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Native Wildflowers for Late Summer (from Houzz)

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s sometimes tricky to find flowers that bloom during the late summer months. This article by Houzz presents 7 different flowers that can add a little color to your lazy August days. Enjoy! Native Wildflowers for the August Transition Into Fall   Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima… Read more »

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Out and About with Baby! (Twin Cities area activities)

Article by: Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s not always easy to find activities that are well suited for BOTH adults and kiddos. We’ve scoured the Greater Twin Cities for ideas for outings that are both baby-friendly and appealing to adults. Fortunately, we live in a place where you can find a wide range of activities, from… Read more »

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10 Porches with Personal Style (from Houzz)

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s porch season! Get your swing on with these inventive porch styles.   10 Porches With Personal Style 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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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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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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The Perfect Little Garden Shed

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s that time of year. Time to take advantage of the summer sunshine and harness your inner gardener! As you probably know, gardening involves more than putting a few seeds in the ground. There’s weeding, thinning, aerating your garden beds, watering, and harvesting as well. All these tasks (along… Read more »