Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wabi-Sabi Wednesday

What in the world is Wabi-Sabi, you say?  It originated in Japan in the 16th century when the term 'wabi' referred to poverty and 'sabi' to loneliness.  I have decided to use Wednesdays to share decorating ideas so here is a little more about Wabi-Sabi style. 

"Wabi-sabi is the beauty of things impermanent and incomplete. It contains a poignant ache and a profound appreciation for things modest and humble.
As an esthetic, it honors things imperfect and unconventional. Wabi-sabi is a term hard to define and beautiful to live. There is an inside and outside to Wabi-sabi. The outside is the beauty we see, feel, hear, touch and taste in things fleeting, seasonal, natural and imperfect. A piece of silvery barn wood, a river rock that time and running water has smoothed, a simple meal with a good friend." - Quote from Quinn McDonald of Quinn Creative

"Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, modesty, intimacy, and the suggestion of natural processes.   
Wabi now connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs." - Quote from Wikipedia


From a mountain temple
the sound of a bell struck fumblingly
vanishes in the mist


  1. cooooool! learning something new Fuels My Soul!! I'm completely enthraled when I find something that has more than a surface meaning. It makes me want to go to school again & study to learn everything!! (I can't believe it creates a desire to study, but I do love to learn new things) WabiSabi Wednesday!!! :)

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