I don't normally write such detailed reviews but given the mixed reviews I have read, I just wanted to contribute a little more detail that might help someone debating on whether to purchase.First, I read all 340ish pages in less than thirty hours. I did read every word and look through each section and picture.Here are some things that stand out to me about each chapter:Introduction-I think approaching books from successful women, people can sometimes react with envy, bitterness, or hero worship. What I really like about Joanna's approach to this book is how her heart is to make it approachable for anyone and everyone. Again and again through this book she says her goal is to help readers have more confidence and to provide ideas and questions to ask on how to approach their own homes and spaces. I appreciated her honesty and clear goal to help others reach their design hopes. My Dad always said there is something to learn from anyone and everyone and there is a lot to learn from someone who has put the sacrifice...blood, sweat, tears to reach where she is at professionally. Kudos to her. I can only imagine all the work she has put in that hasn't made headlines or a show. I really appreciate how she wants to help people reach their own goals for their living space.Homebody 101-Whether you are a seasoned design reader or this is a new endeavor, her style is approachable, warm, and informative. Her tone in her writing is like we are sitting discussing this over a cup of coffee. Joanna gives seven steps to follow as you read her book. I did that, took copious notes on how to apply to my own situation (staging for sale and then staging new home) and felt I had some great takeaways after applying her steps to reading through the book.Identifying Your Own Style: She breaks this chapter into seven main styles. Mrs. Gaines defines each term with numerous synonyms that you might find yourself thinking or being drawn to as you look at various options. I liked how well she narrowed these styles down. She then gives 22 home sketches (that later appear at varying levels throughout the book). Joanna describes each home and then gives basically a percentage of how much each home reflects each style type (such as modern, rustic, and so on). As you go through and look at each picture of the home you can then flip back to the original sketch and see which "type" of home it was. I tried to do this for each picture that had some elements I enjoyed and felt it was really informative. My first design style was no surprise, but my secondary one was not what I ever would have guessed. I enjoyed that surprise and how the process of the book led me to that discovery.Entryways-I actually really loved this chapter on such a passing part of the home. I appreciate to what extent she challenges you to think about the needs of your guest and what you want your home to say to them as they enter and to each of your family members as he or she enters the home. I really loved some of these pictures in the book the most. As you start these parts of the book that are specific to a location of the home, she allows you to see her own space. I really appreciate this because the Internet is not always a friendly place and to open yourself up to comments from others I think shows a lot of humility. She isn't prideful about it, and in fact, repeatedly shares ways that she regrets previous ways she handled design or even just personal choices. I was really impressed by her willingness not only to allow others to see pretty much all the rooms of her home, but also to admit ways she felt she didn't do things well either with design or herself or family or whatever along the way. She also makes this approachable to anyone in any financial situation. I liked that. There have been times I would have looked at this and thought "I can't afford any of this," and Joanna shares the times they were in those situations and ways she did what she could. I am grateful for the recognition that many people want to feel better about their situation but can't necessarily afford much to change it. She gives a lot of suggestions about what you can do whether with significant or meager means, much from her own experience. And no, maybe she never was destitute early on, but they certainly did not start off with much. They worked hard to progress professionally. At the end of each actual descriptive living space section, she includes essentials to think through for each area, as well as ways to troubleshoot that area if there are issues. I found BOTH of those two aspects super helpful.Living Rooms-She includes lots of different pictures of homes she has styled. I liked her discussion of focal points in this chapter, as well as tips for addressing natural light needs. Joanna also gives some suggestions on knowing which rug would work and how to choose it. I especially liked the troubleshooting section for this on how to address the issue of a living room that doesn't flow well, as we continually seem to be in homes with that living room issue.Kitchens- Here she includes a style done by a homeowner for her kitchen and I LOVED it. It was so simple and minimalistic and it really spoke to me (pg. 130-135). I loved that she included work done by a homeowner, in addition to designers. I also love how she takes you through her own kitchen and why she chose what she did to display. That really sparked some creative ideas for me and things I never would have thought to showcase before (pg. 94). I think it also really inspired me to think about how kitchen flow, dinner prep, etc. can include family more and contribute to how other family members feel in the home. She says this in a natural way about how she learned that with her own family and it was a good lesson to me. I love that she admits not being a natural cook at the start of her marriage. There is hope for me! Lol.Dining Room- My family sat down with me and we looked at the options in this chapter. That was really fun hearing what they liked and didn't like for living room designs. I picked something I would have probably never given a second thought before this book. I liked her discussion on which type of table shape fits in which kinds of space. That was really practical.Bedrooms-This was another chapter I really resonated with. She articulates the importance of the bedroom space as it relates to her relationship with her and her husband in a way that is totally classy and also challenging. I took tons of notes on what I want to change about the ambiance of our master bedroom. Why, oh why, does it always become the catch-all for everything? Like mounds of laundry...or maybe that is just me! I felt so motivated and inspired to really work on this area. Her bedroom is beautiful, and though everyone might not have a chair or fireplace in their bedroom, there are numerous elements that are totally doable. She goes into these, based on the different types of rooms of various size (and some seemed pretty small) that they have had in the many homes in which they have lived.Bathrooms-Joanna gives a lot of practical advice in this chapter, I thought, such as how to blend elements between the master bedroom and the master bathroom. I appreciated all the encouragement to try something unique in this room (she gives some thoughtful comments on that). She also includes needs that kids have in a bathroom design/setup and ways she learned over time to help them feel their bathroom is theirs (if they have their own) and things that can be done to help them have ownership in the space (regardless of if you have one bathroom or three). I think some of her suggestions are straightforward but could help with bathroom clutter, fights, or messiness.Kid Spaces-I did enjoy this chapter, but I did come away from this one still unsure of how to incorporate design ideas in kid spaces. The spaces she includes are SO FUN, inclusive, inspiring, charming!! I just don't know how to apply the design aspect to my own spaces like these. However, that is where the process of her book and the steps come into play. I think as I mull on her ideas over time, it will become more and more clear to me. Joanna says multiple times that she doesn't recommend rushing design but letting it evolve organically. When I am not under the gun to sell my house, I think a lot of this will materialize. I am just not there yet with this section of the book. However, I did feel more equipped by the pragmatic section of this chapter. If you are going ballistic trying to deal with your kids' messes, you will enjoy this chapter. I found all of that practical stuff and just her perspective really encouraging. Don't find the nearest cliff; there are solutions for those toys that your kids keep pulling out every two seconds that make you want to pull your hair out. She gives her ideas and how they changed over time. Good stuff there.Rooms to Retreat- I almost skipped this chapter because I thought "There is no way to make a whole extra room just for this." The section might be better titled "Spaces to Retreat" because that is really the bulk of what she addresses. I didn't think there was any hope for this in our situation, but after reading what she did in their smaller homes early on and the suggestions she gives, I now think this is possible. I cannot wait to find a place for me to go to refresh myself. She demonstrates it doesn't have to be a huge space to accomplish this and certainly not an entire room as many cannot do that. A wall? An unused closet, etc. Joanna gives suggestions on how to locate a space and transform it to refresh yourself or to pursue a beloved and needed hobby or exercise.Utility Rooms-Mudrooms, laundry rooms, pantries, asides to kitchens. I finally feel justified in my need to have a decorated laundry room! Our work-spaces should be a joy to be in and I love how she articulates that in her own way.She has some super cute things to say about what her pantry speaks to her. I might put those words in my own pantry! (Pg. 312). I need that reminder every time I look into these spaces and try to do the things that feel never-ending.Next she includes all the types of homes included at the beginning, their descriptive names, which pages they were used on and with which room type, and the name of designer.She then provides a design template for each of your own spaces. These are five steps to now take with each room as you seek to design it. Sample templates and sketching pages are included. I have been doing each of the steps for each of the rooms with my family, and I have loved it and made significant progress toward figuring out what I hope to accomplish in the majority of my rooms. I liked this feature a lot.I do want to address the major issue some have with the book on the color. In the kid section, she gives suggestions of where to add color. She includes a laundry room that is PINK! She encourages the bathroom to be the place you show your creative side! Joanna incorporates white, black, brown, and grey as many have said. However, to be fair there are also blue walls and textiles, green walls and accents, a home with a main bright orange chair, yellow textiles and accents, red rugs, etc. Some beautiful uses of royal blue, deep green, pink in the utility room section. Some purple accents (but maybe not as much on that color). I don't recall seeing a lot of like plum, teal, or aqua. However, the point is to make the reader feel confident in the basics and then give suggestions of where you can apply those bright splashes of color in your home. This book is to help you think about your own space, ask you questions to help you address your wants and needs, and I still think she accomplishes that well. Clearly, some people realize they need bright colors! I am one of those people, and I still loved the book and learned so much practical stuff to apply.I had no issues with binding. The pages are thick. The book is heavy and of good quality.I hope this review helps someone debating whether or not to purchase the book. Best wishes on your design endeavors!