Wabi Sabi: Lesson #2 | Wabi Sabi Philosophy at Home

Searching pictures for this post, I feel that wabi sabi means for many people something like a rustic-Japanese-decrepit-style. Actually as we said in another post this is a doctrine.

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Wabi sabi has a lot to do with things and attitudes that sure you have seen in your grandmothers homes, if you are from the generation whose grandmothers lived the postwar period. Personally I remember two things: a chopping wood, worn and absolutely wonderful after decades of use, and a simple table cloth of gingham, washing a thousand of times, with a modest hemstitched edging that maked it unique in the world.

How can you make your house a wabi sabi home?

1. OPEN YOUR SPACE
There is no better decoration for a wabi sabi lover than light and space. We must resist “horror vacui”, that fear of emptiness that leads us to fill everything. Avoid accumulating objects with arguments like “It’s a wedding present” or “It was very expensive” or “Perhaps I will need it in the future”… This does not mean that wabi sabi decor is monkish, but you have to “edit” your home.

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Make things earn the space they occupy. Retain just only what brings you good memories, regardless of their economic value, or that with an special value.

Do you have too much of this kind? Once again there is an ancient Japanese practice that comes to your aid: Tokonoma, a doctrine that proposes the rotation of the “treasures” you have, for example according to the seasons. Show this chandeliers heritage of your grandmother in Winter, and in Spring these vases for flowers brought from a trip.

You stand out just a few special things, rather than saturating the house with decorations. In addition, when things rotate you should be excited to see them again. Of course, you need a storage room to put things, but it will not be necessary to throw them away or undershell in wallapop.

2. DECORATE WITH NATURAL ELEMENTS
Enjoy the natural beauty, choose designs with colors, patterns and textures from Nature. Garnish with untreated wood furniture, use natural wood or mud floors, choose fabrics such as linen, cotton or jute.

Even easier: add organic life with fresh flowers, plants, bowls of fruits… That lends color and freshness to any room. Or bring nature home, a way to decorate that connects us with the planet and it’s free: pine cones, twigs, shells, stones …

wabisabi23Vía: Poetic Home

Remember that wabi sabi loves natural wear of things, with its cracks and imperfections, as they form their own history and reflect the natural passage of time. Never polish, restore or customize objects.

Artworks reflect how we are, so avoid the “serial” art purchased in chain stores… Look for beautiful, unconventional and original things that make your home unique. Actually you don’t need to buy expensive art. Think DIY (do it yourself) can serve as our own potos, vintage or family works…

3. CREATE A PEACEFUL SPACE
In a wabi sabi house there is a space (or more) dedicated to relax, read, listen to music or just enjoy the silence. TV always on is enemy of a wabi sabi space… Silence gives us balance and harmony. Can you imagine trying to find your inner voice hearing the dishwasher or cars honking on the street?

To minimize noise you can add good curtains, quality windows, bookshelves, upholstered furniture and carpets…

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A curiosity: wabi sabi philosophy and its quiet way of life was already present in theories of such influential architects and designers as William Morris, Frank Lloyd Wright or Charles & Ray Eame. They already though about the open spaces, simplity.

4. CLEAN AND ORDER
Some dust is not bad, or some toys in the living room or dishes in the sink occasionally. Real people don’t live in houses as you see in magazines. In fact, wabi sabi considers more genuine houses with real people in them.

However, clean and tidy things seem calm. Cleanliness is a sign of respect for the people who live in the house and for the guests. Clutter is the enemy of clarity, not only physicall, but also mental.

The Key to success is in the daily maintenance, not in big marathons cleaning sessions once. Regarding order, it is best to go slowly, not to try to arrange the entire house. In case of doubt, throw it away or give it to an NGO…

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When you buy something new, choose only useful things for you or your family and good quality ítems. They will last longer and make your day more comfortable. Not always high technology is the best option, sometimes a simple tool is more practical than a full-featured gadget. And whenever you buy, follow this last wabi sabi tip: throw something away.

Finally, here you have a link that shows wabi sabi house does not have to look like an abandoned zen sanctuary… I hope you like it!

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