Fantastic read with great tips on how to entertain with ease.
Wabi-Sabi Welcome applies the basic principles of the wabi-sabi aesthetic to modern entertaining.
It’s about being attentive to your guests (listen without being distracted; unplug), creating a welcoming environment (leave the door unlocked; make time to be together), choosing modest décor (dishes and furniture made from materials that endure, such as wood or clay), decorating with nature (with an emphasis on foraged, not store-bought, blooms), finding beauty in imperfections (wrinkled linen napkins, along with a relaxed attitude about late-coming guests), and much more.
The book is organised into chapters of five locations — Japan, Denmark, California, France, and Italy — places where the approach to home décor and entertaining best reflects wabi-sabi principles. The book is complete with lush photography and practical checklists.
About the Author
Julie Pointer Adams has been casually entertaining friends for the better part of her life, but she began doing so professionally when she developed and directed Kinfolk magazine’s original dinner and workshop series alongside editor Nathan Williams for several years. Julie has planned, hosted, and overseen hundreds of both small and not-so-small gatherings all over the world. She currently resides in Santa Barbara with her husband, Ryan.
"In her new book, entertaining guru Julie Pointer Adams celebrates wabi-sabi, the zen philosophy that encourages us to chill out and enjoy the moment."
--Food & Wine
"Gorgeous. . . . Illustrates how we can approach our homes and time spent with friends and family with the wabi-sabi state of mind. . . . Simply paging through this book makes me feel soothed and delighted. And I love how the book's Japanese binding allows it to lay flat, no matter what page it's open to. Simple pleasures, indeed."
--BookPage, Top Pick in Lifestyles
"An antidote to the veneer of perfectionism so often presented by books of its kind, Wabi-Sabi Welcome offers readers license to slow down and host guests with humility, intention, and contentment."
--Nathan Williams, founder of Kinfolk
"Wabi-Sabi Welcome is a beautiful book. It reminds us of that which is most important: a slower pace, a genuine spirit, and time with the people we care for. Julie's writing is perfectly balanced and down-to-earth, and the photos, recipes, and stories inspire us to live well and thoughtfully."
--Karen Mordechai, author of Sunday Suppers
"Quite simply, Julie's take on entertaining is a primer on how to be a genuine, thoughtful friend. She has always embodied effortless grace and humility for me, and I'm grateful to have been the recipient of her little beam of light over the years. She demystifies that same magic for us now."
--Amy Merrick, floral designer
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st July 2017
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.9 x 19.0 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 1.0