My Favorites: 5 Unique Holiday Recipes

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO The holidays are a special time for me, filled with family, good friends, and great times. This is the time to spread joy, swap stories, and indulge in delectable holiday treats. You’ve probably had the old holiday standbys more times than you can count–sugar cookies, pumpkin or apple pie,… Read more »

5 “Nice to Have” Features to Consider for a New Home

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO As a designer, I know how crucial it is to get the basics just right. The design should be functional, attractive, and fit with your family’s lifestyle. The materials used should be high-quality, long-lasting, and timeless. But what if we go beyond the basics? There are TONS of great add-ons… Read more »

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5 Design Features of our Stand-Out Optima Homes

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO There is a fine line between homes that are over-designed and ones that are lacking any kind of design. Interior designers often want to put their signature style on a home and, in the process, end up adding embellishments and over-the-top features that are not likely to stand the… Read more »

10 Ways to have a HIGH-PERFORMING home

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO You’ve probably heard the term “high performance” associated with cars. That could mean they have great gas mileage, are designed for speed, have an excellent handling and braking system, or are outfitted with the latest technologies. You’ve probably seen ads that talk about each aspect of a high-performing car–but what… Read more »

5 Cool and Easy Bathroom DIYs

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Giving your bathroom its much-needed makeover doesn’t have to be expensive or even difficult. You just have to find the right ideas and materials to get started. One good idea is to do a few DIY projects for your bathroom. Not only can they help save you money, but they… Read more »

Small Kitchen Islands, BIG Function (from Houzz)

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Small kitchen? Try a compact kitchen island! This collection of images from Houzz demonstrates how a small kitchen island can make a huge difference in a tight space. Small, Slim and Super: Compact Kitchen Islands That Offer Big Function Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CODon’t forget to… Read more »

5 Elements of a Healthy Home

Article by: Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO EPA studies have shown that levels of air pollution inside the home are often 2 to 5 times greater than outdoor levels!  This motivates us to ensure the spaces we create are NOT like typical homes.  Optima Homes has a clear focus on HEALTHY SPACES throughout our building projects. … Read more »

Energy Facts: #103

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Energy Facts: #103 TIP: The quickest way to save energy on home cooling is to regularly clean and replace your cooling unit’s filters. SOURCE: Energy.gov For more information about our energy-efficient homes, please contact:   Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Don’t forget to subscribe to the Perfect… Read more »

Native Wildflowers for Late Summer (from Houzz)

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s sometimes tricky to find flowers that bloom during the late summer months. This article by Houzz presents 7 different flowers that can add a little color to your lazy August days. Enjoy! Native Wildflowers for the August Transition Into Fall   Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima… Read more »

Make Your Outdoor Living Space POP!

This summer, liven up your outdoor living space! Article by: Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Ahh, July! The perfect time to sip on lemonade or mojitos with some close friends and enjoy the balmy evenings. If you like entertaining—be it a casual get together over the fire pit or a summer barbeque party—it’s essential to have an… Read more »

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  • My Favorites: 5 Unique Holiday Recipes

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO The holidays are a special time for me, filled with family, good friends, and great times. This is the time to spread joy, swap stories, and indulge in delectable holiday treats. You’ve probably had the old holiday standbys more times than you can count–sugar cookies, pumpkin or apple pie,… Read more »

  • 5 “Nice to Have” Features to Consider for a New Home

    Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO As a designer, I know how crucial it is to get the basics just right. The design should be functional, attractive, and fit with your family’s lifestyle. The materials used should be high-quality, long-lasting, and timeless. But what if we go beyond the basics? There are TONS of great add-ons… Read more »

  • Minnetonka home living room new construction

    5 Design Features of our Stand-Out Optima Homes

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO There is a fine line between homes that are over-designed and ones that are lacking any kind of design. Interior designers often want to put their signature style on a home and, in the process, end up adding embellishments and over-the-top features that are not likely to stand the… Read more »

  • 10 Ways to have a HIGH-PERFORMING home

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO You’ve probably heard the term “high performance” associated with cars. That could mean they have great gas mileage, are designed for speed, have an excellent handling and braking system, or are outfitted with the latest technologies. You’ve probably seen ads that talk about each aspect of a high-performing car–but what… Read more »

  • 5 Cool and Easy Bathroom DIYs

    Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Giving your bathroom its much-needed makeover doesn’t have to be expensive or even difficult. You just have to find the right ideas and materials to get started. One good idea is to do a few DIY projects for your bathroom. Not only can they help save you money, but they… Read more »

  • Small Kitchen Islands, BIG Function (from Houzz)

    Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Small kitchen? Try a compact kitchen island! This collection of images from Houzz demonstrates how a small kitchen island can make a huge difference in a tight space. Small, Slim and Super: Compact Kitchen Islands That Offer Big Function Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CODon’t forget to… Read more »

  • 5 Elements of a Healthy Home

    Article by: Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO EPA studies have shown that levels of air pollution inside the home are often 2 to 5 times greater than outdoor levels!  This motivates us to ensure the spaces we create are NOT like typical homes.  Optima Homes has a clear focus on HEALTHY SPACES throughout our building projects. … Read more »

  • Energy Facts: #103

    Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Energy Facts: #103 TIP: The quickest way to save energy on home cooling is to regularly clean and replace your cooling unit’s filters. SOURCE: Energy.gov For more information about our energy-efficient homes, please contact:   Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Don’t forget to subscribe to the Perfect… Read more »

  • Native Wildflowers for Late Summer (from Houzz)

    Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s sometimes tricky to find flowers that bloom during the late summer months. This article by Houzz presents 7 different flowers that can add a little color to your lazy August days. Enjoy! Native Wildflowers for the August Transition Into Fall   Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima… Read more »

  • Make Your Outdoor Living Space POP!

    This summer, liven up your outdoor living space! Article by: Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Ahh, July! The perfect time to sip on lemonade or mojitos with some close friends and enjoy the balmy evenings. If you like entertaining—be it a casual get together over the fire pit or a summer barbeque party—it’s essential to have an… Read more »