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Tour Tomorrow!

RUSTIC COTTAGE 4,200 SF | 5 BEDROOMS | 4.5 BATHS JOIN US FOR A TOUR AND HORS D’OEUVRES THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST FROM 1-4PM AT 6124 OAKLAWN AVE. EDINA  Our vision was to create a quaint European Cottage perfect for a family.  The spaces you use most are thoughtfully designed and stylish.  Beyond the design you can see… Read more »

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Top Reasons to Do a Green Remodel in 2017

Thank you to Kaitlin Krull from Modernize.com for writing a guest blog on a top we are always interested in – Green Remodeling! By Kaitlin Krull   If you’re a homeowner, renovation projects and remodels are probably always on your mind. As trends change and the latest home technology increases, it can be difficult deciding… Read more »

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When Will Solar Start to Pay Off

We are always researching ways to make our homes more high performing.  We have been excited about the advancements in Solar even in MN with our cold winters.  It is great to see this industry growing.  Thanks to Courtni with Mondernize.com for writing this guest blog.  Enjoy! By Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel, a guest blogger from www.modernize.com In… Read more »

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12 Ways to De-Clutter Your Home

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO At JP&CO and Optima Homes, we often talk about creating healthy homes. There are many elements that go into making a home healthy. It’s about the building materials you choose for a new construction (nontoxic, sustainable, etc.). It’s about having optimal sunlight, proper ventilation, and an open, clean floor plan. It’s about… Read more »

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Baby Shower Trend: Toast Bars!

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Hosting a baby shower soon? Or a wedding shower? Or maybe just a fun get-together with friends? Try a toast bar! Toast bars are gaining in popularity because of their simplicity, their “anything goes” set-up, and their interactive arrangement. Plus, it’s a great way to appease picky eaters (they… Read more »

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Holiday Healthy Eating Hacks

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO We’re in the thick of the holiday season, the best time of year for rekindling friendships and family ties…and the worst time of year for your waistline! This is the time of gravy boats, endless varieties of pie, and candy dishes filled to the brim at work. What’s a… 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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Shopping for a New Home: Tips from the Pros

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO When you work in the new construction and remodeling business for as long as we have, you come across quite a few “problem homes.”  We’ve encountered cheap materials; poor construction; huge energy wastes due to leaky windows, lack of insulation, etc.; oddly configured spaces; poor lighting…the list goes on. When… 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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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 »