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A Major Hospitality Trend in Senior Living!

Posted: February, 2017

Renaissance Dining RoomConsumers are demanding resort-like amenities for everyday living, and the senior housing field is no exception.

In the recently opened MorningStar of Fountain Hills, Thoma-Holec Design, LLC created a high-end dining experience typically found only in a fine resort.

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MorningStar Dining Room

LuAnn Thoma-Holec, principal at Thoma-Holec Design, LLC was featured in an online article and radio podcast titled "Senior Housing: A Growing Industry In Arizona".

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Occasions for Celebration!

Posted: July, 2016

Arrowhead Dining RoomThis month we have two historic events to celebrate. One of course, is July 4th, Independence Day. The other is the 10th anniversary of Thoma-Holec Design, LLC!

2016 Gold Nugget Awards

The Grand Awards were announced on June 23 as a feature highlight of PCBC®; the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show serving the real estate development field.

Thoma-Holec Design, LLC walked away with numerous awards!

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Technology in the Service of Aging in the 21st Century

Posted: April, 2016

Albuquerque Dining RoomOn March 1st, 2016 the world anxiously awaited the safe return of US astronaut Scott Kelly; NASA's Commander of the International Space Station.

Wheatridge Life Enrichment Room

The results of Kelly's experiments while in orbit above the earth under conditions of micro-gravity will have far reaching implications for those of us who remain earth bound.

So too, does gravity affect the world of senior living!

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The Excitement and Trepidation of a New Year!

Posted: January, 2016

Arrowhead Front LobbyWhen we reach the close of each calendar year we always look forward to the prospect of a New Year with marked excitement and some trepidation.

Arrowhead Fireside Sitting Area

Thoma-Holec Design, LLC had a year of significant growth in 2015 with the addition of several new interior designers, new client relationships, new geographical territories, and new opportunities; both for personal and professional challenges to excellence and for endeavoring to improve the lives of those who reside at the communities we have the privilege to offer our design services. 2016 promises to be just as remarkable for the senior housing industry as a whole.

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MorningStar at Arrowhead opens in Glendale, AZ

Posted: December, 2015

Arrowhead Front LobbyMorningStar Senior Living based out of Denver Colorado recently opened their second assisted living and memory care community in Arizona. Consisting of 60 assisted living and 25 memory care suites, this community opened to rave reviews.

Arrowhead Fireside Sitting Area

Thoma-Holec Design, LLC has had the pleasure of designing every new and repositioned community for MorningStar for the past thirteen years. Additional new communities for MorningStar in the past few months include Fort Collins and Boulder, CO.

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Thoma-Holec Design, LLC Earns Coveted Gold Nugget Honors!

Posted: July, 2015

GNA GRAND IconThoma-Holec Design, LLC named Grand Award winner at the 2015 Gold Nugget Awards!

Judges for the 2015 Gold Nugget Awards have named Thoma-Holec Design, LLC as a Grand Award winner in its annual competition, which honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally.

Senior Interior Designer Kim King, Thoma-Holec Design, LLC

Thoma-Holec Design, LLC earned its Grand Honors for The Friendship House at Royal Oaks, which was honored for Best Senior Housing Community-Assisted Living/Special Needs/CCRC. Pictured at left is Senior Interior Designer Kim King, Thoma-Holec Design, LLC.

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Thoma-Holec Design Honored with SHN Awards
for Generations at Agritopia and Waterford Grand!!!

Posted: January, 2015

SHN Award Logo Winner BadgeSenior Housing News Architecture and Design Awards Winner!

The Senior Housing News Design and Architecture Awards recognize cutting-edge design, excellence and innovation in senior living. A team of expert panelists from the senior living industry judged the entries based upon functionality, overall creativity, community integration and amenities and lifestyle.

Generations at Agritopia Living Room

Generations at Agritopia is located within the master plan of Agritopia in Gilbert AZ. Consisting of 118 independent and assisted living apartments and 48 memory support apartments, Agritopia was designed to encourage a broad range of experiences and opportunities to help create a lifestyle of freedom.

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Thoma-Holec Design Redefines The Dining Experience!

Posted: October, 2014

The Bistro at MorningStar at ArcadiaRe-thinking "Welcome." Redefining "Inviting!"

Have you ever gone into a restaurant and absolutely loved the food, but never felt moved to go back to that restaurant ever again? Think about it. Can put your finger on why?

The Wine Cellar at Generations at Agritopia

It may have been those uncomfortable chairs; the color scheme; perhaps the lighting was a bit too bright or too dark. Maybe the acoustics were poor making conversation difficult.

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Thoma-Holec Design Sweeps the Senior Living Category
at the 2014 ASID Design for Excellence Awards!

Posted: August, 2014

morningstar lobbyFirst Place Senior Living- MorningStar at Arcadia
Kim King, Allied ASID

(Phoenix, AZ) When our clients first had the vision to create a senior living community, it was an abandoned structure resembling an old parking garage. It was originally intended to be condominiums, with the recession leaving it unfinished.

Now, it is a beautiful community offering 80 suites for assisted living and 30 suites devoted to individualized care for residents with memory impairments. All, with many wonderful amenities!

morningstar memory care living room

The lobby fireside (left) is a focal point of the community. The lobby and reception desk (pictured above) make an impactful first impression!

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8 Trends in Senior Housing

Posted: March, 2014

morningstar lobby firesideArcadia Eyesore Transformed to Community Asset

MorningStar at Arcadia was originally intended to be a luxury condominium complex in the heart of the Arcadia district in Phoenix, AZ. Unfortunately, the recession put an end to that project and it was left unfinished. When Red Group, LLC spotted this site and had the vision to turn it into an upscale urban senior living community it was an abandoned concrete structure resembling an old parking garage.

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The Three R's for Senior Design

Posted: September, 2013

colonnade dining roomThe Three R's for Senior Design

The original phrase "The Three R's" is attributed to a speech made by Sir William Curtis in 1795. In time it has stood for "reading, writing, arithmetic," or "relating, representing, reasoning" or "reduce, reuse, recycle" to name a few. Since its original creation, the term has been used countless times to describe this trifecta as the basis for multiple success stories.

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First Place for Senior Living!

Posted: August, 2013

first place award winnersAvista at North Mountain wins First Place for Senior Living at the ASID Arizona North Design for Excellence Awards! Thoma-Holec Design was also honored with a Third Place award in the Senior Living category for their work at Tockwotton on the Waterfront in Providence, RI. A Third Place award was garnered by Jill St. Germain.

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2013 Class of Fellows

Posted: July, 2013

first place award winnersLuAnn Thoma-Holec has been awarded the honor of Fellow in the 2013 ASID Design Awards. The title of Fellow is the highest honor bestowed on a member of ASID or the design community by the Society, and is given in recognition of outstanding service and contributions to the Society, the profession, and the interior design industry.

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Tockwotton on the Waterfront

Posted: April, 2013

tockwotton on the waterfrontOur designs take us many places, but the team at Thoma-Holec Design has to admit that Tockwotton on the Waterfront in Providence, Rhode Island was one of our favorites. Every common area within Tockwotton has an incredible view of something wonderful! The Seekonk River, a heavily wooded area, a city view of Providence, or the beautiful landscaped internal courtyards.

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2012 ASID Awards - Best of Show!

Posted: September, 2012

2012 ASID Best of Show!Thoma-Holec Design receives the prestigious 2012 ASID AWARDS “Best of Show” honor for their entry in the Senior Living Community category! Saturday evening, August 11th marked the Annual American Society of Interior Designers 2012 DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS GALA hosted at the historic Arizona Biltmore. Fifty-six citations were awarded from nineteen different categories.

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Facelifts, Makeovers, and Hitting The Demographic…
or how thoughtful design can help reposition your community

Posted: March, 2012

Facelifts, Makeovers, and Hitting The DemographicDesigned in 2006 as an independent living community, McDowell Village was entirely purpose-built against a list of objectives requested by the management company charged with its operation. When the building changed ownership in 2009, a portion of the community was licensed in order to offer its residents complete assisted living services and a vastly expanded set of programs was developed.

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Four Crucial Reasons Why Your Community Needs Boomer-Appeal, NOW!

Posted: December, 2011

Four Crucial Reasons Why Your Community Needs Boomer-Appeal, NOW!You’re undoubtedly aware that earlier this year Boomers began turning age 65 at a rate of about 10,000 per day; a pace that will continue for about 20 years. Many of them will eventually become residents of senior living communities. That equates to a long-term growth opportunity for organizations that strategically position themselves for the Boomers, now.

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ASID Design Excellence 2011- First Place, Senior Living Awarded to Thoma-Holec Design

Posted: August, 2011

ASID Design Excellence 2011- First Place, Senior Living Awarded to Thoma-Holec DesignWe were very honored Saturday, August 13, 2011, at the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Arizona North Chapter Annual Awards Dinner. First place in the Senior Living category was awarded to Principal LuAnn Thoma-Holec, ASID, for senior living interior design of the independent living bistro at MorningStar Senior Living’s Dayton Place community located in Denver, Colorado.

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Tockwotton on the Waterfront Celebrates Groundbreaking!

Posted: July, 2011

Tockwotton on the Waterfront Celebrates Groundbreaking!EAST PROVIDENCE, RI - More than 100 people gathered on Waterfront Drive Friday morning, June 24, for a ground breaking ceremony at Tockwotton on the Waterfront.

The 137,754 square foot, five story structure is the first to be located south of Interstate 195 within the East Providence Waterfront District. The $52.3 million project will be spread across six acres near Bold Point Park.

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Thoma-Holec Design, LLC Expands!

Posted: June, 2011

Thoma-Holec Design Expands!We are pleased to announce several strategic changes that we’ve implemented over the past several months to better serve clients and meet the growing demand for our unique, highly specialized senior living interior design service. Thoma-Holec Design, LLC has moved into a new, larger 4,200 SF space in Mesa, Arizona.

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Featured in Sources+Design Magazine

Posted: June, 2011

Featured in Sources+Design MagazineDayton Place in Denver, is featured in the December/January 2011 issue. Before opening Thoma-Holec Design, LLC in Gold Canyon, Arizona in 2006, interior designer LuAnn Thoma-Holec spent many years doing model home merchandising. "I helped sell a lot of homes, and made a lot of builders wealthy," she reflects.

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Worth More Than a Thousand Words!

Posted: January, 2011

Worth More Than a Thousand Words!Pictures are worth more than a thousand words! And… as you know, it can take more than a thousand words to accurately describe the furnishings, colors, textures, style, and mood of an interior space.

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Tis the Season!

Posted: December, 2010

Tis the Season!As we near the end of another year, we at Thoma-Holec Design want to express our sincere gratitude to our loyal clients. This year has been difficult for many, but we have been blessed to be working in an industry that is growing and expanding...

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Before and After!

Posted: December, 2010

Before and After!Remodeling or repositioning a community is always a challenge. Just the process is difficult, time consuming and often surprising. You may assume that the wall that you want removed is nonbearing, but then as the demolition begins, a support column is discovered. That electrical or plumbing should not be located there, but yet, it is. And then, you have to deal with the residents!

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Featured in McKnights Long Term Care News

Posted: November, 2010

Featured in McKnights Long Term Care NewsLuAnn Thoma-Holec was featured in a McKnights Long Term Care News article about TV lounges and how they have become the focal point of long-term care facilities. Reporter John Andrews explains how the furniture, color schemes, and amenities are important to creating a homelike feeling.

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Internet Café, Bistro, Ice Cream Parlor!

Posted: November, 2010

Internet Café, Bistro, Ice Cream Parlor!Internet café, bistro, ice cream parlor, no matter what you call them, all residents love them! Alternative dining venues for long term care communities are one of the fastest growing amenities in new construction and existing communities today.

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It’s About the Residents, or Is It?

Posted: November, 2010

It’s About the Residents, or Is It?Of course it is about the residents! Every person involved in the senior living industry, whether it be a marketing director, caregiver or housekeeper, has to have a passion for the senior resident, or else their work is just like any other meaningless job.

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