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4 Reasons the Uptown Art Fair Shines

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO We recently published a post about buying home decor at local art fairs. The post also featured seven talented artists from the recent Minneapolis Uptown Art Fair. After visiting the fair this past weekend, we reflected on the true caliber of the work displayed and the artists in attendance…. 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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Pets and a Clean House: They CAN Go Together!

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO   For many people, pets are family. Plain and simple. Our furry friends offer unconditional love and companionship, cheer us up after a tough day, and keep us company during our round-the-house activities. Pets can be great, but they can also offer some tough challenges, especially when it comes… Read more »

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5 Common Summer Party Problems (and how to fix them!)

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Ah, summer. The time of backyard BBQs, lemonade, and making memories around the bonfire. It’s the perfect time to throw a party, but summer parties can be a little temperamental. What if it rains? What if bugs begin to pester your guests? What if (heaven forbid!) you run out… Read more »

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The Perfect Little Garden Shed

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s that time of year. Time to take advantage of the summer sunshine and harness your inner gardener! As you probably know, gardening involves more than putting a few seeds in the ground. There’s weeding, thinning, aerating your garden beds, watering, and harvesting as well. All these tasks (along… 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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April Checklist From Houzz

To get an early start on your spring cleaning check out this Houzz article.  April is an easy month to get your Home Maintenance List started. To-Dos: Your April Home Checklist Get social!

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Décor for Kids: Rugs

By Samantha Grose, Designer, JP&CO: A residential construction firm delivering a personalized home through an enjoyable process, done at a remarkable pace. A well-designed kid’s room is equal parts fun, safety, and functionality. I’ve always enjoyed designing and decorating children’s rooms because they offer the chance to be playful and bold. Your kid’s room is… Read more »

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Checking out Chalkboard Paint

By Samantha Grose, Designer, JP&CO: A residential construction firm delivering a personalized home through an enjoyable process, done at a remarkable pace. The chalkboard has graduated from the classroom and is quickly becoming a fun and surprising new addition to the home. With the advent of chalkboard paint, this reusable matte surface has been reborn,… 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 »