Design Trends for 2018 - You Say Wasabi, We Say Wabi-Sabi

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors


The root word Wa means harmony, peace, tranquility, and balance. Sabi means "the bloom of time." As far as home decor is concerned, wabi-sabi isn't a look, like French country. It's a lens that appreciates the passing of time. It's a philosophy that offers a path toward home-as-sanctuary, a simple place free of clutter and distraction. 


One of the predicted home design trends for 2018 is Wabi-Sabi. We happen to think the concept is environmentally sound, and matches our ViewHomes™ of Clark County philosophy. Our friends, Ron and Alexandra Seigel first introduced us to the concept. Wabi-Sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfections - it's pretty easy to embrace. After all, we are all basically imperfectly perfect, just like life. 


Therefore, it pleased us to discover Wabi-Sabi as one of Country Living's design "ins" for the coming year. In their application, it translates to handmade or hand-painted items including rough linens and pottery. They call the overall result deeply personal, organic aesthetics. 


After doing more research, we discovered this article from Oprah magazine online. Here are few of the guidelines for achieving the calming sense of Wabi- Sabi in your own home. 


Celebrate Humble Materials : 

Humble materials are defined as raw and natural, requiring little processing to create. Wabi-sabi favors fewer, but high-quality, long-lasting possessions. Items that get better with age, and can be repaired - adding even more character and beauty to the piece. 


Clutter Free:

The goal of wabi-sabi is to become increasingly unencumbered. The ultimate purpose of clearing the clutter of unused or broken items ( unless a repair enhances and breathes in new life)  is to "let go." Homes should be as comforting and carefree as possible, for ourselves and our guests.


Collect, then Curate:

In Leonard Koren's book, Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosphers, we were both drawn to this quote, "Pare down the essence, but don't remove the poetry." Our homes should inspire and rejuvenate us. If every nook and cranny is crammed with items, there is little space left for the imagination. 

Let Beauty and Utility Overlap

Wabi-sabi promotes a resourceful approach. We are encouraged to live with useful things we love and make our homes function with as few things as possible. Investing in beautiful utilitarian objects simplifies our spaces because we end up needing fewer things to make us happy. 


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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Tuesday Debb and Bernie,  Another interesting blog for all of us to learn from.  Thanks for sharing!


Feb 28, 2018 08:46 AM #34
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

Debb and Bernie: How beautiful is that! The photograph says it all, doesn't it? I think you have caught on to the trend that most can't even name much less describe....It is much appreciated that you have posted about it--I can see that trend in many of the homes here in the Hamptons--a little Hamptons look as the key influence but it is basically the same as style goes--all very natural in color and material. Thanks for a great post!

Feb 28, 2018 09:13 AM #35
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Congratulations on your feature recognition. I love this post.

Keep it simple.

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Feb 28, 2018 09:26 AM #36
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Debb and Bernie- It's fun just saying the word. Since the beginning of the year, I've been editing items in my home (especially my closet) and as each item leaves my house, I feel a true sense of joy and comfort. Wonderful post. 

Feb 28, 2018 09:53 AM #37
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I hadn't heard this term before, but can tell by your description that it's definitely something I could embrace. I am a huge fan of less=more. 

Feb 28, 2018 10:34 AM #38
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I love this concept, Wabi-Sabi and enjoyed reading all about it.

Feb 28, 2018 10:51 AM #39
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I loved this post and at the end I just felt like "I get it" Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Feb 28, 2018 12:56 PM #40
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Great post, and a great photo and illustration of the concept. That's one of the books I keep nearby.


Feb 28, 2018 03:51 PM #41
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Congratulations on the feature - and like so many here in the rain - this is a new word for me! and yes  it is definitely fun to say! 

Feb 28, 2018 06:19 PM #42
Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Thank you for sharing this. 

Mar 01, 2018 03:11 AM #43
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for educating me.  I was not familiar with wabi-sabi but it looks like a promising concept.

Mar 01, 2018 04:58 AM #44
Kathy Booth, Setting the Stage
Setting the Stage - Newmarket, ON
Home Staging and ReDesign Professional

I use Feng Shui concepts in home staging but I have not heard of Wabi-Sabi.  This was very interesting, thank you!

Mar 01, 2018 07:07 AM #45
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debb & Bernie, interestingly since I live in LA I am accustomed to a large Japanese connection, like my eye doctor, my physician and the list goes on and on, one of our friends ironically is a hoarder and she should know about this concept better than we do:))Endre

Mar 01, 2018 09:49 PM #46
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

I agree, we are more attracted to imperfection.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Wabi-Sabi.

Mar 02, 2018 11:39 PM #47
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Apex, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD what a fun word to say! I love the meaning behind it as well.

Mar 03, 2018 12:06 PM #48
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 That is what Bob and I are working on is decluttering, we have accumulated so much junk over the past 20 years we just want a simpler life. 

Mar 04, 2018 02:05 PM #49
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Debb and Bernie - harmony and balance certainly relieves tensions.  It is great if a home or a room can convey that feeling.

Mar 05, 2018 07:11 PM #50
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I love this post and concept. Thanks for pointing it out.

Mar 06, 2018 11:04 PM #51
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  Missed this post .What a beautiful concept . This makes so much sense .

Mar 08, 2018 11:46 AM #52
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

I'm so glad that Roy Kelley re-bblogged your post. It's was an excellent read the first time but enjoyed reading it again!

May 03, 2018 04:58 AM #53
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