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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  • Don’t Take your Counters for Granite: Granite Care

    By Samantha Grose, Designer, JP&CO: A residential construction firm delivering a personalized home, an enjoyable process, and a remarkable pace. (image: JP&CO’s own granite work) At JP&CO we use a lot of granite in our interior design (especially in the kitchen) because the material touts a never-ending list of benefits. The stone is: Durable Each… Read more »

  • Stunning Backsplash Ideas

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Backsplashes have come a long way since square floral and vegetable motifs. It’s a pleasure to explore the sheer variety of ideas out there for the walls surrounding the kitchen counters and cabinets. I’m a big fan of backsplashes because they offer a dash of personality while improving the… Read more »

  • Happy Halloween! Need to get in the SPIRIT before those trick or treaters come knocking?

    By Samantha Grose, Lead Designer Optima Homes and JP&CO. Happy Halloween!  Need to get in the spirit before those trick or treats come knocking? Five simple things to create a creepy front door in no time at all: Find some cotton balls and pull them apart to create faux spider webs. Grab any and all… Read more »

  • Adding Color to Your Kitchen 101

    Sometimes all it takes is a small change to add a little cheer to your favorite room, and your routine. I figured we could all use a few easy, quick, and inexpensive ideas for adding a little happiness to one of the most popular rooms, the kitchen. And what’s the best way to add a… Read more »

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    How to Refresh Your Kitchen on a Budget

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO According to the National Association of the Home Builders (NAHB) in Washington, a kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms to renovate, including cabinets, counters, appliances, and floors. In order to avoid skyrocketing kitchen renovation prices, we here at JP&CO and Optima Homes have always been extremely careful… Read more »

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    Kitchen Island Ideas We Love

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO A beautiful and functional kitchen island can easily be one of the most popular and utilized parts of your house. Entertaining, cooking, taking care of your to-do list, eating alone or with family, or working on projects, are all popular uses of this beloved kitchen staple. Read on for… Read more »

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    Cooking in a “Green” Kitchen

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO There are many ways to promote a more eco-friendly kitchen. Yes, eating green is probably top-of-mind, but many other factors beyond cuisine come into play when going green in the kitchen. A huge part of an eco-conscious kitchen has to do with the appliances you choose to buy and… Read more »