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Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,003 ratings  ·  143 reviews
In her design book, 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. This comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and your instincts, as well as your likes and dislikes, with practical steps for navigating and embracin ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Harper Design (first published November 2018)
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Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: design
This is a lovely book about home design from Joanna Gaines. Thanks to HGTV and Hulu, I've recently become obsessed with the show Fixer Upper, and I was excited to flip through this big book and hear more from Joanna.

I found the book to be more inspirational than informative — there are descriptions of different styles, lots of photographs and drawings, and some general advice about the design of different rooms (such as Entryways, Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms, etc.). Mostly Joanna wants to ins
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wish there had been more how and not just pretty pictures.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't read most of the book, but I did get some good inspiration from the multitude of pictures that were included (and their captions)!

Gaines provides good information for creating spaces. She also provides suggestions in case you don't want to remodel a whole room / house for small projects that you can do to, i.e. increase lighting in your kitchen, etc.

She also provides some Troubleshooting tips, like how to deal with "Toys Everywhere," in Kid Spaces.

At the back of the book is a "Design T
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A beautiful book with lovely photographs, especially if you love modern farmhouse style.

I love the sage, if not novel, design advice to tell your story within your home, filling it with things you love ("creating spaces you never want to leave"), rather than adhering to a certain style or guidelines; I didn't love that, even though there are some helpful tips and takeaways here and there, it isn't particularly helpful or insightful overall as a "guide," in my opinion.

I love that most of the twen
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Her designs are always gorgeous. The book itself was beautiful. I wish I had found it a little more helpful. It definitely made some good points and helped me gain a little perspective on what I’d like to do in my new home. I just sort of wish there was a little more how-to, as opposed to inspiration. Maybe I just don’t know enough about design to be able to take the principles laid out and apply them to my own situation? I enjoyed the book, for sure. And I did learn a few things. Just not as mu ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Just loved this book
Philosophy fits my style perfectly
I will refer back to this book over and over
Would make a lovely gift for anyone just starting out
And designing their own space as well as people downsizing and
Starting over
I love the home designs on "Fixer Upper," however, in this book there is a lack of personality. There was very little variety displayed in this book. The photos were too neutral; The style was consistently classic. Everywhere there was black and white and wood…including the cover. You might sometimes think that the photos are actually in black and white. An occasional green plant added some much needed color. I was hoping for different pops of color on the kitchen backsplash, on the walls, in al ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the commentary and the organization of the book. I think it is more basic level of those considering venturing into interior design. I would like to see Joanna do a book that translates the images/thought process she sees when she looks at a remodel job. On her show, you see her immediate start processing ideas. It would be cool to see that in book form. Maybe a before shot and a markup page of proposed changes with a more detailed description of why she placed each piece there (need h ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Joanna Gaines’ philosophy in Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave is that we shouldn’t decorate just to fit everything within a certain style. Rather, our homes should be reflections of the needs and personalities of those who live there.

Throughout this book, you’ll notice a theme of “telling your story” within your home. What I mean is that I want you to approach the design of your home with intention, to surround yourself with items that mean something to you, and choos
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, art
If you are looking for a more informative design book rather than an inspirational one I would skip this one.
An enjoyable read. I really appreciate the message that it doesn't matter so much about following trends in a house, but following what you like and the fulfilling the needs that you have in your space that makes it beautiful. I definitely got some creative inspiration from the photos that are in this book, these homes are beautiful. The troubleshooting portion of each section is by far
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I love the beautiful photos in this book, and I even recognized some of the homes from the Fixer Upper show. I like the philosophy of decorating, with an emphasis on telling your story through what you allow in your home. Your home should be functional for your family, and feature things that are important to you.
I just adore Joanna Gaines' style, and this is a lovely book. I can't say that I actually got any doable ideas for my own home from this. Everything looks too expensive or massive or re
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Enjoyed the narrative, which did not accurately reflect the photos. Words 'fun' 'practical' or 'whimsical play space' matched with the photos planted inescapable pictures in my mind of those poor rhesus monkey babies with the wire rack bottle-holder mamas. Dry ground for youth or liveliness in these homes. Maybe grups with our rattled brains and cruel industrial pink ghetto jobs could settle down in some of these tepid lime-washed rooms with the ever-present lost little plants, which must certai ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, interiors
Read through this tonight. Gorgeous photos and design, no question. But, there needed to be more information. Specifically, the first section is all about identifying your style, and then she has sample houses that she names and shows which styles they incorporate. I love that there were little bars underneath (kind of like a bar chart or the life meter in old video games) to show how much of each style the house was.

But, in the sections where she shows samples of living rooms, kitchens, etc.,
Sara Larson
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. It’s a beautifully made book. But the information is very concise and not as specific as I was hoping. Many little nuggets throughout were very inspiring and helpful to get me thinking about my space and my family’s needs and preferences...instead of it just being a “how-to make your home look like Joanna Gaines decorated it.” She is an excellent writer. Only other detractor was the lack of color in the book. It was SO neutral. Maybe that was to help a variety of readers connect with ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a decor book that I really liked, and at first, I didn't think I would, since Jo's style is not mine. I'm more of an Erin from Home Town . But Jo does a great job breaking out common house styles--even mixes of styles, which I loved--ID-ing common problems in rooms, decorating roadblocks, ideas, and even note pages and graph pages where you can work out your own ideas. I like how Jo focuses on the idea of making your home reflect your story, and I've already started working on my bedr ...more
Cari Borchert
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I did not get to finish this as it was due back at the library with a billion holds on it... But it was adorable, of course. Some of the stories told were repetitive of those in her book "The Magnolia Story", but there was fresh fodder in here as well. Beautiful pictures of beautiful homes and rooms, including the Gaines'. Not all of which was within my taste or abilities, but still provided food for thought about how to make my home work for me. As a fellow homebody, I appreciated it!
Crystal Hiatt
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoy the show 'Fixer Uppers' and I love Joanna Gaines' design style.
This book talked about various design styles and inspirations for the home, and finding the right one/s for you. It gave detailed description of what elements to introduce to each room to make the house cozy and inviting. The book also detailed how to incorporate varying styles together. IE: Infuse farmhouse with modern decor. I like the blend of style and how it creates personality and character.
Also, the pictur
Dawn Foster
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay- there was a tremendous amount of work that went into this book & I appreciatw that, but I'm not sure it warrants all the hype this book has received. Don't get me wrong, I love Joanna's style & aesthetic & the book was interesting but I didn't learn anything. And, I just wanted more of actual rooms & their design without all the technical components of room design.
Vanessa ❤️
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
“I’m a homebody. There’s really no other way to say it. The world can feel overwhelming with its pace and noise, it’s chaos and expectations. Home is like the eye of a hurricane. There’s a certain calm I experience there no matter what is swirling about on the outside. Home is where I feel safe, it’s the place where I am most known and most loved.” 🥰
Jennifer Lucking
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really appreciated her reflections on what a home should be (or, at least, what she values in a home for her family and lifestyle). Renovations and design can be pricey, and I appreciated her unpretentious reflections on how to try implementing change on a more basic level.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this book by Joanna Gaines. She gave some great ideas about the spaces in your home. Great ideas for families with kids. I liked her thought about have a space for kids to be kids. Great fast read.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I love the show Fixer Upper and the Gaines family. This book has decorating tips and shows some of the homes Joanna has decorated. I didnt find very much that would be practical for my house. Apparently white is the 'in' color these days. The book is mostly a photo album and I enjoyed looking at the pictures but didnt really find anything I would like to do in my house.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
Loved this book! Beautiful pictures with great ideas!
Sarah Grider
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The pictures are beautiful and inspiring. The main points of the book are to build a space that you can use and enjoy for your current life and make the space reflect the people who live there.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately GR will not allow comments before a book is read. But I am a bit offended by Mrs. Gaines and her earlier decision to step away from whatever she and her husband were doing. I believe they felt they were not in touch with what they had originally set out to do. They scaled back. She had a beautiful baby and it seems they had made a decision to fall back and reassess. Now the Gaines creep is on us again. A bit more stealthily. Books, updates on their lives, lines with Target... They ...more
Kaylee Swanson
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library
Received and read all in one day! So many beautiful pictures and helpful ideas/tricks.
Catherine Yereshkin
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
It wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. I have always loved Fixer Upper and admired Joanna's design style and eye for what clients, but i feel like she didn't fully flesh out all of the design styles that she could have in her book. Even if glam/modern isn't really a style that she likes to design with, i think it deserves a place in a design book and although the pictures were beautifully styled, i didn't really see the actual design wavering all that much from farmhouse/industrial which she ad ...more
Mandy J. Hoffman
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Good book if home decor is a struggle for you.
Faith Wiechers
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joanna has created a collection of inspirational homes and explanations. If you enjoy the Magnolia style, you'll love this book.
Kris Patrick
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Buckle up mike! I’m rearranging
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Joanna Gaines is co-owner, co-founder and lead designer of Magnolia Homes, and co-stars in HGTV’s Fixer Upper with her husband Chip Gaines. She is the mother of five and lives in Waco, Texas.