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

Reblogger Roy Kelley
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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. 

Wabi-Sabi!

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. 

 

 

 

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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Rainmaker
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William Feela
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Sometimes it is the imperfections that make something pretty.  I prefer not to have cookie cutter in my life

May 03, 2018 02:27 AM #1
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Gita Bantwal
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Thank you for reblogging the post. I hope others will read it too 

May 03, 2018 03:59 AM #2
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Dorie Dillard
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Good morning Roy Kelley ,

I love that you re-blogged this post of Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD . I remember reading ti but so good a second read is in order!

May 03, 2018 04:55 AM #3
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Gabe Sanders
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Thanks for the re-blog, Roy.  Some very interesting design ideas in this post.

May 03, 2018 05:01 AM #4
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Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

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Hi Roy, thanks for reblogging our Wabi Sabi post. We are both big fans of this concept and try to incorporate it into our lives. 

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Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

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