Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Simple Farmhouse Bath


Do you Wabi Sabi? . . .The art of finding beauty in imperfection. . . simple. . .uncluttered. . .natural. . .less is more. . . .

I was introduced to the concept several years ago. . . .My first thought was that I'd been doing the imperfection thing for years. . . .What I needed to work on was the simple, uncluttered aspect of the art. . . .This was almost three years ago (has it been that long?) . . .I've referred to it over and over at The Country Farm Home as desiring to 'simplify'.

I continue to work on it to this day. . . .Change doesn't come easy for me, especially when I love thrifting and junking so much!


I do take heart, though, that Wabi Sabi isn't a one time deal. . . .It's a continuous process. . . . Clean out. . . .and clean out again. . . .I can do that. . . .for I rarely feel I've reached the true state of simplicity that I desire. . . .There seems to be more clean out to be done each time I try. . . .No matter how much I scaled down, I've felt it's not quite that place of peace--that place that feels right.
 

One day recently I found myself cleaning the bath, pushing around all the accumulated 'stuff' that we seem to acquire during the winter. . . .It's so much easier to stack things up and forget about storing them until spring. . . .Can you relate? . . .Normally, I can ignore it--but that day I had 'had it!' . . .I was tired of winter--I was tired of 'stuff' all around us. . . .I threw open the shutters, let the sun shine in, and rolled up my sleeves. . . .Anything that wasn't bolted down came out of there. . . .a clean slate.



Then I made the mistake (?) of opening the closet doors, where the washer and dryer are hidden. . . .and where there are lots of shelves. . . .To my dismay, it was a mess, too. . . .Couldn't find the simplest thing. . . ."Okay. . . . If I'm gonna do this right, the closet has to be Wabi Sabi-ed, too!". . . .I'd officially opened a can of worms.


Took me two and a half days to clean out shelves and organize and put the bath back together. . . .What a mess it was! . . .At one point I only had a clear path to the 'necessary'. . . .


Several times I almost gave up--wanted to cram all that 'stuff' back in the closet and shut the doors quickly. . . .but. . . .remember. . . . I don't give up easily on anything. . . .I wanted to fulfill my mission to simplify more than ever. . . .I admit I slapped my hand several times when I'd find myself adding clutter back. . . .as I said, Wabi Sabi doesn't come easy for me. . . .but I'm learning.




Once completed, I loved it. . . .I loved the 'unclutter' . . . .I loved the shutters open and the sun shining in. . . .I loved the geraniums in the window leading the eye to the outdoors. . . .I loved the blue mason jars for storage. . . .I loved the imperfection and simplicity of it all. . . .I was so glad I stuck with the Wabi Sabi goal.






 At the end of the third day, I stood back and said out loud. . . .
 
'Now, THAT'S a Simple Farmhouse Bath!'
 
 
 
By the way, The Country Farm Home was featured last Saturday at:
another wonderful blog by Brenda Kula of Cozy Little House.
Hop on over there and check it out!
Lots of beautiful and inspiring homes and fellow bloggers to meet.

 
. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .
 
 
 


23 comments:

Dawn said...

What a beautiful space, I am on a mission right not to declutter and organize. I don't like extra things hanging around anyway and so far my process is coming along nicely.

Ann said...

The older I get the more I appreciate this kind of order and decorating. I've been decluttering for a few years, I think you appreciate the few things you own more if it's not on top of each other. Your bathroom is glorious--what beautiful accessories.
Ann

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Such a luvly space. So calm....

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I love it Dru! Just enough stuff to keep it interesting!

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a gorgeous bathroom! We just moved in here and the clutter is already starting - have to pack up some of the things I've unpacked I think lol
XOX

Robin Johnson said...

Simply Gorgeous!

Adina Johnson said...

Love everything about your simple bathroom.
Adina @ Simply Country Life

a house full of vintage said...

Love your bathroom! Everything looks so beautiful! I too have the same problem of trying to simplify and declutter because it is very hard when you enjoy thrifting and treasure hunting and come home with new goodies all the time:)

Julie Marie said...

Hello Dru... oooh, I have missed our visits and chats!... your bathroom is so beautiful!... I am in the process of doing the same thing right now in our home... I have never heard of Wabi Sabi before... I have just called it simplifying or paring down... your bathroom makes me sigh in contentment... I can't wait to start throwing things out!... love love love your geraniums in the windowsill... much love, xoxo Julie Marie PS I lost a number of my blogs I was following when I tried to switch to bloglovin, which I do not like... signing on again... xoxo...

Heide at ApronHistory said...

I love the whiteness of your bath with a touch of fresh blue. And what better winter pick me up then a windowsill of geraniums?!
I so know what you mean about opening a can of worms. It seems like every project one sets out to do, one or two things have to been done BEFORE you can even get there! But it is all worth it in the end.

camp and cottage living said...

Your de-cluttering has sure paid off-your bathroom is fresh and clean and beautiful!

Diane said...

I love your simple uncluttered bathroom. What a beautiful window and love the blue base of your tub. I always declutter this time of year and find things I no longer have a use for. Lovely photos!

Junkchiccottage said...

Dru,
You know how I love that lovely bathroom. So pretty, bright and fresh. Just beautiful.
Kris

cynthia lee designs said...

Love it!! A beautiful Simple Farmhouse Bathroom...for sure!!
hugs,
Cindy

Amy Jo said...

I love your bathroom! Very beautiful. In a simple way.

Blessings,
Amy Jo

Old Time Cindy said...

You've really pulled it together for that farmhouse look and feel. Really pretty!

Pam said...

Lovely bathroom! Simple, clean, and bright!
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

A Bit of Colour said...

Very nice looking bathroom!So simple looking & so classic of a farmhouse!

laura Madalene said...

I love the idea of a steam shower and the rustic bathroom at the end makes me want to move to the mountains! Loved this! Bathroom Design

nannykim said...

Love what you have done/ those geraniums and blue jars are so happy!

Jann Olson said...

Dru, you've done it again! Simple but gorgeous! I need to learn that sabi wabi (or whatever it's called) lol!
hugs,
Jann

Cindy Elliott said...

Oh Dru: I really love your simple life. And I really love your bathroom.
I can't get over the fact that you have your bathtub in the center of the room. Love, love, love it. Cynthia

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