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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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Small Kitchen Islands, BIG Function (from Houzz)

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Small kitchen? Try a compact kitchen island! This collection of images from Houzz demonstrates how a small kitchen island can make a huge difference in a tight space. Small, Slim and Super: Compact Kitchen Islands That Offer Big Function Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CODon’t forget to… Read more »

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Native Wildflowers for Late Summer (from Houzz)

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s sometimes tricky to find flowers that bloom during the late summer months. This article by Houzz presents 7 different flowers that can add a little color to your lazy August days. Enjoy! Native Wildflowers for the August Transition Into Fall   Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima… 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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Do YOU Have a Healthy Home?

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO   One of our top priorities at Optima Homes is creating a healthy, holistic environment that promotes physical and mental wellbeing. What does that mean? It means eliminating clutter, encouraging sunlight, and not using toxic materials in our building process. Here are some of the key things to look… Read more »

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5 Home Gadgets That ACTUALLY Make Sense

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Talking refrigerators, LCD screens on washers, ovens with more buttons than your laptop. Sure, there are lots of technologically advanced gadgets and gizmos out there, but how many of them are really useful? And which ones actually save you time or money? It’s easy to be wowed by “the… Read more »