Monday, June 5, 2023

Chinoiserie Island Inspiration

Amanda Lindroth

Amanda Lindroth has become my favorite interior designer since moving to Florida. Her style combines chinoiserie with a beachy island vibe that I adore. This vignette is a perfect case in point. 

The chairs are in a very favorite chinoiserie fabric - Quadrille's Lyford Background in Brown on White. I also love the combination of pink and chocolate brown - such a sophisticated palette.

That seashell magazine rack is amazing! This would be a great DIY using a basic wooden pine holder and glue gunning on seashells.

The back of the pagoda cabinet is painted coral. I have no idea of the paint color, but one of my favorite corals is Benjamin Moore Coral Gables 2010-40. It is a classic.

Benjamin Moore Coral Gables 2010-40

The cabinet holds a wonderful collection of treasures from the sea including seashell sailor's valentines that are favorites of Amanda.

Sailor's Valentine - 1stDibs

"A sailor's valentine is a form of shellcraft, a type of mostly antique souvenir, or sentimental gift made using large numbers of small seashells. These were originally made between 1830 and 1890, and they were designed to be brought home from a sailor's voyage at sea and given to the sailor's loved one or loved ones. Sailor valentines are typically octagonal, glass-fronted, hinged wooden boxes ranging from 8 to 20 inches in width, displaying intricate symmetrical designs composed entirely of small sea shells of various colors glued onto a backing. Patterns often feature a centerpiece such as a compass rose or a heart design, hence the name, and in some cases the small shells are used to spell out a motto or sentimental message.

Although the name seems to suggest that the sailors themselves made these objects, a large number of them originated on the island of Barbados, which was an important seaport during this period. Historians believe that the women on Barbados made the valentines using local shells, or in some cases, using shells imported from Indonesia, and then the finished products were sold to the sailors.

Today, antique sailor's valentines are collectibles, valued for their beauty and unusual qualities. Collector interest has sparked a resurgence in sailor's valentines as an art form, and because of this, shell kits and patterns are now sold at craft shops. Many sailor's valentines, both new and old, can be found on Nantucket, Massachusetts." (Wikipedia)


  1. I have always wanted to have a room in our home painted in a coral color. Will we ever do it? I don't know. I love the Coral Gables color you mentioned.

  2. Hi Beth! I’ve been following your blog for at least 10+ years. You always have such great ideas. I used all your advice for building our first beach house in 2014. We sold it this past summer, and our currently building our new beach house where we will retire. I can’t tell you how much I look forward to your daily post. Today’s post really hit home, because I’m trying to emulate Amanda Lindroth…she can do no wrong. Thanks for all you do!!!

  3. Just learned about Create Academy through a post on Instagram from Made by Mollies Mom - @createacademyofficial is the IG to follow. She did an Amanda Lindroth course! Something to look into if you love Amanda’s style (I mean, who doesn’t?!?)

  4. I love Amanda Lindroth's designs. I follow her, and until you introduced her in your blog, I had never heard of her. Thank you, Beth.

  5. Pinks and corals are my absolute favorite colors!