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?