Walking down a curved street with your white shoes on laces tied evenly. Pants creased and blouse swaying in the gentle breeze also catching the ends of your splitless hair. Symmetrical and evenly distributed. How long did it take you to get ready that day? Maybe an hour, maybe two or three. What is it with us that we have this deep craving to be perceived as perfect? We know it doesn’t exist but yet we are so pressed to achieve it.
This idea of being perfect and polished is a dreamy experience that makes us feel good and happy because when things are perfect we’re happy. Let's take a second to think about the last great memory you’ve had. Was that memory a planned day where you scheduled your happiness? Probably not. When you experience something that is truly amazing, it’s not planned. It’s not thought about beforehand, it just happens in the most imperfect way.
There is beauty in the imperfections. Imperfection enables us to be unique and stand out from other people. It gives us our sense of style, affects our decision making, and breathes personality in our everyday lives. Creating excitement that integrates into how we dress, have a conversation and even decorate our home. And that’s where our conversation begins. Decorating a space using the ideology called Wabi Sabi.
Wabi Sabi is a Japanese concept that sparks energy into creating an environment that finds value in weathered and lived-in materials to create a simple and authentic interior design. By being clutter free with natural organization to prevail peace and tranquility in your home. Finding an old shelf that has splinters all over it is a perfect way to begin.
Sand it down and add a splash of paint to give it your own style. Throw it in a corner and add a few books, a jewelry bowl and a candle. Pay attention to what these materials do to the space. Be mindful about simplicity and not putting your focus on putting objects where they’re supposed to be but rather where they feel nice. Which is what we do here at Picnic. We think about how less is more and doing so in a natural way. We want our customers to feel comfy and feel like they are at home.
By adjusting our perception of perfection we can enable ourselves to not make it a goal to achieve beauty but to witness the beauty that is already there, in the crevasses of our everyday lives. By doing so you’ll feel the stress melt off you as your mind becomes less addicted to perfection and more attracted to Wabi Sabi.
Please let us know how Wabi Sabi has affected your life and if you’ve never heard of this before how do you plan to use it to transform your own life at home, work, or personally. Comment below your thoughts, we can’t wait to hear from you.
Text by Peter Salcido