A Wabi-Sabi Haven in the North Carolina Mountains

A Wabi-Sabi Haven in the North Carolina Mountains

A Wabi-Sabi Haven in the North Carolina Mountains 1600 1934 Ines

Embracing Wabi-Sabi Philosophy

In the serene mountains of North Carolina, interior decorator Betsy Brown, with the help of her friend, architect Paul Bates, has created a true haven of peace and tranquility. This secluded cottage perfectly embodies the wabi-sabi philosophy, celebrating the beauty of imperfection.

Following Instincts to a Dream Home

For those who are bold, trusting your instincts is second nature. Betsy Brown spent many years searching for her dream home, a journey that finally led her to a house near the Green River. This river, named for its striking green color, winds through the lush mountains of North Carolina, a region renowned for its natural beauty. As a nature lover, Betsy was particularly drawn to this idyllic setting.

Inspired by Wabi-Sabi

Betsy found inspiration for this project in wabi-sabi, a Japanese philosophy that embraces the beauty of imperfection. The cottage features a master bedroom and a guest room, both offering stunning views of the surrounding natural landscapes. This design choice reflects the wabi-sabi aesthetic, highlighting the serene, imperfect beauty of nature.

An Instant Connection

Betsy experienced an immediate connection to the property: “When I stumbled upon this house for sale online, I didn’t think twice. I made one of the biggest decisions of my life in the quickest way possible, all while being acutely aware of what I was doing.” Her swift, instinctual decision led her to create a space that is both a personal retreat and a testament to the wabi-sabi philosophy.

A True Mountain Retreat

With Paul Bates’ architectural expertise and Betsy Brown’s keen eye for design, this mountain cottage has been transformed into a sanctuary that exemplifies the tranquil and imperfect beauty of wabi-sabi. The cottage stands as a peaceful retreat where one can truly connect with nature and find solace in simplicity.

In this secluded haven, Betsy Brown has realized her vision of a home that not only provides comfort but also honors the timeless beauty of the natural world and the wabi-sabi philosophy.

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