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Savannah

James Andrew at David Hicks' Savannah.

At last we’ve made our pilgrimage to Savannah, David Hicks’ tropical masterpiece on Windermere Island’s Savannah Sound.

Let me tell you, it was one of those most sublime thrills to experience this tropical masterwork in person. You may have heard me go on quite a bit about the British born Hicks – and I’ve had good reason! He was quite simply one of the most prolific, innovative, and sought after decorators of the twentieth century – his touch extended into every conceivable design forum, from aristocratic homes, to set design, to fashion, to industrial design, to landscape design etc. etc. etc. – and his genius was only matched by his bigger than life persona. Needless to say much of what I do has been inspired by David Hicks – so you can only imagine how honored I was when the London Telegraph described me as an “…updated David Hicks.” – High praise that I aspire to live up to one day!

Savannah became of keen interest to me especially when I learned that it has remained virtually unchanged since it was completed in 1969. I’ve had the great fortune to speak with Ashley and India Hicks who graciously provided me with fascinating background information on the property.

Tomb of King Djoser at Saqqara.

Briefly stated, it was on David Hicks and Lady Pamela Mountbatten’s Bahaman honeymoon that they fell in love with the islands and decided they should have a home there. Originally the Hickses and Lady Pamela Mountbatten’s sister, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, had acquired a property at Lyford Cay but were subsequently convinced by Sir Harold Christie to buy property on Windermere Island instead. They enlisted the help of Nassau architect Robert Stokes to build their homes and as India Hicks put it with the sort of familiarity that only a family member could have, her “aunt built a ‘proper’ house on the beach… and her father constructed a mausoleum to the sun!” David Hicks had been to Egypt and was deeply fascinated with the tomb of King Djoser at Saqqara – It was this tomb that Ashley Hicks tells me was the inspiration behind his father’s Egyptian fantasy. Ashley Hicks sent me this fantastic image of King Djoser’s tomb (left). Do pick up Ashley Hicks’ book, David Hicks: Designer to see more fabulous images of this spectacular structure.

Paying Homage to the great David Hicks I’m pictured standing in front of Savannah’s monumental entrance way, absorbing some of Hick’s enduring brilliance – I’m sporting lemon yellow jeans by Cassette, palest pink safari shirt and silver chain link belt both by Gucci, black leather sandal/espadrille by Christian Louboutin, KVA sunglasses by Oliver peoples my fragrance is Citrus Bigarrade by Creed.

20 Comments

  1. Dean says:

    Dear Jamie,

    What a superb image of you standing in front of Savanna ! I do remember reading about this house in one of the DH books, and being so fascinated by it. Ashley was quoted as saying that his father kept the air conditioning blasting all the time… I am most excited to see you actualizing your dreams, and then posting about it on WIJW !!! Imagine if DH could have had a blog ! I’m sure he would have loved the internet. Congrats on another decorating and lifestyle coup. You are on to something BIG.

    Dean in Florida (U.S.) *****

  2. Abraham V. says:

    GREAT LOOK! Hugs James! i love the yellow trousers…

  3. Paper Doll says:

    what an interesting story!

  4. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Mein liebster James, das ist ein sehr schönes Portrait von Dir! Deine gelben Hosen gefallen mir sehr!

    Liebe Grüsse

    Deine Christiane

  5. Lola Montes says:

    Me encanta la historia de los Hicks!

  6. Paper Doll says:

    you look divine darling! I have heard so much of Windermere Island!

  7. Maria Paula says:

    Seguro lo pasaste genial por allá! Maravillosa fotografía, te queda muy bien el amarillo!

  8. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    Hallo mein Lieber,

    Alles was Du erzählst hört sich sehr interessant an, ich würde sehr gerne einige Tage in Savannah verbringen!

    Alles Liebe

    Mara

  9. Maria Juana de Esquivel says:

    ya me imaginaba que el diseño de esa maravilla venía de un lugar como Egipto!

    me encanta!

    besos

    Maria

  10. Tom Cavendish says:

    absolutely fantastic!

  11. jaaaaaaaaaaaaaames
    you rock!
    send you hugs and kisses

    keep doing it 🙂

  12. Shani says:

    mmmm… sun, sand, waves AND beautiful structures and interiors. Sounds like a fabulous vacation to me! India Hicks is one of the people I want to be when I grow up. She’s so smart and stylish… but of course, when you are learning from David Hicks and Lady Pamela Mountbatten, what do you expect? LOL.

  13. Fleur de Lys says:

    What a fantastic place!

    amazing outfit!

    Fleur

  14. Freiin von Spiering says:

    Lieber James,

    Wir brauchen Dich in Deutschland, Du hast so guten Geschmack, Du könnstest hier sehr viele Wohnungen dekorieren, wir warten auf Dich!

    Liebste Grüsse

    Marie F v S

  15. Paper Doll says:

    I adore your shirt!

  16. Maria Paula says:

    Que fascinante idea la de tener una casa en Bahamas!

  17. Absolutely in Love says:

    you look so hot in yellow!

  18. Eugenia Drummond says:

    James always looks perfect, it doesn´t matter the color he is wearing!

  19. Lil´Lilly says:

    everything sounds fascinating!

  20. Edie B. says:

    Hello Darling,

    My cats and racoons were keeping me busy, so glad to hear that you spent nice days in Bahamas, you look great as always!

    kisses

    Edie

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