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What is Wabi-Sabi and how do you bring it into your life?
So, what on earth is Wabi-Sabi and why do you need it in your life?
Wabi-sabi is an ancient Japanese philosophy focused on accepting the transient nature of life. There is no direct western translation for wabi-sabi, but essentially it finds beauty in imperfection.
Do you have a never ending to-do list? Do you feel pressured to live an ‘instagram perfect’ life, or ‘keep up with the Jones’? If so, this trend might be the perfect thing for you. It’s time to take a step back and embrace what you have.
The near constant comparison of our lives to others is now cited as being hugely detrimental to our mental health. Because of this, we personally can’t see a better time to embrace the relaxed principals of wabi-sabi. This powerful shift in perspective will help us to feel more peaceful and content in the current moment, and by doing so, allow us to embrace serenity and tranquility in our day-to-day lives.
If you are an average human who makes a mess while getting ready every single morning, or you still used your favourite mug with the chip in it – that’s okay. Homes aren’t meant to be perfect, they are meant to be lived in and enjoyed.
No matter you personal style, there is one key factor to nailing the wabi-sabi trend in your home – find beauty in the not-so-perfect. Naturally wrinkled linen table clothes, farm house tables that tell tales of family life, ceramics that have not been perfectly thrown together. Accepting the idea that your home doesn’t need to be showroom-ready is all it takes.
Emphasise the use of organic materials, pieces with innate imperfections, handmade, naturally-shaped decor pieces. Wooden furniture, handmade, traditional weaving techniques, hand-crafted pottery and wrinkly bed linen.
Wabi-sabi is the wonky carrot supermarkets give away for free because it’s seen as ugly. It’s the cracked bowl, the well-thumbed book, the blossom coating your garden and the elbow patches on your favourite jumper. It appreciates all that is simple, modest and imperfect, or as we like to say ‘beauty in the simplicity’. Be proud that you love something so dearly you can’t bring yourself to throw it away. The perfect antidote to a throwaway society built on disposable goods and mass-produced, homogeneous items.
Keep it real, be authentic and be happy that for once you don’t have iron your bed sheets.