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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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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 »