Known for her island-inspired spaces and love of color, Amanda Lindroth creates interiors that are at once joyous and welcoming. With an unprecedented fourth printing of her book Island Hopping now here, we wanted to get her take on what’s new, where her vibrant designs are going next, and how to incorporate her signature style in colder climates (for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to live in the Bahamas, mind you). See what Amanda had to say and be sure to shop her stylish products and chic Chairish picks.
Your book Island Hopping is now in yet another printing, with new pages and photos. Tell us a little bit about what’s been added.
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.
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.
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.
What are three of your favorite pieces on Chairish now?
I love this Vintage Chinoiserie Bamboo and Floral Decoupage King Bedframe; this Vintage Pink Chinoiserie Pagoda Paper Four Panel Floor Screen; and this Late 19th Century Majolica Scallop Shell Butter Pat.
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:
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.
Some Lifestyle Favorites…
Favorite vacation destination (the next time travel becomes an option):
Favorite hotel that’s inspired your work while traveling:
Chucs Mayfair on Friday nights when it is empty
Favorite small museum:
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris
I don’t listen to them.
Favorite Instagram accounts to follow:
Favorite hostess (or thank you) gift:
Just a note will be perfect.
Bougainvillea, tropics; freesia, non-tropics
Favorite adult beverage:
Favorite way to unwind at home:
Favorite entertaining essential:
Lead image by Brie Williams