Interior Spaces – The Fine Art of Design

Teresa Beck

For a homeowner, steering the way through new home construction and interior design can be like trying to conduct a symphony – with no experience! The details of contract management are vast, from concept and design and grounds location, through masonry, framing, plumbing, wiring, sound systems, pool construction and landscaping, and finally, to furnishing.

A project’s success directly correlates to the quality of communication between the client, the architect, the interior designer, and the contractors. When choosing an architect or designer, ask to see drawings and visit existing homes so that you can visualize yourself in one of the firm’s designs.

Thomas Everett Lamb Design and Development offers an integral approach to home construction and remodeling. With degrees in architecture, interior design, and urban planning, Lamb designs new structures or renovations and sees them through to completion in an intimate collaboration with the homeowner. “It’s a hand-holding process,” says Lamb. From the first discussion, through the various phases of development, to the final placement of accessories, it’s important to create a home that is not only visually unified, but reflects the lifestyle and personality of the client.

While a dedication to beauty and harmony is foremost, Lamb does not dictate every detail. “If the owner puts his child’s drawing on the refrigerator door, it’s not out of place in one of my interiors,” he says. He helps clients develop themselves aesthetically by employing their tastes and building upon their collections and choices. It’s important that the designer recognizes all the details while, at the same time, offering visual breathing room for the idiosyncracies of each resident.

Lamb’s range of expertise covers traditional styles such as Colonial or Georgian, as well as contemporary, Art Deco, and the Tampa Bay favorite, Mediterranean. He translates classical concepts into contemporary structures, with axes and symmetry unifying and harmonizing the work. A Tampa native, Lamb earned B.A.’s in architecture and art history at the University of Notre Dame, with a year spent studying in Rome. His M.A. in urban planning at City College of New York comes with the distinction of studying in an invitation-only program with Jonathan Barnett, the world’s leading urban planner. After several years as a project planner for a large Manhattan developer, Lamb moved to Tampa in 1990 to open his current business.

Whether the residence will be your family estate or just one of a series of domiciles, if resale is a consideration, Lamb advises to make sure the end result is market-friendly, regardless of your budget. If a client has to limit the budget, Lamb will make sure that design quality rules over size of construction, keeping the design stylistically and proportionately correct in reference to classical training.

When the project draws to a close, you should be comfortable in living with your guided choices. “When the home is finished, it’s not a showroom,” stresses Lamb. With client choices nonetheless, Lamb’s strong influence is visible. He likes to view the home as a living, breathing, responsive work of art.


Tommy Lamb has exceeded all of my expectations in the design and development of my new home.
His design work is creative, artistic, precise, and beautiful; and the high level of his service, follow-up
and follow through is excellent. Thank you for a wonderful experience and your incredible expertise!

- V. Muzzillo, Birmingham, MI

We are repeat clients and can speak in detail of Tom's sixth sense. He has the unique ability of interpreting
one's imagination into a realistic masterpiece. He has a keen understanding of space requirements, functionality
and excellence in design. His ability to choose materials and colors is unmatched. Tom Lamb is very attentive,
responsive and is a skilled advocate of his clients. We have no reservation in recommending Tom Lamb
for new and remodeling architectural endeavors.

- J. Guggino, Tampa, Fl

"Tommy's uncanny ability to understand, translate and enhance one's vision and bring it to life make the
design and build process very exciting. His creativity and experience allow for many unique ideas
to be considered. It is all about the details...and Tommy's passionate attention to detail
culminates in the delivery of an exceptionally high-end product."

- S.Balsera, Tampa, Fl

We were looking to build a really spectacular home here. We purchased a lot on the Palma Ceia Golf Course.
We then set about to find an architect or residential designer. There were very few homes we saw that we liked.
It seemed all the truly well designed beautiful homes were designed by one man, Tom Lamb. We called Tom,
showed him the lot, explained what we had in mind and immediately knew he understood our dream and
would help us achieve it. He was a pleasure to work with... We would recommend him to anyone looking
to build a quality, beautiful home... His knowledge... creative insight and integrity were amazing.

- J. Jassy, Naples, FL

Your website is amazing. I wanted to travel to see the Taj Mahal,
but now I don't have to, I can just visit your work.

J. K., Tampa, FL

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