Why embrace your inner wabi-sabi?
Wabi-sabi is the Japanese aesthetic… the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. How great it is to embrace the naturally imperfect in our life and home.
Let’s take a look at wabi-sabi in your home and what it looks like.
No wonder the Rae Dunn pottery has become such a frenzy. Marshalls and Homesense (Canada) cannot keep up with the demand. Rae Dunn (yes she is a real person) embraces the wabi-sabi imperfection in her pottery. She loves the beauty in simple imperfect shapes and the way it feels in your hand. Her pottery is pure while not being perfect.
The farmhouse look that has been around for centuries and brought to the masses by Joanna Gaines through Fixer Upper has become so popular, perhaps because we are drawn to the wabi-sabi in the rustic charm she decorates in.
Wabi-sabi is the use of natural wood that is beautiful in it’s imperfection. We gravitate to handmade goods (hence the success of Etsy) and not the mass produced. Items we love tell a story that is uniquely our own.
When we follow our inner wabi-sabi we don’t let perfection get in the way of beauty. We love warm worn woods (say that 3 times) chipped pottery with glazing cracks, and woollen hand made blankets draped on a sofa.
Think things that are uniquely yours…a rusted galvanized tin, a thrift-ed item you love. Wrinkled linen and cotton look comfortable and cozy on a bed.
Things are not un-kept but simple and imperfect. Love the process of ageing in the gnarled wood on a door or wall.
That sweater you love with the frayed sleeve that you can’t get rid of for example, that old worn leather bag you use every weekend. It is not ugly and falling apart but cozy, well loved and comfortable. You love it so much because it makes you feel good. Perhaps something that has been handed down to you that you display proudly in your kitchen makes you feel good too. That’s wabi-sabi!
Lenard Cohen poetically put it “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in”
I love this!!
Look for unfinished woods while keeping it simple.
Don’t be mistaken wabi-sabi is not cluttered spaces. There must be space in a room to breathe. Wabi-sabi embraces the beauty of age and wear. It’s not a decorate style but more of a mind set.
Embrace your inner wabi-sabi by embracing things meaningful to you and create a sense of joy in your home. Don’t strive for perfection, celebrate the unfinished (not referring to an unfinished bathroom with no plumbing!) and abandoning perfect!
Now that’s a Room Changer!