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India Hicks’s Favorite Room

The Island Girl

Photo: Colleen Duffley

India Hicks is design royalty. As heir to the British crown and daughter of legendary interior designer David Hicks—not to mention stints as a model, an author, and a TV host—India has spent her career in the design limelight. But the home she’s built on Harbour Island in the Bahamas with her four children and partner David Flint Wood remains her greatest inspiration.

“Things here are taken a bit more easily,” Hicks says. “There is room to breathe and time to think.” A majority of that thinking happens in her home office inside the plantation-style house that she renovated to reflect 1850s Caribbean architecture. Though most of the house is neutral, Hicks painted the office pink after the birth of her daughter. “After having three boys, a lot has changed to pink in my world,” she says. The rest of the room is an eclectic mix of modern and traditional furniture and meaningful collections, a nod to her father’s aesthetic. “My father always drove into us that collections are so much more powerful than a single element.” There are collections of bleached coral and sea biscuits, albums of press clippings and photos of her children, and pieces by artist and close friend Anish Kapoor.

Hicks doesn’t spend much time lingering over her tea. Her days are spent at her desk, working on a dizzying array of tasks, from her ongoing product design for Crabtree & Evelyn, to compiling her mother’s memoirs for a new book, to overseeing the vacation properties she leases to a lucky few (hibiscushillharbourisland.com). Out of all the rooms in the house, she says, “the office is where the real life happens.”