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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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Local Picks for a Classy, Comfortable Nursery

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO   It’s not always easy finding nursery décor and furniture that is cute, comfortable AND classy. Oftentimes, retail shops focus solely on the “cute factor,” and pile on the colors, patterns, and images of baby farm animals. That’s all fine, in small doses, but what if you want to outfit… Read more »

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5 Saavy Ways to Outsmart Burglars

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO A guest post by Rose Cabrera of Top Security Review.       A large number of burglaries happen between 10 am and 3 pm. Most of the time, burglars target homes that are clearly unoccupied. If you frequently leave your house either to work or go on vacation, then burglar… Read more »

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Resolve To: Get Organized!

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO One of the places where disorganization can really make life difficult is the kitchen. With dozens of spice canisters, mismatched Tupperware containers, and all those kitchen gadgets that end up in the back of the drawer, the kitchen can easily become your least favorite space in the house. It… Read more »

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10 Strategies for Keeping Surfaces Clutter Free (from Houzz)

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Magazines, toys, coffee cups…you know how it goes! Here are 10 great strategies from Houzz.com to de-clutter your space.   10 Strategies for Keeping Surfaces Clutter-Free Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Have you subscribed to the Perfect Place Blog yet? Get social!

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5 Easy Steps to Winterize Your Home

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO The wind is blowing, the temperature is steadily dropping, and the last of the flowers are looking dull and weary. It’s undeniable—winter is right around the corner. You’re probably already packing away your sandals and shorts and exchanging them for boots and winter coats, but have you thought much… 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 »