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buying a fixer-upper for your family

Looking for the perfect home... to remodel? Here are our tips for finding a fixer-upper with forever home potential.

Looking into buying a fixer-upper that you can turn into your forever home? Sounds fun, right?! And HGTV makes it looks so easy... tour a few homes, buy the one with potential, tear down some walls, install some subway tile and voila!... you have the home of your dreams! :: Record scratch :: The reality is, it's not that simple. Remodeling an old home can be super fun but it can also be…


5 simple ways to keep your home & family healthy this winter

It's safe to say we are all ultra concerned with keeping our families as healthy as possible this winter.  A big part of that means managing the air quality in our homes.  This can be tricky given that many of us live in colder climates (hello, from Minnesota!) and are shutting our windows and reaching for our thermostats. So here are a few things you can easily do to keep the air quality and…


Planning a remodel? Here are 3 things to consider before you get started.

When it comes to starting a home remodel or design project, we understand that the options can be a bit overwhelming.  Depending on your needs, there are several directions you can go in when choosing a designer, contractor, builder, etc.  You might not even know where to start!  That's where we come in.  As a design build firm, we take on the entirety of your project from beginning to end.…


Pineapple Momma Guest Post Part 2

OAK & ARROW HOMES PT. 2 march 24, 2020 A few weeks ago we met with Samantha at Oak and Arrow homes to start discussing our large scale renovation. You can read about the first part of that process HERE. Again, this is all so overwhelming to me, even walking into this second meeting those feeling still arose. It’s such a large project! How can anyone handle it?! Well, Samantha can – thank…


Top Five Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Though it’s taking longer than we’d like this year in Minnesota, spring will soon be here – which means it’s time to get your home in tip-top shape! A thorough spring cleaning is a tradition that promotes wellness by keeping your environment clean and organized; with that in mind, read on for some of the best DIY spring cleaning tips to deep-clean your house and make it sparkle all year round.…


Romantic Home Features

Because love is in the air this week, we put together a collection of some of our favorite romantic features in past projects. From kitchens to master suites, every corner of your home can have a romantic feel. Light colors, bright spaces, feminine decor, and dainty detailing all play a crucial role in creating a beautiful atmosphere! Here are our picks for romantic spaces. This kitchen has a…


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Kitchen Spotlight - 5 Mudroom Design Tips

Adding a mudroom near an exterior door has its perks! However, if it becomes a free-for-all, the space can quickly get dirty and unorganized. Here are some of our tips for keeping your mudroom a functional area while not compromising the style of your home. 1. CONSIDER TRAFFIC PATTERNS: It's a high-use space with lots going on. The last thing you want is to be tripping over your kid's shoes or…


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5 “Nice to Have” Features to Consider for a New Home

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 and features you can choose for your new home, but which ones are actually worth the extra money? I’ve…


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10 Ways to have a HIGH-PERFORMING home

By Samantha Grose, designer for JP&CO Lovely dining area in new construction in Minnetonka, MN 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…


Décor for Kids: Rugs

By Samantha Grose, Designer, JP&CO: A residential construction firm delivering a personalized home through an enjoyable process, done at a remarkable pace. A well-designed kid’s room is equal parts fun, safety, and functionality. I’ve always enjoyed designing and decorating children’s rooms because they offer the chance to be playful and bold. Your kid’s room is a place for sleep, quiet, and…