Sea­side De­sign

In her newly re­leased book, Is­land Hop­ping, Ba­hamas-based de­signer Amanda Lin­droth shares more than two dozen of her breezy, bare­foot interiors—here, a peek at her fa­vorite projects

Coastal Living - - NOVEMBER 2018 -

Amanda Lin­droth’s new book show­cases more than two decades of her so­phis­ti­cated is­land interiors.

AMANDA LIN­DROTH IS THE QUEEN of trop­i­cal dec­o­rat­ing. The beach is her board­room; the raw is­land land­scape, her vi­sion wall. (You can al­most imag­ine client pre­sen­ta­tions hap­pen­ing at sun­set over a round of piña co­ladas.) It’s just her style. Even her de­sign ca­reer be­gan as a pretty ca­sual en­deavor. The Florida na­tive moved to the Ba­hamas 25 years ago, fresh off a cor­po­rate ca­reer as pub­lic re­la­tions di­rec­tor for Gucci, and found her­self help­ing friends decorate their is­land va­ca­tion homes. Her Nas­sau-based firm opened in the years fol­low­ing and blos­somed, but even as large projects came in—Har­bour Is­land’s his­toric The Dun­more ho­tel and Belize’s Ma­hogany Bay Vil­lage club­house among them—her low-key, lais­sez-faire ap­proach never changed.

As she ex­plains in her new book, Is­land Hop­ping, dec­o­rat­ing in the Ba­hamas and the Caribbean is about us­ing what’s at hand, mak­ing spa­ces com­fort­able, and im­pro­vis­ing (cre­at­ing lamp shades out of straw work or de­coupag­ing at­las maps to use as “an­tique” art­work, for ex­am­ple). Wa­ter­color chap­ter open­ers ap­pear like pages left out in the sun and book­end im­ages of open-air great rooms and din­ing porches, pas­tel bed­rooms and invit­ing en­try­ways. All are ac­com­pa­nied by lessons in the sim­ple beauty of sim­ple things. Per­haps most mem­o­rable are her art choices. They are bound­less, rang­ing from large-scale par­rot paint­ings and quirky flamingo dio­ra­mas to sailors’ valen­tines and framed straw hats. Lin­droth says this easy­go­ing ethos took root long ago: Her child­hood days spent on the is­lands seeded a deep un­der­stand­ing of what it means to live in these wild and re­mote places, and her mem­o­ries read like a play­book for trop­i­cal dec­o­rat­ing. Talk about the ul­ti­mate beach read. —Ellen McGauley

Amanda Lin­droth in the club­house she de­signed at The Dun­more

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