As winter forges ahead, I continue to daydream about tropical locations. One such location, which I have long admired, is the Harbour Island, Bahamas home of British royal, fashion model, fashion and beauty entrepreneur, and design book author India Hicks. India is a second cousin to Prince Charles and was a flower girl in his wedding to Lady Diana Spencer. India’s mother is Lady Pamela Mountbatten, whose father was the last viceroy of India (and the inspiration for India Hicks’ given name). India’s father was the British interior designer David Hicks. As a result, India is both a genuine royal and a design royal! Although India grew up in England, and she still has a home there, her primary residence for the last twenty years or so has been in the Bahamas.
Hibiscus Hill, as India’s home is called, was built in the 1950s. The villa is located on three acres of gardens, surrounded by palm trees and jungle. India and her partner, David Flint Wood, reside at the home with their five children, and together they have created a casual, coastal-chic family home that is both a reflection of the island and a blend of her traditional British heritage and slightly bohemian and eclectic style.
The home’s exterior:
India and David with their youngest child on their poolside terrace surrounded by lush palm trees and tropical vegetation:
India outside her home:
Views of the inside of the home:
The rooms of Hibiscus Hill are mostly painted white with simple shutters on the windows and beautiful wide-plank wood floors that are left uncovered without rugs–perfect for bare feet and a casual island lifestyle.
India displays collections of books and other items throughout her home. A collection of straw hats perches above a doorway in the photo immediately above. Elsewhere in the home we observe a collection of photographs, abundant art work and interesting tabletop displays artfully arranged:
Some interesting table styling:
More collected and layered rooms:
A guest room:
A simple and neutral bedroom:
In the close-up of India’s desk, above, you can see one of her cherished possessions, a rose from Lady Diana’s wedding bouquet preserved under glass:
India’s young daughter’s bedroom:
More outdoor views:
Lush tropical plantings:
To find out more about India Hicks’ tropical paradise in the Bahamas, read her book, India Hicks: Island Style:
Interestingly, I discovered that you can rent a guest house on India’s property as well as some other cottages that she owns in the area. How fantastic would that be?!