A m y S m i lov i c
on oysters, tennis, and antiquing
Issue No. 30 july 2013
issue No. 30
matchbook girl sports retro sneaks. loves the local diner. decorates with bold color. stocks up on summer whites. knows her hometown history. mixes the perfect sweet tea.
A M Y S M I LOV I C
ON OYSTERS, TENNIS, AND ANTIQUING
founder of Tibi, at her Greenwich, CT home Photography by Carol Dronsfield
designs a timeless fashion line. hosts a garden tea party. soaks up summer.
Issue No. 30 JULY 2013
july 2013 contents
staples 9 DATE BOOK 10 month in review 12 NOTE FROM
KATiE + JANE
14 EDITORâ€™S WISH LISTS
Summer Fiesta A Studded Statement Ice Cream Social
108 JUST MARRIED
110 odds & Ends
history lesson 28 PORTRAIT OF A LADY
30 Kindred spirit
32 18 6
culture & living 20 10 secrets to a charmed life
22 MAY WE SUGGEST
Book, music, and film reviews
26 art gallery
32 Chit Chat
We Talk Summer Escapes
july 2013 contents
34 Summer Whites
A vintage-inspired bride seeks adventure in Manhattan...
52 Cozy in Capitol Hill
Interior designer Anna Matthews' charming DC abode
72 Sipping Sweet Tea
Olivia Brock and Hanna Seabrook host a Charleston, South Carolina tea party
88 Talking Tibi
At home in Greenwich, CT with Amy Smilovic, founder of fashion brand Tibi
D at e B o o k
Princess Diana of Wales born in Norfolk, Engl and (1961)
Happy Fourth of July!
St yle icon Babe Paley born in Boston, Massachusetts (1915)
The first Wimbledon tournament is held outside London (1877)
National Pi単a Col ada Day
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is first published (1960)
American decorator Sister Parish born in Morristown, New Jersey (1910)
Catcher in the Rye is first published (1951)
Astronaut Neil Armstrong sets foot on the moon (1969)
The 100th Tour de France race will finish in Paris!
Fashion designer Oscar de l a Renta born in the Dominican Republic (1932)
The ice cream cone is invented in St. Louis, Missouri (1904)
Pilot Amelia Earhart born in Atchinson, Kansas (1897)
National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
St yle icon Jacqueline Bouvier was born in Bellport, New York (1929)
29 Fashion editor Diana Vreel and born in Paris, France (1903)
Month in Review
a look back at Matchbook's june
Heard the lovely Oscar de l a Renta speak @92Y
Row boat picnic in Central Park
Happy hour at @TipsyParson
Weekend jaunt to Washington, DC
Enjoyed a quiet moment in the Sculpture Court @MetMuseum
Searched for vintage treasures at the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market
Took in the Ellen von Unwerth exhibit @SWGallery
Follow along on our instagram adventures!
@matchbookmag @jane_lilly @katiearmour 10
Sipped cocktails @MonkeyBarNYC
Enjoyed Koons Gazing Ball exhibit @ davidzwirner
Hung new art from @waynepate, @tappancollective, and @chancedesign
Afternoon @ MaisonL aduree break
Started the day with breakfast at Cafe Cluny
Summer sunset across the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
Perused fresh produce at the Union Square Farmers Market
Had a yummy breakfast @WestElm
Found inspiration in the James Turrell install ation @ GuggenheimMuseum
Lunch with author Curtis Sittenfeld @TheCaryleHotel
N o t e F r o m K at i e + J a n e 2013
july July is upon us and with
it comes endless American tradition. That’s right, ladies – it’s time to break out the barbecue, mix up some sweet tea, and dust off your vintage croquet set.
This month we’re honored to have the lovely Amy Smilovic of fashion line Tibi gracing our cover. She’s smart, stylish, and ridiculously humble. We can’t wait to introduce you to her stunning designs (on the slim chance you aren’t already devotees) and colorful Connecticut abode. In Washington, DC, we take a peek at the newlywed nest of interior designer Anna Matthews. From her turquoise dining chairs to her favorite green tufted ottoman, Anna’s decorating choices are fearless and we’re inspired to follow suit. In Charleston, South Carolina, friends Olivia Brock and Hanna Hanna Seabrook throw a sophisticated garden party for friends. Joined by their charming Cavalier King Charles pups (Hamish and Henrietta, a match made in heaven!), the belles teach us a thing or two about Southern hospitality. Last but not least, we channel summery whites in a fashion editorial on the bustling streets of Manhattan. Whether you’re a bride or guest, ‘tis the season for summer love. And now, we’re off to find some sparklers. Happy Fourth of July! Katie + Jane
Stylist Bisbee, AZ
Olivia Rae James
Photographer Charleston, SC
Photographer New York, NY
Photographer Bisbee, AZ
Photographer Washington, D.C.
Writer New York, NY
matchbook team Katie Armour
co-founder editorial director cathy higgerson
Jane Lilly Warren
co-founder creative director gail early
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summer fiesta K atie Armour, Editorial Direc tor
a palette inspired by Mexican sunsets
8. 6. 7. 1. Beauty and the Bead Earrings, ModCloth, $20 2. Isaro by Jill Golden Let's Dance Cuff, J.Crew, $88 3. Pom-pom Flippy Dress, Topshop, $240 4. Bamboula Ltd. Market Tote, J.Crew, $68 5. Green Flower Napkin Ring, Zara Home, $17 for 2 for 2 6. Salud Glasses, Crate & Barrel, $7 7. Pom-pom Organic Pillow Cover, PB Teen, $29 8. Seaside Sandal Clambake, Marais USA, $100 14
editor's wish list
3. 1. 2.
8. 10. 9. 1. Pi単ata Snow Globe, Furbish, $32 2. Toro Bullhead, Jayson Home, $175 3. Glass-Beaded Coaster, Zara Home, $20 for 4 4. Blossomed Straw Clutch, Anthropologie, $248 5. Rock Salt Cellar with Spoon, Jayson Home, $120 6. Ricrac Serving Set, Design Darling, $77 7. Otomi Plates, Wisteria, $16 for 4 8. Paulina Reyes Silk Bird Pillow, West Elm, $25 9. Horn Catchall Bowl, Williams-Sonoma Home, $28 10. Lineage Extra Small Rectangle Pouf, ABC Carpet & Home, $595 11. Spreading Landscape Throw, matchbook 15 Anthropologie, $168
1. EDITOR'S WISH LIST
a studded statement
Gingham Goodness pack a colorful punch with jane lilly warren, creative direc tor
JANE LILLY WARREN, CREATIVE DIRECTOR
4. checkered fancies, fit for the
matchbook girl 6
5. 9. 8.
1. Garden Groves Felisha, Kate Spade, $498 2. Crystal Fish Earrings, Elizabeth Cole Jewelry, $266 3. Ash, Elizabeth Cole Jewelry, $278 4. Norella Flat, Kate Spade, $328 5. Bejeweled Bottle Opener, Kelly Wearstler, $425 6. Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Henry' Chronograph and Crystal Topring 7 Watch, Nordstrom, $225 7. Lime Fish Small Bowl by Waylande Gregory Studios, Vivre, $135 8. CiatĂŠ Paint Pots Nail Polish in Confetti, Sephora, $15 9. Crystal Stud Box, Z Gallerie, $30 10. Jaipur Studded Pillow, Jonathan Adler, $120 16 matchbook
editor's wish list
3. 2. 1.
4. 6. 5. 7.
8. 1. Jacket in Dotted Lurex Jacquard, Marni, $420 2. Shocking! Pin, Lulu Frost, $120 3. Alexander McQueen Oversized Studded Sunglasses, Shopbop, $450 4. Hixson iPhone 5 Case, Dannijo, $90 5. Assouline: The Impossible Collection of Jewelry, Barneys, $695 6. Collection Jeweled Silk Shell, J.Crew, $250 7. Cielo Amethyst Lamp, Rablabs, $550 8. Metallic Studded Placemat Set, Z Gallerie, $120 for 4 matchbook
Step My Office iceInto cream social Jordan Blaser, Design Intern Jordan Bl aser, Design intern
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1. Soda Fountain Glass, Crate & Barrel, $4 2. When in Chrome Sunglasses, Modcloth, $40for 4 3. 746 Phone in Red, West Elm, $68 4. Tablecraft Coca-Cola Wall Mount Bottle Opener, Amazon, $9 5. KitchenAid Tilt-Head Stand Mixer in Green Apple. Dillard's, $350 6. Doodles At Dinner Placemats, Anthropologie, $11 7. Richardson Seating 50's Retro Lucy Diner Chair, Home Furniture Showroom, $153 8.
Milk Bottle Measuring Cups, Anthropologie, $24
editor's wish list
3. 4. 7.
6. 5. 8.
1. Bai Design Cubist Retro Modern Wall Clock, Amazon, $24 2. Horizon To The Occasion Dress, Modcloth, $52 3. Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes: 100 Thick and Creamy Shakes You Can Make At Home by Adam Reid, W.W. Norton, $18 4. Ceramic Ice Cream Cone, Anthropologie, $6 5. Spill Seeker Napkin Holder, Modcloth, $14 6. Metal Ice Cream Scoop, Anthropologie, $18 7. Homer Laughlin Diner Checked Lunch Plate, Macy's, $8 8. Homer Laughlin Diner Checked Mug, Macy's, $8 9. Crosley Cruiser Turntable, Target, $89 10. LunarGrand Wingtip, Cole Haan, $198
tU e LnT U se c rCeL t C RE Us B. . .
ten secrets to a charmed life
Pilar Guzman, the whip-smart Editor-in-Chief of Martha Stewart Living, knows a thing or two about the charmed life. We checked in with the stylish and resourceful mother of two to get the scoop on the simple pleasures she appreciates each day.
A Marker to Measure Drift.
It's a beautiful forthcoming novel by Alexander Maksik, author of "You Deserve Nothing."
Raymond Loewy charcoal china
Picasso and Jacqueline
which is in my top 5 favorite picture books. 20
I just started collecting. It has that perfect balance of traditional and modern.
A godsend in my neighborhood in Brooklyn. I have two boys who need to be run like dogs. The truth is, I need to be run like a dog too.
The hard-boiled egg
I have at least one, if not two a day. I sometimes even carry them in my jacket pocket. Two minutes in boiling water, then let it sit for another 7 or so, so that it’s perfectly under done. This of course, relies on the freshness and goodness of the source.
Black leather jeans
from J-brand that zipper at the ankle. I wear them like denim – low and slouchy on the hip, not tight. I pair them with booties for work or with Wallabees for soccer games.
has become a new summer beach tradition for us. There are no cars, which means my boys have the run of the island on bikes – unsupervised, kind of like the summers of our own youth. For us it means no shoes all weekend long.
A king size bed We upgraded our
BDDW walnut, queen-size bed for the next size up. It's a little big and American for our taste, but we are guaranteed at least a few more years of middle of the night cuddles from our boys.
I keep two on my desk so that I'm sure to empty them by the end of the day. It's still not enough water, but I'm trying.
Barbara Shaum handmade sandals
in addition to her masterful craftsmanship, she has a great sense of design and timeless fashion.
C u lt u r e C l u b
may we suggest...
Our picks in books, movies, and music this July on our shelf...
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, Doubleday, $26
A story of old money versus new, opulent mansions, and marriage among the elite. No, it's not the East Egg of the 1920s, but modern
day Singapore. When Nicholas Young returns from Oxford for his friend Colin's wedding and the social event of the season he sends hilarious shockwaves through this back stabbing, gossipy milieux. His offense? Rachel, an ABC (American Born Chinese). As the community works not to lose one of its richest and most eligible bachelors in Nicholas, we are introduced to private islands and outrageous characters. Few novels are this fun. Available Now
Singapore - this tiny, intriguing island... had transformed from a colonial
backwater into a country with the world's
highest concentration of millionaires. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Loteria by Mario Alberto Zambrano, Harper, $22
Told through the colorful pictures of Mexican loteria cards and the vivid mind of an 11-yearold girl, Mario Alberto Zambrano's debut novel is a stunning work. Young Luz Castillo is a ward of the state who sits in her room all day refusing to talk. As she shuffles through a deck of cards, she slowly reveals a life that involves a jailed father, a sister in the ICU, and a runaway mother. With colorful images of loteria cards throughout, it is not only a wonderful read, but a beautiful book. Available July 2
The Ocean at the End of the Land by Neil Gaiman, William Morrow, $26
Neil Gaiman is famous for his supernatural storytelling, his pageturning narratives, and heart breaking characters. His latest novel, and his first work of adult fiction in over eight years, has all three and more. The narrator returns to his childhood in Sussex to recall the spirit that took over his family when he was seven and the neighboring sisters, the Hempstocks, who are a thousand-years old. Gaiman succeeds once again in creating a modern day fairytale for adults by mixing elements of myth and even magic realism in this truly original work. Available now
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfield, Random House, $27
Curtis Sittenfield has created a story of identical twins that seem to share nothing in common except ESP. The two sisters, Kate and Vi, use their psychic powers in strikingly different ways. Kate becomes the model mother and wife in suburban St. Louis, while Vi lives a wild, somewhat impoverished life as a medium. When an earthquake hits St. Louis, Vi goes on television to warn of an even more eminent earthquake on the way. Beyond all the psychic overtures of the novel, it is truly a magnificent story of family and how we reconcile with those from our past. Available now matchbook
Cu lt u r e C lu b at the box office ...
The Way, Way Back
Girl Most Likely
Toni Collette, Steve Carell, and Sam Rockwell star in this endearing story of a young boy spending summer break with his mother and her overbearing boyfriend. Duncan finds his confidence during an unforgettable summer working at the unlikeliest of places, the Water Wizz water park.
In this new comedy Imogene, a depressed New York playwright, is forced to return home to her gambling addicted mother on the Jersey Shore. Actresses Kristen Wiig and Annette Benning promise to deliver solid laughs.
Woody Allen's latest film stars Cate Blanchett as a New York housewife struggling through a life crisis. It's a bit darker than we're accustomed from Allen, but looks promising nonetheless. In theaters July 26
In theaters July 19
In theaters July 5 on the stereo...
The folk rockers self-titled third album has already won praise for its single, "Better Days." Its upbeat nature is bound for summer anthem status. Available July 23 Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Manhattan Moment Art to get you in an empire state of mind...
clockwise from top left: Cityscape by Yoni Alter, Etsy, $40 • 1860 Map of New York City, Etsy, $35 • New York Public Library by Bella Foster, Stampa, $100 • Manhattan Movie Poster, Etsy, $20 • Vogue May 1954 by John Rawlings, Art. com, $157•Flatiron Building by Raceytay, Etsy, $30 26
clockwise from top left: New York Minute II by Kaley Rhodes, Saatchi Online, $181 • Marilyn in Grand Central Station by Ed Feingersh, Art.com, $30 • Breakfast at Tiffany's by Kristina Hultkrantz, Etsy, $23• Statue of Liberty c.1982 by Andy Warhol, Art.com, $15 • New York Print, Sugar Paper, $50 • La Di Da by Mike Oncley, Etsy, $20•Circus Animals on 33rd Street by Bettmann, Art.com, $30
P o rt ra i t o f a L a dy
Fa r r ah Fawcet t
Text by Clare Whitaker
emembered most famously donning a red one piece and feathered hairstyle, Farrah Fawcett was the bombshell of the 1970s. Her career as a actress, pin-up girl, and style icon took a tragic turn when the star passed away at age 62.
in California. After much pleading, her parents finally agreed to let her go. Within two weeks, Fawcett had a contract. She dropped out of school and made Hollywood her new home.
after the first season of Charlie’s Angels, save for occasional guest appearances.
Fawcett was never able to succeed on the movie screen though she continued to work throughout the '80s and The industry loved the '90s, primarily starring small-town girl from Born in Corpus Cristi, Texas. She began making in television movies. Her Texas, on February 2, acting talent led to three guest appearances on the 1947, the daughter of Emmy nominations hit TV series, The Six Pauline and Jim Fawcett for Extremities, Small Million Dollar Man, and quickly garnered attention in 1973 married its star, Sacrifices, and The for her striking looks. She Lee Majors. Her big break Guardian. Starring in a attended W. B. Ray High came when she was cast 1997 religious drama, School in Houston where as Jill Monroe in the TV The Apostle, gave Fawcett she held the title of “Most series Charlie’s Angels. a successful return into Beautiful Student” all four Seemingly overnight the acting world and a years. Fawcett wouldn’t be Fawcett’s popularity new audience of fans. He in Texas much longer. career seemed on the rise; soared. The combination however, her personal life of her “girl-next-door” The bubbly blonde headed demeanor and beach began to crumble. to Austin to pursue blonde bombshell looks undergraduate studies in was captured in an iconic Following her divorce microbiology and pledged red bathing suit poster, to Majors in the '70s, Delta Delta Delta. She Fawcett began dating which sold more than was spotted by a celebrity twelve million copies. notorious bad-boy Ryan publicist and encouraged O’Neal and gave birth to Despite all of her fame, to give modeling a shot son Redmond in 1985. Fawcett did not return 28
After their split, things grew increasingly tumultuous in Farrah’s personal life and many fans began speculating whether or not she was abusing drugs. Around 2006, Farrah tragically lost her mother, her publicist, and her dear friend and mentor Aaron Spelling. Soon thereafter Farrah was diagnosed with cancer and then O’Neal, whom she had seen on and off for decades, was diagnosed as well. Fawcett lost her battle with cancer on June 25, 2009. Her untimely death shocked much of the nation – America’s seventies sweetheart was gone. Despite years of turmoil and tragedy, Fawcett will be remembered for her million dollar smile and immeasurable charm.
Farrah Fawcett reimagined for a new age
1. Ray-Ban Aviators, Shopbop, $145 2. Gorjana Alphabet Necklace, Shopbop, $50 3. Gorjana Alphabet Necklace, Shopbop, $50 4. Chiffon Wrap Dress, Topshop, $92 5. Runched Bandeau Halter Tank, J.Crew, $88 6. Classic Bamboo Longboard, Tactics, $173 7. Loopback Cutoff Runner Shorts, Topshop, $28 8. Parlor by the Pier Wedge, Modcloth, $75 9. Moto 70s Pocket Flare Jeans, Topshop, $90 10. Plain Varsity Bomber Jacket, Topshop, $70 11. Clare Vivier Stripe, Shopbop, $165 12. Nike Sweet Classic Leather, Zappos, $52 13. Strappy Cami Maxi Dress, Tropshop, $36 matchbook
c h i t c h at
in your words
Tell us, where are you headed for a summer escape?
“I am going to my
grandmother's house on Lake Michigan in July! Also planning to take a little roadtrip down Hwy 1 from San Francisco to LA.
“Family trip to Cape
“It's thrilling to think
about how my sister and I are having our very first European adventure together! She's looking forward to the Italian beaches while I'm just craving to step foot in Parisian cafes!
Cod- beach, cute shops and restaurants, grandma and grandpa to watch the kids!
“Every year, I go with
my fiance's family to the quaint town of Seaside, FL. It's truly a slice of Americana - picket fences, gingham galore, and loads of charm. It's the perfect summer escape!
“My husband and i will be
“My husband and I are
celebrating our second wedding anniversary with a weekend trip to Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay. We'll get our fill of bike rides, beer and blue crabs.
spending next weekend in the Berkshires - hiking the Appalachian Trail, visiting MassMOCA, and eating delicious farm-to-table food (with a few gin and tonics thrown in for good measure!)
“Going on a mountain
skin and warm toes on the beaches of the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
@ Sheryl Pearl
“Nothing beats salty
adventure! Rock Climbing, whitewater rafting and canoeing near Grand Tetons National Park!
“I studied abroad in Paris
for two weeks! The weather was un peu mal but I'm already dreaming of my next visit.
“One of the perks
of living in sunny South Florida: beach staycations!
“Going to Palm Springs this weekend with some lovely blogger friends.” @Cara-Mia Siqueiros
“Taking the NY bar in
Buffalo, but hoping to hope over the border and check out Niagara-bythe-Falls in Canada! I've heard they have lovely vineyards!
Summer Whites A vintage-inspired bride seeks adventure in Manhattan...
Creative Director: Sydney Ballesteros • Photography: Puspa Lohmeyer • Photo Assistant: Ariel Robinson • Stylist: Sydney Ballesteros • Model: Rachel Niu, Q Management NYC • Makeup: Tangie Duffey • Hair: Raul Mendoza, Fringe Hair Salon • Collection of Vintage Wedding Dresses: Black Cat Vintage • Vintage Jewelry: Razzle Dazzle Vintage (Tucson AZ), + Stylist's Personal Collection • Shoes: ModCloth • Shot on location in New York City. matchbook
"In summer, the song sings itself." 36
â€“ William Carlos Williams
About Paper and Pencil Development
“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." – Henry James matchbook
"I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month." â€“ Joan Didion, Goodbye to All That matchbook 41
"One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years." â€“ Tom Wolfe matchbook
"I love New York, even though it isnâ€™t mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it." â€“ Truman Capote matchbook
"I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the worldâ€™s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance." â€“ Nora Ephron
Get the Look 4.
Channel our vintage city bride with these summery pieces!
1. White Parasol, Sara Glove, $20 2. Bing Bang Bow Studs, Shopbop, $42 3. Collection Capri in Embellished Floral, J.Crew, $795 4. Golden Delicious Clutch, BHLDN, $220 5. Embroidered Silk Dress, Madewell, $130 6. Steal the Bow Flat, ModCloth, $96 7. Cobblestone Village Clutch, ModCloth, $48 50
5. 6. 1. RED Valentino Open-knit Dress, Net-a-Porter, $695 2. Patio Poise Flat, ModCloth, $45 3. Bead Necklace Lace Crop Top, Topshop, $56 4. Collection Ratti Shimmer Skirt, J.Crew, $395 5. Santi Pearl Clutch, Shopbop, $205 6. Lady
of Leisure Time Flat, ModCloth, $40
Co z y in Capito l H i l l 52
nterior designer Anna Matthews knows a thing or two about making a house a home. She and her husband reside in the charming Washington D.C. neighborhood of Capital Hill where she’s made a stylish statement to say the least. After a stint at Harper’s Bazaar magazine in New York, Anna realized her true passion was for interiors and enrolled in nighttime interior design courses at Parsons. She landed a job at Philip Gorrivan Design and did everything should could to learn the decorating ropes. Judging by her swoon-worthy apartment, it’s clearly paid off! Keep reading to get the dish on Anna’s love for throw pillows. art, and lucite furniture.
WR ITT E N B Y P H OTO GR AP H Y B Y
What do you love most about your home?
I love how our home is a gathering place for friends and family. Music is always playing and we entertain whenever we can. People are always popping in and making themselves at home with a nice cocktail and some good conversation. What was your inspiration for the space?
As my sister says "A designer's home is her laboratory". I am always getting inspired by new things so spaces are constantly changing in our house. I try to bring new ideas into our home whenever I can while trying to keep things practical and comfortable. I live with a man after all...and sometimes they don't understand the importance of lucite furniture! What is your favorite room in the space?
My favorite room is our bedroom. It is neutral, calming and serene. A great place to recharge after running around and working with pattern and color everyday.
What is your most treasured find in the house?
We have a painting by Andrew Bolam that we bought in Jackson Hole as a wedding gift to each other. It is a big, fabulous piece featuring a Native American chief. He greets us when we walk in the front door and just makes me so happy. What do you enjoy most about being a decorator?
I love creating beautiful, functional spaces for clients and giving them exactly what they want and sometimes what they didn't think they needed! My favorite part of the process is installation day when weeks and sometimes months of work all comes together in one day. It is so satisfying. Who are some decorators that have influenced or inspired you?
There are many! From my stepmother, Jane Schwab and her classic sense of style to my sister, Lelia Pratt and her approach to color to Kelly Wearstler, Steven Gambrel, Miles Redd, and Bunny Williams. I love designers that take risks and aren't afraid of mixing new and old. What is your favorite interior-related luxury?
Great sheets and towels are little luxuries that make every day a little more special. Custom window treatments take a room to the next level and fresh flowers brighten up any space. How do you freshen up your space for summer?
I am constantly switching out throw pillows and blankets. It is the easiest way to take a space from season to season or even mood to mood! What piece is still on your wish list?
A pool is on my wish list but we'll have to wait until we have our fill of row house living for that!
Anna's Favorite Washington, DC Eats A proud foodie, Annie spotlights some culinary gems in the nation’s capital... Marvin on 14th Street NW: Two words: fried oysters. Two more words: Moscow mule. Heaven.
Toki Underground: A great little restaurant that seats fifteen, it has amazing graffiti art on the walls and serves the best Taiwanese ramen you will ever eat. It's not unusual for the wait to be three hours long so we always get take out and it’s just as delicious.
Beuchert's Saloon: A great place for an after dinner cocktail on the Hill. Two huge bison hanging over the bar greet you and there is always a great buzz of conversation around the restaurant. Le Diplomate: A relatively new spot in DC that reminds me of Pastis in New York. It has amazing French food and a spot-on atmosphere.
Cantina Pacifico: My go-to for a quick, fresh Mexican dinner. The rooftop is a great spot, day or night! 66
What are some of your favorite places in Washington D.C.?
I love visiting the Corcoran and Hirshorn museums when I need some inspiration or just a little break from the world! Both museums have great contemporary collections that are unexpected in some manner. I always leave with new ideas! What do you love about your neighborhood?
Capitol Hill is one of my favorite neighborhoods in DC. Cute restaurants, Eastern Market (an indoor farmers market with the best produce and kindest merchants), and great parks. You can't go two blocks with out seeing people riding their bikes, having picnics and playing with their dogs. It's a little hidden gem that tourists have yet to discover. Hopefully I'm not blowing the secret!
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Get the Look Channel Anna's bold style with these fun pieces...
1. Golden Sunburst Mirror, Neiman Marcus, $690 2. Printed Zebra Hide Pillow Cover, Williams-Sonoma Home, $249 3. Greek Key Trim Pillow, Furbish, $60 4. Square Louis Side Chair, Ballard Designs, $504 5. Caroline Cup and Saucer, Pottery Barn, $80 for 4 6. Metal Banded Table Lamp, Circa Lighting, $399 7. Auden Dining Table,
Jayson Home, $1,195
1. Gold Feather Tray, Furbish, $24 2. Jonathan Adler Throw, Casa, $295 3. Chunky Coral on Glass Base, Furbish, $50 4. Moravian Star Pendant, Wayfair, $259 5. Pink Peony Blossom, Diane James Home, $110 6. Tufted Storage Ottoman, Ballard Designs, $499 7. Acrylic End Table, Target, $108 8. Mercury Glass Votive Candleholders, Cost
Plus World Market, $12
Sweet tea w
hen friends Olivia Brock of Lacquered Life and Hanna Seabrook of Gadabout join forces to host a Charleston, South Carolina, tea party, you know a
good time will be had by all. The lush garden of Oliviaâ€™s eighteenth century home on Church Street made for the perfect summer spot. Delectable tea party snacks were prepared by Chef Todd Mazurek of Salthouse Catering and the guest list was filled with their favorite Southern ladies. Matchbook tagged along for the fun and grilled Olivia and Hanna on their very best hostessing tips!
Text By Clare Whitaker Photography by Olivia Rae James
The Guest List Ashton Finley of the Preservation Society of Charleston Lauren Lail of Library by Lauren Lail Stacy Smallwood of Hampden Clothing Jackie Thomson of Leap Frog PR 74
Open-Faced English Cucumber Crostini with Salt & Pepper ChĂŠvre, Lemon Zest & Dill Chicken Salad Canape with Snap Pea, Pickled Grape & Candied Pecan Dust Deviled Egg with Osetra Caviar and Micro Chive Ahi Tuna and Candied Carrot Coulis Pipette Local Strawberry Shortcake with Aged Balsamic & Chantilly Cream Prepared by Chef Todd Mazurek of Salthouse Catering
Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen
Minted Sweet Tea Recipe Ingredients 8 Cups Water 3 Lemons 8 Bags Black Tea 8 Fresh Mint Springs 3/4 Cup Sugar Makes 2 Quarts Directions 1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan and remove from the heat. 2. Halve and squeeze 3 lemons, setting aside the juice and reserving the squeezed halves. 3. Add 8 bags black tea, 6 to 8 fresh mint sprigs, the reserved squeezed lemon halves, and ½ cup sugar. Stir to mix and submerge the mint and tea bags. Cover and let steep for 15 to 20 minutes. 4. Remove and discard the bags, mint, and lemon halves. 5. Add 4 more cups water and the reserved lemon juice, and stir to mix. 6. Taste for sweetness and add up to ¼ cup additional sugar to taste, if desired, stirring to mix until the sugar dissolves. 7. Serve cold over ice, garnished with sprigs of mint and wedges of lemon. Courtesy of Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen matchbook
Olivia and Hanna’s Entertaining tips 1. Entertain any chance you get. The more you entertain, the more enjoyable and effortless it becomes. When you save hosting for the "perfect" party, you never learn how to throw a fun one. Practice is what makes a good hostess great, not perfection. 2. Encourage conversation. Be it a casual garden get together or seated dinner party with place cards, make sure everyone gets a chance to chat. Cluster chairs so they face each other, seat an outgoing person next to someone shy, separate couples, and make sure to personally introduce new friends to old ones. 3. Be a guest at your own party. When the doorbell rings, organized should become outgoing. Whatever you have to do to make yourself relaxed and happy before guests arrive, do it. Take your heels off, fix an early drink, wear something comfortable, rip up the to-do list. Because if your guests are having a good time, then what didn't get done doesn't even matter. 4. Do not reserve your fine china for special occasions. There are only so many “special occasions” in life, why not make every occasion special? So whatever china pattern you choose, or your mother chose, or that you inherited, have fun with it, mix and match, do something different. And use it as much as you can. There is no occasion where breaking out your best stuff is not appropriate – it’s your party! 5. When putting together your flower arrangements, keep it simple. There is no need to stress about designing large complicated arrangements when a small arrangement of one or two flowers and one or two colors has a huge impact. 6. Recognize your audience. Any party should be a fun, worry-free, event for all invited. Think about your guests’ likes and dislikes. If you know someone is allergic to something, make sure to provide an alternative. The best parties are where everyone feels welcome and provided for. 82
Did you know? Fun facts about Charleston, South Carolina... • Charleston is named for King Charles II of England, also known as the Merry Monarch. He is also the namesake of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel • Charleston’s nickname is The Holy City because the city’s skyline is dominated by its church steeples. • In colonial Charleston, tables were set with multiple tablecloths and each cloth was removed after a course was finished. Dessert was served on a bare table! • In Charleston, Chinese imported china dishes were shipped from abroad and arrived at the wharf in barrels. As a result, they were sold “as is” and used as everyday china. • W hen President George Washington did his tour of the southern states in 1791, he stayed in each city for a couple of days, except for Charleston. The President liked the beautiful city and their hospitality so much, he stayed a full week.
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4. 7. 1. Antique Bamboo Cheese Knife Set, Williams-Sonoma, $40 2. Embroidered Linen Cane Pillow Cover, C. Wonder, $54 3. Juliska Country Estate Garden Party Hostess Tray, Bloomingdale's, $55 4. CafĂŠ Folding Chair, Ballard Designs, $159 for 2 5. Chateau Candle Lantern, Ballard Designs, $149 6. Juliska Berry and Thread Beverage Dispenser, $295 7. Marin White Beverage Tub, Crate & Barrel, $100 86
1. Monogrammed Stainless-Steel Ice Bucket with Tongs, Williams-Sonoma, $149 2. Blue Chevron Tray, Wisteria, $99 3. Skinny Mint Julep, Mark and Graham, $49 4. Oscar de la Renta Ikat Cocktail Napkins, Bloomingdale's, $75 for 4 5. Paper Straws, Furbish, $8 6. Cast Iron Garden Sign, Terrain, $38 7. Herringbone Stripe Place Mat, Williams-Sonoma, $30 for 4 8. Nito Napkin Rings, Williams-Sonoma, $25 for 4 9. Heavenly Blue Hydrangeas, Diane James Home, $385 10. Interlocking Rings Stool, Wisteria, $219 matchbook 87
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Amy Smilovic just may be the coolest mom in Connecticut. The founder of SoHo-based fashion brand Tibi, she and her husband Frank (the company’s chief operating officer) call Greenwich, Connecticut, home in an interior that is anything but typical. You won’t find any chintz here – instead, true to Amy’s hip taste, pops of color and bold prints abound. From her blue high-top sneakers to her chic ear cuffs, the mother of two boys is far from cookie-cutter and we love her all the more for it. Since founding the company in Hong Kong in 1997, Amy has grown her brand and its trademark feminine designs into an international powerhouse with a die-hard following. (Trendsetters Michelle Williams, Olivia Palermo, and Florence Welch are all fans.) Join us for a morning chez Smilovic to get the dish on Amy’s southern roots, passion for textiles, and cool custom china. Photography by Carol Dronsfield T e x t b y K at i e A r m o u r
W h at wa s i t l i k e gro w i ng u p on an i s l and ?
ad v e rt i s i ng h ad y o u a lway s b e e n i nt e r e s t e d i n fa s h i on ?
Growing up on St. Simons Island, Georgia, there’s a strong sense of community, and children are encouraged to be outdoors. We had a good amount of activities to keep us busy – horseback riding on the beach, oyster roasts, painting (My father and grandfather are artists.), seining (catching shrimp), and boating.
I’d always had a strong interest in fashion, as well as a desire to start my own business. My husband and I relocated to Hong Kong for his career with American Express – it was there that I found the idea of being an entrepreneur less intimidating. There were endless opportunities for small businesses, particularly pertaining to fashion. The factories were accessible and I worked closely with local artisans developing fabrics and prints.
Have your Southern roots influenced your personalit y or aesthetic?
The relaxed ease of island living, coupled with highly creative and artistic parents, are my strongest design influences. T h o u g h y o u b e gan y o u r c ar e e r i n
Ho w w o u l d y o u d e s c r i b e y o u r p e r s ona l s t y l e ?
I believe in dressing in a way that is effortless but never lazy – I like clean matchbook
styles, minimal details, and designs that don’t take themselves too seriously. Most importantly, I like to feel confident in whatever I’m wearing. W h at w e r e s o m e of t h e h i g h l i g h t s of y o u r t i m e l i v i ng i n Hong Kong ? D o y o u go ba c k oft e n ?
every day and learning from them. I also traveled frequently to the Indonesian island of Java, where I worked closely with small textile printers to develop unique patterns in vivid colors. We employ a dedicated print designer who oftentimes makes use of various techniques (both modern and old) to custom create our prints.
I absolutely loved the energy of Hong Kong but my most memorable highlights R u nn i ng a b u s i n e s s i s n ’ t e a s y. A n y were our trips to Bali. When I began ad v i c e y o u ’ d l i k e to s h ar e ? designing, my fabrics were inspired by all things Indonesian. It’s such an amazing, I received a great piece of advice from an entrepreneur living in Hong Kong. amazing place. I wish I could make it He encouraged me to forego the back there more. traditional business plan. His advice Ho w d i d y o u l e arn abo u t t e x t i l e was: "Make a product. If you sell the pr i nt s and d e s i gn ? product, you have a business. If you do not sell the product, you do not have Living in Asia, I was visiting factories matchbook
a business.” In essence, he pushed me away from overanalyzing and into just doing. Had I delved more deeply into the latter aspects of running a business, I may have been too intimidated. W h at ar e s o m e t h i ng s y o u 'r e c u rr e nt ly i n s p i r e d b y ?
Inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere – much of the time it’s travel. I’m constantly flipping through books, looking at photography, drawings, and paintings, watching old films, gazing at architecture, and traveling overseas, drawing inspiration from whatever is going on around me. W h at i s a t y p i c a l w orkday l i k e for y o u ?
My husband and I drive in to our New York City offices from Greenwich, Connecticut, every day. I spend most of my time with the design team, looking through patterns, prints, and new silhouettes. We have weekly meetings with our technical team, perfecting the fit of each sample garment before sending them to the factories for production. I work regularly with the PR and marketing teams, meeting editors, scheduling interviews, and planning events. W h at do y o u l o v e abo u t h av i ng t h e c o m pan y ba s e d i n SoHo ?
Tibi’s headquarters have been located in SoHo for thirteen years – I can’t imagine being anywhere else. It’s a creative,
diverse, and energetic area offering every form of street art and a wide range of restaurants and shops. I use the area for much of the inspiration I mentioned. W h at i s y o u r m o s t tr e a s u r e d f i nd i n your home?
A vintage Chinese birdcage I have in our bedroom that I bought when I was last in China. W h at ar e s o m e of y o u r fav or i t e p l a c e s i n Conn e c t i c u t ?
Tarry Market and Tarry Lodge are favorites for fresh food. Stamford is the next town over and has excellent antique shopping in old lofts that have been converted to amazing furniture spaces with great finds. Greenwich Avenue is 96
great for just strolling in a neighborhood environment that happens to have some fabulous shops. Hav e y o u tak e n an y f u n tr i p s r e c e nt ly ? A n y on t h e book s ?
I’m just back from Stockholm, Sweden, with blogger, Elin Kling. We hosted an event at the amazing Nathalie Schuterman boutique. Stockholm is an incredible city. I’ll be traveling with my family to Sea Island, Georgia, in July and Watch Hill, Rhode Island, in August. La s t ly, i f y o u w e r e n ' t a fa s h i on d e s i gn e r w h at w o u l d y o u b e ?
AMY ' S
M at c h b o o k Q u e s t i o n n a i r e T e a or c off e e ?
Coffee, black I c o l l e c t...
Fav or i t e c i t y ?
Spr i ng or fa l l ?
Fall, I love layering B l oo m of c h o i c e ?
Light green Amaranthus or Celosia St y l e i c on ?
I recently printed my own sketches on three solid white plates. I love that they’re one of a kind.
C h i na patt e rn ?
I ’ m l u s t i ng aft e r …
Stella McCartney Resort 2014 collection Mo s t pr i z e d po s s e s s i on ?
My two boys Girl crush?
Designer crush – Riccardo Tisci O n w e e k e nd s … My kids’ hockey games and tennis matches follow Amy website I n s ta g r a m twitter Fa c e b o o k
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Channel Amy's colorful d e c o r at i n g s t y l e i n y o u r o w n h o m e with these fun pieces...
A Photographer's L i f e : 1990 â€“2005 b y Annie Leibovitz, Am a z o n , $32
Sapp h i r e S i l k P i l l o w, B u rk e D e c or , $70
Wat e rford D e c ant e r , Ma c y ' s , $375
O c togono M i rror , Z G a l l e r i e , $249
Mongo l i an La m b P i l l o w Co v e r , W e s t E l m , $45
K e i t h B ar Cart, Jay s on Ho m e , $1,895
G o u rd Va s e , W i s t e r i a , $76
Bl ack Luce Pillow , Mad e l i n e W e i nr i b , P r i c e Upon R e q u e s t
Hearts and Flowers by M i c h e l K e c k , Saat c h i O n l i n e , $500
Jonat h an A d l e r Capr i La m p, La m p s P l u s , $271
D an M u rp h y R i bbon S c u l pt u r e , $1,100
C h e s t e r T u ft e d Up h o l s t e r e d C h a i r , W e s t E l m , $649
S c a l e s Hook R u g , Lay l a G ray c e , $100
So l i d Ca s h m e r e T h ro w, W i l l i a m s -Sono m a Ho m e , $249
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S i l k R e f i n e d Tank , $198
Sp e c tator Strapp y D r e s s , $385
A na l og R e f i n e d Tank D r e s s , $365
A n ya F l at i n O l i v e M u lt i , $435
S i l k P l e at e d Pant, $350
Str i p e Ca m i , $198
L e ona D e n i m S h ort, $250
Cod y F l at i n B l a c k , $385
K a l e i do s c op e S h ort, $250
A l i s on Wrap T op, $29 5
S i l k Fa i l l e Sk i rt, $525
S i l k Co l or B l o c k Long D r e s s , $675
P l e at e d S i l k C h i ffon D r e s s , $625
Esther Heel in White, $435
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Brooke & David Rusenko The Location...
The Holly Farm in Carmel, California. We met...
At a tech birthday party at a bar in San Francisco. The proposal...
Dave was born in Paris and I studied abroad there ten years ago. To propose, Dave surprised me by flying me to Paris for the weekend and proposing on our hotel's balcony overlooking the Eiffel Tower. My dress...
Was custom made by Jinza, whose boutique is on Union Street in San Francisco. It felt very "us" because...
We aimed to throw the party of a lifetime, as entertaining is a passion of ours. The wedding was a garden wedding with a light French theme, including French food, macarons as table centerpieces, and a map of Paris as the backdrop to our escort cards. We walked down the aisle to a string quartet Beatles medley, and our bulldog Lucy, was the flower girl. We honeymooned in...
Tahiti, visiting Bora Bora, Rangiroa, and MoorĂŠa 108
Photography by: LoĂŻc Nicolas
Odds & Ends
K atie & Jane 5 share their latest obsessions...
Olivo Barbieri: Viaggi in Italia 19822009, Amazon, $27
Crystal Parrot Earrings, Elizabeth Cole Jewelry, $375
I LOVE NY Ring, Art Youth Society, $600
"I really do though..." katie
West Valley Valentine, Kate Spade New York, $378
"Hello, wanderlust! Barbieri's stunning photography will transport you straight to Italy." Jane
"I'm head over heels for Elizabeth Cole's flora and fauna pieces." Jane
Comme des Garรงons for Converse, Dover Street Market New York, $135
"These new sneaks are a match made in heaven." katie 110
"The most perfect bucket bag I ever did see." Katie
Tutti Frutti Notecards, Happy Menocal, $46
Jaguar Towel, Opening Ceremony, $225
"Your message is sure to get noticed with these darling illustrated note cards." jane Estella Dress, Steven Alan, $325
"This beach towel would surely make a statement on the sand." katie Wonki Ware Black Studio Ware Chunky Vase, Taigan, $88
Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, MoMA. July 15 through September 23, 2013
"This black and white design would look superb with a colorful bouquet." jane
"This exhibit is a true treat for any architecture aficionado..."
"From the city to the seaside, this frock is a summer must-have." jane
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