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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

My Favorites: 5 Unique Holiday Recipes

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO The holidays are a special time for me, filled with family, good friends, and great times. This is the time to spread joy, swap stories, and indulge in delectable holiday treats. You’ve probably had the old holiday standbys more times than you can count–sugar cookies, pumpkin or apple pie,… Read more »

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 »

10 Ways to have a HIGH-PERFORMING home

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO You’ve probably heard the term “high performance” associated with cars. That could mean they have great gas mileage, are designed for speed, have an excellent handling and braking system, or are outfitted with the latest technologies. You’ve probably seen ads that talk about each aspect of a high-performing car–but what… Read more »

5 Cool and Easy Bathroom DIYs

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Giving your bathroom its much-needed makeover doesn’t have to be expensive or even difficult. You just have to find the right ideas and materials to get started. One good idea is to do a few DIY projects for your bathroom. Not only can they help save you money, but they… Read more »

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  • Planting a Tiered Herb Garden

    Thank you to Sarah of Recreational Gardner for writing this guest blog post! Sarah is a recreational gardener from the Twin Cities. She enjoys growing a variety of flowers and plants, finding kid-friendly garden projects, and growing her own foods. There are so many different types of gardens to choose from. This summer I plan to… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • Prepare Your Garden for Spring in 4 Steps

    Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO A guest post by Natalie Miller, a writer for Practical Home Improvement and several other home improvement websites. The long-awaited end of winter has finally come, so you probably can’t help getting out and starting to take care of your garden again. With the beginning of the gardening season you may be… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • How to Make Your Living Room More Inviting (from Houzz)

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Scroll through the following slide show for tips on making your living room a welcoming place for friends and family! How to Make Your Living Room More Inviting Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Thank you for subscribing to the Perfect Place Blog! Above image from a… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • Fall in Love with a One-Wall Kitchen (from Houzz)

    Take a look at these gorgeous one-wall kitchens and start looking at your kitchen with fresh eyes. Article and photos courtesy of Houzz.com. Please feel free to visit Samantha’s Houzz profile. Ways to Fall in Love With a One-Wall Kitchen Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Thank you for subscribing to the Perfect Place… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • 5 Unique Valentine’s Ideas in the Twin Cities

    Stuck in the same Valentine’s dinner-and-a-movie routine? Do something different this year! Show your significant other how much you care with these out-of-the-box Valentine’s day ideas, specifically tailored to the Twin Cities. Have fun! 1. Take a Cooking Class Love spending time together in the kitchen? Need some fresh ideas? Or maybe you and your… Read more »

  • 4 Ways to Punch Up a White Kitchen (from Houzz)

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO At JP&CO, we love white kitchens. They fit with our minimalist, clean-lined approach. But sometimes, white kitchens can be just a bit…boring. So, how to spice them up? Here are some ideas from Houzz. New This Week: 4 Ways to Punch Up a White Kitchen For more tips and… Read more »