Inspired Design, by Roxanne Hughes Packham and Hannah Packham
Reviewed by: Julia Novoa
Publication Date: 2010
Written by a mother/daughter duo, this book is unique and insightful when it comes to building a home that is a thing of beauty and a testament to family heritage. This book is particularly suited to mothers and daughters who share a love of design. It is easily read and understood whether you simply turn from page to page and admire the gorgeous rooms throughout or take the time to focus on the anecdotes and family stories.
I really enjoyed two particular elements of this book. First, that Roxanne Packham’s daughter, Hannah is a co-author. She actually has commentary sprinkled throughout the book that shows how children are influenced by the environments their parents create for them. The younger Ms. Packham clearly sees the value in design that is a compilation of inherited, meaningful pieces and unique self-expression.
The second element I loved about this book is that it is clearly family oriented. While Mrs. Packham is an interior decorator with spectacular, traditional taste, her rooms really are meant to reflect the lives of those who fill them. Thus, the book is sprinkled with family recipes, photos and a sense that people bring design to life.
Overall I think this book is a lovely testament to how parents influence their children in multiple ways whether through family folklore, recipes and even home decor.
Rated G: This book is a wonderful, G-rated book that would be particularly lovely for mothers and daughters to share and discuss.
Book provided by the publisher. Thank You!