-poster bed.

Antique bed nestles in a nook amid hand-colored English prints. 

Dream of staying in a luxurious island house decorated by India Hicks? Check out her site for a few rentals at Hibiscus Hill Harbor Island that are decorating with her amazing touch: 


  1. Can I please be as cool as India Hicks just for a day? For starters, India is a way cooler name than Stephanie


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