The Fixer Up­per queen on fam­ily week­ends and what it takes to make a house home.

Chattanooga Times Free Press - Parade - - Front Page - By M.B. Roberts

The en­tre­pre­neur of Mag­no­lia fame (the mar­ket, the house­wares, the real es­tate com­pany, the mag­a­zine) first came into our homes with hus­band Chip (she de­signed, he built) on HGTV’s hit Fixer Up­per, where for five years the duo helped Waco, Texas, res­i­dents wnd and re­fine their dream homes. Now, Joanna Gaines is shar­ing her best work in her new book, Home­body: A Guide to Creat­ing Spaces You Never Want to Leave.

"It’s not about a spe­cific style,» she says. “It’s about telling your story.» We caught up with the mom of five last month.

What’s a typ­i­cal Sun­day like at your house?

I think Chip would agree that we’re both home­bod­ies, and that there’s no place we’d rather be than at home with our kids. Since bring­ing home [now nearly 5-month-old-R Crew, I’ve no­ticed that none of us are in a hurry to be any­where but there.

Do you make break­fast on Sun­days?

Break­fast is by far Chip’s

fa­vorite meal. I love when break­fast [pan­cakes or bis­cuits and gravy] can be an all-hands-on-deck event.

What was your in­spi­ra­tion for your new book?

Home is my fa­vorite place on earth, but I’ve learned that not ev­ery­one feels the same way. Some peo­ple feel im­mo­bi­lized when they try to make their home a place that feels sig­ni­w­cant and unique to them. But I want ev­ery­one to wnd a way to love the home they’re in.

Why did you in­clude your Waco, Texas, farm­house in the book?

Our farm­house rep­re­sents all that I’ve learned over the years—every de­sign fail­ure and every win that I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced along the way. I’ve tried to make it a place where ev­ery­one in our fam­ily feels well­rep­re­sented and in­spired, where Chip and I can truly rest and where our kids can cre­ate and their young imag­i­na­tions can grow. Our home isn’t per­fect, but it’s our story that you see all around us there.

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