Mother Earth Living


Imperfect Beauty: Minimalism in Your Home

The ancient Japanese concept of wabi-sabi celebrates all things natural, humble, primitive. It’s an apt antidote to today’s sleek, technology-saturated world.



Photo By Stephen Dabrowski
Photo By Joe Coca
Photo by Stephen Dabrowski
Photo by Stephen Dabrowski
Photo by Stephen Dabrowski
Flower arranging is an easy way to bring wabi-sabi into your décor. Simply arrange seasonally appropriate wild flowers in found objects such as baskets, gourds, old bottles, or rusty cans. Instead of cutting them to make the display perfectly symmetrical, arrange them to reflect their relative heights and natural disposition. To be truly wabi-sabi, the arrangement should include an odd number of flowers, and the stems should not be crowded.
Photo by Joe Coca
Capturing the wabi spirit, this basket was sent out to sea off the coast of Honduras full of food for a dearly departed. It returned empty, of course.
Photo by Joe Coca

















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