Room Key to the Runway

In fall 2005 Georgia native Amy Smilovic enchanted New York Fashion Week audiences with her fanciful Tibi line, and already she’s taken her place among the growing club of clothing designers (such as Vera Wang, Christian Lacroix, and Tomas Maier of Bottega Veneta—see "Bottega Veneta at the St. Regis") who are bringing their aesthetic to hotels. She chose the Cloister at Sea Island in her home state as the site of her first interior: the Georgian Suite, the most noteworthy part of the property’s massive $350 million renovation. Whimsical touches—among them a handmade rug with a Tibi shell print, Asian-style screens featuring Spanish moss and local birds hand-painted by Smilovic’s father, twenties artworks, and stacks of sixties-glam high-fashion coffee-table books—make the room a lighthearted, fresh departure from the hotel’s very grand and traditional Pamela Hughes aesthetic. "The Cloister is the parents’ house, elegant, beautiful, timeless," Smilovic says, "while the Georgian Suite is for the chic daughter who went off to see the world and settled in Manhattan but loves returning to her windswept hometown."

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