embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi.
by victoria comment

5/5/21

i’m finding myself with way too much ‘stuff’ again. when i feel this way, not only does my home feel cluttered, but my mind does, too. i have trouble thinking straight and being creative and i have to stop what i’m doing immediately and straighten up my desk or a drawer. i’ve always been like this — i could never work my 9-5 job when my desk was messy, either. so i’m trying to clear the clutter and make life around my home a little more zen — a little more wabi-sabi. Wabi-Sabi is a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay. it represents japanese aesthetics and a Japanese worldview centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” with color palettes that mimic those found in nature, like pale greens, grays, and earth tones. to find this simple aesthetic in design and products look to companies like toiro kitchen, truck furniture and muji and bunkado in DTLA (great for paper lanterns). i also find paumes books to be most inspiring – you can find them at kinokuniya book shops. here’s to clearing out the clutter and embracing simplicity and beauty in imperfection.

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: smink Eclipse square tiles via remodelista; kimono as art via interior trends; Cat Wind Chime Woodblock Print via ameblo; kimono on wall via focus maison; JAYSON HOME Vintage Baskets; JOHN DERIAN’S HOME VIA THE SELBY; embroidered fabric panel via cooper hewitt collections; urban outfitters Rohini Daybed Cushion; ceramic pedestal bowls by @silviavalentin_ceramica; vintage japanese matchbook cover via Jane McDevitt; vintage stoneware crock from super marché; JAYSON HOME Black Marble Footed Bowl.

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: west elm Ribbed Glass Table Lamp; japanese magazine via sfgirlbybay; japanese design via kiito; paper lantern via ryan quinn johnston; japanese matchbook from ebay; japanese decor via roomclip; Kimono robe from JE Art Gallery London; kyoto ace hotel via remodelista; japanese design via behance; JIA Inc Steamer Set; Isamu Noguchi AKARI Lantern on ebay; dining room via my scandinavian home.

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: @aurelie__lecuyer; floor mattress via urban outfitters; IKEA GAMLEHULT Ottoman with storage; my scandinavian home; kimono and bench the society inc.; my paradissi; trunk furniture via remodlista; kitchen shelving via est living; aesthetically thinking; march´+ atelier.

2 responses to “embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi.”

  1. Lovely moments in these photos. The one that stopped me in my tracks was the painted glass windchimes. I had a couple of these when I was a kid and have been (unsuccessfully) searching for some for years. Of course the ones in the photo are from John Derian’s home. Beautiful, but not helpful in my search!

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