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India Hicks: Island Style

India Hicks: Island Style

Left: Photo by Brittan Goetz | Right: Matouk cotton velour beach towels in these beach and nautical-inspired prints: Beachcomber, Parasol, Rope, and Regatta.

India Hicks leads a charmed life that is informed by design. Her story, and impressive lineage, has been told enough times that you probably know it by heart: daughter of interior designer David Hicks lives a childhood full of privilege, beauty and serious British royalty; travels to a Caribbean island paradise and falls in love; leaves the British high-life behind to live out the bohemian dream on Harbour Island. India went from being a bridesmaid at Charles and Diana’s wedding to living on the remote island with her love and partner, where they then proceeded to renovate their home, guest home, and a hotel; all while raising five children, three dogs, two cats, five lovebirds, and a tortoise. That is some serious street cred.

But about the house, Hibiscus Hill. It’s the topic of her third book which is set for release today, India Hicks Island Style. (Further proof of the royal love? The forward is by none other than H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. He’s her godfather.)

The new book showcases the “laid back but still sophisticated style” she is known for, while layering in her traditional British past and a dash of her family’s eccentricities. The interiors are timeless and under-decorated, with a subtle palette, hordes of collections, and the lazy pleasures of outdoor living.   We think you’ll agree that if these pictures come close to reality, India and her family are living the dream.

We’ve taken a few of the images from her new book, and suggested some of our favorite Matouk pieces that reflect the style and ease of Hibiscus Hill. Why not bring the feeling of fresh air, sand and sunshine into your own home?

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Photo by Colleen Duffley

There are many outdoor spaces at Hibiscus Hill featured in the book, including a veranda and a terrace off the sitting room, but the most important is the walled courtyard off the kitchen where the family gathers for meals. India calls the main terrace “the heartbeat” of their home. In addition to all the foliage is the aviary, where the family’s five lovebirds live.

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Clockwise from left: Matouk Pico Turkish beach towel; Matouk Harbour Island bedding; Matouk Ella bed pillows.

Nature and outdoor living informs Matouk’s design philosophy, as is evident from this seashell print bedding designed by Lulu DK. Luxury plays a role, too—fringed Turkish beach towels are lined with plush cotton terry.

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Left: Photo by Miguel Flores Vianna | Right: Photo by Brittan Goetz

India points out that with five kids and so many pets, the master bedroom is her sanctuary. She feels that the most important thing about a bedroom is that “it be all about sleep.” She adds, “Make damn sure you are sleeping in the bed of your dreams.”

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Lulu DK for Matouk Minerva

India’s father claimed to invent the term “tablescape,” and she inherited his love for creating them. She writes, “I have fun setting the tables in various ways ....I change the tablecloth from formal white to a stretch of colored linen fabric left over from reupholstering bedroom chairs, or possibly an Indian mirrored bedspread.”

As for the birds, India grew up with peacocks because her father loved the way they looked roaming around outside their house. She writes, “They did keep us awake at night however. Our five small lovebirds are no competition.”

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Clockwise from left: Matouk Mirasol table linens; Matouk Lucerne linen tablecloth; Matouk Marrakech embroidered guest towels in cotton terry and linen.

Matouk’s crisp one hundred percent linen tablecloths, placemats, and napkins would look perfectly at home at Hibiscus Hill, on the table in the dining room or entertaining outdoors on the terrace. For tablescape ideas check our Tablecloth Time and Setting the Table Pinterest boards.

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Photo by Brittan Goetz

From the wide wood porches to the flagstone terraces to the hammock in the garden or at the beach, there is always a place to savor the outdoors at Hibiscus Hill. India writes, “Our hammock is a refuge and place of peace, perfect for a tired guest or sulking child.”

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Clockwise from left: Matouk Alto coverlet and shams; Matouk Amado beach towel and beach blanket; Matouk candles.

Seaside living should be easy breezy. Matouk micro-pleated Alto matelassé coverlet and shams feel like summer. Our Amado beach towels are simultaneously lightweight and absorbent, making them a summerhouse essential. Our candles come in fresh scents including Lemon Fig Verbena, White Garden, and Ocean Breeze.

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Left: Photo by Colleen Duffley | Right: India Hicks Island Style, Rizzoli

India Hicks Island Style is filled with glossy photos of gorgeous vignettes showcasing India’s eclectic possessions and love-infused collections. She writes, “What makes a house a home are the memories, the objects, and above all, my family. “

To luxuriate in more images that will bring inspire you to give in to the laid-back lifestyle of India and her family, visit our Island Life board on Pinterest.