Mini-Saltbox, Harbour Island (Photo Tria Giovan)
Amanda Lindroth (Photo Tria Giovan)
Moon Stone Farm, Lyford Cay (Photo Tria Giovan)
Lily Pad, Harbour Island (Photo Tria Giovan)
PaperCity catches up with designer Amanda Lindroth on all things Bahamas, caftans, and her sunny new book, Island Hopping.
Interior designer Amanda Lindroth is the savant of sunny island-resort chic, and no wonder — it’s in her DNA. Her Boca Raton childhood in the ’60s and ’70s was one of brightly colored Lilly Pulitzer shift dresses and shopping trips along Palm Beach’s fashionable Worth Avenue. Her mother decorated the family home in crisp white slipcovers, China Seas batiks, and Ward Bennett chrome-and-rattan sled chairs.
“We had the first wall-to-wall coir carpeting anyone had seen,” she says. “But I knew even back then it was chic.”
The Wellesley-educated Lindroth became Gucci’s head of PR in London before decamping with husband Orjan Lindroth to Lyford Cay in the Bahamas, her English antiques and a passion for Colefax and Fowler in tow. More than 20 years later, they still call Lyford Cay home. In 2010, Lindroth launched her namesake design firm on the island, imbuing many of the beautiful old British Colonial houses and clubs there and on nearby Harbour Island with her signature English-meets-island style.
Her breezy shop in Palm Beach stocks raffia baskets, seagrass-wrapped glassware, lanterns and hurricanes, placemats and napkins. Out this month, Lindroth’s book Island Hopping (Abrams, $60), with photographs by Tria Giovan, showcases 25 of her breezy interiors layered with pagoda-print raffia walls, chinoiserie galore, hand-blocked Indian fabrics, and sumptuous island hues.
Here, we talk all things seaside-chic with the designer.
Life in caftans.
I have dozens of caftans. Cotton for day; silks for night. They range from very elemental Indian kurtas to embroidered ones from Pucci and Oscar de la Renta.
I used to buy white kurtas by the dozen from a wonderful man called Sam Hilu in New York City. When my daughter Eliza was born, I bought a dozen white kurtas in each tiny size up to 12. These silly little shirts gave me endless happiness.
I buy caftans whenever I find them. I buy the best vintage from Alixe Laughlin from her collection, Cabana Vintage.
New caftans are coveted and splurged on. Cavalli, Etro, Pucci and one from Matthew Williamson have been scored at Harrods’ Duty-Free Heathrow shop at Terminal 5 in London. It is a dreamy spot to shop, really. While my husband and daughter grab a quick bite, I find my next season’s wardrobe!
Color of the island.
I never, ever tire of Benjamin Moore Soft Pink. It is the color of Lyford Cay! I love pink and green. We use Benjamin Moore Southfield Green often. It’s our copy of the beautiful “Oliver Messel Green” of Barbados. Wonderful. Benjamin Moore White Dove is also a big fallback of mine.
On pagodas and Chinoiserie.
We think of Lyford as having a bit of the Brighton Pavilion glam, which speaks of orientalist whimsy. I think it was already there and we amped it up. Or did we start all that?
A new look.
I would love to do Island Modern — a little Mies x Comporta.
Colonial Caribbean style is …
… about the way we live: comfort, nature, and a far-flung imagination.
Lyford Cay musts.
The Old Fort Club is staggeringly beautiful and delicious. A flight to Harbour Island for a day trip and lunch at The Dunmore and shopping is a must.
We were slammed by Matthew in October 2016, and we stayed in our house with all our friends tucked into our guest rooms. Our house sits on high ground so it was in demand. I had a cook sleeping on a cot who crucially kept meals coming and encouraged a level of order and routine. Our generator made it all perfect. Hurricane season in the age of the generator is a different thing from the hurricane season I remember from childhood in Palm Beach.
Natural rugs and planters. Beautiful fluffy English upholstery. Candlelight. Antiques. Books. And small relevant paintings.
Tides of change
I study every day. In my imagination, I am en route to a look, which resembles the extravagance of Studio Peregalli. It evolves all the time. I am also, again, in love with the simplest cotton white summer slipcovers which speak to my childhood.
I think we will do furniture ourselves soon. We have drawings and samples being made now but do not have plans for fabrics.
Amanda Lindroth will sign copies of her book Island Hopping (Vendome, $60) Wednesday, September 26, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, at Quadrille in the Dallas Design Center. Hosts: Tricia Bessing, Alison Benners, Amy Cooper. By invitation; call or email for information, [email protected], 212.535.5518.