crafting a meaningful home by meg mateo ilasco

by Grace Bonney

I’m a huge fan of Meg Mateo Ilasco. Not only is she an amazing artist, mother and businesswoman, but she’s also one heck of an author. After the success of Craft, Inc. and Creative, Inc., you’d think she might take a break, but not Meg. She was working on another book the whole time — an amazing new book of family-inspired crafts that just hit the shelves called Crafting a Meaningful Home: 27 DIY Projects to Tell Stories, Hold Memories and Celebrate Family Heritage (STC).

Crafting a Meaningful Home goes beyond traditional DIY books to tell the family stories behind each person’s craft project. From braided rag vessels and rugs to flags and gilded lamps, each project not only introduces you to a new person and their crafty skills but also lets you get to know them through a family tradition. I really love this spin on DIY and think it’s so meaningful to hear the reasons why certain artists make the things they make. I, for one, loved hearing about Joy’s early aversion to the color gold (because of how often it’s used in her family’s native Thailand) and how a trip to Thailand in 1999 made her finally fall in love with it. I can’t imagine Joy not loving metallics, so it was fun to get that little tidbit about her earlier design tastes. Meg’s book is full of great stories like that, not to mention tips for turning your own family’s traditions into a project for your home. If you’re looking for a great holiday gift or just some inspiration for crafting with family over the holidays, this is a fantastic choice. You can pick up a copy of Crafting a Meaningful Home right here for $16.47. Congrats to Meg on the beautiful new book! All photos above by Thayer Allyson Gowdy. xo, grace

Below is a video that Thayer made with Meg to celebrate the launch of the book. You can see some of the people and projects from the book in the video, as well. Enjoy!

Crafting a Meaningful Home from Meg Mateo Ilasco on Vimeo.

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