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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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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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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 »

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Your September Checklist

Here is an EXCELLENT list for you to follow this September, brought to you by Houzz.   To-Dos: Your September Home Checklist By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Subscribe to the Perfect Place Blog! Get social!

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Pets and a Clean House: They CAN Go Together!

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO   For many people, pets are family. Plain and simple. Our furry friends offer unconditional love and companionship, cheer us up after a tough day, and keep us company during our round-the-house activities. Pets can be great, but they can also offer some tough challenges, especially when it comes… Read more »

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20 Amazing Energy Facts

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO ENERGY: It makes the world go round, yet we usually pay little attention to it. Our electricity and gas (among other energy sources) power our laptops, keep our food fresh, provide warmth and cooling, charge our cell phones, and cook our meals…yet we hardly notice these systems unless they… Read more »

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10 Ways to Use Vinegar in Your Spring Cleaning

Samantha Grose, Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO There’s been a big movement in recent years to ditch chemical cleaners and embrace the natural stuff, and rightfully so! Chemical cleaners can cause headaches, nausea, skin irritation, respiratory issues, and are often toxic if ingested (never a good thing if you have a toddler running around!). One of the… Read more »

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Do YOU Have a Healthy Home?

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO   One of our top priorities at Optima Homes is creating a healthy, holistic environment that promotes physical and mental wellbeing. What does that mean? It means eliminating clutter, encouraging sunlight, and not using toxic materials in our building process. Here are some of the key things to look… Read more »

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April Checklist From Houzz

To get an early start on your spring cleaning check out this Houzz article.  April is an easy month to get your Home Maintenance List started. To-Dos: Your April Home Checklist Get social!