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The Model Islander: India Hicks
Photo: Colleen Duffley

India Hicks: The Model Islander

This former fashion model and designer of light, airy interiors produces irresistible bath and body products, an eponymous fine jewelry line, and a new home collection for HSN that all sparkle with beachy appeal. A sterling silver starfish cuff with delicate diamond studs, or a crescent moon pendant that channels the changing tides—who else could create them?

Hicks's classic book, Island Living: Inspirational Interiors, offers accessible style ideas from her British Colonial-meets-Caribbean home. And she does it all while living in the Bahamas with designer and partner David Flint Wood and their five children. "It is all representative of me and my life," Hicks says of her approach—a mix of interior-decorating dynasty (she's the daughter of famed British designer David Hicks) and 17 years of island life.

What's quintessential Hicks? Beachy mahogany floors, ceiling fans, and mosquito netting mixed with the unexpected—pops of geometric cushions or a room painted a shocking pink. Part of the beauty lies in the imperfections: "The edges are slightly knocked up; there is the patina of time that shows it's a real home," she says. —Brooke Showell

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