Taz Loomans' Three Palms in Central Phoenix
|Taz Loomans and her cat Bamboo at her home in Central Phoenix|
Before you roll your eyes at the buzz words, consider Taz's home (called Three Palms) and compare it to the mission statement of her business, Blooming Rock Development.
Taz and her husband Paul bought their '60s duplex two years ago and set about renovating.
"We wanted to move into a place that wasn't already great -- wasn't already a great, vibrant successful neighborhood," she says. "We wanted to move into a place that needed some help."
Along a street of relatively bland houses, theirs stands out with bright blue with yellow trim. "We wanted to have a real street presence, hoping that the other people around us would also start fixing up their places," she says.
The interior of their home is simple and clean; It doesn't take long to notice the smooth concrete floor throughout the living room, kitchen, and two bedrooms. It was the original floor of the house, but had been covered with vinyl for years.
The decor is a light and pleasant combination of old and new: Ikea furniture and thrift store finds, like the sweet light table in the kitchen and original '60s appliances and cabinets that are interspersed with reused glass bottles filled with grains and beans.
Taz works from home and from local coffee shops. She can be frequently spotted at Lux on Central Avenue. The mission of her company is to help people design, build, or renovate residential and commercial spaces in the city to be more sustainable, attractive, and engaged with the community. She also blogs about adaptive reuse, mid-century modern architecture in Phoenix, engaging with local government, and all other subject related to place making."I think old buildings give the city a lot of character and we're terrible at preserving old buildings here," she says. "And we're not even an old city."
Currently, Taz is working on the architectural remodeling of the Castaway House in Arcadia. She and her husband are also working on the renovation of another duplex in the city that they're calling Red Mountain.
See a slideshow of Taz's home here.