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AT LONG LAST- MY STYLE DEFINED- WABI SABI

HOME TRENDS FOR 2018.  Not sure I’m ready for brass again- I just got rid of most of it!

While recently reading about new home styles for 2018 I came across an article.  As I read it, a smile came to my lips, then a grin, and then WHOOPIE escaped!  At last-  a perfect definition of my eclectic style sense.  It’s called oddly enough, as seems fitting for my wonky personality, Wabi Sabi.  It is Japanese and means finding joy and attraction in imperfection.  This concept is probably a complete anthesis to the Feng Shiu folks resulting in pulling of hair or gnashing of teeth. But as someone who might strive for perfection and finally has accepted, it won’t happen; this is the style for me.

American designers are also advocating the more relax style being seen in Europe. Top trends reflect this return to natural elements

  • Geometric Patterns- accent with patterns in rugs, curtains, or pillows
  • Farmhouse Style- still in with the emphasis on wood, shiplap, rustics, subways tiles.  One can even take an open concept of the farmhouse and add industrial elements- concrete, etc.
  • Wood & Natural Elements- handcrafts in natural materials, plants, wood furniture, recycled restyled furniture
  • Bright & Warm Colors. Seen in accent walls or accessories in bright yellows, reds, oranges, and fuchsia
  • Metallic Décor
  • Textured Accents- add blankets, pillows, fabric art, tassels, and fringes
  • Concrete Surfaces
  • The Practice of Wabi Sabi

 

House Beautiful’s article shows purple replacing pinks, natural wood table, and that great color mustard as an accept- I love this but I would favor a gray painted wall.

An article on Oprah.com  describes a purer definition of the concept as shared from the book Wabi Sabi Welcome by Julia Pointer Adams. I purchased my copy from Amazon at this page link.

The article says the meaning is not easily defined but wabi means living within nature, espouses features of simplicity and harmony, less is more, one with the natural order and sabi refers to the passing age of time. Therefore, one seeks tranquility and joy by accepting simple imperfections as seen in nature.

Ms. Adams makes the point that this idea is not the same as that seen in the shabby chic movement where something is distress or antiqued to look old, but rather the passage of time itself, the great age of the item is the beauty. Oriental philosophy aside, the book goes into more depth if you are interested.

This philosophy is demonstrated in the trend now for non-perfection; wrinkled bed sheets and covers, eg. made from linen or flax, it can be seen in outdoor weathered furniture and flower pots, moss on garden features, chips in garden statues. In the home, the use of more organic material, a return of traditional handicraft items in the home, a slow down, dig in and relax style…..a more ecological and natural placemat. We are traveling from the minimalist, rigid principles of Feng Shui and the rigid declutterers. But, still maintaining the ideas of less is more. I am happy to see this trend.  As always, the difficult woman I am, I will embrace parts and reject others.

House Beautiful also shows a geometric print, a bold color chair against a gray neutral- lovely

Here |House Beautiful demonstrates the use of natural fabrics of rattan and bamboo.

In this home article, we can see more earthy tones – mustards brown in furniture,  back to rosewood, mahogany, walnut, and in favor is the Japanese import of wood design- charring wood called Shou sugi ban,  Light Nordic woods are out. The use of fragile greens and delicate blues with salmon -lilac and some pinks within a background of neutral gray against a bold color accent will be favored. Metallics are still in but now we see gold, brass, and silver.

I am looking forward to incorporating some of these ideas as I continue to redecorate the condo. As I said the concept of embracing imperfection appeals to me, the naturalistic and the appreciation of an old, favorite items mix is seen in my style but there will be aspects of this philosophy that I will not use and that is the beauty of decor- take what appeals to you and creatively make it your own!

This person’s comments below really reflect my own personal ideas:

“As I understand it, Wabi Sabi is actually an ancient Japanese art form that honors all things old, worn, weathered, imperfect and impermanent…and its intent is to seek to find perfection in beauty in the imperfect whether it be in a material item, a person, a place or a happening……it is a way of life to show reverence and love for all things.

Wabi Sabi is not simplicity in and of its self. Humble beauty can be found in the midst of chaos and still be Wabi Sabi…..because it is loved for its self, as it is right now.” Sarabetz

The spark that started me down this route was a new project here in Ireland as I began to look at colors to paint this old piece. John has started another project which captures a great many of the 2018 principles mentions.  We found an old rosewood/mahogany cupboard John will redo.  Here is a picture of what it looked like when he found it….water stained, in bad nick as he said.  This picture accurately displays the piece but it is a picture of another chest found on the internet.  I didn’t get to the workshop in time to take a picture before he has cleaned it up and started to prime it.I’ll post updates as he works on it.

 

Here is the bottom section cleaned up with soap and water and then mineral spirits,  John is priming the top shelf section. Now to the paint store

 

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Talk soon- Dee

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