Embracing the beauty of imperfection

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese concept and it has long appealed to me.  Finding beauty in imperfection.  How lovely are those four words?!   To me this concept means a simple home without unnecessary clutter. Where natural materials like timber are left exposed with a soft, slightly worn patina – not covered with a thick layer of shiny polyurethane.  Or where timber floors are painted in a chalky white, but the gaps in the floorboards are left gaping.  Maybe an exposed brick wall is uncovered to show the structure of the original building, in all it randomness and quirky detail.

Image from Pinterest
Image from Pinterest
Image from Pinterest

This “Wabi-Sabi mindset” also allows me to appreciate a vase or platter when it becomes chipped and imperfect. Sometimes this tells a story or reminds us of times gone…”Oh that happened with the last house move”…”That was when you did a headstand on the couch and flipped over the back – remember?” This stops me from throwing some things away just because they are no longer perfect.

Spot the chip!
Can’t miss this giant chip…

When you think about it, Wabi-Sabi a nice concept to apply to life in general….

And speaking of life in general, we’ve hit a major delay with the kitchen. The gorgeous angled window needs to come out and a new one needs to be made (3 weeks I’ve been promised….) It’s a little sad because the black timber framework is kinda lovely framing the bush outside, but the way the glass angles down to the benchtop is really impractical, and it wasn’t made well. In fact if it had been made by a female builder originally….just saying…

See ya lovely old window
See ya lovely old window

If you want to see more beautiful images with a Wabi-Sabi feel, jump over to my Pinterest board here

That’s it from me this week. I’m going to start looking into natural paints and oils for my new kitchen doors and the soon-to-be-sanded old floors. Hope to report back next week.

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Have a great week lovelies

Author: The Coastal Creative

Living close to the beach encourages a relaxed way of living and this influences my work as an interior designer. I am drawn to the eclectic, faded colours, rustic timber, the imperfection of things hand made, and objects that tell a story.

2 thoughts on “Embracing the beauty of imperfection”

  1. Love it!!! THANK YOU

    You’ve got me hooked into my creative side and I’ve been thinking about something and now you’ve inspired me to create it, so now I’m planning to make that happen for ME!!

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