By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO

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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 feel, or a family-friendly aesthetic, it’s a good idea to focus on the little things that contribute to the overall composition of your home.

To illustrate this point, we’re going to take a peek inside my own condo! I’ve worked to make my space friendly, seamless, and classic-looking. I’ve also blended in existing details with my own personal touches.

My condo is a mid-sized, chic city apartment that harmonizes classic elements with modern accents. It is situated in a Chicago brick-style building with a beautiful English courtyard. The design elements from the 1920s exterior are mimicked in the trim details of the modern fireplace build-out and help bring the space together. The kitchen cabinets are ultra modern, bookcase-style and give the area a European feel. One especially exquisite detail is the tile work; the bathroom is accented with glass tile inlays set in beveled Italian subway tiles.

Enjoy a visual tour of the place I call home and see for yourself how small details pull the whole space together and give it a seamless, elegant feel.
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Notice how the colors blend and pop throughout. The gray walls help carry your eye effortlessly from one room to another.

The tile back splash adds visual interest, but still compliments the color scheme

The tile back splash adds visual interest, but still compliments the color scheme.

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The kitchen nook takes advantage of open shelving to artfully display comestibles and glassware.

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The painting over the fireplace is roughly the same size, giving the space a modern, geometric flair.

The hallway seamlessly carries the eye from the living room with the same paint color and flooring.

The hallway seamlessly carries the eye from the living room with the same paint color and hardwood flooring.

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The elegant tile work motif on the floor carries over to the shower walls

Tile detail

Tile detail

Brushed nickel faucet adds elegance, but the boxy design keeps with the modern feel of the space.

Brushed nickel faucet adds elegance, but the boxy design keeps with the modern feel of the space.

Every detail, down to your lights counts! The framework of this light is sleek and modern with a rounded shade to give it a sophisticated look.

Every detail, down to your lights, counts! The framework of this light is sleek and modern with a rounded shade to give it a sophisticated look.

Want to see more from this space? There are additional photos available on Houzz. Thanks for reading and remember: Little details can make a HUGE difference.

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Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO

Author: Samantha

Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.

Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.

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Written by Samantha

Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the...
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