Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Beautiful Holiday Gift: Inspired Design, by Roxanne Hughes Packham and Hannah Packham

My mother loves decorating and design. Although she’s never been formally trained in this field, she has worked for a decorating firm and is often asked to help others decorate their homes. Her own houses have always been very tastefully decorated and furnished. So, she’ll be getting a copy of the beautiful book, Inspired Design, for Christmas!

Inspired Design is written by Roxanne Hughes Packham, an acclaimed interior designer whose classic designs grace hundreds of California homes from San Francisco to San Diego. She comes from a long line of gifted artisans, including world-renowned silversmiths Allan Adler (her grandfather) and Porter Blanchard (her great-grandfather). Roxanne is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, and she studied design at Paris Fashion Institute and the Sorbonne. Her work has been featured in numerous design publications. Roxanne coauthored this book with her 16-year-old daughter, Hannah, who plans to continue her family’s long tradition of design excellence. Inspired Design also contains breathtaking photographs by Mark Lohman, a southern California-based photographer whose specialties include interior, garden and architectural photography.

If you’ve always dreamed of creating a more “inspired design” in your home, Roxanne and Hannah share ideas that will help you create beauty, warmth and passion in your home. Read the following interview with Roxanne Packham:

Why did you write Inspired Design with your daughter?

My grandfather (Silversmith Allan Adler) passed this love of design to me, so it just seemed a natural, alongside a book about the design and subsequent use of our homes, infused with family heritage, that my daughter who lives alongside me take a large part in the powerful subject of “the home.” I also wanted to create a place where we could initiate, create, and complete a project where my daughter, Hannah, could learn alongside me both the practical and the ethical implications of a project this size, where all the profits go to a charity that is dear to our hearts, Heart of Hope Ministries, Intl. I wanted to show her an example of using our talents and gifts for the enjoyment of others, while benefiting others, not ourselves. It wasn’t to be pious, but just a fun way to give back and truly make a difference while doing something together that we loved!

What is Inspired Design?

A book about three aspects of the home and its power to touch the souls of those within. Those three aspects are: Designing for warmth and beauty to nurture others, meaningful touches and gestures to celebrate and honor your loved ones on special occasions and ordinary days, and lastly that it is not what we have or do not have that blesses others and changes lives, but how we use what we have. It is about incorporating YOUR family heritage, and your unique gifts, into making a beautiful family home.

Inspired Design has had such a wonderful response, without a traditional publisher, distributor, or agent. Why do you think that is?

It resonates in the spirit of women, who want to make a positive impact on their families and loved ones. The blessing of word of mouth publicity has really caused this book to sell and touch the hearts of every woman who has read it. They tell one friend, and so on and so on. For example, Jill Foster, author of Creative Cakes Anyone Can Make, raves, “Your Inspired Design is amazing. I have devoured it, sipping coffee as I have enjoyed reading each page. Your family legacy is depicted in beautiful illustration. Having Hannah’s words throughout the book is wonderful.”

We heard that one customer in Coronado, California has reordered about 10 books, each one as a gift for friends’ birthdays. What is it that she finds so touching? 

She is someone I have never met, but she said she found it so real, beautiful, uplifting and from such a realistic perspective on touching others with the bonus of spectacular homes and photography. The combination makes her want to give it to all her friends for their birthdays. She loves the blog that goes alongside it as well, with weekly tips and suggestions to make others feel special.

I know that a mother-daughter ministry, “Inspired 31,” has begun alongside of Inspired Design. Why do you think it has resonated so powerfully?

Especially in this economic climate, so many women are more resolute than ever that their families are the most important thing in their lives, and their daughters, or close friends, should be celebrated and cherished. Without exception, our gatherings (3 so far in its first 3 months) have attracted hundreds of mother/daughter/sister/friend combinations wanting to come, for 2 hours, and celebrate what is good, pure, worthy of praise, especially each other. Inspired 31’s mission is to teach girls (and now even women of all ages) to find and follow God’s unique path for their lives. We have inspiring speakers and a wonderful positive/uplifting program. We have people inquiring about beginning a chapter in their area, in many cities.

Where can we purchase a copy of Inspired Design? Also, we heard this book is helping orphans and teenage girls as well.

Inspired Design makes a perfect gift with so many ideas for making Christmas, or any holiday, more special with all kinds of thoughtful little details. 100% of the profits go to Heart of Hope, which benefits orphans in Romania, and Inspired 31, a mother-teenage girl ministry. With each purchase, you are helping all kinds of different children. Please visit my web site at http://inspireddesignpublications.com/.

For future opportunities to win a FREE copy of Inspired Design, click on the following links to enter random drawings conducted by Christian Speaker Services:

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DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of this book was provided to me as a blog tour host by Inspired Design Publications in exchange for posting this interview on my blog. Please visit Christian Speaker Services at www.ChristianSpeakerServices.com for more information about blog tour management services.


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