Dabble Digs: Crabtree Treats

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Inspired by a treasure seeking journey from east to west, Crabtree & Evelyn introduce their new Festive Fine Food Collection. The delicious collection includes traditional festive foods with a contemporary aromatic twist. Dabble Digs the richly coloured keepsake containers with delightful illustrations. Here are just a few of our favourites.

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Traditional Shortbread Bursting with a full buttery taste.

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Collectable Tin A chic keepsake filled with baked biscuits, delicious strawberry preserves and afternoon tea.

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English Tea and Biscuit Tin A real treat for anyone who love the English tradition of afternoon tea.

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Cranberry and Orange Sauce This delightful, slow-cooked sauce will provide the perfect touch to roast meat.

Industry Profile: India Hicks

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Photograhy by Simon Burn

Regal is how you might describe the beautiful and poised India Hicks. She comes by the description honestly, having been born to Lady Pamela Hicks (her godfather is the Prince of Wales and she was a bridesmaid in Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s 1980 wedding). In addition her father, the legendary David Hicks, is design royalty.

On a recent trip to Toronto, Associate Editor, Victoria Drainville met up with India, in town to promote her India Hicks Island Living collection for Crabtree & Evelyn.

1- DAB: We know Island Living is inspired by your home in the Bahamas, but how did a relationship form with Crabtree & Evelyn?
IH: I had just launched a fitness and beauty book called Island Beauty which was about getting back to your roots and finding a more natural way of living. Following the launch I was approached by Crabtree & Evelyn to be a spokesperson and our messages were very similar. The partnership is a good one. In reality, I would go as far as to say a “marriage” and it’s been a very good marriage.

2- DAB: Your children appear from time to time in photos and promotions. Does your family influence decisions when it comes to new projects?
IH: They are the foremost part of my life. It would feel unnatural not to include them and yet, one does not want to over expose them. They are also a fair bunch of hooligans!

3- DAB: How do you balance your career and your personal life?
IH: I think that everything I’ve done happened in a natural way, a stepping stone to the next. I started a life on the Island with a “one day at a time” attitude and, 16 years later, we’re still there. I have 4 children of my own and one foster child. We definitely have a pack going on.

4- DAB: When you are not working, what do you do for fun?
IH: Lots of sports: marathons, waterskiing, bike riding. I climbed into the Grand Canyon and ran two races for charity events. I have a huge admiration for sports and I really hope that’s something my children will connect with.

5- DAB: Who is your favourite designer?
IH: Obviously, being the daughter of David Hicks, he has been a big influence on me. However, I am a bit less strong and committed in my views than my father was. If I wanted to have someone redecorate my house I would hire a great designer like Michael Smith. I would want him to make it feel like a home rather than something that feels overly decorated; that’s very important to me.

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Photograhy by Simon Burn

6- DAB: Aside from the Caribbean, what is your favourite destination?
IH: Alys Beach, Florida. I know it’s bizarre. It’s not far, which is the main attraction. But, it’s an extraordinary place. It was built very conscientiously; everything is white, there is incredible architecture, a laid-back vibe and yet, there is so much to do there. From a design point of view, I find it very appealing.

7- DAB: Your home blends informal with formal. What is your secret for achieving a harmonious look?
IH: It’s the same way you dress. I have a very high/low way of dressing. I’m wearing a shirt from Target and Balenciaga trousers. It’s the same way my father combined modern and antique furniture, and it works.

8- DAB: What influence did your father have on your own design aesthetic? How are your design aesthetics similar to your father’s and how are they different?
IH: I’m very decisive and quite an individual and my father certainly was. He always said, “Good taste in design should never depend on money,” and certainly I take that to heart. I am brave in the way that I will use shocking fabrics; I won’t shy away from it.

My father always did tablescapes. At my house, I mass together similar objects, fabrics and colours. And the old and the new as well.

My father had a thrill for geometrics and really pulsating colours. I shy away from that. But then again, when I lived in New York, I had a bright fire engine red apartment. Now that I live on an island, it’s a different atmosphere. If I moved back to the city, it would be very different.

9- DAB: What new projects are on the go?
IH: I just launched a website, Sugar Mill by India Hicks and it has been a huge undertaking. Next I want to expand the website and see where it takes us. There’s a lot that can be done with online shopping.

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Photograhy by Simon Burn

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We create Dabble for you, our readers. We asked for your open and honest feedback in order to make Dabble a publication that you love and share with others. We received an overwhelming response.

 

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A $500 gift certificate from HomeSense.From 800-thread-count Italian sheets to gourmet kitchenware from France, HomeSense offers a wide selection of brand name and unique decor items for every room in your home – all at up to 60% less every day. HomeSense 96 saving is believing!

One of 3 gift sets from Crabtree & EvelynThe luxurious Lily Duo ($38) from Crabtree & Evelyn’s new Fine Fragrance Collection; Iris Hat Box ($58), from the award winning fragrance bath and body collection; Lavender Vanity Case ($78), a sophisticated gift from the perennial favourite bath and body collection.

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We create Dabble for you, our readers. We’re asking for your open and honest feedback in order to make Dabble a publication that you love and share with others.

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Take the survey by Sept. 30 and you could win:

A $500 gift certificate from HomeSense.From 800-thread-count Italian sheets to gourmet kitchenware from France, HomeSense offers a wide selection of brand name and unique decor items for every room in your home – all at up to 60% less every day. HomeSense 96 saving is believing!

One of 3 gift sets from Crabtree & EvelynThe luxurious Lily Duo ($38) from Crabtree & Evelyn’s new Fine Fragrance Collection; Iris Hat Box ($58), from the award winning fragrance bath and body collection; Lavender Vanity Case ($78), a sophisticated gift from the perennial favourite bath and body collection.