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It’s Spring! Buy the Fresh, Foraged & Local

It’s Spring! Buy the Fresh, Foraged & Local Now that winter has passed, we can start enjoying some delicious, fresh produce—some of it is even grown right here in the Minnesota. You can find these local edibles at the co-op, farmer’s market, and even on the forest bed. Shopping local goods not only gives you… Read more »

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Décor for Kids: Rugs

By Samantha Grose, Designer, JP&CO: A residential construction firm delivering a personalized home through an enjoyable process, done at a remarkable pace. A well-designed kid’s room is equal parts fun, safety, and functionality. I’ve always enjoyed designing and decorating children’s rooms because they offer the chance to be playful and bold. Your kid’s room is… Read more »

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5 Home Gadgets That ACTUALLY Make Sense

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Talking refrigerators, LCD screens on washers, ovens with more buttons than your laptop. Sure, there are lots of technologically advanced gadgets and gizmos out there, but how many of them are really useful? And which ones actually save you time or money? It’s easy to be wowed by “the… Read more »

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LOVE Your Kitchen (Part Two)

By Samantha Grose, designer for JP&CO and Optima Homes Continuing last week’s topic, here are three more tips that will help you fall head over heels in love with your kitchen… 1. Be comfortable If your kitchen is stiff and uncomfortable, liven it up! Choose bar stools for your island that you’ll actually want to sit in. Place… Read more »

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Checking out Chalkboard Paint

By Samantha Grose, Designer, JP&CO: A residential construction firm delivering a personalized home through an enjoyable process, done at a remarkable pace. The chalkboard has graduated from the classroom and is quickly becoming a fun and surprising new addition to the home. With the advent of chalkboard paint, this reusable matte surface has been reborn,… Read more »

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LOVE Your Kitchen (Part One)

By Samantha Grose, designer for JP&CO and Optima Homes It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Instead of fighting the crowds and waiting in long lines to get into a restaurant this year, why not try cooking a special V-Day dinner at home? If the thought of that is daunting, it could be that your kitchen (not your cooking skills!)… Read more »

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The Beauty of Minimalist Design

By Samantha Grose, designer for JP&CO and Optima Homes Have you ever walked into a room and immediately felt cramped and uncomfortable without really knowing why? Maybe the room was neat and tidy, with everything in its place, but it still seemed cluttered and chaotic. Why might that be? The answer: The room was probably… Read more »

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JP&CO. was awarded Best of Houzz 2015!!

JP&CO of Minneapolis Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World  Minneapolis, MN, January 23, 2015 – JP&CO of Minneapolis has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for… Read more »

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MADE IN AMERICA!

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. Creating something beautiful and functional is always a source of pride at JP&CO. However, we had a special sense of accomplishment during this year’s Parade of Homes Showcase. This is because the refined South Minneapolis rambler we revealed was not only stunning and functional, but also… Read more »

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Winter Heat Saving Checklist

By Samantha Grose, Lead Designer of Optima Homes During the winter as a kid I was always looking for ways to stay warm and avoid the cold. As an adult in Minnesota, my attention has shifted to the search for ways to stay warm while keeping my cold season electric bill in check. JP&CO’s Winter Heat… Read more »