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Simply Imperfect

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In 2004 "The Wabi-sabi House" helped popularize this ancient Japanese philosophy in North America. Far more than home decor, wabi-sabi is a state of mind: living modestly in the moment, stripping away the unnecessary, finding satisfaction in everyday things. "Simply Imperfect" is a fully revised edition of "The Wabi-Sabi House" -- it will help you celebrate the beauty in g...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by New Society Publishers (first published May 1st 2011)
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This is a pretty great book. My favorite thing about it is that Lawrence focuses on really communicating the spirit of wabi-sabi. She doesn't make it seem like you have to go out and get a bunch of Japanese furniture to have a wabi-sabi house. Instead, she makes it clear that you have to adopt an attitude toward your possessions for a wabi-sabi house.
I am a huge fan of mid-century modern furniture, esp. the Eameses' work. I was so delighted to read about the Eames chairs and their wabi-sabi qual...more
As I'm preparing (and panicking) to move, I'm interested in figuring out what my own living style is after a lifetime sharing quarters with family and roommates. I think the wabi-sabi style might be my thing: thoughtful, conscious, and loved, that something doesn't have to be new or perfect to be just right for you. This book does a solid job at explaining the basics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic, and I'm glad I picked it up on a whim at the library.

There's an awful lot about Japanese tea ceremoni...more
I love the wabi sabi concept, and this book had a lot of great info (and a gorgeous cover). The audience for this book is definitely aimed for a somewhat affluent demographic. Nonetheless it was an interesting read that made me think about how I view my possessions and beauty itself. Good stuff.
This book I stumbled upon at the Friday Harbor Public Library was a quick and engaging read, and sent me on a great quest to learn more about Wabi Sabi. It's been a great eye opener.
Almost done. I love it. Especially the parts about creating a sacred place in your house!
I kept putting the book down because I was inspired to clean up and de-clutter!
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