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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 »

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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 »

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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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12 Ways to Stretch Your Space (from Houzz)

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Feeling cramped in your home? Unsure of how to free up space? Here are 12 creative ways to stretch the space you have, brought to you by Houzz.   12 Ways to Stretch Your Space Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Have you subscribed to the Perfect Place… Read more »

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10 Porches with Personal Style (from Houzz)

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s porch season! Get your swing on with these inventive porch styles.   10 Porches With Personal Style Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Have you subscribed to the Perfect Place Blog yet? Get social!

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Your Grill Season Checklist (from Houzz)

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Your Grill Season Checklist Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Have you subscribed to the Perfect Place Blog yet? Get social!

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »