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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 »

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Your Grill Season Checklist (from Houzz)

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Your Grill Season Checklist 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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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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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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5 Common Summer Party Problems (and how to fix them!)

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Ah, summer. The time of backyard BBQs, lemonade, and making memories around the bonfire. It’s the perfect time to throw a party, but summer parties can be a little temperamental. What if it rains? What if bugs begin to pester your guests? What if (heaven forbid!) you run out… Read more »

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Summer Grilling: Tips and Recipes!

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s that time of year again: time to fire up the grill, sit on the patio with friends, and enjoy the sunshine. You don’t have to be a grill master to enjoy some delectable burgers or shish kababs, but a few tips go a long way. Here are some… Read more »