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96 I nterior 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 to Lyford Cay in the Bahamas, her English antiques and a passion for Colefax and Fowler in tow. More than 20 years later, she and her husband, Orjan, 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 (Vendome, $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 ON ISLAND TIME WE CATCH UP WITH DESIGNER AMANDA LINDROTH ON ALL THINGS BAHAMAS, CAFTANS, AND HER SUNNY NEW BOOK, ISLAND HOPPING. B Y R E B E C C A S H E R M A N . P H O T O G R A P H Y T R I A G I O VA N . Mini-Saltbox, Harbour Island

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