Most of you know my love for all things English, but while traditionalism is the foundation of my style, I love modern elements and bold color. I think that’s why I’ve always been so drawn to David Hicks. This iconic, English designer of the mid-twentieth century created spaces for the rich and famous and royal and designed some very emblematic patterns for wallpaper the hicks hexagon being the most popular and carpet.
Through the world of social media I enjoy following his son, Ashley, and daughter, India. Ashley follows suit with his father’s style but brings even more geographic punch with his sculptures and custom furniture. And India, who splits her time between England and the Bahamas, designs beautiful beauty products and accessories. I’ll take the beetle bag, the backpack, and the weekender, please. India has four boys and one spunky little girl: Domino. Following along on Instagram, I’ve watched this cute little lady scuba dive and skateboard with her brothers and attend high-end events with her mother. She was named after the Bond girl in Thunderball.
When we got pregnant I started making a list. Since we didn’t find out the sex we needed to have an idea for both boy and girl names. Leonidas was our second choice for our first born almost eight years ago, and we both still liked that name calling him Nidas for short so that was an easy choice. But girl’s names have always been harder for us. With our first two pregnancies I ended up writing down lists of names and then giving that to Micah to go through on his own. He would cross off ones that were a no and circle ones he liked. Thinking about it on our own as opposed to together made it much less heated. Milly could have been about 100 other names but Camilla was the only one he really liked. This time around everyone just knew I was having a boy. I had a short list of girl names and had mentioned some of them to Micah, but we never really nailed anything down. Shortly after she was born we ran through the handful of names…Margaux, Rowena, Mavin, Blythe, Thisbe…but Domino was the one Micah loved the most well, he actually made faces at most of the other ones, ha.
We’ve certainly had some mixed reactions to her name, but I’ve never been one to go with the norm, so I expect that. In general, younger people love it and older people are a bit surprised, but get used to it. We think it suits her just perfectly.
How did you pick your child’s name(s)? Do you prefer traditional names or something a bit outside of the box?
Some images via Ashley Hicks.