It's the ultimate escape fantasy: Trade in the rat race for life on a tropical island and all the languid luxury that it evokes. For India Hicks and David Flint Wood, the dream became reality when, after high-profile careers-she as a fashion model, he as an advertising executive-the couple left the city behind for the Bahamas. Five years and three children later, the husband-and-wife team have impeccably restored three houses and one hotel. Fusing traditional European design with Asian, African, and Caribbean influences, the resulting interiors reflect their love of intense color and their keen sense of style-inherited on India's side from her father, the renown interior designer David Hicks, and further enhanced by the family's travels.
In Island Life, the secrets of these sumptuous, unique homes-used as locations for Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, and Vogue magazine, among others-are revealed in intimate detail. With panoramic color photographs, David Loftus captures not only the eclectic combinations of antiques, flea market finds, and modern furnishings, but also the overall ambiance of the tropics. For those who share David and India's dream, this is where to start planning.
Date Published 3/1/2004
Rated By: Barbara Rose, PhD
Comments: Beautiful Designs and Fantastic Ideas! Island Life bring you fantastic, inspiring ideas to create an environment that is tranquil, calming, soothing, along with outstanding ideas to incorporate the serenity and soothing interiors into your own home, inn, and even for a unique and tranquil office design.
Over 200 fantastic photos are worth the price of this book alone. If you are looking to re-do your interior to bring balance, harmony, and beauty into your surroundings, then this book is the one to get. It is a truly breathtaking book , and will help you enliven your environment. Highly Recommended! Barbara Rose, author of `Individual Power' and `If God Was Like Man'
Rated By: A reader
Comments: I expected so much more from this book I couldn't wait to get this, and now I'm sorry I wasted my money on it. There are no new ideas here, and the book is simply dull. Given India Hicks' pedigree, I expected more spark and flair than this.
Rated By: A.K. Brezinsky
From: Long Island, NY
Comments: Disappointingly dull 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.
Rated By: Christopher
Comments: Elegant and Charming 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.
Rated By: Martin Godali
Comments: A gentle nod to British Colonial style 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.
Rated By: "azuredaring"
From: Freeport, G.B., Bahamas
Comments: Nice to look at....PERIOD 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.