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

This traditional home is designed for large families that want to entertain friends and extended family and prefer new trends, designs, floor plans and energy-efficient features.

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.

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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

A dark gray ceiling brings the height of the room down in this neutral, eclectic master bedroom. The tufted headboard is paired with clean white bedding and a metallic, animal-print throw.

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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

The two-story foyer is a dramatic entrance into this home. A trio of oversized pendants draw the eye, while filling the scale of the space.

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

This eat-in transitional kitchen features a contemporary dining table paired with wicker chairs, as well as bartop eating off the island. Traditional, dark brown cabinets are paired with neutral stone countertops and backsplash, while contemporary lighting brings a modern touch to the space.

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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

Thick gray-and-white horizontal stripes visually enlarge this contemporary home office. A graphic gray area rug grounds the space, while a sleek white desk is paired with a white wingback chair for a workspace.

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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