Interior Design

The Tropical Cottage: At Home in Coconut Grove

Quaint cottage meets tropical paradise in this delightful consideration of the homes, gardens, and interiors of "The Grove." Coconut Grove is a seaside hideaway filled with modest homes and charming cottages that have been nurtured, preserved, and artfully updated for today. Houses washed with white set amidst abundant gardens recall Eden. Irregular rooflines fitted with earthy red tile emerge playfully from an abundance of bright bougainvillea and graceful palms. Fountains splash playfully within cozy courtyards. Within these homes—small cracker cottages, stone bungalows, Mediterranean casitas, and Caribbean-styled ranches—light, bright colors and cool tile floors offer solace from the blazing afternoon rays of the sun. A haven for those drawn to eclectic architecture and a welcoming atmosphere, the cottages of Coconut Grove are both the realization of the tropical domestic dream and an expression of a lifestyle marked by quiet joys. Here, for the first time in brilliant new photography specifically commissioned for the book, are the finest and most intriguing cottages of this special place—an unprecedented tour and invitation given by architecture authority and Miami resident Beth Dunlop and Coconut Grove-based photographer Claudia Uribe.

About The Author

Beth Dunlop is architecture critic for the Miami Herald and editor of Modern Magazine. She is the author of numerous books on Florida’s architecture and design. Claudia Uribe is a well-known photographer based in Miami whose clients include Maison Française, Elle Decoration UK, Harper’s Bazaar, Ritz Carlton, JW Marriot and Conrad Hotels, Getty Images, and Swarovski.

  • Publish Date: April 16, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9 x 9
  • Pages: 256
  • US Price: $50.00
  • CDN Price: $52.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-3964-3


"...feels like you're actually strolling around Miami's eclectic and exclusive Coconut Grove neighborhood. Most importantly though, Beth's insightful writing and colorful photos celebrate a life at the beach that means more than high-rise condos and water parks." ~Southern Living

"Coconut Grove should be an island instead of a neighborhood, and Beth Dunlop's The Tropical Cottage: At Home in Coconut Grove captures the place in all its wayward but delightful eccentricity. She writes specifically but evocatively. Her new book divides the houses by style Mediterranean, Arts and Crafts, Bahamian and so forth. As with the varying styles, the decorations are all over the place, from colorful blasts of the contemporary, to quietly replicating the style of the surrounding house. Claudia Uribe's pictures are so vivid you can practically smell the frangipani. Highly recommended for lovers of Floridiana, which should include everybody who reads this newspaper." ~Palm Beach Post
"Author, architectural authority, and Grove resident Beth Dunlop gives readers a wonderful never-before-seen tour of this world…Architects and designers will enjoy the casual eclectic interiors and individual stories of a life in paradise.” ~Array Magazine
"The quintessential getaway cottage beckons for seclusion, nature and a peaceful laziness that comes with being nestled in a faraway land. This romantic notion of cottage ahs been adopted by the residents of the Coconut Grove enclave of Miami. Tropical Cottage..offers a peek into these cottages and how their owners have managed to uphold their wonder. Dunlop reveals how you can capture the spirit of tropical style in your own home." ~Cottages & Bungalows Magazine

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