A Photographer’s Art Deco Beach Bungalow

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Photographer Mary Beth Koeth has traveled far and wide perfecting her craft. She’s spent months in Norway learning the ropes, trekked across Europe with Hallmark and interned with some of Los Angeles’ most stellar creatives. Mary Beth says Miami, FL, however, has inspired her and made her smile more than any other exotic location she’s visited. For that very reason, in 2010 she set up shop permanently in South Beach.

The art deco apartment she rents there is the epitome of South Beach style. Built in the 1930s, it features an original fireplace, an eye-catching retro facade and terrazzo tile throughout. Thanks to all these details and more, the right bones were there when Mary Beth moved in. Making the space feel current, though, now that was the challenge — and one she knew she couldn’t rush into. Instead of snagging any old thing she saw, Mary Beth slowly but surely gathered tables, chairs and accessories from her favorite secondhand shops in the city. This mix she’s put together gives the space both a touch of modernity and a touch of her own style: eclectic comfortability.

All in all, these additions create an interesting juxtaposition. Original floors and Mary Beth’s bold finds are surprising complements, and the space’s cheery style and neutral backdrop, while different, work in tandem beautifully. I think my favorite part of Mary Beth’s home, however, is how she’s managed to fill it without breaking the bank. Most of the decorations come from a local consignment shop, and only a select few things are brand-spankin’ new. You’d never know though, thanks to the stellar styling job she’s done. Click through to see exactly how she put it all together on a budget, and enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Mary Beth Koeth

  1. Nadia Kaplan says:

    She’s an inspiring person. I really love the way she mix all the colors and make it all become so balanced.

  2. karen says:

    Love this, especially the entrance. Thanks for sharing.

  3. OMGorgeous! The mix of pattern and color is just beautiful!

    The Pattern Collective

  4. And, so many great & unique pillows- even the striped pillows on the bed are the same but different. Love that!

  5. Myra Lacy says:

    Just lovely! You have such a natural gift of style. Can you share where you purchased the bedspread/throw with the large blue
    tassels and striped pillows in the guest bedroom.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Myra! Thank you for the kind words. I purchased the bedspread on Etsy’s MoMo Pom Shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/264657453/moroccan-pom-pom-blanket-wool-100?ref=shop_home_active_23 The pillows are from an inactive Etsy Shop called GalenUnique. They’re no longer available, but I found some fun, colorful options here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/497013431/kilim-cushion-cover-kilim-pillow-home?ref=shop_home_active_96

  6. Michelle says:

    Hey there! Love the Mr. Rogers print but couldn’t find it with the give links. Can you point me in the right direction?

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Michelle! That print is super special to me. My design professor at Texas Tech University, Dirk Fowler designed it for PBS a few years back. Maybe try shooting him an email and ask him if they’ll do a reprint. Here’s his website: http://f2-design.com/store/

      1. Michelle says:

        Awesome, thanks!

        1. Liz says:

          Let me know if you hear back about that Mr Rogers print at all!!

  7. Myra says:

    Thanks so much Michelle for sharing about the throw and pillows.


  8. Sadie says:

    Congrats MBK! So proud of ya, love your space, you are so creative and talented! xo SKC


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