MOM, INC.: The Essential Guide to Running a Successful Business from Home (Chronicle Books, 2012)

by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto 

So many women dream of having it all—being kickass mothers and running their own successful businesses. This book helps them take the leap with confidence. Serial entrepreneurs (and moms) Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto draw on their own successes and missteps to reveal exactly how to choose the right business, find clients, write a business plan, launch a blog and Web site, stay focused at home, and more. Insightful Q&As with enterprising mothers like fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and Style Me Pretty blogger Abby Larson demystify the many nuances of balancing work life with family time. It’s not easy. But this practical and inspiring guide helps make it possible. (See the book's trailer.)

CRAFT, INC. - REVISED EDITION: The Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Creative Hobby into a Successful Business (Chronicle Books, 2011)

by Meg Mateo Ilasco 

The growing legions of crafters looking to turn their hobby into a profession can rely on the tried and true advice in Craft, Inc. In this completely revised edition of the definitive crafter’s business book, entrepreneur Meg Mateo Ilasco offers expanded and authoritative guidance on everything from developing products and sourcing materials to writing a business plan and paying taxes. With all-new sections on opening an online shop, using social media strategically, and more—along with updated interviews from such craft luminaries as Jonathan Adler and Jill Bliss—this comprehensive primer features the most current information on starting and running a successful creative business. (See the book's trailer.)

CREATIVE, INC.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business (Chronicle Books, 2010)

by Meg Mateo Ilasco  and Joy Deangdeelert Cho

As the hipster classic Craft, Inc. did for crafters, this book will teach all types of creatives—illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, animators, and more—how to build a successful business doing what they love. Freelancing pros Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho explain everything—from creating a standout portfolio to navigating the legal issues of starting a business. Accessible, spunky, and packed with practical advice, Creative, Inc. is an essential for anyone ready to strike out on their own. (See the book's trailer.)

CRAFTING A MEANINGFUL HOME: 27 DIY Projects to Tell Stories, Hold Memories, and Celebrate Family Heritage (STC, 2010)

by Meg Mateo Ilasco

As the second decade of the 21st century begins, we’re more compelled than ever to find refuge in our homes and personalize our living spaces with DIY projects that celebrate who we are and where we’ve been. In Crafting a Meaningful Home, Meg Mateo Ilasco shares 27 projects that tell personal stories and celebrate heritage, all easily created on a budget. Learn how to decoupage a plate with photos of a best friend; silkscreen upholstery with folk motifs; artfully display love notes; sew a teepee from a vintage quilt top; or create family silhouettes for a festive banner. Contributed by a hip cast of well known designers from across the country, the projects are, at once, nostalgic, sentimental, and modern. Clear instruc­tions are easy to follow, even for beginning crafters. (See the book's trailer.)

Craft, Inc. Business Planner: The Ultimate Organizer for Turning your Crafts into Cash (Chronicle Books, 2009)

by Meg Mateo Ilasco

This action-oriented take-along planner is packed with advice and worksheets that guide creative entrepreneurs in their hot pursuit of profit. From big picture goals (writing a mission statement, developing marketing campaigns, launching a new line) to immediate to-dos (getting a business license, pricing products, packing for trade shows), this essential guide brims with how-to tips from industry experts. Roomy pockets catch important business cards, while tear-off notepad pages offer space to jot thoughts on the go. The lay-flat portfolio packaging makes this planner both easy to tote and durable enough to withstand all that the bumpy road to success may bring.

The Space Planner: A Home Decorating Design Workbook (Chronicle Books, 2006)

by Meg Mateo Ilasco 

Whether giving a current surrounding a makeover, or starting fresh in a new place, The Space Planner helps do-it-yourself home decorators identify the right design approach for the home. With an in-depth indexduction and sections for each room in the house, this interactive journal provides the tools needed to turn an ordinary room into a haven that reflects both individual style and needs. Map out a room design on one of the included laminated grids, rearrange it until something clicks--and then get to work making that vision a reality!

You Can Wear It Again: A Celebration of Bridesmaids' Dresses (Chronicle Books, 2005)

by Meg Mateo Ilasco

Being a bridesmaid is one of the greatest honors a dear friend can bestow. But actually wearing the dress the bride picks out? That's the true test of friendship. You Can Wear It Again pays loving tribute to fifty years of bridesmaids' dresses, as featured in real-life weddings. The product of both fashion trends and the bride's whims, bridesmaids' dresses may take the form of medieval costume, complete with wimple; slip dresses with real feathered wings to transform maids into true angels; or the ruffled peach taffeta with puff sleeves that so dominated the 1980s. Whatever the look, you can be sure it's been in and out of fashion more than once. Some lessons are never learned. The perfect gift for current and former bridesmaids, You Can Wear It Again isn't just a showcase of bridal fashions, but a testament to the selfless women everywhere who help the bride's dreams come true.