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Savannah Inside

James Andrew at David Hicks' Savannah.

David Hicks’ concept of Savannah was far from the usual colonial fare so prevalent throughout the Bahamas. In fact a first encounter with Savannah was, and still is, a bit shocking. But of course, being the brainchild of David Hicks, it actually makes perfect sense that he drew upon the Egyptian aesthetic for his fantasy Bahamian retreat – the sun, the sand, and palms all lend a shared context that make Savannah perfectly at home on Windermere Island.

And then there is the interior – Hicks’ interior is typically hyper stylized with a signature sophisticated look, yet through his highly considered choice of local materials and finish, Hicks makes sure we never lose a sense of place. All the interior walls and floors were constructed from a rusticated mixture of local pink sand, cement, and marble dust. The ceilings by contrast are highly polished with almost a lacquered appearance, lending them a certain weightless quality – this buoyant effect is further enhanced by a painted black gap between the walls and ceiling. Floor to ceiling windows accentuate the vertical and were made to slide into the walls, inviting an easy interplay between interior and exterior. Two scroll top pictures specially painted by the artist Bruce Tippet in a vibrant Caribbean palette anchor the seating areas in the living room – the rest of the artwork at Savannah is by David Hicks himself as well as by Ashley and India Hicks.

Following the ravages of Hurricane Floyd, India Hicks lovingly undertook some much needed renovations to Savannah. But “there was no improving on the master,” she tells us, so thankfully virtually everything has been restored to its original specifications.

While a visit to Savannah is primarily reserved for family and friends, it is available for a week or two on occasion for those seeking a truly unique experience. Are your bags packed already?

I’m pictured (above) enjoying the super chic living room at Savannah. Dressed in homage to the master I’m sporting a white linen jacket by Gucci, pale blue Glen plaid cotton French cuff shirt by Tom Ford, Seaman Schepps silver pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, shocking pink cotton jean cut pants by Dior, yellow ribbon belt by Club Monaco, yellow and white silk retro print pocket square by Charvet Paris, white leather Gucci loafers, and my fragrance is Royal Water by Creed – Incidentally Creed’s fragrance Royal Water was created for the young house of Windsor, and as chance would have it Prince Charles and Lady Diana spent time at Savannah on their honeymoon in the summer of 1981!

25 Comments

  1. Hi James,
    I love your outfit choice ! Suits the room to perfection.
    I would love to experience Savannah myself one day.

  2. Dean says:

    Jamie !

    I do agree with Timothy… what a thrill to stay in DH’s house ! And what a coup getting this story out. I too love the way you look in this shot. I remember when you were staying in Alberts house in Naples, and we had that hamburger in the rain… at the RITZ ! Congrats on yet another most interesting and informative design feature. WIJW rocks !

    Dean in Florida (U.S.)

  3. Now that’s somewhere I need to be right now!

  4. Haïfa Adam says:

    Crispy, fresh, eatable… Summerly well designed from head to toe! i love it .

  5. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Alles hört sich sehr grandiös an, ich bin mir sicher man dort die Zeit richtig geniessen, Du hast ja Glück mein Lieber 😉

    Liebe Grüsse

    Deine Christiane

  6. Lola Montes says:

    Qué residencia de playa más maravillosa debe ser, qué daría por pasar unos días de sol y playa en Savannah!

    cariños

    Lola

  7. Paper Doll says:

    Amazing color combination!

  8. Pink Cinnamon says:

    I am already packing my bags! There I´ll go!

  9. Sabrina Johnson says:

    Love your red pants!

  10. Maria Paula says:

    Qué lugar más increíble, seguramente lo pasaste super, debe haber mucho que ver por allá!

  11. Secret Admirer says:

    lovely interior!

  12. jordi Coma says:

    Nice to see your looks changes, but always in a style of your own

  13. Yasmeen Baroness von Schleinitz says:

    James Darling! Your outfit matches perfectly with the room – it seems like a painting. Just perfectly styled!
    I am impressed!

    Thank you and have a great rest of the week!

    Yasmeen

  14. jordi Coma says:

    Hello i liked your looks you hace an own stylem ad thats isthe more important
    Jordi Coma

  15. Simpática says:

    me encantaría darme una vuelta por allá! qué decoración más linda!

  16. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    Was kann ich Dir sagen…….Du siehst toll aus, ich mag die ganzen Farben, es passt alles so gut zusammen!

    Liebe Grüsse

    Mara

  17. Mackie Messer says:

    love your outfit!

  18. Maria Juana de Esquivel says:

    Me encanta la chaqueta blanca, con la camisa celeste y el pantalón rojo, es una combinación máxima, más aún si observamos los colores que hay en el ambiente!

    cariñosos saludos

    María Juana

  19. Maria La Torre says:

    todo un éxito como siempre mi querido James! qué gusto tenerte de vuelta!

  20. Tom Cavendish says:

    Dear James,

    After reading this post I decided to spend my next holidays in Bahamas!

    Hugs,

    Tom

  21. Freiin von Spiering says:

    Lieber James,

    Du siehst umwerfend schön aus! Kann mir vorstellen dass Du eine sehr entspannte Zeit verbracht hast, Savannah soll ja ein traumhafter Ort sein!

    Alles Liebe

    Marie F v S

  22. Super Trooper says:

    everything seems to be fabtastic!

  23. Cosima says:

    Debe haber sido una linda experiencia, no puedo esperar para ver el próximo post!

  24. Your concept for a feature, in which the Hicks summer home is revisited, is and excellent idea. Your ensemble is perfectly classic but made interesting with fresh, clear colour. It looks original and chic without being foppish. David Hicks would unquestionably approve.

  25. Bruno says:

    So great to see all these colors, both with your outfit and the interior design!

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