If you were in our home right now, I’d likely be picking up toys or washing up the last dish in the sink. I’d invite you to sit on our couch and offer a cup of tea or even better, some coffee. You’d see that our home is intentionally Catholic. You see, we pursued our faith when we became converts in 2014. It was not a casual decision, but one we felt led by the Holy Spirit to make. As Catholic parents and spouses, we make every effort in our home life and daily life outside of home, reflect that powerful conviction.
We created House of Joppa to offer a modern vision of Catholic Home Decor. I’ve heard from countless people that they just aren’t into the “bulky dark frames” and the “opulent” earlier generations style… not that its bad! But when we converted to the Catholic faith we wanted to freshen up the traditional style with a modern proclivity. Lovers of home design we decided to create our own version of modern Catholic art and iconography.
Why House of Joppa?
If you’re familiar with the story in the book of Acts when St.Peter visits the town of Joppa, he is led to the upper room where many widows are weeping at the death of Tabitha. St. Peter prays and says “Tabitha, arise!” and she opened her eyes. This verse has been significant to me my whole life, not just because my name is Tabitha, but because it made the word of God personal to me. My name is in there. And He knows it.
After more study I learned that “Joppa” means “beautiful”. When deciding on a name for our shop, it became clear that “House of Joppa” would reflect all that we’d hope to accomplish in our mission. We exist to offer modern Catholic Home Decor, jewelry and gifts to help others “live out the beauty” of the beloved Catholic faith.
Matthew and Tabitha reside in Southeastern Michigan with their incredible four kids and fifth on the way.