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Other countries have huge influences on us and our home, and this year we have been introduced to a few. First we learnt of the Danish Hygge & Lykke, now we have Wabi Sabi – the Japanese way of thinking about our lives and homes and making them imperfect…in a good way.
‘Characteristics of the aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes’
There is so much presure to make our homes the best they can be, whether it’s clean lines, perfectly arranged bookshelves or neatly placed cushions. Whatever habits we have Wabi Sabi teaches us to let go a bit and feel more content.
Wabi Sabi is about mis-matched furniture, wonky vases, worn wood floors and naturally textured accessories. Less shiny and new, more used and imperfect. There is no wrong or right way to indroduce the principles of Wabi Sabi, it’s more about appreciating what we have, and if we need those new things then perhaps opt for handmade or used items.