Hello lovely people
Believe it or not I’ve been putting off writing a blog for a long time because of fear, which I know is really silly so it’s nice to hear positive feedback and words of encouragement. Thanks for making me feel comfortable I don’t know what I was worried about!
The exhibition that I went to yesterday “In Pursuit of Imperfections” at the London Design Museum made me think of the Japanese word Wabi-Sabi. It’s a great word and sounds much better when you’ve had a few glasses of wine! According to Wikipedia, Wabi-Sabi is beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” and it embraces authenticity by acknowledging “nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.” I love that – embrace imperfections and find the beauty and authenticity in it. Great I now have an excuse for all my imperfections! When you apply this theory to your home you end up with a home full of warmth and character that creates intrigue and conversations.
In the spirit of Wabi-Sabi I wanted to share some interiors that I found that I believe are great examples of beautiful imperfections:
I have a small infatuation with large vintage letters and I think these look amazing against the weathered warehouse backdrop. Gorgeous!
The oversize clock is a great feature and the worn out Chesterfield’s drip with sophistication. The texture on the walls gives the room depth and makes the room feel moody. The walls remind me of the Therapists room in the movie The Kings Speech.
I like the contrast of the exposed brick and the ornate bed frame. This bed is fit for a princess! I want to be a princess for a day!
Original large radiators are a great feature and bring so much character to a room. The weathered cracking paint adds a historical element and the fireplace invites you in to imagine the events that might have unfolded in this room.
Original floorboards painted in brilliant white add so much character and brighten up a room. I personally like my kitchen and bedroom to be white because it makes me feel calm and happy, especially when it’s grey outside. When the sun shines into a white kitchen I love how the light bounces around the room and gives a sense of energy. I used the above image as reference when I was designing my kitchen. I will share some pics with you in another post.
This is my idea of heaven I could sit here with a glass of wine listening to music and reading Living etc and Elle decoration all day long. This room feels so serene I just want to jump into it!
White and simple just the way I like it. The table to the right looks like it’s been made using railway sleepers and is a great example of Wabi-Sabi.
I’ve seen this bathroom in a number of photo shoots and I’ve always liked it for its simple clean lines and grey colour, which is another favourite colour of mine. I like the idea of rooms being different colours to evoke different emotions. I went to the dark side last year and painted my floors and walls grey in the lounge area because I wanted it to feel cosy and luxurious. Abigail Ahern is a big fan of painting rooms dark and it was her that gave me the inspiration for my grey room.
I hope you enjoyed the Wabi-Sabi interiors! I need to sign off now and start working out my itinerary for our Australian holiday at the end of the year, and work on my wedding plans! For those of you who don’t know me I’m getting married next year, so I’m bound to be sharing all my wedding inspiration and planning with you. Enjoy your afternoon and don’t work too hard.