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Native Wildflowers for Late Summer (from Houzz)

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s sometimes tricky to find flowers that bloom during the late summer months. This article by Houzz presents 7 different flowers that can add a little color to your lazy August days. Enjoy! Native Wildflowers for the August Transition Into Fall   Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima… Read more »

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Out and About with Baby! (Twin Cities area activities)

Article by: Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s not always easy to find activities that are well suited for BOTH adults and kiddos. We’ve scoured the Greater Twin Cities for ideas for outings that are both baby-friendly and appealing to adults. Fortunately, we live in a place where you can find a wide range of activities, from… 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 »

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It’s Spring! Buy the Fresh, Foraged & Local

It’s Spring! Buy the Fresh, Foraged & Local Now that winter has passed, we can start enjoying some delicious, fresh produce—some of it is even grown right here in the Minnesota. You can find these local edibles at the co-op, farmer’s market, and even on the forest bed. Shopping local goods not only gives you… Read more »

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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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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 »