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Book review: Homebody by Joanna Gaines

Homebody by Joanna Gaines is all about creating a home that fits your stage in life, by making your space work for you and your family.

I love the book’s simple and easy to follow design ethos – choose what you love and it will work. That’s achievable for everybody.

“Whatever home you find yourself in now, I want you to own it. Dream about it. Make it matter for everyone you share it with. That’s what Homebody is all about.” 

Joanna Gaines

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Who is Joanna Gaines?

Joanna Gaines is a New York Times bestselling author, and the co-founder of Magnolia, a Texan home and lifestyle brand.

Joanna’s face is well-known in the USA, as she co-hosts Fixer Upper on HGTV with her husband Chip.

UK interiors fan can get their fix of Fixer Upper regularly on  ITVBe.

Joanna writes about design and lifestyle on her blog at Magnolia At Home.

What’s in Homebody by Joanna Gaines?

Joanna Gaines has produced a total deep-dive design book that’s practical and helpful, whatever your level of expertise.

Firstly, Homebody helps you identify the design style (or mix of styles) that you love most.

Among others, that might include farmhouse, industrial, boho or traditional.

It’s a useful exercise to work through, as you can see what fits best with your chosen style. 

Then Homebody explores how to interpret your signature style, by outlining design choices in different type of houses.

Best of all, the book works through the house room by room. You’ll find a practical summary of critical thinking for each room, including pieces you might want to buy.

Then once you’ve oohed and aahed through the pretty photos of Joanna Gaines’ design in action, you’ll find a troubleshooting section. This shows you how to overcome common pain points in each room, whether it’s low light or poor storage.

What are the best takeaways from Homebody?

For me, the best chapter was the one on entrances, as I loved the philosophy behind the design tips.

Namely, that the entryway is your home’s warm welcome. You’ve got to make it count, not just for visitors, but for you and your family too.

Joanna Gaines believes that we should put energy into creating a warm feeling when we cross the threshold of our homes, just as we do for the core entertaining rooms of the house.

And in my experience, homeowners generally do feel that their front doors and hallways are important. One of my most popular Pinterest boards is the one devoted entrance hall and hallway ideas.

What can interior addicts learn from Homebody?

Regardless of which design style you home in on, Homebody is an inviting book for a browse and a deep-dive.

If you work your way through the book, you’ll find Joanna Gaines’ expert tips for –

  • Entryways
  • Living rooms
  • Kitchens
  • Dining rooms
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Kids’ spaces
  • Rooms to retreat
  • Utility rooms

You might love some of the quirky details in the homes pictured – all little touches that add personality to your interiors. 

How about this image of an entrance hall, with the lovely brass letterbox used as wall art?

Interior of hallway with vintage wooden cupboard, ornate black chair and brass letterbox on display on the wall.

Or this sleek white kitchen, softened with the family’s chalkboard, inexpensive Ikea stepstool and these beautiful portraits?

white kitchen with marble worktops and brass taps from Homebody by Joanna Gaines

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Homebody by Joanna Gaines (Harper Collins).

Homebody by Joanna Gaines front cover

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