You can tell so much about a person from their home. It’s like looking into a window and viewing the history of someone’s inspirations, challenges and triumphs. The windy path that got us to where we are today is evident in all its glory in the décor of our homes.
I’ve been quite smitten by the new book, Crafting A Meaningful Home: 27 DIY Projects to Tell Stories, Hold Memories, and Celebrate Family Heritage, by Meg Mateo Ilasco. In the sea of home design and DIY books, this one is stands above the pack for a bunch of reasons. First, it chronicles 27 original decorative and useful DIY home design projects from an eclectic array of adept crafters. While these novel projects are handsomely styled and photographed throughout the 157 pages in the book, they gleam a porthole into the meaning of home. Each home is infused with a different personality and energy unique to the crafter and the home’s inhabitants.
What makes a home meaningful? It seems that our homes are containers and canvases for our self-expression. What we choose to fill our “container” with should be meaningful and beautiful to us. In some ways, a meaningful home has less to do with the shape and style of a house, but is more about what is truly important to us.
While the text of Crafting A Meaningful Home tells the stories behind the DIY projects, each project reflects and celebrates an historical and ethnic impression of the individual’s personal style. While all of the projects are worth taking a stab at, being a lover of fiber arts, one project stood out to me. It was the chunky Doily Rug (above), created by Jean Lee. She tells of her summertime crafting and about how her Taiwanese mother taught her how to crochet. As a child she crocheted doilies. Lee put a modern spin on the craft by using hemp rope to create a stylishly modern rug.
As a DIYer and home design enthusiast, this hip new book with its cast of designers and crafters from across the US, has captivated my attention. Crafting A Meaningful Home would be a fabulous holiday gift for someone who loves to celebrate their personal family heritage with style.
Here’s a video highlighting some of the people and projects in Crafting A Meaningful Home: