Joanna Gaines, former co-star of HGTV’s Fixer Upper and lead designer/co-owner of Magnolia Homes construction business with husband Chip, has plenty of good advice on making a living space truly one’s own. Her aim in writing the book was to “empower and motivate” readers “to create a home that communicates the soul and substance of the people who live within its walls." For Gaines, “it’s about story”: being surrounded by meaningful and memorable items that you and your family love, furnishings and colors which make you happy. Walking the reader through each area of the home, she offers guidance on cultivating one’s personal design style and on looking at spaces with new eyes in order to evoke their beauty and functionality. The book is lavishly illustrated with photos of the author’s various design projects, offering further inspiration for creating welcoming spaces for confirmed homebodies.