Wabi Sabi is an ancient Japanese aesthetic philosophy that celebrates beauty in what's natural, flaws and all.

Traditionally, this concept originated from Japanese tea ceremonies containing handmade teacups or bowls - with cracks, uneven glaze, and deliberate imperfections. These handmade, one-of-a-kind teacups remind the observer that nothing is permanent — even fixed objects are subject to change.

Wabi Sabi = Imperfect Beauty

Wabi Sabi is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, the antithesis of our classical Western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring, and monumental.  

Translated, "Wabi" means simplicity, whether elegant or rustic - while "Sabi" means the beauty of age and wear.

It's hard to get a feel for wabi-sabi if you've never encountered it before, but it should be noted that this aesthetic isn't junky, messy, or shoddy. It's also not shabby chic—you won't find new items intentionally distressed in order to look antique. Instead, the beauty of wabi-sabi appears when age and time are allowed to take their intended course.

At its core wabi-sabi teaches us to cling to what's essential, and to forget the rest. It also helps us to reexamine what "essential" really means.

Wabi Sabi atHome

A Wabi Sabi home is full of rustic character, charm, and things that are uniquely yours.

Wabi Sabi celebrates everything handmade. Instead of settling for mass-market junk, furnish your home with unique, quality pieces. A charming vintage kitchen table has more value than a gleaming new piece of particle board. Using materials that weather beautifully, like wood, stone, and metal, will let you just sit back and appreciate what you own as you grow old with it, rather than fretting over cracked plastic or warped vinyl.

Wabi Sabi Home Décor

As far ashome décor is concerned, Wabi Sabi isn’t a “look,” like shabby chic. 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 devoid of clutter and distraction.The good news is that creating a Wabi Sabi space is primarily an exercise in simplicity.

Here are a few key elements and principles that can help you achieve and embrace Wabi Sabi tranquility in your home: 

  1. Source decorative accents like vases and trays with organic lines and imperfections
  2. Celebrate humble materials
  3. Style in odd numbers
  4. Avoid symmetry at home
  5. Keep it simple
  6. Embrace open space
  7. Clear the clutter
  8. Keep it clean
  9. Fill your home with fragrance


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