Inspiration or Instruction? Homebody in Review
Author: Joanna Gaines
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Summary: A great design book for beginners, without much specific advice, but with pictures arranged to help you figure out your own style.
This book from HGTV star and designer Joanna Gaines is recommended by several lists as a must-read interior design book. That meant I was a little surprised to find that the amount of actual advice was quite slim. For each chapter (one per room), there are a few introductory pages describing an attractive design philosophy. The author aims to make her spaces feel like a cozy shelter from the world that reflects her family’s personality. A great statement of purpose that suits what I want to accomplish, but not very specific. Then the author spends a page or two on solutions to specific problems. This could be helpful, but many of the suggestions involve larger changes than I want to make – changing your flooring, for example. Lastly, each chapter had a page listing the items to consider including in a room. Read more »