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Showhouse’s Tuscan Theme Sparkles
with Medici Quality
| By Nichole L. Reber

Upon entering the rotunda of the Florida Orchestra Guild Tampa’s Showhouse, Old World elegance radiates among an open floor plan with ample views of the outdoors. Poppy, delicious hues of butterscotch, mocha and blue whet the visual palette while warm, inviting materials such as silk, leather and wood manifest a Tuscan theme.

The showhouse is located within Bella Casa, the forthcoming Hannah Bartoletta Homes’ enclave of 21 houses in North Tampa, and it bears the community’s definitive Tuscan and Mediterranean Revival architecture. Its two stories stretch over 4,195 square feet inside, and a caged lanai contains a pool and fireside sitting area and wet bar. The showcase home features five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a living room, dining room, dinette, family room and game room.

Norwalk designers Jennifer Manning and Mary DeVincenzo created the Old World feel in the Family Room with comfortable leather seating, elegant chaise lounge and ample storage with an expansive home theater unit in distressed ebony.

Typically, the Guild has its showhouse in a renovated or remodeled residence, but this year the new construction allowed for a synergistic flow among all the designers’ rooms, according to Jan McCarthy, chair of the Tampa Guild. Continuity was of the utmost importance among the 15 designers represented in the house because the goal is to sell the house completely furnished. Proceeds will benefit the Florida Orchestra Guild Tampa.

“We met with Hannah Bartoletta’s design coordinator so that it flows,” said McCarthy. “It’s Tuscan so we didn’t want someone to come in and do a really modern room.”

Designer Matthew Long successfully achieved his self-appointed task to produce “that Tuscan farmhouse feel.”

“It’s an Italian kitchen where everyone wants to congregate. I wanted something that’s a little more intimate, that acts as a hub around the rest of the house,” said Long, from All Interiors Furnishings and Builder Resource Center.

Textured walls and carved furniture by All Interiors add interest to the breakfast nook. Wrought iron lighting creates a Tuscan feel throughout the house.
The heart of a home is the kitchen design created by All Interiors designers Matt Long and Ralph Mills. Modern stainless steel appliances
balance the tumbled marble, distressed paint finishes and flooring with rustic
chipped edge for Tuscan authenticity.

He implemented stainless steel top-shelf appliances and two shades of oak wood for a contemporary touch and manifested the Tuscan theme via tumbled marble and leather. Mocha colored leather applied to the door panels of the island cabinets add drama, which is softened by a hand-painted motif on the island’s granite countertops and the listello. The listello’s earthy green hues enhance the avocado, sun-ripened tomato and nougat shades of the tumbled marble on the backsplash and hood. The island, dressed in black oak, complements the deep mocha finish used on the built-in pantry, around the wall oven, microwave and among the cabinets and trim.

The Medici family might have felt right at home in the master suite, decorated by Deanna Discher-Harm of Design Interiors Furniture. Rich, dark woods and luxurious fabrics enhance her carefully orchestrated lighting scheme. Dark walnut with an antique patina conveys warmth throughout the bedroom and bathroom. Silks and woven fabrics in soft steel blue, cinnamon and mocha grant depth and texture while tiles and
mirrors reflect the available light.

The designers at Thomasville created a romantic guest retreat with a wrought iron bed, chandelier lighting and faux walls created by Beverly Bakalyar.
Annabelle Johns of Annabelle’s Fine Home Furnishings designed an intimate and formal space through the use of rich colors and luxe fabrics.

“I wanted to make it as functional as possible but still (have) a little of that retreat feel,” said Discher-Harm. She succeeded, juxtaposing drama and intimacy. In a recessed niche, Discher-Harm paired a lounge chair and a curved ottoman to yield a sitting area where the future owners can overlook the lanai. She also chose a daringly curved bed suite to intermingle with robust fabrics and high ceilings.

To brighten the master suite, Discher-Harm adds “a touch of unexpected glamour with a jeweled effect.” A four-panel mirrored screen in a corner of the bedroom reflects light streaming through French doors. In the bathroom, Venetian plaster around the soaker tub sparkles with a silvery blue, and coppery glass tiles dotting the tumbled marble floors and shower walls add shimmer and texture.

Abundant natural light adds sheen to the second level. Wood floors carry over from the first level, leading to the game room and three more bedrooms. Granite countertops in a butterscotch hue in both the Jack and Jill bathroom and the guest bathroom provide continuity with the kitchen. One bedroom and the game room provide access to a screened balcony that overlooks the caged lanai below

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