Wabi-Sabi: Finding the Beauty and Peace in Ordinary Things

Revering modest living and authentic, useful objects, the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi can help you discover the sacred in the everyday and the beauty in imperfection.



wabi sabi lead
Through the lens of wabi-sabi, everything in a home — from a makeshift vase to the attic windows — presents an opportunity to see beauty, because beauty is ordinary.
PHOTO: JOE COCA
potted plants
Enjoy the beauty of a work in progress, such as this wagon of potted plants waiting to be places.
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Kate NaDeau's Home
Kate NaDeau’s cozy Maine home epitomizes the literally down-to-earth style of wabi-sabi. 
CAROLYN BATES
simple table
Wabi-sabi honors clean, minimalist spaces as well as organic materials and nature.
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simple wooden dresser
Wabi-sabi is design that appreciates and purposefully seeks out simple, well-loved additions.
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worn floorboards
Well-trod floorboards and worn furniture are perfect examples of beauty in the everyday.
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quail eggs
These speckled quail eggs are beautiful in their simplicity.
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coffee mug
Enjoy the feel of cupping a well-shaped mug.
JOE COCA
old photo
Embrace wabi-sabi with items that honor history.
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