homebody

By Danielle Urbina

A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave, by Joanna Gaines, Harper Design, hardcover, $24

As one of the most well-known faces of television home remodeling, Joanna Gaines has had her share of experience when it comes to everything interior design. While working on HGTV’s Fixer Upper and creating Magnolia Market, Gaines began to realize that a home and its rooms should be so much more than pristine showplaces. That’s why her first design book, Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave, celebrates just that—living in a place that’s all about you and the things you love. “From the beginning, I wanted this book to be a practical and useful guide that would empower and motivate you to create a home that communicates the soul and substance of the people who live within its walls,” says Gaines.

Without a doubt, homeowners looking for guiding inspiration will find it within the pages of Homebody, whether it’s for a specific room or the house in general. While she acknowledges you should focus on creating something functional and realistic, Gaines emphasizes that her book and advice are all about making the most of the house and means you have now—whether it’s your own, a rental, or a place you’re planning to remodel over time.

In Homebody, author and designer Joanna Gaines focuses on helping readers create spaces that are not only comfortable, but that tell a story through style and décor.

Gaines begins by defining several core design styles—farmhouse, modern, rustic, industrial, traditional, and boho—and illustrating what each looks like, whether on its own or combined with others. Furthermore, each section features a helpful word bank of key descriptors that define each style in order to give readers an idea of the décor, patterns, and textures for which they should be on the lookout.

The chapters that follow delve into every room in the house—from central living areas to bedrooms and bathrooms. While each chapter showcases gorgeous inspirational photos, Gaines encourages readers to dream up spaces of their own that are similar, but matched to their personalities, rather than mirror-image replicas. To help with this, the book offers a section with key points for critical thinking and troubleshooting tips that address potential problem areas in each space—bad lighting, outdated elements, lack of space and ambience, and so on. Blank pages and a design template are also included for notes and sketches.

Making a statement from the start, this entryway has it all—wall art, stylish light fixtures, cozy textures, and natural elements.

Designing and remodeling homes has been her career for several years, but Gaines’s true passion comes from creating a space that speaks to the personality of every homeowner she works with. Homebody reflects that sentiment, both encouraging and guiding readers to tap into their inner designer and tell a story through style and décor.

“My hope is that wherever you are, you find a way to love the home you’re in,” she says. “It’s a story worth telling because it’s yours. That is how you create a space you’ll never want to leave.”