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MADE IN AMERICA!

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. Creating something beautiful and functional is always a source of pride at JP&CO. However, we had a special sense of accomplishment during this year’s Parade of Homes Showcase. This is because the refined South Minneapolis rambler we revealed was not only stunning and functional, but also… Read more »

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Flawless Entertainment without the Fuss

By Samantha Grose, Lead Designer Optima Homes and JP&CO. A great part about having a wonderful home is the ability to throw a great party. What’s more rewarding than gathering all of your near and dearest under one roof to enjoy company, food, and drink? Make sure that you’re always the hostess with the mostest,… Read more »

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Original Art in the Home

Original Art in the Home By Samantha, Lead Designer Optima Homes and JP&CO. An easy way to effortlessly add beauty and sophistication to your home that you may not immediately think of is to find a large piece of original art. Now this can be much simpler than you think.   Often times what comes to… Read more »

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Stunning Backsplash Ideas

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Backsplashes have come a long way since square floral and vegetable motifs. It’s a pleasure to explore the sheer variety of ideas out there for the walls surrounding the kitchen counters and cabinets. I’m a big fan of backsplashes because they offer a dash of personality while improving the… Read more »

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Adding Color to Your Kitchen 101

Sometimes all it takes is a small change to add a little cheer to your favorite room, and your routine. I figured we could all use a few easy, quick, and inexpensive ideas for adding a little happiness to one of the most popular rooms, the kitchen. And what’s the best way to add a… Read more »

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How to Refresh Your Kitchen on a Budget

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO According to the National Association of the Home Builders (NAHB) in Washington, a kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms to renovate, including cabinets, counters, appliances, and floors. In order to avoid skyrocketing kitchen renovation prices, we here at JP&CO and Optima Homes have always been extremely careful… Read more »

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Kitchen Island Ideas We Love

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO A beautiful and functional kitchen island can easily be one of the most popular and utilized parts of your house. Entertaining, cooking, taking care of your to-do list, eating alone or with family, or working on projects, are all popular uses of this beloved kitchen staple. Read on for… Read more »