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Island Life: Inspirational Interiors Hardcover – March 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584793171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584793175
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 11.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The daughter of designer David Hicks and the granddaughter of Louis Lord Mountbatten, India Hicks spent a decade as an international fashion model "before moving to the Bahamas with former advertising executive David Flint Wood." The two collaborated on building, restoring and decorating three homes, as well as a hotel; their book documents the results of their design efforts, and offers how-to tips on getting similar effects. Over 200 full-color photos by David Loftus offer calm, lovely looks at the couple’s Bahaman interiors (as well as a few exteriors and landscapes—along with occasional looks at the photogenic couple and their three children). If not for the authors’ explicitly invoked pedigree and a foreword by Ralph Lauren, this book might look a little plain, with a layout straining toward Williams-Sonoma catalogue quality but not quite hitting the mark. The final page of the book offers information on staying at three of the homes documented herein, including one of David Hicks’s own, which was "designed and built by him in 1969 and completely restored in 2002."
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About the Author

INDIA HICKS, daughter of David Hicks and granddaughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten, spent a decade working as a fashion model in New York and Paris before moving to the Bahamas with her husband, former advertising executive DAVID FLINT WOOD. This is their first book. Photographer DAVID LOFTUS specializes in fashion and design, and is well-known for his work with celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Tamasin Day-Lewis.

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Customer Reviews

I simply love this book - it's a thing of beauty.
Boo Radley
I loved the way the family has created such a simple and beautiful house (or houses) unlike so many of the gaudy mansions of the rich that inhabit the Bahamas.
Mr. Christopher Hughes
The island mood comes through in this book but the photos could have been taken ten or twenty years ago.
A.K. Brezinsky

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kristina M Studier on September 28, 2010
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I'm an interior design student and am working on building up the library in my home studio. I purchased this book because of India Hicks' reputation and because I was looking for some inspiration for Colonial Island style for a home I'm working on. While the photos are beautiful, there are very few of actual home interiors. I would reccomend it as a good photography book that captures a beautiful Carribean spirit, but that's it.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Martin Godali on June 2, 2004
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I enjoyed this book because it was full of accessible and affordable ideas, unlike so many interiors in magazines and design books that require you to be a millionaire before you begin to try and copy some of the ideas.
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43 of 55 people found the following review helpful By azure on June 26, 2004
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The cover was very appealing. First impressions etc;. The inside photos even more so. The writing however sounded like the ramblings of a spoiled child living in an unreachable reality sometimes and at other times, the snobbery of an aristocracy only appreciated in the mind of the writer and those who really believe that paradise can only be created by the writer.
I live in the Bahamas and so yes I have a paradise of my own, but does anyone really care about 'my personal paradise' so much that they would read about it. I think not. The thing that makes simple beauty, well simply beautiful is simply leaving it alone.
Final thot; Nice to look at.....PERIOD.
other books I own - CARIBBEAN STYLE; CARIBBEAN ELEGANCE; ISLAND STYLE.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on May 18, 2004
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I am very interested in both the tropics and interiors, so could not believe my good luck in finding this book. It illustrates perfectly a timeless elegance in the islands and has been well written, with a charming personal touch.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Boo Radley on July 27, 2012
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I simply love this book - it's a thing of beauty. I'm surprised by some of the negative reviews which found India Hicks' decorating style bland. The style of decorating at Hibiscus Hill privileges texture over colour, and far from being "all white", it layers shades of white, cream, latté and rich dark brown with hints of muted blues, greens and soft yellows in wall color and accessories to coordinate with the warmth and patina of hardwood floors, sisal, wicker, vintage photographs and brown paper books. This combination of colour and texture has a strong vintage feel and echoes the colonial style common to all the exotic and faraway places where the British Empire left its mark: Africa, India, and parts of the Caribbean. This style is epitomised by films such as "Out of Africa" and "A Passage to India" and characterised by open plan houses surrounded with lush tropical foliage, interiors in pale tones and furnished with natural materials, vintage maps, books, globes, sepia photos, vast steamer trunks, natural specimens and exotic objet's d'art. The images in 'Island Life' are really evocative of this timeless style - India's Grandfather was the last Viceroy of India, so she has a strong sense of the enduring aesthetic appeal of colonial heritage, characterised by a synthesis of ethnic and imperialist decorating styles and shaped by the demands of tropical weather.

A couple of reviewers have objected to the fact that Hicks is clearly famous and aristocratic. She is both of those things, and pretty wealthy to boot. The foreword by Ralph Lauren attests to the fact that this is a book by, and about, the preppy elite and their inimitable lifestyles. This isn't a book about interior design per se, it's a book about "island life", specifically the island lives of the Hicks Family.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A.K. Brezinsky on April 29, 2004
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I saw India Hicks on Larry King, so I got this book. Unfortunately, her decorating and style sense is a lot more dull than her personal life as a member of England's royal family. The island mood comes through in this book but the photos could have been taken ten or twenty years ago. I assumed the book would feature something newer.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sherine Gamal El Dine on April 4, 2012
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I was looking for a book about tropical houses; architectural styles and interior decorations. I was lucky to have ordered 2 other books along, which proved more than fruitfully rich with a wide variation of what I was looking for, namely; Ultimate Tropical andBali Home: Inspirational Design Ideas [BALI HOME] [Hardcover] -two really great books. However, ISLAND LIFE is a major scam!! It is a book about nothing, offering absolutely nothing. It is obvious that it is a book made to please the authors's ego, a bored couple who wants to say 'We are so artistic, We even made a book'. It is nothing but a collection of useless pictures; ranging from a foot, to a rose in a glass vase. Sometimes pictures of a house are taken in colors, then on the following page it is the same picture covering two pages only this time it is in black and white. The author is also happy to show a picture of her children playing, then a empty chair, then the same chair from a different angle. ANYWAY, the book says nothing about island life as it claims in the title, nothing about style, nothing about interior design, simply nothing but pictures that pleased the author, who managed to get an introduction written by a famous person, Ralph Lauren, obviously a friend of the author. So if you want to waste $47.00 and please a pretty bored couple's ego, then you can get this book.
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