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Resolve To: Get Organized!

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO One of the places where disorganization can really make life difficult is the kitchen. With dozens of spice canisters, mismatched Tupperware containers, and all those kitchen gadgets that end up in the back of the drawer, the kitchen can easily become your least favorite space in the house. It… Read more »

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Dinner Party Decor for Less Than $150

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO The holidays are wonderful for socializing, catching up with friends and family, and soaking in the joy of the season. However, they can also get expensive! If you’ve decided to play hostess this holiday season, you don’t have to break the bank. It is possible to put together a tasteful… Read more »

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Holiday Healthy Eating Hacks

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO We’re in the thick of the holiday season, the best time of year for rekindling friendships and family ties…and the worst time of year for your waistline! This is the time of gravy boats, endless varieties of pie, and candy dishes filled to the brim at work. What’s a… Read more »

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Bold Accent Pieces for Your Living Room

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Living room feeling blah? There are plenty of great ways to jazz it up without going out and buying a whole new furniture set. When you’re thinking about making a bold statement in your living room, there’s a line between tastefully daring and…something from the circus. If you’re working… Read more »

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10 Strategies for Keeping Surfaces Clutter Free (from Houzz)

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Magazines, toys, coffee cups…you know how it goes! Here are 10 great strategies from Houzz.com to de-clutter your space.   10 Strategies for Keeping Surfaces Clutter-Free Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Have you subscribed to the Perfect Place Blog yet? Get social!

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DIY Tasteful Thanksgiving Decor

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s easy to find tacky Thanksgiving decorations on Pinterest (oh the things we’ve seen!). There are plenty of paper leaves and turkeys, spray-painted acorns, and pilgrims made out of T.P. tubes. But what about the tasteful decor? What if you’re hosting a Thanksgiving work party or classy turkey-time get… Read more »

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5 Easy Steps to Winterize Your Home

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO The wind is blowing, the temperature is steadily dropping, and the last of the flowers are looking dull and weary. It’s undeniable—winter is right around the corner. You’re probably already packing away your sandals and shorts and exchanging them for boots and winter coats, but have you thought much… Read more »

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6 Unique Ways to Jazz Up a Kid’s Room

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO I’ve designed a lot of rooms for children. The key to a well-crafted kid’s room is to incorporate fun and creativity with an elegant finish. The room should also grow with the child and therefore have a flexible, easily modified design. And don’t overlook storage solutions! There are lots of ways to… Read more »

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Shopping for a New Home: Tips from the Pros

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO When you work in the new construction and remodeling business for as long as we have, you come across quite a few “problem homes.”  We’ve encountered cheap materials; poor construction; huge energy wastes due to leaky windows, lack of insulation, etc.; oddly configured spaces; poor lighting…the list goes on. When… Read more »

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What Is a HERS Score, Anyway?

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO If you’re in the market for a new home, or thinking about updating your existing home, you might have seen the term “HERS Score” floating around. Many of you are probably wondering: What on earth is a HERS score and why does it matter? Here are the basics… HERS stands for Home… Read more »