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5 Design Ideas to Steal From India Hicks's Island Home

You don't need to live on an island to covet India Hicks's earthy yet sophisticated aesthetic. The entrepreneur and style icon lives with her family in Harbour Island — a tropical paradise in the Caribbean — that never ceases to inspire her. She recently opened her doors for a Pottery Barn catalogue shoot and interview, dishing on everything from color obsessions to office essentials. Keep reading to discover the five design ideas we can't stop thinking about!

  • Adopt a subtle island aesthetic
  • Island decor isn't just about pineapple motifs and mosquito netting. In her home, India swapped out harsher materials like glass, tile, and cement for earthier wood, paper, and straw to create a softer foundation.

  • Display your collections
  • India relied on a collection of straw hats to add personality and texture to her office. "We call them our lending library, and whenever we have guests come and stay, we have a shelf where these hats live in among our library. And the guests will help themselves to one and wear them while they're here," she says.

  • Add color with unexpected items
  • To create visual interest in a room of creamy neutrals, India pays attention to smaller details. "I'm a huge scrapbook person," she says. By using red Smythson albums to contain her scrapbooking projects, she's able to display them in a way that makes a bold color statement.

  • Liven up your office (literally)
  • With a work schedule that sometimes requires spending 12 hours in her office, India stays connected to the outdoors by making sure there are always fresh flowers or foliage in the space. Her go-tos? A vase of bright bougainvillea or a green palm frond.

  • Choose a sofa that matches your lifestyle
  • India relies on Pottery Barn sofas that can easily be reupholstered. "You need very practical pieces of furniture that can be reupholstered very easily. They're very useful for people who have a lot of dogs and children and a thoroughfare of activity, and that's very much the way we live our lives," she says.

Check out Pottery Barn's Inside & Out blog for the interview and even more pictures of her home!

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