Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumnal Equinox

My favorite time of year has arrived and with it the usual flurry of seasonal nesting activity - which in my case means purging the house of everything that has become superfluous over the last six months. This activity has taken on an extreme element this September with not just the contents of the house being pared down but with my succeeding in down-sizing my storage unit. By the new year I expect to be able to give it up all together. (Progress. It feels good.)


I have simplifying on my mind right now and the only things I'll be keeping in reserve are seasonal favorites - currently sheepskins and a lot of candles are coming out of summer hibernation.


While temperatures are dropping, we haven't had fire weather yet - but I'm ready and looking forward to it.


This fall finds us in a a transitional place in life; one daughter is applying to college and the other is right behind her. I am focused on maintaining a balance of being a mother and doing everything in my power to make their dreams come true while fostering their future independence, and at the same time carrying on my own fulfilling, creative work. It is a challenging time and an orderly, serene home feels more important than ever.


I've had some long breaks between posts recently but am getting back in the groove so thanks for staying tuned. Wishing you all a happy fall.  xo, Phyllis

24 comments:

  1. Very nicely said, Phyllis. The entire college "adventure" is just that, and for parents as well as young ones. I had such fun during those years…and must have done something right, as my daughter seems so happy and well grounded now, a few years after graduation. But for me fall is not the favorite season: no, give me heat and sunshine any day!
    So glad to see you back here and looking forward to more! Libby

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  2. Indeed an important time, Phyllis. Calm and order are something I definitely strive for and the older I get, the more I crave simplicity…gorgeous post!

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  3. Phyllis, Those college years .. or preparing for them.. is a very unique and special time of life. It's a time when we want to make the most of our time together and at the same time it's a "letting go" period. I think many women go through a lot emotionally as the season changes to Fall. This is when kids go back to school and we re-group and prepare to hunker down for winter. Even though my kids are grown I still feel the change. It's crazy to think about kids growing up and leaving home but there is so much to look forward to! It's incredible to see your kids functioning as adults .. and doing a great job! We spend 18 - 21 years preparing for this moment and it's wonderful to see it come to fruition. Lots to look forward to.

    Get those candles out and I'm looking forward to the weeks ahead when I can (hopefully) start unpacking my throws, blankets .. and light my candles.

    xxleslie

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  4. Love these colors. The kids growing up and "trying" to make their own decisions, it's all in the process of maturing and for us moms it is scary I know. Enjoy every single moment this season. I'm already looking forward to the holidays even though I have no idea what we will be doing. Sending love....

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  5. Hi Phyllis,

    Enjoy these precious days as they will fly by in a blink. [i know that everyone says that, because it's true!] My older son is a musician, so a very different experience than most kids go through because he had to go on several auditions. The rest didn't matter one iota. He ended up at New England Conservatory and stayed in Boston. My younger son has autism and isn't going to college. I'm just grateful he made it through high school. [kinda sort maybe--- well, whether warranted or not, he has the diploma] Your daughters will each find their way. And that's the beauty of their coming of age. Always lovely posts that I'm happy to see! best, Laurel

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  6. Your photos are gorgeous, Phyllis. Even though I am not ready for the cold, I am all over your idea to to pare down. I keep thinking that I will be going on a purge spree throughout the house, which feels so empty with my youngest off to college, but I just don’t want to move his stuff. I am hoping your post will be just the inspiration I need.

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  7. Gorgeous images that first one is breathtaking! I share your sentiments and fall is my favorite season too I like to slow down a little before the hustle and bustle of the crazy holiday season starts to overtake me:) Enjoy it, has the foliage peaked yet?

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  8. Phyllis,
    This is such a welcoming season for me...fire in the fireplace, warm cider on a cool night, friends and family for an informal autumn dish. I'm on a "simplifying" tack as well, if feels so good to pare down to what we love and what we use.
    Enjoy this first week of fall and the months to come.
    xo,
    Karen

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  9. Simplicity and order are needed in our lives....Great Post!

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  10. you take as long as you need, we'll all be here waiting for you when you get back. but glad you are back :) i love the fall, new beginnings are wonderful. happy fall to you and your daughters!

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  11. So now is not a good time to tell you about my new storage unit?? Actually, it's temporary :) Very beautiful photos, Phyllis! I am looking forward to wearing my wooly, itchy sweaters and drinking hot cocoa when we go up to Maine. Cheers to a spectacular fall in New England. x Loi

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  12. What charming photos, I am excited for fall as well. It's just a great time to recharge and reload. That being said, I am re-doing my storage unit. I made an area to do crafts and work on photos, but I will always have one. I take all kinds of things back and forth between seasons. It's climate controlled so cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I've had it for 15 years,including the 13 that I was in CT.

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  13. I always enjoy seeing photos of your home. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year too--nothing like nesting and cozying up indoors to help one relax and unwind. Happy Fall!

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  14. What is more beautiful than simplicity? You've edited it down to the bare essentials in the textures of the season and I absolutely love it. Gorgeous!

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  15. Phyllis this is always my favourite season! I make just a few changes, the candles, another throw or two, my velvet pumpkins and voila I am ready!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Haute Couture Ateliers

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  16. Happy 'Fall' to you too Phyllis.
    I agree with everything in your post.
    Hope all well with you, and you have a lovely week,
    Liz x

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  17. Autumn is so beautiful! And you are so talented to make it beautiful around you :) Beautiful pictures! Wish you a happy weekend :)
    Gry

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  18. Glad someone is purging. I refuse to purchase one more item, but books don't count and then there's always ibooks. Thanks for the inspiration, Phyllis.

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  19. Phyllis, your photos are beautiful! I have been doing a lot of purging around here as well. As soon as my boys were back in school I started going crazy on the closets and storage. The change of season always does it to me. I hope you are enjoying the cooler days and I am sure the fall foliage is beautiful up there!
    Shelley

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  20. Your photos are beautiful and so fall...I'm wishing we get a fall this year..its still in the 70s...I've been wearing flip flops and skirts...

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  21. I love decorating for fall - making everything cozy and you have the best choice in candles this time of year! It doesn't get very cold here but we can enjoy it nonetheless!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

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  22. Hello Phyllis, a favorite thing of mine is to bring the outdoors in which you have done so beautifully in these photos. You have the most elegant eye!

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  23. I am right there with you regarding the need to purge. I'm proud of your progress. Mine is not so stellar. I keep holding on to things because I've convinced myself that maybe they 'll come in handy for a styling shoot.... Congrats to your daughters AND you. An exciting time! Love your wreath! Love your style! I am a Summer girl, but I am really loving the Fall. Such pretty colors abound in nature and that feeds my visual nature. Love the sense of cozy and togetherness that Fall brings too. xx

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  24. I too bring the outdoors in. A little to much at time. My grandson has the most wonderful nature tray at our ranch home. I on the other hand have found myself looking for the very things I purged shortly after. So I am very careful. Kind of crazy sits around forever and then bam you are someone else needs it. What? Seriously? Happy Fall.

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