As Coastal Living’s Homes Editor, I see a lot of houses. Every month, more houses. More ideas, more looks, more chances to fall flat-out in love. (Follow me on Instagram at @ellenmcgauley to see what I mean.) So when I say that coastal decorating nerds everywhere should sink into this one story in our February Islands issue (on newsstands now), do it. Do it! I learned so many surprisingly simple lessons from this one house, this one approach to island style.
Put simply, this Harbour Island retreat blew my mind. Similar to those vacations that stay with you—the ones that change you, flip a switch in your head, turn on a light that keeps glowing and nudging at you well after your return.
See, tucked into this home are all these super-fun nuggets of island-style decorating wisdom (as in, watercolor maps make brilliant artwork! All bedrooms should feel like resort bedrooms! AMEN). They are ideas I’ve already put to work in my own house.
Here are a few more examples of crazy-easy-breezy style tips from Bahamas-based interior designer Amanda Lindroth:
Lesson: You can never have too much bamboo and rattan. (She got these sweet little rattan peacock chairs at one of those discount superstore-type places. Cleared the whole shelf! Cheap, easy, cute.) Also, raise your hand if you bought a second-hand rattan etagere this past weekend and tucked it right into your guest bedroom. Ahem, hand raised. It looks dynamite.
Lesson: Don’t be afraid of using black furniture in a beach house. All those light-as-a-feather beachy elements could use a little balance. (And what’s an easier upgrade than painting vintage furniture? Answer: Nothing.)
Lesson: R&R is important, so make room for it. That means dust off your front porches, back porches, patios, balconies, give them their due decoration, and use them as an escape from the buzz of… well, everything. I’d even suggest making it a digital device-free zone. (Social media turns decidedly antisocial on a porch with friends, doesn’t it?) Don’t have an outdoor area? Outfit a room in your house with artwork similar to Slim Aarons or Gray Malin, travel posters, or just abstracts that add a sense of serenity.
P.S. Need to see this house for yourself? It’s an upscale rental when the owners aren’t there, so hop on down to Harbour island to sink into it for real.
For more island style decorating ideas, click here.
To peek at another project by Amanda Lindroth, click here.