Lesson: Give yourself permission to play. "I love the idea of having a splash of the unexpected," said Lindroth. "This 'sofa' is actually crafted of concrete and painted with green stripes."
Lesson: R&R is important, so make room for it. Dust off your front porches, back porches, patios, balconies, give them their due decoration, and use them as an escape. 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.
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?
Lesson: You can never have too much bamboo and rattan. You will always find a place for timeless pieces.
Lesson: Island gems hide in unexpected places. Amanda got these sweet little rattan peacock chairs at a discount superstore. Cleared the whole shelf! Cheap, easy, cute.
Lesson: Decorate walls with a little local flavor. "I like to find different styles of maps and hang them throughout the house," Lindroth said. "I spotted these watercolors of Elbow Cay, Eleuthera, and Harbour Island in a local shop and added mats in complementary colors."