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Unveiling…Our Edina Cottage

By: Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Nestled within blocks of newly renovated Pamela Park in East Edina, our latest home construction has all the features of gorgeous, yet functional, family home. With a focus on energy efficiency, sophisticated design, and healthy elements, this home was designed with the conscious customer in mind. Step inside this rustic Edina… Read more »

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Winterize Your Home (the inexpensive and easy way)

A guest post for Samantha Grose (Optima Homes, JP&CO) by Seth Murphy Seth Murphy started PapaDIY to share tips and advice on DIY and help others. His mission is to make DIY something that anybody can feel comfortable with.   Winterizing your home may sound like a process that can only cost money, and probably… Read more »

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5 “Nice to Have” Features to Consider for a New Home

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO As a designer, I know how crucial it is to get the basics just right. The design should be functional, attractive, and fit with your family’s lifestyle. The materials used should be high-quality, long-lasting, and timeless. But what if we go beyond the basics? There are TONS of great add-ons… Read more »

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5 Design Features of our Stand-Out Optima Homes

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO There is a fine line between homes that are over-designed and ones that are lacking any kind of design. Interior designers often want to put their signature style on a home and, in the process, end up adding embellishments and over-the-top features that are not likely to stand the… Read more »

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Small Kitchen Islands, BIG Function (from Houzz)

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Small kitchen? Try a compact kitchen island! This collection of images from Houzz demonstrates how a small kitchen island can make a huge difference in a tight space. Small, Slim and Super: Compact Kitchen Islands That Offer Big Function Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CODon’t forget to… Read more »

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Energy Facts: #103

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Energy Facts: #103 TIP: The quickest way to save energy on home cooling is to regularly clean and replace your cooling unit’s filters. SOURCE: Energy.gov For more information about our energy-efficient homes, please contact:   Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Don’t forget to subscribe to the Perfect… Read more »

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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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Make Your Outdoor Living Space POP!

This summer, liven up your outdoor living space! Article by: Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Ahh, July! The perfect time to sip on lemonade or mojitos with some close friends and enjoy the balmy evenings. If you like entertaining—be it a casual get together over the fire pit or a summer barbeque party—it’s essential to have an… Read more »

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Our Glass Roof Was Featured on Houzz!

Article by: Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Photo by JP&CO and Optima Homes – Discover traditional sunroom design inspiration Recently, the sunroom of one of our homes was featured by Houzz, a highly popular website that showcases the work of housing design professionals. Houzz wrote an article on glass roofs and the different things you should think… Read more »

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10 Porches with Personal Style (from Houzz)

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s porch season! Get your swing on with these inventive porch styles.   10 Porches With Personal Style Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Have you subscribed to the Perfect Place Blog yet? Get social!