On my kitchen shelf sits a blue, handmade clay teapot with a small crack in the lid. I bought it about 25 years ago while shopping with my mom in Cold Spring Harbor, a small town in Long Island close to where I grew up. A few years ago, I had taken it out to show her and realized the chip. I was devastated.
I can clearly remember her reaction — one that I hadn’t expected. Because she knew how important that piece was to me, she said gently, “It’s a teapot, not a person.”
It’s crazy how one small chip can trigger such a strong emotional memory.
Embracing imperfections like this is at the core of Kintsugi — a Japanese mending process which translates to “golden joinery.” In this process, broken pottery is fixed with lacquer resin dusted or mixed with powdered gold, transforming an imperfection into something beautiful.
Here at Fiori Interior Design, we believe your interior design choices have the power to do the same.
Antique items and heirloom pieces are often flawed — they’ve been around for generations, after all. But within these flaws is a story: every scuff, scratch or chip can reveal who, what, where and when they were used. In some situations, it may serve a space to highlight certain defects; in others, it may be best to have them reupholstered or refinished. Either way, there is often beauty and potential in flawed items, so don’t ignore them!
Stop hiding flaws in your home and start showcasing your imperfectly perfect items. In return you will be sharing your meaningful story.
Having trouble embracing imperfectly perfect items? We’re here to show you their potential AND how they can transform your home.
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