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    Simplifying a Kids Bedroom: The Before

    Dena May 11, 2020

    Many years ago as I prepared to become a mother, I had a list of lofty ideals about the kind of mother I would be. In my mid-twenties, I adopted a minimalist lifestyle and I wished to incorporate those ideals in motherhood. I fell in love with the clean, practical, heart-centered principles of the Montessori and Waldorf methods. I sought to create clean, colorful, natural living and play spaces for…

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  • All of the Cozy

    Dena February 13, 2020

    Hello, sweet friends! Happy Thursday and Happy Valentine’s Day Eve. After what felt like ages, the sun finally came out yesterday and it was beautiful. Unfortunately, it’s disappeared again today though. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain, there is nothing more cozy than…

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  • Home: Living Room in Summer

    Dena July 20, 2018

    “Like the way the valleys of the earth cup their hands for light and drink, like the way the desert opens up its sweet mouth and laughs” –Hafiz How are you, my dear friends? Today is the 20th of July. It’s morning and I am…

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  • beautiful just the same

    Dena June 28, 2018

    This life is not what I imagined it would be, but it’s beautiful just the same. I took these photographs last week on the golden afternoon of the Summer Solstice. The Solstice always holds such an important space in my heart. It is a day…

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  • Homemaking: A Plant Wall

    Dena April 12, 2018

    Over the winter I set out to complete several indoor projects. I didn’t get to everything on my list, but I did complete a few. Two of the biggest ones were to finish painting my bedroom set and get it into my room (complete!) and…

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  • Introducing Samwell Tarly // Around the Yard In Autumn

    Dena September 21, 2017

    If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve probably already met him, but if not, here he is. The newest member of our family, Samwell Tarly aka “Sam.” He’s named after my favorite Game of Thrones character, of course. We adopted him from a local…

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  • Room Design // Dreaming of Botanicals

    Dena March 8, 2016

    Later this year, I’ll be redecorating a couple of spaces in my home. Namely, Marina’s nursery and my office. In the meantime, these spaces are stuck being uninspiring — to say the least. That doesn’t stop me from daydreaming and planning for the redesign, however.…

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  • golden hour, being present, caterpillars

    Dena June 11, 2015

    We spent yesterday evening in the yard. As usual, Roman was playing; M. was watching over him; and I was holding Marina. After awhile, my back and shoulders were killing me, so I asked M. to hold Marina for a bit. He walked her down…

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  • Our Yard & Gardens in May // Part 1

    Dena May 21, 2015

    We have a love/hate relationship with our home. I could go on and on about the things that we dislike (the fact that it’s too small, the dirt basement, the fact that we’re on a main road, etc.), but I’ll save that for another time.…

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