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 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 for writing this guest blog.  Enjoy! By Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel, a guest blogger from 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Dinner Party Decor for Less Than $150

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO The holidays are wonderful for socializing, catching up with friends and family, and soaking in the joy of the season. However, they can also get expensive! If you’ve decided to play hostess this holiday season, you don’t have to break the bank. It is possible to put together a tasteful… Read more »

  • Holiday Healthy Eating Hacks

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO We’re in the thick of the holiday season, the best time of year for rekindling friendships and family ties…and the worst time of year for your waistline! This is the time of gravy boats, endless varieties of pie, and candy dishes filled to the brim at work. What’s a… Read more »

  • Bold Accent Pieces for Your Living Room

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Living room feeling blah? There are plenty of great ways to jazz it up without going out and buying a whole new furniture set. When you’re thinking about making a bold statement in your living room, there’s a line between tastefully daring and…something from the circus. If you’re working… 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 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?

  • DIY Tasteful Thanksgiving Decor

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s easy to find tacky Thanksgiving decorations on Pinterest (oh the things we’ve seen!). There are plenty of paper leaves and turkeys, spray-painted acorns, and pilgrims made out of T.P. tubes. But what about the tasteful decor? What if you’re hosting a Thanksgiving work party or classy turkey-time get… Read more »

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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 »

  • 6 Unique Ways to Jazz Up a Kid’s Room

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO I’ve designed a lot of rooms for children. The key to a well-crafted kid’s room is to incorporate fun and creativity with an elegant finish. The room should also grow with the child and therefore have a flexible, easily modified design. And don’t overlook storage solutions! There are lots of ways to… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • What Is a HERS Score, Anyway?

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO If you’re in the market for a new home, or thinking about updating your existing home, you might have seen the term “HERS Score” floating around. Many of you are probably wondering: What on earth is a HERS score and why does it matter? Here are the basics… HERS stands for Home… Read more »