You'll Fall in Love With This Tuscan-Inspired Home

When creating a home for Homes by WestBay, Tampa, Fla.-based designer Don Sharp knew he had to design a space that made a strong style statement while feeling comfortable to potential buyers.
Stunning Home Exterior With Curb Appeal

Stunning Home Exterior With Curb Appeal

Photo by: Sharp Design Studio

Sharp Design Studio

Home designers often start a new project by talking with the homeowner about their needs and wants. Don Sharp didn't have that luxury when creating a home for builder Homes by WestBay.

Instead, Sharp worked to create a Tuscan-style home that would appeal to many potential Tampa-area homeowners by choosing a layout and features that are universally appealing. He honed his vision for the house by imagining the family members who might fill the rooms.

Stunning Home Exterior With Curb Appeal

Two-Story Entryway is Open, Eclectic

Formal Dining Room Has Contemporary Style

Transitional Gourmet Kitchen is Open, Family-Friendly

Contemporary Living Room With Open Floor Plan

Gray, Contemporary Living Room Has Open Floor Plan

Transitional Master Bedroom is a Calm Oasis

Traditional Master Bathroom Full of Texture

Contemporary Outdoor Living Room and Pool

Transitional Gray Master Bedroom is Inviting

Traditional Master Bathroom Features Stunning Tile

Contemporary, Gray Bonus Room

Contemporary, Gray Bonus Room for the Family

Contemporary Covered Porch

Photo By: Sharp Design Studio

Contemporary Home Office With Striped Walls

Contemporary Teenage Bedroom With Orange Chevron Curtains

Country-Inspired Bedroom With Wrought Iron Details

Contemporary Craft Room is Functional, Stylish

From rooms to doors to windows, everything in this model home is exactly where it is for a reason: to make the owner's life easier. This down-to-the-detail approach applies to the flow of the home, which Sharp balanced between open-concept and separate spaces by creating a split-level layout.

Eclectic Master Bedroom is a Calm Oasis

Eclectic Master Bedroom is a Calm Oasis

Photo by: Sharp Design Studio

Sharp Design Studio

To create even more flexibility, Sharp introduced dual master suites. This allows future homeowners to locate their bedroom either upstairs or down while providing them an extra-large space to use for a media room, guest suite or more.

The exterior invites potential homeowners in with an Old World-inspired facade. The interior infuses hints of that Mediterranean style into a soft contemporary look with a fresh take on colors and patterns and a wide variety of possibilities.

I think people find that it's just well thought out.
Interior Designer Don Sharp

“I wanted to keep the flavor of the outside very Tuscan with the stone and the wood elements and the different exterior accents,” Sharp says. “(The) inside complements the Tuscan feel, but it also has a very contemporary look to it as well, so we have a nice blend there of style.”

Two-Story Entryway is Open, Eclectic

Two-Story Entryway is Open, Eclectic

Photo by: Sharp Design Studio

Sharp Design Studio

For further broad appeal, Sharp focused on keeping the living spaces comfortable. He added a wow factor at the home's entry with a grand, two-story foyer and formal dining room, but he made sure that the rest of the home had spaces that felt especially livable.

Transitional Gourmet Kitchen is Open, Family-Friendly

Transitional Gourmet Kitchen is Open, Family-Friendly

Photo by: Sharp Design Studio

Sharp Design Studio

“The design was inspired for a possible blended family – second time marriage for both – and the style is collected sophistication," Sharp says. 

To help make the home feel less like a model and more turn-key, Sharp created a story and personality for each room.

Downstairs, a story of chic, contemporary design begins in the dining room and carries into the living areas with rich fabrics, lots of metallic and luxurious finishes. Upstairs, things become more diverse as each room takes on its role.

Contemporary Home Office With Striped Walls

Contemporary Home Office With Striped Walls

Photo by: Sharp Design Studio

Sharp Design Studio

The bedrooms are inspired by the children's interests in ROTC and radio, the office becomes a sanctuary for the mother and the bonus room transforms into a “boys zone” where only playtime is allowed.

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