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 »

  • Your September Checklist

    Here is an EXCELLENT list for you to follow this September, brought to you by Houzz.   To-Dos: Your September Home Checklist By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Subscribe to the Perfect Place Blog!

  • It’s All In the Details

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO 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… Read more »

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    Amazing Church-to-Home Conversion

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO This Chicago home was converted from an old Methodist church. The design team kept many of the same details, incorporating them into an ultra-modern looking, family home. Cool project. Take a look! Houzz Tour: A Stunning Church Conversion in Chicago Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO… Read more »

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    Our Top 5 Kitchen Blog Posts

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO The kitchen is oftentimes the heart of the home. That’s why we spend a lot of time posting great ideas for kitchen updates, improvements, and ways to re-organize or re-think your kitchen. Here is a selection of our top 5 kitchen blog posts from the past 5 years. Please… Read more »

  • 4 Reasons the Uptown Art Fair Shines

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO We recently published a post about buying home decor at local art fairs. The post also featured seven talented artists from the recent Minneapolis Uptown Art Fair. After visiting the fair this past weekend, we reflected on the true caliber of the work displayed and the artists in attendance…. Read more »

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    Buy Local Art and Decor! (7 Featured Artists at the Uptown Art Fair)

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO When you purchase a home decor piece at an art fair, you’re doing three great things: You’re supporting an artist (whether emerging or established) and their artistic vision You’re supporting your local community You’re getting a truly unique piece–something that you can’t just pick off the shelf at Target… Read more »

  • 10 Small Dining Rooms with Style to Spare (via Houzz)

    10 Small Dining Rooms With Style to Spare Contact us for information on redoing your own dining room or kitchen. We’re here to help! Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO

  • Pets and a Clean House: They CAN Go Together!

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO   For many people, pets are family. Plain and simple. Our furry friends offer unconditional love and companionship, cheer us up after a tough day, and keep us company during our round-the-house activities. Pets can be great, but they can also offer some tough challenges, especially when it comes… Read more »

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    5 Common Summer Party Problems (and how to fix them!)

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Ah, summer. The time of backyard BBQs, lemonade, and making memories around the bonfire. It’s the perfect time to throw a party, but summer parties can be a little temperamental. What if it rains? What if bugs begin to pester your guests? What if (heaven forbid!) you run out… Read more »

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    13 Decorating Tips for Short-Term Renters (from Houzz)

    13 Decorating Tips for Short-Term Renters