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8 Tips for Green Bathroom Cleaning

By Samantha Grose, Lead Designer Optima Homes and JP&CO. None of us want a bathroom teeming with germs. Yet, none of us want a bathroom coated in hazardous chemicals either. Can we have our cake and eat it too? I say YES! 8 Tips for Green Cleaning your Bathroom Instead of using the same artificial… Read more »

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Flawless Entertainment without the Fuss

By Samantha Grose, Lead Designer Optima Homes and JP&CO. A great part about having a wonderful home is the ability to throw a great party. What’s more rewarding than gathering all of your near and dearest under one roof to enjoy company, food, and drink? Make sure that you’re always the hostess with the mostest,… Read more »

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Décor for Kids: Creative Playroom Ideas

By Samantha Grose, Lead Designer Optima Homes and JP&CO. No space is too small when it comes to designing a special area for your child to learn and explore. A smartly positioned partition or second-floor landing space can be all it takes to give a child a feeling of independence and freedom. Once you’ve decided… Read more »

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Original Art in the Home

Original Art in the Home By Samantha, Lead Designer Optima Homes and JP&CO. An easy way to effortlessly add beauty and sophistication to your home that you may not immediately think of is to find a large piece of original art. Now this can be much simpler than you think.   Often times what comes to… Read more »

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How to Create a Safe Bathroom for Kids

By Samantha Grose, Lead Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. Just like the rest of your home, a child’s bathroom should be updated for safety. As much as designing a bathroom for kiddies can be fun, at JP&CO we believe that safety should always come first. Beyond the cardinal rule of never leaving your child… Read more »

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Simple & Modern Mantel Displays

By Samantha Grose, Designer, JP&CO A residential construction firm delivering a personalized home, an enjoyable process, and a remarkable pace. Last fall, we had a beautiful home on the Remodeler Showcase Tour.  As we added finishing touches with the client to the interior design to get ready for the show we spent a little extra… Read more »

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Compost 101: Benefits and Basics

By Samantha Grose, designer for JP&CO and Optima Homes Composting may seem a bit intimidating at first, especially if you feel a little behind the game when it comes to green gardening, but it’s actually easy as pie. Not only is composting quick and simple, but it also benefits your garden, the earth, and your bill. The Benefits… Read more »

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Create your Dream Porch or Patio

By Samantha Grose, designer for JP&CO and Optima Homes Make every evening or weekend spent at home this summer feel like a getaway by revamping your home’s outdoor living areas. Upgrading your porch or patio is relatively easy and inexpensive, and the payoff is huge. With the right setup and additions, you’ll soon find yourself spending as much… Read more »

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Don’t Take your Counters for Granite: Granite Care

By Samantha Grose, Designer, JP&CO: A residential construction firm delivering a personalized home, an enjoyable process, and a remarkable pace. (image: JP&CO’s own granite work) At JP&CO we use a lot of granite in our interior design (especially in the kitchen) because the material touts a never-ending list of benefits. The stone is: Durable Each… Read more »

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Stunning Backsplash Ideas

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Backsplashes have come a long way since square floral and vegetable motifs. It’s a pleasure to explore the sheer variety of ideas out there for the walls surrounding the kitchen counters and cabinets. I’m a big fan of backsplashes because they offer a dash of personality while improving the… Read more »