Nassau-based interior designer Amanda Lindroth is quick to name her current decorating obsession: antique and vintage rattan. So when she was enlisted to make over The Dunmore beach club on Harbour Island's eastern shore, she was quick to order up a truckload of her favorite element—rattan side tables and chairs, barstools, ottomans, and a banquette. The quirky pieces add '60s flair to the classic beach look she likes to call "under-decorated."
The Dunmore has been run as a hotel since the 1980s, although it retains a clubby atmosphere. Their signature cabanas have been aqua and white since 1963.
In the resort's dining room, Amanda added vintage photos taken in the Bahamas during the mid-20th century as a nod to the Dunmore's glamorous origins. The banquette is covered in a durable outdoor fabric—Rowdy Stripe from Perennials.
Having grown up near Palm Beach, Amanda is fluent in iconic midcentury style. At The Dunmore, she saw an opportunity to create a new place that spoke of old elegance. In the club's living area, slipper chairs from Pier 1 are covered in a chic '60s-inspired China Seas print. A series of love seats combines to form a substantial 16-foot-long sectional sofa, where it turns the corner beneath slatted windows like a banquette.
To add a burst of unxpected interest, Amanda used a zany tangerine hue for the large framed photos containing The Dunmore sign.
Amanda layered each room with island memorabilia evocative of the 1960s resort glam and and its tribe of well-heeled visitors. The outdoor reception pavilion is outfitted with a high-backed wicker settee by Celerie Kemble for Lane Venture, upholstered in a handsome black-and-white cabana stripe.
An exterior porch is converted into a comfortable, open lounge. "The bar was sanded, stained, and varnished by hand," says Amanda. "I wanted the design to reflect the most glamorous time to vacation in the Bahamas."
In the beach cabana's powder room, a large clamshell from Shell Horizons stands as a sink surrounded by other natural ocean decor. "From the beginning, this project was about far more than designing a fashionable look," says Amanda. "It was about re-creating a feel and capturing a certain timelessness."
Everything you need to know to go:
- Accommodations: Sixteen cottages house well-appointed rooms and suites with ocean or garden views. Guests can also reserve deluxe cottages, including Ocean House which accommodates up to seven people.
- Availability: November 16 through August 14
- Location: Harbour Island, Bahamas
- Amenities: Kayaks, paddleboards, massage therapy, and snorkeling are available. The property includes an oceanfront swimming pool, tennis courts, bar, restaurant, and fitness center.
- Contact: 877/891-3100 or dunmorebeach.com
With 20-plus years spent beneath Caribbean skies and a portfolio full of resort makeovers, Amanda Lindroth is a restoration queen. She says an open-air environment is the defining characteristic of island style, and woven island mats, vintage rattan, driftwood and shells are must-haves for the look. As for Amanda's go-to sources, she suggests Paul Aronson's Bamboo & Rattan, Circa Who, and FS Henemader Antiques for rattan pieces. For linen and fabrics, she prefers John Robshaw Textiles and Matouk.