Synopses & Reviews
The very idea of life on a desert island appeals in one form or another to poplar fantasy: the sea, the sky, the sand, the tranquility, the escape from it all.... Imagine the white linen and straw hats; the vibrant hibiscus and plane trees; languid cocktails taken on the verandah; the intense color and sound of the sea. This fantasy is reality to India Hicks, David Flint Wood, and their three children. India and David have, over the past five years, impeccably restored, built, or redecorated three houses and one hotel. They have creatively mixed old with new, dark with light, East with West, combining antiques, flea market finds, and modern furniture and furnishings to create an individual look. Each interior reflects their keen sense of color and style, inherited in part from India's father, David Hicks, and influenced by their travels to India and Africa, as well as the wealth of Caribbean style that surrounds them. Their stunning homes have been used for fashion shoots by Vogue, Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, and LL Bean among others. Island Life is the first book to reveal the secrets of India and David's impeccable style, which mixes classic European and Caribbean influences in an evocative and inspiring way.
Palm Beach interiors have long reflected the travels, penchants, and whimsies of the townandrsquo;s worldly inhabitants. Today, residents of this tiny barrier island call upon world-class designers to create homes that are testaments to what can be achieved when inspired by the natural beauty of a unique locale and when imagination is oneandrsquo;s only limitation.
In Palm Beach Chic, Jennifer Ash Rudick leads the tour of newly restored Mediterranean Revival houses by Mizner, Fatio, and Volk, charming cottages, Moorish casbahs, and vintage condos. Lush photographs capture extraordinary gardens, verandas, lakeside pavilions, a rustic ranch, and simple pastel houses sheltered by dense thickets of Norfolk pines and age-old banyans. It is this eclectic mix of old and new, of Spanish and Caribbean, of contemporary design and sun-faded WASP thrift, that makes Palm Beach chic.
About the Author
Jennifer Ash Rudick
is author of Tropical Style: Private Palm Beach
and a contributing editor to Veranda
magazine. She produced and directed the documentary Diner en Blanc: The Worldandrsquo;s Largest Dinner Party
, and with Maysles Films produced Iris: New Yorkandrsquo;s Rare Bird ofFashion
Jessica Klewicki Glynn is an award-winning photographer specializing in interior design. Her work has been seen in the Wall Street Journal, Condandeacute; Nast Traveler, and Landrsquo;Officiel Voyage.