It’s funny how ideas for blog posts can evolve. This started out as a post where I shared vacation pictures and then kvetched about how it’s been too long since we’ve traveled anywhere exciting. (Oh, and it has. Believe me!) And now it’s a Japan-inspired design board post.
It’s been almost two years since our trip to Japan and my husband and I constantly talk about going back. There’s something so striking about the way old and new co-exist there–the Buddhist temples selling Hello Kitty religious trinkets and the meticulous clay roofed houses sitting in the shadow of high-rise office buildings. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to a lot of amazing destinations, but no place has resonated with me as much as Japan.
I love the traditional Japanese aesthetic, usually characterized by clean lines, a wabi-sabi sensibility, and botanical-inspired prints. The only problem is that too much of it can be, well, too much. You don’t want your house to look like an imports store. These are some Old Japan-inspired items that I love:
(Starting at top right) Noriko Blouse Anthropologie // Chiyogami Votive Candles Gamiworks on Etsy // Japanese Maple Tree Branch, Leaf & Bird Hand-Carved Rubber Stamps rubberstampme on Etsy // Red Display Shelf Green Tea Design // Black and Seaweed Green Tea Bowl Goldhawk Pottery on Etsy // Washi Tape Cute Tape // Yuzu-Strawberry Macarons Kyotofu // Koshi Dressers CB2 // Bonsai DIY Kit BuyDisOrDat on Etsy