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.
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.