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Home By The Sea, Revisioned

A South Beach condo goes from functional to fantastic, thanks to
a pair of fresh eyes.

The three-bedroom oceanside condominium was not unlike many others constructed 20 years ago – perfectly functional but definitely in need of an update. Yet the breathtaking view of the Atlantic was enough to convince the couple from Maryland to make it their winter residence. Their next step was to find someone who, in a relatively short period of time, could bring the condo into the 21st century and have it reflect their interests, tastes and personalities.

Fortunately, their path took them to Vickie Lautenbach, the owner of Elegance by the Sea, and her decorating showroom and design studio in the Village Shops. Six months later, the formerly plain and predictable interior was just what the couple had hoped for – light, bright and picture-perfect.

“They called us in May saying they had just purchased a condo on South Beach and that they wanted to meet with us,” says Vickie, smiling at her associate, interior designer Linda Kerley. “We met at our design studio at 10 a.m., got to know each other and talked about what kinds of things they wanted to do. We spent about an hour and a half together before they left for their next appointment. By 3:30 p.m. that afternoon the husband called and asked if we could meet again.

Read the entire article in the January 2011 issue