Wabi Sabi

February 24, 2009 at 3:40 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Wikipedia defines wabi sabi as the Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience.  Sometimes it is also described as beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.  I think a good description of this is finding the prefect ion in imperfection. I love the concept of wabi sabi and try to incorporate it into my home all the time. I truly do believe that things can grow more beautiful over time. Maybe its the fact that a well worn item looks well loved. I love how these items have a past, a history. New furnishings from some big box store are often not very well made and are also mass-produced. Meaning that too many of these items in your home and things might look exactly like some one else’s home. This to me is boring. Age and imperfections add interest. So, although we do mix modern items in with our antiques and used finds, we do have some wabi sabi pieces in our home. I thought I would show you a few of our currently well-loved pieces.

This is our little dining table.  It is very old and imperfect, but, it has so much character and personality.  Even the chairs are worn-in, and mismatched!

This is our little dining table. It is very old and imperfect, but, it has so much character and personality. Even the chairs are worn-in, and mismatched!

A close-up of our perfectly imperfect table.

A close-up of our perfectly imperfect table.

This is an old table with an antique frame used for the top.  We use it as our living room coffee table.  It has its dings and scratches, but I think thats what makes it so unique.

This is an old table with an antique frame used for the top. We use it as our living room coffee table. It has its dings and scratches, but I think that's what makes it so unique.

The mirror top of our coffee table.

The mirror top of our coffee table.

Here are a few more imperfect yet gorgeous items currently in our house:

A vanity bench in our guest room.

A vanity bench in our guest room.

One of two old plant stands used as bedside tables in our guest room.

One of two old plant stands used as bedside tables in our guest room.

A worn coke crate is hung up in our bedroom.

A worn coke crate is hung up in our bedroom.

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Quick Trip To The Antique Store

December 19, 2008 at 6:49 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Last night before the ice storm, we took a quick drive to the antique store the next town over.  I love this store.  All antique stores are fun, but this place is so big that you always see something new.  I did find these two little gems:

A coke box with the cubbies still in.  I have been wanting to hang one of these up for a trinket shelf.

A coke box with the cubbies still in. I have been wanting to hang one of these up for a trinket shelf.

This is a very old cigar box.  I though this would be beautiful to hold little odds and ends.

This is a very old cigar box. I though this would be beautiful to hold little odds and ends.

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We decided to put the cigar box in the TV cubbie for now.  The coke box we hung in the living room above the Eames lounge chair.  For now all that we put in it are some antique glass candies.  They are a little lost in there, but I needed a place to put them.  Over time I’m sure we will collect more trinkets to put in there.  I think it looks really cute.  Any other suggestions?
The cigar box in the TV cubbie.

The cigar box in the TV cubbie.

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This was the spot we chose for the coke box. Don't mind those awful curtains! 🙂

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The back of the box has a bit of a wierd shape, but this is a close up of the little candies if you can make them out.

The back of the box has a bit of a wierd shape, but this is a close up of the little candies if you can make them out.

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