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Wabi-Sabi Wednesday: Remembering a Good Home

6/8/2011 5:25:52 PM

Tags: wabi-sabi, Simply Imperfect, wabi-sabi house, wabi-sabi lessons, Robyn Griggs Lawrence

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Note: I gave this post a good edit on June 10, 2011. 

I've moved away from the home that provided much of the fodder for my 2004 book, The Wabi-Sabi House, although many of its lessons found its way into the new version. I lived in that home for 13 years and learned to love it wholeheartedly, once wabi-sabi taught me to stop focusing on its flaws. The home as documented in these photos no longer exists, but many of its pieces live on in my townhouse.

french door 

I found these funky French doors at Boulder’s ReSource, a recycled building materials center. They were shorter than current code, so I had a carpenter refit the door jamb for them. When I lived there, I looked through the doors every day, at my kids playing in the back yard. I could look up from cooking and see the reflection of a swing moving or, later, a body bouncing on a trampoline. After I moved out, my ex-husband had the doors removed. I have them now in my entry hall. I don’t have a doorway to fill, so I pasted old photographs over the glass panes and turned them into an ancestor altar. Photo by Joe Coca 

corner 

Because the French doors were smaller than the doorway, our carpenter built these little shelves to fill the gap. They were a great place for tucking family photos and seasonal items. Photo by Joe Coca 

bottles and grandma 

The kitchen island had shelves for displaying ancestral photos and my old bottle collection. Photo by Joe Coca 

bed 

We had a bed made from old doors. Photo by Joe Coca 

mosaic 

It took nearly a year, on and off, to complete the mosaic tiling on our sunroom floor. When it was done, I vowed never to leave that house because we’d poured so many hours into the project.  Photo by Joe Coca 

garden 

Just before I left, our friend Robin Tanner installed a tranquil Japanese garden in the front yard. I watch the garden mature when I pick up and drop off my kids from my old house. It's a gift to the neighborhood. 



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Robyn Griggs Lawrence
6/15/2011 9:58:45 AM
Thanks, Russell! And thank you so much for calling me on the first version. I laughed at myself all week for thinking that I had written in a "non-attached" way about this house. I love a good editor! And I'm so glad you checked back. Robyn

Robyn Griggs Lawrence
6/15/2011 9:53:21 AM
Thanks, Russell! And thank you so much for calling me on the first version. I laughed at myself all week for thinking that I had written in a "non-attached" way about this house. I love a good editor! And I'm so glad you checked back. Robyn

Robyn Griggs Lawrence
6/15/2011 9:52:45 AM
Thanks, Russell! And thank you so much for calling me on the first version. I laughed at myself all week for thinking that I had written in a "non-attached" way about this house. I love a good editor! And I'm so glad you checked back. Robyn

Russell Mahan
6/14/2011 2:07:09 PM
I love this edited article! I think wabi-sabi is a great philosophy that helps us with a day to day peace with the ordinary things of our lives. We need to live intentionally and to knowingly appreciate everyday things. I did not know what wabi-sabi was until I saw your writings, so thanks for introducing me to it. You and it have made my life a little better.

Robyn Griggs Lawrence
6/9/2011 8:38:06 PM
Hey...thanks for that. This one was kind of an experiment, and that was the feedback I needed. Context is everything, and I suspect I just needed to post this one in a different forum. Robyn

Russell Mahan
6/9/2011 4:23:54 PM
I like the philosophy of wabi-sabi, and I like your writing of wabsi-sabi - until today. Wabi-sabi and your divorce don't mix in an article. You could have shown the pictures without putting us through your divorce. This is not the place to carry on your private battle.










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