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Planting a Tiered Herb Garden

Thank you to Sarah of Recreational Gardner for writing this guest blog post! Sarah is a recreational gardener from the Twin Cities. She enjoys growing a variety of flowers and plants, finding kid-friendly garden projects, and growing her own foods. There are so many different types of gardens to choose from. This summer I plan to… Read more »

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12 Ways to De-Clutter Your Home

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO At JP&CO and Optima Homes, we often talk about creating healthy homes. There are many elements that go into making a home healthy. It’s about the building materials you choose for a new construction (nontoxic, sustainable, etc.). It’s about having optimal sunlight, proper ventilation, and an open, clean floor plan. It’s about… Read more »

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Prepare Your Garden for Spring in 4 Steps

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO A guest post by Natalie Miller, a writer for Practical Home Improvement and several other home improvement websites. The long-awaited end of winter has finally come, so you probably can’t help getting out and starting to take care of your garden again. With the beginning of the gardening season you may be… Read more »

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Local Picks for a Classy, Comfortable Nursery

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO   It’s not always easy finding nursery décor and furniture that is cute, comfortable AND classy. Oftentimes, retail shops focus solely on the “cute factor,” and pile on the colors, patterns, and images of baby farm animals. That’s all fine, in small doses, but what if you want to outfit… Read more »

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How to Make Your Living Room More Inviting (from Houzz)

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Scroll through the following slide show for tips on making your living room a welcoming place for friends and family! How to Make Your Living Room More Inviting Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Thank you for subscribing to the Perfect Place Blog! Above image from a… Read more »

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Baby Shower Trend: Toast Bars!

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Hosting a baby shower soon? Or a wedding shower? Or maybe just a fun get-together with friends? Try a toast bar! Toast bars are gaining in popularity because of their simplicity, their “anything goes” set-up, and their interactive arrangement. Plus, it’s a great way to appease picky eaters (they… Read more »

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Fall in Love with a One-Wall Kitchen (from Houzz)

Take a look at these gorgeous one-wall kitchens and start looking at your kitchen with fresh eyes. Article and photos courtesy of Houzz.com. Please feel free to visit Samantha’s Houzz profile. Ways to Fall in Love With a One-Wall Kitchen Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Thank you for subscribing to the Perfect Place… Read more »

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5 Saavy Ways to Outsmart Burglars

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO A guest post by Rose Cabrera of Top Security Review.       A large number of burglaries happen between 10 am and 3 pm. Most of the time, burglars target homes that are clearly unoccupied. If you frequently leave your house either to work or go on vacation, then burglar… Read more »

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5 Unique Valentine’s Ideas in the Twin Cities

Stuck in the same Valentine’s dinner-and-a-movie routine? Do something different this year! Show your significant other how much you care with these out-of-the-box Valentine’s day ideas, specifically tailored to the Twin Cities. Have fun! 1. Take a Cooking Class Love spending time together in the kitchen? Need some fresh ideas? Or maybe you and your… Read more »

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4 Ways to Punch Up a White Kitchen (from Houzz)

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO At JP&CO, we love white kitchens. They fit with our minimalist, clean-lined approach. But sometimes, white kitchens can be just a bit…boring. So, how to spice them up? Here are some ideas from Houzz. New This Week: 4 Ways to Punch Up a White Kitchen For more tips and… Read more »