In Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave, Joanna Gaines walks you through how to create a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there. Using examples from her own farmhouse as well as a range of other homes, this comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and instincts, as well as your likes and dislikes, with practical steps for navigating and embracing your authentic design style. Room by room, Homebody gives you an in-depth look at how these styles are implemented as well as how to blend the looks you're drawn to in order to create spaces that feel distinctly yours. A removable design template at the back of the book offers a step-by-step guide to planning and sketching out your own design plans. The insight shared in Homebody will instill in you the confidence to thoughtfully create spaces you never want to leave.
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About the Author
Joanna Gaines is the cofounder of Magnolia, a home and lifestyle brand based in Waco, Texas, which she started with her husband, Chip Gaines, in 2003. Authors of the New York Times bestseller The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna have been remodeling homes for nearly two decades. Joanna is also the author of the New York Times bestselling cookbook Magnolia Table and editor in chief of the Magnolia Journal, a lifestyle magazine offering inspiration for your life and home.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very very helpful if you are looking for ideas for a remodel. Joanne is so talented and an inspiration to me. I love her style of decorating and I really like the book. It has a spot in the back for you to create your own floor plans which I think is super creative and different. The quality of the images and the publishing is also very good. I liked her cook book a little bit better in terms of the publishing company, this one has a paper covering over the hard cover which I took off and discarded, kinda wish that it had been printed on the hard cover but not a big deal.
I found Home Body: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave to be filled with dozens of ideas I could implement in my home right now. How to style my kitchen counters. The value of houseplants. Texture, texture, texture. She begins by identifying a six different design styles and how they can be mixed to varying degrees in any type of house. From traditional farmhouse to modern condo. Then she walks through a house's rooms and describes ways to design them as they are or redesign with a remodel. She even addresses pantries and laundry rooms! Each room chapter begins with a look at that room in her own farmhouse, which is a big treat for any fan of "Fixer Upper." As much as I love this book, what amazes me is how some people hate it. One- and two-star reviewers’ biggest complaint seems to be about the lack of color in her design examples. I'm a little bit mystified as to why people would buy Joanna Gaines' book if they don't like Joanna Gaines design style which was actively promoted on five seasons of "Fixer Upper," through the Gaines' online and bricks-and-mortar store Magnolia Market and at least a half-dozen product lines through major retailers like Target and furniture stores. How did these people miss it? Besides, Joanna writes this in her introduction on how to use her book: "This part is really important: As you go through this book, remember that your home should be a reflection of you." Hello, if you like sunshine yellow and crimson red, your home should reflect that. Joanna Gaines likes black and white so naturally her home and the homes she designs reflect that. She creates cohesiveness by designing whole houses, not designing houses room by colorful room. It makes sense that she would use a limited color palette to tie the chapters of her book together, too. (Plus, the book isn't only black, white and beige. She's got gold pillows and navy cabinets and red wool rugs on many pages, and because she decorates with plants, there's green all over!) Instead of using a rainbow of color, she uses a rainbow of other design tricks: "If you are sticking with a limited color palette, mix up your material choices to highlight interesting shapes and textures," she writes. Joanna Gaines likes rustic wood beams, jute rugs, canvas bedding and nubby pillows. Her interior design is interesting because of the shapes and textures. Not because of the color. If you like a design style that edits its use of color and mixes up everything else, you will find lots of inspiration. I can hardly wait to apply some of her ideas to my space.
If you are a fan or Fixer Upper and enjoy Joanna Gaines' unique blending of style and function, she lends a little of that uniqueness to all who read this book! I've only scratched the surface of its pages and already I have seen some wonderful insights on design and space usage. This is one book I recommend to all those DIYers out there! Joanna's personality - as seen on the TV show- also comes through in the descriptions and prose in the book. Her enthusiasm, wit, and knowledge lead anyone to ideate about their own fixer upper areas needing a change or just sprucing up!
I’ve always been a fan of Joanna and Chip ever since I watched Fixer Upper. I’m truly inspired by the story behind each renovation- joanna is thoughtful with her design . I definitely recommend this book not just as a reference but also as a good coffee table accessory.