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October 31, 2012

inspired by... wabi sabi

Growing up in a Japanese household, I'm realize this philosophy has been engrained in me.

"Wabi-sabi is the most conspicuous and characteristic feature of traditional Japanese beauty and it occupies roughly the same position in the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values as do the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection in the West."[1] "if an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi."[2] "[Wabi-sabi] nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect."[3]

also reading the following has expanded the meanings and potentials of wabi-sabi in my design studies. 

Elaine Scarry, the Walter M. Cabot professor of aesthetics and the general theory of value at Harvard University, has just published a rather wonderful, slim little book, “On Beauty and Being Just.” Its twin premises may seem curious. First, she defends beauty against charges that it is politically incorrect. She then argues that (as the book’s flap copy puts it) beauty can “press us toward a greater concern for justice.

October 30, 2012

inspired by... strong song

Due to the halt of life that is hurricane Sandy (thankfully doing fine, and mindful of those effected by it near by) I have come to reboot my blogger again. Its been a while, and most of my favorite blogs from a year and a half ago are no longer running, and the video links I shared are dead due to copyright infringement. The desert I have come back to... Anyways, hoping to build up a small community again here.

So to start; a little music
a couple of songs i call strong songs that help to move past the last year or so.

el perro del mar, an old favorite of mine, and their new single.

Believe it or not, this is from 2012.
"solitude's my best friend"

"i am a lion"

August 13, 2011

Temporary Retirement

theballonrouge.blogspot is temporarily retired, and has relocated to

July 19, 2011

inspired by... hong kong

met THE MOST amazing people in hong kong, ones i'll never ever forget. 
Here's a tidbit of my 1 month and 2 week stay for a design project. 
argyle street

design stores in queens way east

en route to stanley beach


ladies'/night market

hong kong polytechnic university campus

June 2, 2011

theballonrouge is going to Hong Kong!

new photos coming soon!

April 24, 2011

inspired by...perfect

If my entire wardrobe could be filled with duplicates... i'd be happy. including the hair... haha

April 3, 2011

inspired by... greenery

my mother's living room

[convoy, bellefleurdelis.blogspot]

March 20, 2011

inspired by... my slowly growing spring playlist

March 19, 2011

inspired by... my apartment next fall

I found the apartment I'm living with my 3 friends next year. So excited! 

and some plans for how I want my bedroom to look

March 15, 2011

inspired by... "naturally" "clever"

the natural

and the clever.

March 13, 2011

inspired by... black to basics