Each team member was thrilled to hear about Natasha’s dream of beginning a non-profit and readily stepped in to help make it happen. We are all so proud to be able to put our talent and passion for design to work helping furnish spaces and create homes for individuals and families starting new chapters in their lives. As a young designer, our founder partnered with The Living Room, a local organization committed to serving women experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, on a remodel. Inspired by the work and mission of The Living Room, Natasha dreamed to one day grow her business to a point where she could support a non-profit foundation committed to furnishing families and underserved populations seeking transitional and/or permanent housing, a safe and beautiful home. Our mission is to furnish new homes for dedicated and motivated individuals or families who have experienced challenges and obstacles that led to homelessness. Now, they are working hard, and developing new strategies and skills to lead more positive and successful lives.

What We Do

Inspired Spaces Foundation works with individuals and families in Sonoma County, who have been homeless or are at risk of being homeless, furnishing their permanent home once they have obtained it. We partner with local non-profit organizations, such as The Living Room and Catholic Charities, who service the at-risk and homeless populations, and have guided and supported them through the housing process, to receive referrals. Once we receive a referral, we schedule a meeting with the client to find out not only what they need, but what they like- colors, styles, etc. Only when surrounded by colors that are familiar and soothing, and styles that are aesthetically pleasing to one’s eye, can a home become a sanctuary. By taking these factors into consideration, we can put together a cohesive design. Whenever possible, we coordinate with the client to tour their new home, taking measurements to determine what will fit. The team then conducts a design meeting where we “shop” our furniture and decor donations inventory and choose items to use in the design. We also discuss personal items, such as bedding, towels and other accessories we need to purchase to complete the design. An installation date is chosen and communicated to the client. Our team of volunteers then get to work. From managing the structure, timing and details of the project, to pulling the selected furniture/furnishings from the inventory, repairing, painting, and/or upcycling specified furniture and staging them for installation, and participating in the installation for our clients, our volunteers are invaluable and crucial to each project’s success. On the designated day, we gently and kindly ask the individual or family to leave their home while we complete the install. When it is completed, we invite them to come back, do a big reveal and welcome them to their newly and completely furnished home.

Why We Do It

It is estimated that there are at least 3,000 homeless people in Sonoma County. While there are a myriad of reasons for homelessness, such as lack of affordable housing, no job or lack of income, no money for moving costs, or lack of available housing, each person has their own unique, personal story and a powerful desire to have a home. Not having a home or living in poor or transitional housing leads to increased risk of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Children living in these conditions are more susceptible to behavioral problems and have more difficulty learning in school. Conversely, a home reduces stress and leads to better mental health for all. A safe home also reduces toxins and infectious disease leading to improved overall physical health. A home is a place where a person feels safe and accepted. A calm and beautifully furnished home creates a better sense of well-being. Homes provide security, a place where a person can feel in control of their life, and a sense of identity. It is their safe haven where they can truly be themselves and escape the busyness, noisiness and intrusiveness of the outside world. ISF helps create that sense of home by furnishing the client’s studio or apartment with a cohesive, beautiful and calm design incorporating their needs and desires. Our client’s do not have to worry about moving costs or logistics of getting furnishings to their new home, as we take care of it all! These amazing, resilient people have fought hard to gain housing and are ready to begin their next chapter. We believe that having a stable, comfortable and beautiful home empowers them to focus and build on other important factors in their lives- jobs, education, playing with their children, spending time with family and friends- and not worrying about where they will sleep or if their children will be safe and warm.

Success Stories

Our clients come from a myriad of backgrounds and circumstances that led to them being homeless. Whether it was escaping abuse, struggling with substance abuse issues and mental health challenges, or lack of income to pay rent, each person has demonstrated strength, resilience, perseverance and courage to ask for help.