5 Ways to Embrace the Wabi Sabi Design Trend

5 Ways to Embrace the Wabi Sabi Design Trend

One of the hottest design trends of 2018, wabi sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that accepts the imperfect, incomplete, and irregular — think cracks, frayed edges, worn leather, and faded fabrics. Despite its singsong name, the look is muted and rustic, grounded in neutral colors, fibers, and materials, and celebrates items made by hand or by Mother Nature herself. Here, five local ways to bring it home.

1. Pewter ceramic by Juliska, $250, Material Possessions

wabi sabi: Pewter Ceramic by Juliska

2. Kitchen design, Mark Hickman Homes

wabi sabi: Mark Hickman Homes

3. Moroccan wool throws, $550 and up, Jayson Home

wabi sabi: Jayson Home

4. Saddle Table, $749, Arhaus

wabi sabi: Arhaus

5. Sumi Ink on Paper by Cleveland Dean, price upon request, Pavilion Antiques

wabi sabi: Cleveland Dean



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Michelle Huffman is a Chicago-area writer and editor. Over the past decades, she has written about homes, real estate and personal finance for Yahoo, CBS News and The Chicago Tribune. Michelle lives in Evanston with her husband, daughter and dog.

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