The Wabi Sabi House The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty

The Wabi Sabi House The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty What is wabi sabi Simply put wabi sabi is the marriage of the Japanese wabi meaning humble and sabi which connotes beauty in the natural progression of time Together the phrase invites us to set aside our pursuit of perfection and learn to appreciate the simple unaffected beauty of things as they are Wabi sabi can be found in the deep cracks of a weathering pine table It is flea markets wildflowers and cobblestones Intimately tied to Zen Buddhism wabi sabi is an aesthetic that welcomes comfort and a subtle spiritual component into the home It is not a decorating style per se but a mind set To create a true wabi sabi environment one must slowly strip away excess and learn to be satisfied living in the moment The Wabi Sabi House recounts the rich history of this emerging trend in home design and reveals countless ways to introduce wabi sabi elements into contemporary living spaces including tips for gracefully decorating with salvaged materials and vintage furnishings advice on how to rediscover the lost joy of hand crafting household items or supporting artisans who do and simple solutions for clearing clutter and blocking noise even with a spouse kids and no closet space But The Wabi Sabi House is so much than a handbook for interior design With heart and a sense of humor author Robyn Griggs Lawrence gently reminds us that there is a life in lifestyle books and she encourages people from all walks of life to slow down and recognize beauty in what may seem ordinary Intimate authoritative and truly inspirational The Wabi Sabi House lays the foundation for transforming any home into a nurturing retreat from a hectic world




10 thoughts on “The Wabi Sabi House The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty

  1. says:

    I already have a love for rustic bowls plates and baskets I also feel that lately there is too much noise in my apartment Clutter abounds I picked up the book initially because of my want to tame the clutter factorWhat I was not prepared for and what made me very happy about this book is the way wabi sabi is a method of living and not just a home decorating slash de cluttering motif Wabi Sabi is what I am already and It is a


  2. says:

    Wabi sabi is the beauty of the imperfect I've always said that my house is a wabi sabi house so how could I resist this book?


  3. says:

    Intersting book but only just Ever read a book and think to yourself Wow what was an epiphany for this person is just totally obvious to me and always has been There's my reaction in a nutshell; this person is thrilled to have figured out that plastic is bad wood is good And while I love having my own opinions confirmed by print I am a little bitter that I didn't make a ton of money writing a book that rejects artificial materials and mana


  4. says:

    My brother Eric expressed my thoughts perfectly in his review of this book so I'm just copying it here I hope you don't mind brotherI do recommend this book for its emphasis on simplicity and on finding an integrated wholeness in how we can try to mindfully arrange our living areas Her chapters on welcoming everyone who comes into your house with a cup of tea or a small gift made me think of hospitality and openness to everyone including the leas


  5. says:

    My dad told me to read this book saying that our house was very wabi sabi At first I thought that was what you put on sushi but not it is not It also does not mean you can be a slob and call it wabi sabi It is the appreciation of the natural and the less than perfect We could all use a little of that Interesting inspiring thankfully does not leave you with another list of things to do


  6. says:

    This book has a lovely philosophy that accepts or embraces rather imperfection It's full of good lessons and peacefulness


  7. says:

    I found the concept of wabi sabi some time ago and it resonated so I picked up this book from the library It seems to be mostly about wabi sabi in terms of design which is fine There were some useful sections on sound proofing your house and making mosaic tile Mostly it talks about letting your furnishings reflect you and be well cared for but not perfect and about waiting to find things that carry that sort of aged beauty or have personal meaning In that way the boo


  8. says:

    I came to this book as a new homeowner seeking to get practical advice and a stronger concept of what wabi sabi is This book offers both in good balance Don't expect lots of illustrative pictures The content of the book seems like a conscious refute of the ultra clean and staged photos one finds in magazines Lawrence comes from a magazine edigint background so it feels like an intentional and strategic decision that fits the content and intent of the book wabi sabi is not a


  9. says:

    I readskimmed this and am as done as I will ever be It was interesting to learn how aspects of Buddhist thought overlap with monastic Christianity Silence contemplation mindfully working the service of others are all themes that run though both There is a helpful list of ways to noise control techniues on pages 128 131 Many of these I would not have thought of


  10. says:

    Thoroughly explains the 2 terms they have distinct meanings and then interprets those principles for furnishing decorating and using a house Touches on sustainability minimalism without austerity and timeworn beauty that is not commodified as in shabby chic


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