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Marian discovers treasures at estate sales, flea markets, and other sources. She appreciates items that were loved and used by someone, that have a history. These items embody the spirit of wabi-sabi*.

Wabi-sabi is:

... part interior design aesthetic and part Zen philosophy.

... the ancient Japanese art of imperfection -- finding beauty in things simple, humble, and well-used.

... decorating with salvaged and vintage materials.

... using recycled materials with their weathered qualities and flaws, rather than refinishing them into perfect things.

Wabi-sabi is not matching furniture and accessories bought from a large store or an obsession with perfection.

The core of wabi-sabi is the notion that home should be a calming sanctuary -- both for those who visit and those who live there.

Some of Marian's current finds are shown on this page. Most items appear to be from the 1960s through 1980s; some are from the 1950s and earlier. She hopes that you will find beauty in these items and give them a new home.

Since photos cannot show all the details, please call Marian at 916-952-0833 for more information on designs, imperfections, history, and availability.

*Sources: Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers; Robyn Griggs Lawrence, The Wabi-Sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty.

Small wood trunk, $100. Antique trunk used by Chinese immigrants in early 1900s. Teak color with lacquer finish. 24-3/4" W x 16-1/4" D x 12-1/4" H.
SALE $75
  Wood frames. Tan and black trim, $3. 9" x 7-3/4" x 3/4".
Copper-color trim and black inlay, $3
. 8-3/4" x 7" x 5/8".
Beige and brown trim, $2
. 7-3/4" x 6" x 7/8".

Brown wood stand, $3 each. 7" x 7"x 1-1/4" or 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" x 1-1/2".
Black carved stand. Small, $5
. 4" x 4" x 1-1/8". Medium, $6. 5" x 5" x 1-1/8".
  Korean dolls, $25 each. 22" tall, 9" elbow to elbow. Circa 1970s.
SALE $15

Large wood trunk, $75. Brass locks, trim, nail heads and corners. 36" W x 21" D x 22-1/2" H. Call Marian for more information (916-952-0833).
SALE $60
  Dark green serving tray with Mt. Fuji in enamel, $5. 17-1/2" x 10-1/2" x 3/4".
Red serving tray with chysanthemum, $4
. 13" x 8-1/4" x 1/2".
Beige wood serving tray with bamboo and birds, $10
. 17" x 11-1/4" x 1-3/4".

Bamboo vase, $6. Split sides flare out at top edge. 10" H x 4-1/2" top diameter, 2-1/2" bottom diameter.
Brown basket with lid, $4
. 9" diameter, 3-1/2" H. Tan basket with lid, $4. 9" diameter, 4-1/2" H. Small two-tone basket with lid and handle, $3. 5" diameter, 4" H.
  Lacquer papier-mache boxes.
Small, $2
. 4-1/4" L x 3" W x 2-1/4" H.
Medium, $3
. 5" L x 3-1/2" W x 2-3/4" H.

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