by Meg Mateo Ilasco

Crafting a meaningful Home

Outside is freezing, wet and slushy, so naturally I’ve been spending 99% of my time lately indoors at home. Being in my apartment so much makes me constantly dream up ways of improving it. We’ve rearranged the living room and I just ordered about a dozen frames online to start finally hanging more of the artwork I’ve bought and been storing. I’ve also been flipping through this inspiring book by Meg Mateo Ilasco called Crafting a Meaningful Home. The book is 27 DIY projects by different artists and designers based on their family traditions. Jean Lee shares a rope rug project using crocheted doily techniques she learned from her mother during the summers she spent in Taiwan. Joy Deangdeelert Cho teaches gold leafing on various home objects inspired by her Thai background and Christiana Coop makes a huge British flag out of contemporary patterned wallpaper. Other projects just invoke the spirit of family. Samantha Hahn’s project, a super sweet banner, is made of felt flags with silhouettes of all the family members on her and her husband’s side of the family. She hangs hers in her new baby’s nursery. I’m not sure if I’ll be adapting any of these projects for my home or thinking of something new, inspired by these ideas. But I’m definitely up for some kind of crafting to occupy me until I can stand being outside again. Pick up a copy here.

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