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The wall could be Wabi-Sabi art, when I peeled of 100 Years of wallpaper, this is what the wall looked like... I kept as much as possible and sealed it with clear, matte varnish...
The wall could be Wabi-Sabi art, when I peeled of 100 Years of wallpaper, this is what the wall looked like... I kept as much as possible and sealed it with clear, matte varnish...

Could Wabi-Sabi be the sane approach to live really well in an insane world?

Wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic and philosophical concept that appreciates and embraces the beauty of imperfection, impermanence, and the natural cycle of growth and decay. It is a worldview that finds beauty in simplicity, asymmetry, and the unique characteristics that arise from the passage of time.

The term "wabi" originally referred to the solitude and simplicity found in nature, while "sabi" conveyed the beauty that comes with age and the patina of time. Together, they form the concept of wabi-sabi, which is often described as a sense of rustic beauty, humble elegance, and a celebration of the imperfect and incomplete.

Beyond visual aesthetics, wabi-sabi extends to other aspects of life, including philosophy, architecture, design, tea ceremonies, and even interpersonal relationships. The concept of "less is more" encourages a mindful appreciation of the present moment and encourages a deep connection with nature and a contemplative appreciation of the world around us.

Overall, wabi-sabi is a profound concept to cultivate a sense of peace and acceptance in a world that is ever-changing.

The wabi-sabi lifestyle is a way of living that embraces the principles of wabi-sabi philosophy. It involves adopting a mindset and making choices that reflect the values of simplicity, imperfection, and appreciation of the present moment.

What could be more here & now, than the aroma of a freshly brewed cappuccino made with love?
What could be more here & now, than the aroma of a freshly brewed cappuccino made with love?

Here are some key elements of the wabi-sabi lifestyle:

1. Embracing Imperfection: Wabi-sabi living encourages us to accept flaws, whether in ourselves, others, or the objects around us, and recognizing that they contribute to uniqueness and character.

2. Simplicity: promoting minimalism in physical possessions and daily routines. It involves decluttering and keeping only what is essential, avoiding excess consumption, and cultivating a sense of contentment with less.

3. Connection with Nature: Wabi-sabi living emphasizes a deep connection with nature. It involves spending time outdoors, appreciating the beauty of natural elements, and incorporating natural materials and elements into living spaces. Being in nature helps cultivate a sense of tranquility and harmony.

Connecting with nature...
Connecting with nature...

4. Mindful Awareness: mindfulness and being fully present in the moment is an integral part of this lifestyle. It involves slowing down, observing the details, and finding beauty and meaning in the simple and ordinary aspects of life. Gratitude rituals are an easy way to integrate a more conscious way of life.

5. Sustainable Living: encouraging sustainable practices that minimize harm to the environment, involves making conscious choices about consumption, supporting ethical and eco-friendly products, and reducing waste. Sustainable living aligns with the principles of simplicity, naturalness, and impermanence.

6. Nurturing Relationships: Wabi-sabi emphasizes the importance of nurturing authentic relationships and connections. It involves cultivating meaningful interactions, practicing kindness and empathy, and appreciating the imperfections and uniqueness of others.

Overall, the wabi-sabi lifestyle is about embracing a more mindful, intentional, and harmonious way of living. It encourages us to let go of perfectionism, embrace imperfections, simplify our lives, and find beauty and contentment in the present moment and the world around us. This is true sustainability because it gives us room to free our mind and just be.

Integrating wabi-sabi into our home can create a space that is serene, authentic, and reflective of the beauty of imperfection.

Here are some ideas to incorporate wabi-sabi elements into our homes:

1. Natural Materials: Opting for furniture and decor made from natural materials like wood, bamboo, stone, and clay. Welcoming natural textures, grains, and imperfections of these materials. Using cozy and layered textiles like throw blankets and cushions to add warmth and comfort.

2. Imperfect Beauty: Choosing items that show signs of wear, patina, and age. Looking for vintage or antique pieces with a story to tell. Embracing imperfections like chipped paint, cracks, and weathered finishes

The Chinese wedding cabinet as well as the weathered trey  do have some stories to tell...
The Chinese wedding cabinet & weathered tray do have some stories to tell & might inspire an upcoming novel...

3. Minimalist Decluttering: Adopting a minimalist approach by decluttering your space and keeping only the essential items. Creating open and uncluttered surfaces, allowing room for objects to breathe and stand out.

4. Soft, Earthy Colors: Using a muted color palette inspired by nature. Earthy tones like soft grays, warm browns, and muted greens create a calming and grounding atmosphere.

5. Natural Light and Shadows: Maximizing natural light in your space and letting it filter through the room, appreciating the interplay between light and shadows to highlight textures and to create depth.

6. Embrace Imperfect Shapes: Choosing furniture and decor with organic and irregular shapes. Avoiding strict symmetry and reaching for the beauty of asymmetry and unexpected forms.

7. Handcrafted and Artisanal Pieces: Finding handcrafted and artisanal items that showcase the craftsmanship and uniqueness of the maker. These one-of-a-kind pieces add a personal touch to your home. By the way, owning these pieces already and letting them resurface or checking out local markets or one-of-a-kind shops is a great way to live sustainable.

8. Indoor Plants and Nature-Inspired Decor: Bringing elements of nature indoors with plants and botanical-inspired decor. Living plants add freshness and a sense of vitality to your space.

9. Mindful Arrangement: Arranging objects and furniture mindfully, considering both functionality and aesthetics. Creating intentional groupings and displays that highlight the beauty of each item.

Mindfully arranged! Loving this wabi-sari simplicity...
Mindfully arranged! Loving this Wabi-Sabi simplicity...

10. Embrace the Seasons: Decorating your space with seasonal elements, such as flowers, branches, or seasonal textiles enhances the seasons and the beauty that comes with change.

11. Textures and Textiles: Incorporating natural textiles with tactile textures, such as linen, cotton, or wool.

12. Personal Touches: Displaying personal items and mementos that hold sentimental value. These objects reflect your story and add a sense of authenticity and personal connection to your space.

Remember, wabi-sabi is not about strict rules, but about embracing imperfection, simplicity, and a connection with the natural world. Infusing your home with elements that resonate with you, creates a space that brings you a sense of peace and contentment.

In conclusion, wabi-sabi is a profound and multifaceted concept that encompasses aesthetics, philosophy, and a way of life.

It celebrates the beauty of imperfection, impermanence, and the natural cycles of growth and decay. Wabi-sabi teaches us to find contentment in simplicity, appreciate the uniqueness that arises from flaws, and recognize the transient nature of existence. It encourages a mindful and intentional approach to living, where we cultivate an awareness of the present moment, connect with nature, and find beauty in the ordinary. Whether applied to design, relationships, or personal attitudes, wabi-sabi offers a profound shift in perspective that encourages us to find serenity and appreciation in a world that is ever-changing.

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