Monday, May 17, 2010

Inspired Design

On May 8, I attended my first ever Official Book Launch. It was a celebration of reaching the finish line in the marathon-long process to complete a book.

My friend Roxanne and her daughter, Hannah, wrote Inspired Design together. Talk about the ultimate mother-daughter project! I knew that Roxanne has a keen eye for design, but I learned that this design talent runs through her veins, as her grandfather was a world-renowned silversmith. Her Great-Grandpa, Porter Blanchard, founded the Arts and Crafts Society of Southern California, and Porter Blanchard’s father learned the silversmith trade from his father, a Colonial Revivalist. Can you tell that my favorite part was reading about her family history? I appreciated it because I love learning about other families’ roots and she does a beautiful job of tracing and sharing them with the reader.

Inspired Design’s strengths lie in the amazing photography of homes, or more like palaces, that she designed. These spectacular photos make you want to hop right into the picture and ask for another cup of tea. Despite the grandness of the homes, I love her message that it does not matter the amount of money spent on creating your private nest, but the small loving touches that reflect your family. She knows the truth that this does not have to be expensive (but, boy it can be!). She is right and I love her point.

Her centerpieces make me want to buy fresh flowers and invest in hordes of candles. I agree with her that candles create the best mood and lighting. Throughout the book she shares the lessons learned from her mother on making a house a home and the importance of family tradition. She reveals a traditional family recipe for Rolly Pancakes, something that this Italiano had never ever heard of. Along the way she shares how to pamper your guests, be a gracious homemaker and wrap amazing gifts.

The book is laced with inspirational quotes that affirm the valuable warmth of the home and the beauty of friends, family and just being a woman. My favorite quote was by Henry David Thoreau, “The most I can do for my friends is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward.” It is true of where I stand in life, so it meant the most to me! Love your friends!

If you are a woman, mother, or daughter who loves interior design and family, then you will enjoy her suggestions and advice on how to create a hospitable, friendly home that reflects love and fabulous style … all at the same time! Plus you can’t beat reading her sixteen year-old daughter Hannah’s point of view throughout the book. The best part? She is donating 100% of all the proceeds from the sale of this book to Heart of Hope and other selected charities. If Inspired Design sounds like something you would like to cuddle up on the couch and enjoy, visit her website, .

Nice work, Roxanne and Hannah!


liz said...

Wow - a movie audition and a book launch! You're living the life, Rose! :)

♥ Sarah @ FFP ♥ said...

Way to go you WOOO HOOO! Also, the idea of a mother daughter book is so cool. Adult families are often distant these days to it is nice to see a modern theme of working it together.

Sort of like a new day story of the family bakery or etc. but more...wordy.

Kelly said...

Wow this book looks really neat! A book launch sounds fun :) Wish my friends were writers...