Homebody by Joanna Gaines


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 embracing your authentic design style.Room by room, Homebody gives you an in-depth ...

Details Homebody

Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherHarper Design
GenreNonfiction, Design, Self Help

Reviews Homebody

  • Diane
    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, Be...
  • Danni
    I wish there had been more how and not just pretty pictures.
  • Amy
    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 ...
  • Kaitlin
    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, ...
  • Kelly
    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 "...
  • Go
    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 ...
  • Katie Martin
    A useful guide for finding your design style and using that to design each room of your house. The examples Joanna provides are beautiful and inspiring. I hoped there would be more "how to" in the book, but what was included was useful enough that it was worth the read for me. Will use as a coffee table book going forward.
  • LillyBooks
    Meh. I enjoyed watching the Gaines' television show because I like their interactions and because I do believe that Joanna is a master of space planning. However, all of the houses there - and in this book - are decorated alike although she seems completely unaware of it. For example, at the beginning of this book, she takes the trouble to explain different types of decorating styles and states there will be example of each type on the following ...
  • Carolyn Hill
    Home design books are my adult picture books, and I love to indulge. I'm usually all about the photos, and will skim the text and read the captions of the pictures I love. But to review a book, I feel I should read it, and I did read most of this - there's not a lot of text, and the text doesn't seem to be the point. There are some pretty generic pointers and "troubleshooting," but it's mostly Joanna Gaines relating about developing her approach ...
  • Carole (in Canada)
    I am a huge fan of Joana Gaines' design aesthetic/philosophy. I have followed Joana and Chip's show 'Fixer Upper' over the years and always came away with something that I truly liked. I don't prescribe to all her looks and 'distressed' being one of them, but how she approaches a space based on her clients personalities and what 'season of life' they are in, shows me the thought and care that goes into the overall design and finished product.Rece...
  • Maureen
    Wow! Just wow! I requested this book from the libray and never guessed I would read the WHOLE thing. It's beautiful! It's brilliant! It's encouraging! I don't ever need to read another home design book as this one has it all. IT was bliss to read. The structure was great. I learned about design styles. Went through room by room, with examples, what to consider and troubleshooting. All this and accompanied, I felt, by a friend who was just as exci...
  • Melanie
    There's not a lot of text in this book, so it's mostly just about looking at pretty pictures of interiors. The book is organized by room, and the photos feature about 10 different homes that are a mix of a variety of styles. What text there is is good - mostly Joanna's personal experience creating a home that works for her family, plus the message that your home should be a reflection of you and not just the latest trends. Many of the homes still...
  • Jay
    Just loved this bookPhilosophy fits my style perfectlyI will refer back to this book over and overWould make a lovely gift for anyone just starting outAnd designing their own space as well as people downsizing and Starting over
  • Pamela(AllHoney)
    My library had this in their e-lending library and I borrowed it. It shows different rooms (i.e. living, bed, bath and so on) and pictures of those rooms along with explanations of what inspired the rooms, etc...I would probably have enjoyed it more if I had the actual book so I could flip back and forth as I wanted to get the full picture. But it was fun seeing the pictures and critiquing them for my own personal taste.
  • Victoria
    I liked Joanna's voice, but NONE of the (black and white) homes looked like people actually lived there. I craved color and a smidgeon of clutter. Oxen and mangers and messy stalls and all that.
  • Kris Patrick
    Buckle up mike! I’m rearranging
  • Tiffany
    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 desc...
  • Barbara
    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 surrou...
  • Michael
    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...
  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    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 thi...
  • Cleo
    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 ...
  • Laura
    This book provides some great ideas. I like how it's organized - by style (and she explains the styles) and room. I also liked that the test case houses she uses are not all one style - they're all a mix of a few. The best part of the book was the trouble-shooting at the end of each chapter. She deals with problems that you're likely to have in that space (poor lighting, kids' clutter, etc) and gives a few solutions. There are tons of beautiful p...
  • Kate
    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 s...
  • Becky
    "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." I think the book does exactly that. Most of the design styles pictured in the book aren't my personal taste, but they gave me ideas for projects I could tweak and make my own. I really didn't learn anything new while reading this, but I ap...
  • Sara Larson
    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....
  • Emily
    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 ...
  • Sarah Elizabeth
    This book is full of beautiful photography, as is to be expected from anything Joanna Gaines touches. It is also full of practical teaching to help you discern your own design aesthetic and learn how to apply that to your home. She shares so much wisdom and thoughtful guidance, that this is a book I know I will turn to again and again as we continue to settle into our home, or when it become time to replace or update what we own.If you are trying...
  • Crystal Hiatt
    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 c...
  • Andee Marley
    Simple, beautiful, clean spaces. I learned the importance of the home reflecting its' purpose. For me, that is creating a clean, organized small house that is a comforting and calm space to raise my daughter. I wish she did more Global/Colorful work, I want to see what it would like through her eyes!
  • Shelli
    I haven't read every page of this....but what I've read, I've enjoyed and I keep looking through and reading pages as reference! The pictures are great too and I'm using them as inspiration for some room makeovers I'm doing! There are even planning pages in the back which is very cool. This was a very thoughtful Christmas gift from my son, Adam. Thank you! It's also a great coffee table book.