Homemakers: A domestic handbook for the digital generation by Brit Morin
William Morrow, 437 pages
In Homemakers, Brit Morin seeks to redefine what it means to be a homemaker in the 21st century. CEO of the website and community, Brit + Co, Morin has created a community that seeks to “teach, inspire, and enable creativity among women and girls.” In her introduction, Morin says that while many “millennials” are often highly educated, skills like sewing and cooking were not part of many people’s education. By combining traditional skills with exciting technology, Morin offers a fun and fresh look at what it means to make a home and tips on how to live a more creative life.
The book is divided in nine sections: kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom, closet, bathroom, workspace, gym, and back porch. Each section offers DIY projects, helpful tips and tricks, information about current helpful apps and technology, and technology that may exist in the near future. The tips and tricks are very useful, and include a wide range of skills from how to organize a closet, tools that are useful to have in each area of the house, and how to create four different room layouts with the same furniture. Lists of helpful apps and technology are listed, but there is no information on whether they are for iOS or Android or the cost of the app. There are also several pages for note taking in each section.
My favorite part of the book was the DIY projects. Regardless of which section, the projects are stylish, fun and useful. Projects include how to decorate a wall using washi tape, painting a table runner, and creating a makeup brush organizer, among many others. The projects are fairly inexpensive and geared to a variety of skill levels. The only drawback to the projects is lack of detail for some projects. For example, the instruction on sewing is very brief, with no introduction on how to choose the right sewing machine or how to use it. However, most of the projects offer a great introduction to a skill, and could be complemented by further research.
This book is written with a young millennial audience in mind, but the projects and information in it could be useful to readers of any age. Because the scope of this book is so large, some of the projects are not as detailed as might be desired. Despite this, this book is a great introduction to home making, offering numerous ideas and advice for not only how to make a house into a home, but how to build a more creative lifestyle. The mix of traditional skills with the ease of technology makes this book feel fresh. This book could serve as a great graduation gift or a housewarming gift someone moving into her first apartment. While not completely comprehensive, the excellent projects and advice in Homemakers make it a great reference book for anyone wanting to build a creative life.
Elizabeth Weislak works in the children’s department of the Mebane Public Library. She may be reached at email@example.com or 919-563-6431.