Known for her island-inspired spaces and love of color, Amanda Lindroth creates interiors that are at once joyous and welcoming. Last year saw the fourth printing of her book Island Hopping, along with no shortage of new pieces and vibrant designs from the Bahamas-based creative dynamo. We followed up with Amanda to learn about her home renovations, entertaining tips, and vintage faves. See what Amanda had to say and be sure to shop her stylish products and chic Chairish picks.

Amanda Lindroth posing on rattan couch with pink cushions with patterned pillows
Amanda Lindroth. Photo: Graciella Cattori.

Your Work…

Your book Island Hopping had another printing last year, with new pages and photos. Tell us a little bit about that.

Crazily the book is now in its fourth printing, a first for Vendome. The added pages are shots from the product line and furniture launch. There are beautiful images with my new tabletop pieces and furniture. 

Given your island inspirations, your spaces tend to feature lots of joyous, well-coordinated color. Do you have any advice for people who are scared of overdoing it with color?

We have made that easy by making sure our prints and colors can all be mixed. My favorite tables have coral placemats and green napkins and colored glassware. It also makes it easier to grab any florals in bloom in the garden!

It can be daunting to take on major renovations, but it’s something you’ve done quite a few times in creating homes. What are some of the biggest surprises you encounter when taking on a major renovation project? 

Surprises in construction are not good! However, surprises are reality. It is best to have all the inspections and the hard work done in the planning process. That way expensive surprises are fewer. Staying on budget is important.

Beachy sitting area with natural and aqua rattan furniture and pink cushions
Photo: Brie Williams

You’re well known for a welcoming, Bahamas-meets-Palm-Beach style. How do you reinterpret these motifs for clients in different geographies? What does a cold weather version of that style look like?

As designers we all have our own signatures. I love natural fibre rugs and painted wallpapers. I also love wicker and rattan and just might paint it dark green or black in a cold climate — but I will still use it. My rooms, no matter where they might be, will hopefully be inviting and candlelit at night, with wonderful soft upholstery and a welcoming cozyness. I also hope they are always timeless.

Are there any dream projects you haven’t gotten to tackle yet? Where is one place you’d love to design?

I want to re-invent a faded “grande dame” of a hotel in some small city in America. I have my eye on a few of them. A place where there are unused ballrooms and giant lobbies. Where society once gravitated, but where currently the place is a little down and out.

What are some of your must-haves when it comes to entertaining, and what are you most looking forward to when we can all get together again? 

I love doing giant, passed, cold seafood salads where each guest has his/her own small sauce boat of vinaigrette placed above their plate and a tiny crocheted basket of crispy, buttery toast all to themselves to the left of their fork. Yummy and perfect for lunch or dinner. I love my table filled with all the various hurricanes and votives we have designed to sparkle! I love my table laden with colorful bougainvillea from the garden and flowing down from the pendant light above my table on the Hope Hill Veranda.

Living room with peach walls, green accents, and a cream couch.
Photo: Tria Giovan

On Chairish & Vintage Pieces…

What do you find most compelling about Chairish?

Everything! We can find multiple choices to show our clients of all kinds of vintage things we are looking for. It is magic!

Are there any dream vintage/antique “gets” you wish you could have? What’s a dream piece for you?

My bestie just showed off some antique 19th-century pink Wedgewood shell plates, tureens, etc etc etc… I am green with envy and will go on a secret hunt for some tonight.

Outdoor sitting area with black rattan peacock chairs and black dining chairs with blue patterned table cloth
Photo: Tria Giovan

Some Design Favorites…

Favorite iconic piece of vintage design:

Vintage: Rattan Yacht Chairs…they are tiny and so adorable but made for the fantail on canoe stern yachts. Iconic: Chinoiserie anything and William Kent tables

Favorite piece of decor in your home:

My entire vintage rattan veranda at Hope Hill.

Favorite designer or artist from the past you most often turn to for inspiration:


Favorite style icon: 

Grace Kelly

Design destination every creative should visit at least once:


Best piece of career advice you’ve ever received:

There are always problems. It is how one handles them that is important. Be accountable.

Sitting area with bamboo peacock chairs and rattan coffee table and salmon accents
Photo: Tria Giovan

Some Lifestyle Favorites…

Favorite vacation destination (the next time travel becomes an option):


Favorite hotel that’s inspired your work while traveling:

JK Place Capri

Favorite restaurant:

Chucs Mayfair on Friday nights when it is empty

Favorite small museum:

Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

Favorite podcast:

I don’t listen to them.

Favorite Instagram accounts to follow:

Citychic4ever, DevonshireofPalmBeach, ADAesthete, Torimellott

Favorite hostess (or thank you) gift:

Just a note will be perfect.

Favorite flower:

Bougainvillea, tropics; freesia, non-tropics

Favorite adult beverage:


Favorite way to unwind at home:

Bad TV

Favorite entertaining essential:


Lead image by Brie Williams

May 3, 2021

Dennis Sarlo is the executive editor of Chairish and a lover of all things design-related. Prior to joining the team, he served as the executive editor of Dering Hall and was the first site director of Architectural Digest. He was also part of the founding team of travel startup Jetsetter. He lives in New York.