What is the design style of The Gasparilla Inn & Club?

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Alisa Marie Coccari

You can’t help but notice The Gasparilla Inn & Club’s design style when you arrive and see its stately Neo-Classical façade, complete with impressive white columns. A duo of doormen welcomes you at the grand plantation-style porch, which is dotted with white rocking chairs meant for sipping lemonade and relaxing into a quieter pace. The foyer is superbly fragrant with the scent of mandarin oranges and citrus swirling up to the tall antique ceilings. A grand staircase, reminiscent of bygone days, leads upward to the resort’s suites, while downstairs, a formal sitting room, parlor, gentlemen’s lounge, game room and restaurant brim with fresh orchids. There is a resident floral designer on staff who cares for the magnificent arrangements of blooming orchids. Some of the inn’s original furniture has been carefully restored, painted a crisp white and upholstered with punchy, bright fabrics in lemon yellows, minty greens and hibiscus pinks. The colors resemble the Lilly Pulitzer preppy palette. Original antiques fill this historic inn — from near the entryway to the parlors — but it still manages to exude a casual-chic atmosphere.

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