Coconut Grove should be an island instead of a neighborhood, and Beth Dunlop’s “The Tropical Cottage: At Home in Coconut Grove” (Rizzoli) captures the place in all its wayward but delightful eccentricity. Dunlop was the architecture critic for the Miami Herald for years, and still contributes to the paper. 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.
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