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Homes Throughout the Decades: Part 2

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO This post continues our look at the various pros and cons of homes throughout the decades. In the last post, we talked about homes from the 1900s-1970s and in this post, we’ll focus on homes from the 1980s through the modern day. 1980s Things got a little weird in… Read more »

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Homes Throughout the Decades: Part 1

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Homes Throughout the Decades: The Good, The Bad, and the Really Ugly Homes have changed a great deal from the beginning of the 20th century until today. Each era has its good features, its bad features and, yes, its ugly features! This guide can help you take some of… Read more »

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THIS WEEK: Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase

Samantha Grose, Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Starting this Friday: The Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase! The home we’re featuring in this year’s Remodelers Showcase is a basic rambler transformed into a two-story cottage. Wondering how we made such a seamless transition from one-story to two? Curious about adding “healthy home elements” to your house, like natural lighting,… Read more »

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Parade of Homes: Remodelers Showcase 2015

By Samantha Grose, Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO We have a treat for you this year! We transformed a basic, one-story rambler into an elegant and functional two-story cottage! How did we make the seamless transformation? With sophisticated design, smart construction, and a clear vision. We focused on making a smooth transition from the existing space to… Read more »

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5 Home Gadgets That ACTUALLY Make Sense

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Talking refrigerators, LCD screens on washers, ovens with more buttons than your laptop. Sure, there are lots of technologically advanced gadgets and gizmos out there, but how many of them are really useful? And which ones actually save you time or money? It’s easy to be wowed by “the… Read more »

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LOVE Your Kitchen (Part Two)

By Samantha Grose, designer for JP&CO and Optima Homes Continuing last week’s topic, here are three more tips that will help you fall head over heels in love with your kitchen… 1. Be comfortable If your kitchen is stiff and uncomfortable, liven it up! Choose bar stools for your island that you’ll actually want to sit in. Place… Read more »

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LOVE Your Kitchen (Part One)

By Samantha Grose, designer for JP&CO and Optima Homes It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Instead of fighting the crowds and waiting in long lines to get into a restaurant this year, why not try cooking a special V-Day dinner at home? If the thought of that is daunting, it could be that your kitchen (not your cooking skills!)… Read more »

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The Beauty of Minimalist Design

By Samantha Grose, designer for JP&CO and Optima Homes Have you ever walked into a room and immediately felt cramped and uncomfortable without really knowing why? Maybe the room was neat and tidy, with everything in its place, but it still seemed cluttered and chaotic. Why might that be? The answer: The room was probably… Read more »