Wabi Sabi: Something Old, Something Blue

Jan 14, 2009 by


Amidst all of the uncertainties 2009 holds, I am finding more solace and serenity in the Wabi Sabi philosophy.  The stark contrast of Wabi Sabi against the last decade’s gluttony of HELOCs gone wrong is refreshing, to say the least.  You don’t need the latest high-brow design couch, and you certainly don’t need to revamp your entire home with the trendiest colors.  Instead, the treasures already in your home that symbolize your life, emotions, and personal history are perfect!  In fact, the only elements in your home should be ones that you absolutely love, undoubtly need, or ideally fulfill both prerequisites!

British stylish Tonya Goodwin, whose lovely portfolio has been featured on many design blogs of late, embodies a peaceful Wabi Sabi aesthetic that combines the beauty of raw nature with polished yore.  Her use of materials on this flourished European mantle is unexpected, yet so pleasing to the eye and soul.  Truly, especially in these tumultuous times, don’t you find that less is indeed more?

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  1. i love how this mantle looks! what a great blend of objects, art and architecture.

  2. What a great aesthetic – natural and clean kind of look…and quite spiritual!

  3. I love those beautiful rocks on the mantle – although in earthquake prone California, it might not be safe for me!

  4. This post put me in the best mood, thank you.
    I love this look.

  5. I’ve been fascinated by this japanese principle for sometime now—thanks for your lovely thoughts on it, grace! and a perfect photo to go with it too–and the perfect sentiment to sum up your beautiful blog as well! can’t tell you how happy we are to have you back after your break :)

  6. How beautiful. Love her aesthetic. Very simple and raw.

  7. This looks so lovely.

  8. The term wabi-sabi is new to me today.Where have I been? I live this principle. Where have I been. My son in law is even Japanese, Where have I been.

  9. @Markus I get your drift on where you were going there. I often think of my past and use it as a means to analyze where I am and where I want to get to. Where I struggel is balancing it all out. How do you guys balance things out?

  10. This is so lovely. BTW, if you live in earthquake country, you can use quake wax to anchor things.

  11. I love this mantle because it is something I would never think of by myself. Delightful.

  12. very nice blog, thanks

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