Find Your Inspiration

We are starting a series on how to find inspiration for design. We can often feel beholden to current trends on social media or what’s available in the Target home goods section (don’t get me wrong, I’d happily use everything in that section, all of the time, everywhere, in my home!), but what if we learned to take something we truly love – a painting, our favorite blouse, a photo from our most memorable vacation – and bring it to life in our home? That’s our goal – functional design we love, that breeds life and love and warmth in our everyday.

With each post in the series, we will break down our inspiration into color palettes, materials, décor, and other elements of design and apply how they could be used in your home. We’d love to hear from you! Send us your inspiration – we’d love to use what you love to teach this series! Send pictures to

Let’s start with my favorite painting by Salvador Dali, “Girl at the Window.”


What colors do you notice? What patterns do you see? How is light used in this photo? What elements catch your eye or hold your attention? How does the print make you feel?

For me, this painting is a reminder of the years I lived in Spain. It evokes a sense of slowness in me; calmness, the opportunity to rest and reflect. Iberian culture is built around gatherings and coffee and community – Spaniards are skilled at enjoying the moment and feeling accomplished if they succeed at completing even one to-do in a day. These are sentiments I’d love to cultivate in a kitchen – a calm, relaxing, beautiful place to gather with friends. So, let’s design a kitchen!

The Tile Shop

The cream colors and ocean waves inspire this Retro Lino Ceramic Subway Wall Tile by The Tile Shop.


The blue hues of the girl’s skirt, as well as the ocean, provide inspiration for aqua, diamond cabinets on the lower half of the kitchen walls.


To balance the blue cabinets, we’ll add matching cabinets, in Agreeable Gray, to the top half of the kitchen wall, and a brushed oak center island.

Décor Pad

For the walls and countertops, we’ll add bright, white elements. Its easy to miss, but there is the slightest sunray illuminating the left side of the window, adding movement and brightness to the painting. I want to replicate the same lightness in our kitchen.

I’ve selected Snowbound by Sherwin Williams for our wall color, and we’ll use a beautiful, warm, quartz for the countertops.

Sherwin Williams

Great Lakes Granite & Marble

The piece de resistance of the kitchen will be the Balboa Counter Stools with Surg Stripe Coastal Blue covers by Serena & Lily. The blue stripes, introduced by the girl’s skirt and the lines of the curtains, complete our design.

Serena & Lily

Other design elements taken by “Girl at a Window” can be added throughout the kitchen with coastal elements such as:

  • Rattan lighting
  • Sandy textured ceramics
  • Plants
  • A white, stucco stove hood
  • Iberian inspired dishware

Add a fancy, Illy, espresso machine, and perfect your array of tapas, and you have yourself your very own Spanish, communal, oasis!

Guest Blogger: Katya Larsen, Stager, A Home Revival




Brighten Up Your Winter with the Color of the Year!


Each year Pantone, known as the global authority on all things color, releases their pick for the color of the year. The choice is meant to act as a trendsetter and inspiration for fashion, marketing, design, and other color saturated industries in the year to come.

For 2023, Pantone chose a bold, bright, energetic color for the year – Viva Magenta. They want the color to provoke feelings of strength, power, and a connectedness to nature. The tone originated from a carmine dye produced by the cochineal beetle, linking us to the exquisite elegance of nature, herself.

If you’re anything like me, you see a swatch of Viva Magenta and think, “how in the world am I going to incorporate this bright, red color into my life of neutrals and greiges?!” The genius of the color is it pairs beautifully with both warm and cool palettes, so we are left with an abundance of options to spice up our life with Viva Magenta!

Here are just a few ways to brighten up your 2023 with Pantone’s color of the year:

The Mercury Gallery

Add a splash of color to a monochromatic palette.

Burke Décor

Update your powder room with a bold wallpaper. Half baths are the perfect place to try out funky design!


Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns and finishes!


Find smaller pieces you can integrate into a neutral motif, such as vases, candles, or throw pillows.


Our Place

Love to cook? Add some color to your kitchen and enjoy the temporary beauty of Viva Magenta on your stovetop, with the safety of being able to tuck away the pan and pot when you’re finished.



In the end, you can always start small and add a cute coffee mug to your collection and call it a day! Design is meant for you to enjoy, so do what feels good and beautiful to you!


Guest Blogger: Katya Larsen, Stager, A Home Revival




A Fresh Start for Our Homes and Our Hearts

Just like we knew it would happen, the holiday season is coming to an end and 2023 is ready to begin! This past week our home was flooded with new puzzles, books, clothes, and toys, and was an absolute mess after having our two toddlers home from day care for the week. I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but I do appreciate the opportunity the calendar change brings to reflect, set intentions, and start anew.


This year, preparing for the new year with my family started with a post-holiday cleanout. We needed space for our fun, new gifts, and there were plenty of items we had outgrown or weren’t serving us anymore. Before I knew it, there were bags and bags of things we didn’t need, and I was stuck wondering what to do next! How do I dispose of clothes and textiles that aren’t nice enough to donate? What do I do with pillows and stuffed animals that aren’t accepted at donation centers? How should I handle sentimental items that sit in a box in storage but feel hard to give or throw away? Whether it’s a new year cleanup, spring cleaning, or readying for a move, here are a few solutions for responsibly ridding of belongings you no longer need.

Donation Pick-up and Drop-off

There are a handful of non-profit organizations that will pick-up household items, large furniture, appliances and more, and reuse the items to service communities in need. They also have drop-off locations that accept donations at no cost.

Habitat for Humanity believes that everyone everywhere should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. Donations made to ReStore support Habitat’s mission and are tax deductible. You can schedule a pickup at no charge or arrange a priority pickup for a fee.

Bridging is a non-profit serving the Twin Cities that provides donated furniture and household goods to families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty, with the goal of housing stability. They offer a scheduled, fee-based, pickup service for $125 per visit.

Society of Saint Vincent DePaul was founded to relieve poverty in Minnesota while also addressing the situations that cause it. They offer no fee pickup with a tax-deductible donation with the requirement of at least two large pieces of furniture being given.

The Salvation Army works to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. They offer free, scheduled pickup of donations.

Arc’s Value Village is driven to ensure opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to achieve full and satisfying lives. Visit their website to find a donation location near you.

DAV of Minnesota is a membership organization made up exclusively of Minnesota men and women disabled in our nation’s defense. Their mission is to fulfill our promises to the men and women who served. They empower veterans to live high quality lives of respect and dignity. They have donation centers throughout the state of Minnesota that accept clothing and household items.

Epilepsy Foundation  offers services for people with epilepsy and seizures across Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. Our programs educate, connect, and empower individuals and families throughout their epilepsy journey. Drop-off bins are available throughout the state and accept clothing and small household items.

Community Share

Another great way to serve folks right in your neighborhood is to join your community’s Buy Nothing or NextDoor groups.

Buy Nothing Project exists to build community. Everything shared on Buy Nothing is given freely, neighbor to neighbor, no strings attached, and for free. They offer people a way to give and receive, share, lend and express gratitude through a worldwide gift economy network in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people. They believe that communities are more resilient, sustainable, equitable, and joyful when they have functional gift economies.

Source: Whatcom County

Nextdoor allows folks to connect to their neighborhood and find belonging. By bringing neighbors and organizations together, Nextdoor believes we can cultivate a kind world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on. It is a wonderful platform to offer-up items that no longer serve you but could be a gift to those in your community.


Terracycle is working to achieve their mission of Eliminating the Idea of Waste®. They have an abundance of free and fee-based recycling solutions. My favorite program so far is the Carter’s kid’s clothing recycling program! You can even earn rewards points at Carter’s by recycling your children’s clothing that is unsuitable for donation. What a deal!

Ridwell is an at-home, fee-based recycling program. They collect hard to recycle items, in a stylish bin they provide, that is intended to sit next to your front door. Every two weeks they come to your home and collect the items you’ve put in the bin on your porch. They collect textiles, lightbulbs, batteries, plastic films and more, and partner with local and domestic reuse and recycling partners so you know your stuff is going to the right place and staying out of the landfill.

Source: Huff Post

Linens and Stuffed Animals

Oftentimes used bed pillows, blankets, linens, and stuffed animals aren’t accepted at donation and recycling centers. It can be helpful to reach out to local women’s, animal, or homeless shelter to donate clean linens in useable condition. Arrow’s Heart Animal Rescue in Zimmerman is often in need of these items and accepts used donations.

Source: New Zealand Management Newsletter

When preparing to donate, gift or recycle items, be sure everything is clean and in working condition. It is helpful to check websites for lists of acceptable items and other conditions for a successful donation. Taking the time and effort to re-home your belongings keeps good, reusable items out of landfills, and helps neighbors who need support. What a win—doing good for our fellow humans, protecting the environment, and creating a less cluttered and more peaceful home environment!


Guest Blogger: Katya Larsen, Stager, A Home Revival