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