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.
I just received my copy and obviously have not read it cover to cover, but I can already tell this is a great book. First off, the quality is incredible. It makes a beautiful coffee table book and will look just as nice sitting on your bookcase. The pages are matte and not glossy, (no glare) which makes it easier to really study the images and capture the true sense of the shot. Joanna encourages you to study the pictures to help you uncover your personal style and what you gravitate towards. This book really makes a wonderful gift. As for the content of the book itself, we’ll, what can I say? It’s also incredible. I love, love, love the format and how she divides the book according to different rooms in your house: Living, dining, entry, bedrooms.. etc. Each room has a short troubleshooting section where she describes common pitfalls that keep it from looking it’s best. The book also gives plenty of examples to help you narrow down your design style. The most unique thing about Homebody has to be the fold-out design template at the back of the book. The purpose of the design template is to help you put your plan into action. She describes how to use the template to help you identify trouble areas, sketch the basic layout of your space, and develop your action plan. There’s even a link so you can print additional templates as needed!! Joanna thought of everything. This book is different from other design books because it isn’t just filled with pretty pictures, it truly is a guide to creating a space you love. Again, I just quickly skimmed through the book, but I am thoroughly impressed and can’t wait to really sit down with it and put her suggestions to work!
- I am also a big fan of Joanna Gaines and have loved so much of what she has done- TV show, cookbook, Magnolia Story, as well as her personal style and design lines. This book has a well made quality to it like pretty much everything Joanna puts her hands to. However, I was slightly disappointed after reading it cover to cover. I was excited to read Joanna’s design style descriptions because I am interested in putting words to my own style so I enjoyed this first section. However as I moved on to all of the photos, I found that so many of the styles seemed to blend together. There was so much grey, black, and white throughout all of the homes featured that it was hard to see stylistic differences. I never did see anything that I could categorize as “my style” although my own home was inspired by a few homes that were featured on Fixer Upper.
I did not expect edgy, splashy, or out of the box type designs to be featured, but I was really surprised by the lack of color throughout the first 3/4 of the book. Really the only color came in the form of rugs. They were pretty images, but lacked a warmth. Color didn’t really enter the book until the section where kid’s spaces were featured. I’ll be the first to admit that my own home features a lot of black and white, and I’m sure that in person these homes look beautiful. However, they just didn’t seem to leap off the page to me. I’m undecided as to whether I will keep this book or return it.
This book blows me away at how well made and put together it is! Home Body is well thought out and reveals how Joanna poured her love into it as the reader can feel it! It’s amazing how i thought it would be a book of beautiful pictures, but it’s so much more than that. Home Body allows the reader to see what their style is and not only identify style but more importantly tell their story within their home! It also gives things to consider and gives troubleshooting solutions! It is truly an investment that I’m so glad I have!
- I love Jo. LOVE her. I’m a design nut, a designer, I’ve watched every episode of Fixer-Upper, I am a paying magazine subscriber to Magnolia Journal. All that’s left for me to do is fly to Waco to see the silos. I read the whole thing cover-to-cover pre-decoration of my new home.
The Truth About This Book:
-Has “worksheets” in the back you can “fill” out
WHAT IT ISN’T
• A how-to! Don’t buy it for that.
• A digestible synthesis of what she’s learned about design or distillation of the design process (size, shape, tools, resources, etc).
• Trouble-shooting. There are sections for this in each “room”, tips are general but not specific (e.g “get new cabinets if you don’t like them”, not “questions to ask a carpenter or how to budget for renovations you may want to do”)
• How to sketch your layout, build a color palette from your style or memories, how to antique shop / vintage shop / thrift shop and what’s worth investing in and what’s not, etc.
WHAT THIS BOOK IS
– Reflections and anecdotes of how Jo has spent time in rooms over the years (that is a bit funny because she runs 12 businesses, at minimum, and is a new mom of 5, so it’s hard for me to take seriously the idea of her having long afternoon conversations with Emmy around the dining room table, in the glow of a Christmas tree the family just decorated, but, okay, girl.)
– Picture examples of each of homes she’s designed around town
Do I regret my eagerness? Mmm…..Yeah, I do but I’m just going to take the slip cover off the book, let the beautiful white hardcover show, place it on my coffee table for a simple vignette, and call it even. I will continue to support this great woman’s career.