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
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