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How to Make Your Living Room More Inviting (from Houzz)

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Scroll through the following slide show for tips on making your living room a welcoming place for friends and family! How to Make Your Living Room More Inviting Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Thank you for subscribing to the Perfect Place Blog! Above image from a… Read more »

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Fall in Love with a One-Wall Kitchen (from Houzz)

Take a look at these gorgeous one-wall kitchens and start looking at your kitchen with fresh eyes. Article and photos courtesy of Houzz.com. Please feel free to visit Samantha’s Houzz profile. Ways to Fall in Love With a One-Wall Kitchen Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Thank you for subscribing to the Perfect Place… Read more »

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Resolve To: Get Organized!

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO One of the places where disorganization can really make life difficult is the kitchen. With dozens of spice canisters, mismatched Tupperware containers, and all those kitchen gadgets that end up in the back of the drawer, the kitchen can easily become your least favorite space in the house. It… Read more »

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Bold Accent Pieces for Your Living Room

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Living room feeling blah? There are plenty of great ways to jazz it up without going out and buying a whole new furniture set. When you’re thinking about making a bold statement in your living room, there’s a line between tastefully daring and…something from the circus. If you’re working… Read more »

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6 Unique Ways to Jazz Up a Kid’s Room

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO I’ve designed a lot of rooms for children. The key to a well-crafted kid’s room is to incorporate fun and creativity with an elegant finish. The room should also grow with the child and therefore have a flexible, easily modified design. And don’t overlook storage solutions! There are lots of ways to… Read more »

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It’s All In the Details

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Today’s blog post is all about the details. From tile work to cabinet hardware to the type of finish on your kitchen faucet, details go a long way in making your home feel exactly how you’d like it to feel. Whether you’re aiming for a sophisticated look, a modern… Read more »

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Amazing Church-to-Home Conversion

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO This Chicago home was converted from an old Methodist church. The design team kept many of the same details, incorporating them into an ultra-modern looking, family home. Cool project. Take a look! Houzz Tour: A Stunning Church Conversion in Chicago Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO… Read more »

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Our Top 5 Kitchen Blog Posts

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO The kitchen is oftentimes the heart of the home. That’s why we spend a lot of time posting great ideas for kitchen updates, improvements, and ways to re-organize or re-think your kitchen. Here is a selection of our top 5 kitchen blog posts from the past 5 years. Please… Read more »

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4 Reasons the Uptown Art Fair Shines

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO We recently published a post about buying home decor at local art fairs. The post also featured seven talented artists from the recent Minneapolis Uptown Art Fair. After visiting the fair this past weekend, we reflected on the true caliber of the work displayed and the artists in attendance…. Read more »

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Buy Local Art and Decor! (7 Featured Artists at the Uptown Art Fair)

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO When you purchase a home decor piece at an art fair, you’re doing three great things: You’re supporting an artist (whether emerging or established) and their artistic vision You’re supporting your local community You’re getting a truly unique piece–something that you can’t just pick off the shelf at Target… Read more »