‘Wabi Sabi’

There is charm and individuality that comes from embracing the imperfections in your home.
Kim Kemp

Kim Kemp

Interior Designer

The word “wabi’ refers to a sense of understated rustic elegance, or natural simplicity. Meanwhile ‘sabi’ is an ode to imperfection, or seeing beauty in the flaws.

 

There is inherent charm and individuality that comes from embracing the imperfections in your home. Be it a well worn old rug, an aged leather sofa, some grey weathered wood cladding, or an overgrown creeper, the character develops over time reflecting your life and the home’s history. We are drawn to spaces that ‘tell a story’ and that makes us comfortable.

New house builds with pristine rooms take a long time and a lot of effort to find a ‘character’ that speaks of the people who live there rather than the architect or interior designer’s vision.

The challenge is to have the confidence to include your favourite pieces (or even some second hand pre-loved ones) because they have a history rather than bow to modern pressure to buy what conforms with the latest ‘look’ you’ve seen in display homes or magazines

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