Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY CHARLYNE VARKONYI SCHAUB

This sea­son, adding a sexy vibe to your South Beach home is sim­pler than you might think.


If there’s a time to step up the sex ap­peal in your home, it’s now. And ac­cord­ing to Mar­garita Court­ney of Mi­ami’s Mar­gaux In­te­ri­ors, small touches can make all the dif­fer­ence. “I think ev­ery­body likes ro­mance,” Court­ney says. “It is important to have as nice a sur­round­ing as you can. Color is ex­tremely important, [as is] beau­ti­ful light­ing. Or turn off the lights and dine by can­dle­light.”

Court­ney and her daugh­ter, Crissi Court­ney Boland, also point to ac­ces­sories, such as Z Gal­lerie’s Mon­go­lian throw and Lalique’s Aphrodite sculp­ture, for a sub­tle dose of ro­mance.

Ac­ces­sories and in­te­rior de­sign books served as the in­spi­ra­tion in their new 2,500-square-foot store space, launch­ing in South Mi­ami this month. Their orig­i­nal shop opened in 1988 in Bay­side, and since then the duo has re­dec­o­rated thou­sands of homes in South Florida, from Mi­ami-dade to Palm Beach. Mar­gaux In­te­ri­ors, 5805 Sun­set Dr., South Mi­ami, 305-662-2663; mar­gaux­in­te­ri­ors.com

450 Bilt­more Way, Coral Gables, 305-444-1017; roche-bobois.com Prized Mon­go­lian lamb fur was used in Z Gal­lerie’s ex­clu­sive 40- by 70-inch Mon­go­lian throw with faux suede on the back. Z Gal­lerie ($800). The Shops at Sun­set Place, 5701 Sun­set Dr., South Mi­ami, 305-667-4877; zgal­lerie.com

The Roma Tall bed, made in Italy, fea­tures a 118-inch head­board. “With its sim­ple straight lines, this over­size Ital­ian bed cre­ates a dra­matic im­pact.” Ar­mani/casa ($11,830). Mi­ami De­sign Dis­trict, 10 NE 39th St., 305573-4331; ar­man­i­casa.com

Mar­gaux In­te­ri­ors re­designed this room in Pinecrest with tall, trans­par­ent linen cur­tains, crys­tal chan­de­liers, and Art Deco so­fas to cre­ate a ro­man­tic mood.

The clas­sic Wa­ter­fall table, made in Mi­ami in one-inch-thick ma­genta Lucite with one-inch beveled edges, “brings great drama into any sur­round­ing.” NIBA Home ($1,500). Mi­ami De­sign Dis­trict, 39 NE 39th St., 305-573-1939; ni­ba­home.com

“There is noth­ing more beau­ti­ful than the form of a woman’s body,” says Court­ney of the Lalique lim­it­ededi­tion Aphrodite Grand Nude sculp­ture. Lalique ($56,000). Bal Har­bour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-537-5150; lalique.com

The pix­e­lated photo on Jean Paul Gaultier’s Kiss pil­low “cre­ates a very sen­sual im­age for the home of a couple in love.” Roche Bobois ($140).

Lalique’s Hearts sculp­ture in pink crys­tal ap­pears to be two hearts in­ter­twined. “This very fem­i­nine pink crys­tal heart con­jures a woman’s sen­su­al­ity.” Lalique ($295). Bal Har­bour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-537-5150; lalique.com

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