Joanna Gaines knows a thing or two about homes. She’s a skilled designer and one half of the team behind the Magnolia empire, and for five seasons, millions of us watched her and her husband Chip completely transform homes on “Fixer Upper.” Now, she wants to impart some of her wisdom to you.
She just released a new book, “Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave,” this week and told Apartment Therapy she hopes it can “help other people sort of identify and articulate what they love from a style standpoint so that they can tell their story in their own home.”
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To Gaines, one of the most important parts of designing a home is thinking about the people who live there and what they need from the space, instead of just wishing for a pretty living room or nice kitchen. That way, the home feels intentional and specific to the people who live there.
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“It’s just feeling known in this place,” she said. “And I think home is the most important place in the world so i think when you’re really intentional with it and make the rooms work for you, whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, it just makes you feel like ‘Wow, I wanna stay awhile.'”
To help illustrate this idea, Gaines showcases 22 homes throughout “Homebody” and takes the reader through the story of each space. The tome also highlights six design styles—farmhouse, modern, rustic, industrial, traditional and boho—with most homes featuring a mix of multiple styles.
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That’s one of the takeaways Gaines hope readers get from the book: That they don’t have to follow decorating rules or try to recreate someone else’s home to design a space they truly love.
“I’m hoping that people are prompted to make their spaces authentically theirs. And with that, knowing that their house will never look like any of these, and they shouldn’t because that’s someone else’s story,” she said. “So just owning where you are in life, whether it’s your dream home or your first apartment, and creating a space that you truly love.”
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