Monday, April 23, 2012

Wabi Sabi is...

Our Wabi Sabi Front Door

the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.  This is a Japanese philosophy that in in today's Japan, the meaning is often condensed to ″wisdom in natural simplicity" or in art books, it is typically defined as ″flawed beauty.″ 

This describes our front door perfectly.  We came across this door through a friend who had invited us to go clamming and have dinner on the beach.  We accepted the invitation and while on the beach, Karl came across this door that a neighbor had discarded because it no longer worked for their home.  We thought the door was very interesting and left it there and continued our adventure of clamming and dinner on the beach.  Well, a few months later as we were doing our our renovations at our place, we needed a front door.  As you can kind of see from the photo, it is not a normal sized entrance, and we immediately thought of the door on the beach.  We wondered if it would still be there...so we took a drive and sure enough it was.  We loaded it up on our 1990 Toyota (a wabi sabi vechicle) and brought it home.  It fit wabi sabi perfectly.  We scrapped some of the old paint off and left the remainder and we think that it fits great and looks perfect for our front door. 

The photo is from Karl's mom and dad because they thought the door was beautiful when they saw it and loved the story of it even more.  I think that I am definately a Wabi Sabi kind of a girl.


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