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Golden Sun Room

by Emily
(North Carolina)

Some of my greatest desires for my children are to raise them with ample opportunity to live creatively, appreciate the beauty of natural world, and have reverence for all living things. I have been very conscious of my choices for my three children. It was a real learning experience to move away from the materialistic focus as a new parent, to a more simple life style.


I realized that when my eldest daughter (now 8 years old) was a baby, I did not need or even want to acquire all the products that magazines and advertisements seemed to proclaim one needs to raise a baby. I chose to keep purchases to the items that I really loved for myself, items that felt good in the hands, smelled good, and were made by human hands. I was so grateful to find a Waldorf parent-toddler group that really reassured me that my path of mothering was the right one for my family.

My children have space for play and learning in most every room in our home. The garden and back yard are probably the most important, as well as the playroom, which contains some playstands, bookshelves, and natural fiber goods. The children have access to silks (many hand dyed by us), wooden blocks, items from nature (pine cones, stones, etc), animals handknit by myself and my sister, a special wooden dollhouse and books. They have their own art boxes with papers, modeling wax, watercolor paints, beeswax crayons and wool roving. My kids love to invent and create their own stories. The photo submitted here is of my younger two children in their space. My daughter was having a puppet show for me that she created. I love more than anything to see their senses nurtured and hearts free to express themselves.

I am very frugal with purchases, supporting artisans for special gifts that I buy, or getting grandparents to contribute to bigger purchases (like the dollhouse and playstands) and shopping for wood toys and clothing at thrift stores. I have even found several beautiful waldorf dolls at thrift stores! In addition, I love to craft and make beautiful things, and when I can find the time, I like to make things together with my kids. My girls have learned to knit, and even my 2 year old like to pretend along with us. I feel like I could go on and on, as it is a passion close to my heart! I have been trying to appreciate the everyday life by keeping a family blog at www.goldensunfamily.blogspot.com. I love to inspire other mamas to follow their hearts and enjoy living creatively alongside their children.

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Aug 19, 2008
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thoughtful
by: Anonymous

Your playroom looks so thoughtful and beautiful. It looks like a place where children can linger and enjoy being a child.

Aug 18, 2008
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Thanks everyone!
by: emily

I really appreciate all the very sweet comments. It is exciting to see all the examples of beautiful spaces for children. I feel like I am continually trying to simplify their space, still trying to get it to feel spacious yet cozy, abundant with creative content, and still minimalistic enough to foster gratitude. I really have my own native-German mother to thank for my desire to connect the natural world and creativity to our every day life. It is that desire which fuels the space for me. Blessings to all you mamas on your beautiful journeys and many congratulations to the contest winners. What a delicious treat to enjoy the handwork of the etsy artists!xoxo

Aug 18, 2008
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Wow!
by: Jesse

Such lucky babes are yours!!

Aug 18, 2008
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I commend you!
by: Joanna

As a Montessori teacher, I share your passion to create spaces where children can experience contact with nature and be able to express their creativity and wonder -- I absolutely love what you have created -- very inspiring.

Aug 15, 2008
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I just want to crawl right in!
by: Jess

The room is so inviting! It makes me want to crawl in and play dolls and get lost in their world! Way to go!

Aug 15, 2008
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Sooo Dreamy!
by: Caroline


What a fantastic, refreshing space to turn towards the natural beauty of this world. Your mindfullness,family devotion and artistic creativity are inspiring.

Aug 15, 2008
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Child-focused space!
by: Jen

The colors, the open flow of the room and the child-friendly setting make this a room any kid would love to be invited into....

Aug 15, 2008
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Life Within
by: Karin

Toys that are created with wholesome and luscious gifts of nature are never untidy because they radiate beauty from within. The dynamic tendency of children is so well captured in your photo of your daughter and son, not posed but engaged and unaware...the essence of childhood innocence. Truly sacred!

Aug 14, 2008
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What a wonderful space!
by: Hope

I love that your playroom encourages your children to seek out the inherent beauty and value in each object they pick up or play with - everything surrounding them is meaningful and worthwhile, made with love and attention. Such a gift of peacefulness and care!

Aug 14, 2008
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Good for you!
by: Elisa

What an inspiring room! You are such an inspiration to mothers everywhere who don't want to give in to commercialism...who want to raise childen to develop their own style and voice from within. You have surrounded them with beauty and given them so many opportunties to grow!

Aug 14, 2008
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inspiring
by: tif

the beautiful, inviting, spaces you create are such an extension of you! you continually inspire me! your choice of toys and furnishings create a space that invites children to enter, create, imagine, and play, yet there is such a peaceful sense to all you do! beautiful emily!

Aug 14, 2008
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And it works!
by: Debbie

I have seen evidence of the output from these wonderful, blessed children who get to experience this fantastic environment > and that is the real beauty. They are creative, imaginative, and downright resourceful! And I believe this space (along with attentive, conscious parenting) has much to do with it. Keep it coming, Emily! Many blessings as you go .....

Aug 14, 2008
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Freedom to Learn
by: Nikki

Your room is full of light and inspiration - it looks like it really fosters freedom to think, act, and learn creatively.

Aug 14, 2008
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Enchanting and Inspiring
by: Allison

This room is so inviting, I would love to walk through & experience as both a child and an adult. It is an inspiration to all mothers who want to offer and encourage a natural environment for their family.

Aug 14, 2008
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A child's dream
by: Olya

Emily, you never cease to amaze me with your creativity! How wonderful that your children get to learn that from you. Their play room is simply magical, dreamy, perfect place where their imagination can create a new world around them :) You're truly an inspiration!

Aug 14, 2008
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Beautiful
by: Lisha

This is the perfect creative space. I love the simplicity of the dollhouse. I also love all the natural light! Very Inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

Aug 14, 2008
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Lovely play space
by: Amanda

Your play space seems peaceful and like a great place to foster imagination.

Aug 14, 2008
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Beautiful
by: Rachel

This is stunning. What a precious shot of your two children too, looks like a magazine ad! Lovely entry, this one really captures the "feel" of naturalness for children.

Jul 31, 2008
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Magical
by: Amy

The playroom you've created is both inspiring and magical. What a beautiful way to support and nurture your children's inate creativity.

Jul 29, 2008
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Simply Beautiful
by: Saamy

What a pretty shot of your girls playing naturally. I love the dollhouse and the light through the playsilks. We have alot in common! Keep up the good work, mama!

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