Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Inspired By...Perfect Imperfection

Did you catch the recent New York Times article about Karina Gentinetta and the house she rebuilt and resurrected in New Orleans?

Hurricane Katrina left her home a total loss. It took her family years of struggle to rebuild.

I'm inspired by her philosophy of  "perfect imperfection" -- that things are more beautiful with a little age, a little wear and tear. 

The tray above, an anniversary gift from her husband, owes it's patina to the post-Kartina muck that it was pulled from.

The teak secretary desk weathered the storm, was painted gray and now looks like a Swedish antique. Ms. Gentinetta refinished the chair, but left the fabric in tatters because "there is beauty in the imperfection."


 All Images from Sara Essex for The New York Times 

"They all look as if they have history," says Ms. Gentinetta about the finds in her home. "All of us are damaged in some way, so why should we not love something that had a previous life to it. Just because it's old and damaged doesn't mean it's not beautiful."

Sounds like a lovely way of looking at things--both for living with what you love, and for navigating through life, don't you think?


  1. Gorgeous post...
    Things are also made dear to us and become treasures because of the experiences we have with them, the memories are what I think really make anything dear to us ♥

  2. I did see (and loved) this article. I'm all about the perfect imperfection - I actually don't want my home to look perfect - then it has no soul. She did an incredibly admirable job recycling and repurposing.

  3. I remember seeing this and being impressed with their fortitude. Some of my favorite things have a litte quirk to them, be it torn, aged or old.

    Hope it's a lovely day in the Northwest today!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  4. What a lovely place, I love all of the soft grey, the tears and the patina. Things are so much nicer when they have a history.

  5. I rarely read the NYT (unfortunately) but I did happen to see this article and I loved it. Although I felt her imperfect was pretty perfect! I am trying to embrace the concept of beauty in imperfection, wabi sabi, which I think is so wonderful but hard for a perfectionist like me to truly embrace. Happy Friday friend. xoxo.

  6. Thank you so much for posting about my house! For a perfectionist like me, embracing the imperfect was difficult but once I did, life opened up to me in a way I didn't expect. Thank you again for posting this.

    Warm regards,

    Karina Gentinetta



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