James Swan

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A Statement Regarding Recent Allegations

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Anyone who’s followed me for any length of time knows that I’m upfront about my successes and failures. I have never shied away from speaking openly about my shortcomings; some of which have been small and private; others larger and more visible.


Today a story landed in the press that has very little good to say about me and to which I wish to respond.


In response to an allegation of wrong doing on my part, in association with the Dorchester Sports League; I acknowledge the debt which is owed the Dorchester Sports League. I deeply regret the mistakes which resulted in this debt and I apologize for the entire situation.  No one is responsible for this situation but me.  I take full responsibility.  Records show that half the debt has been repaid.  I have stated that the balance will be paid and I stand by that commitment.


Other allegations have been made related to a former business and to circumstances dating back to 2008-2009.   What is true is that I filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and followed all legal steps in this process.  It is also true that it was a painful decision, and even more painful process, but at that time it was the only option I felt available, given the turn of the economy. Like so many I picked myself up and I rebuilt my life and my business.  To say that it was a humbling experience is an understatement.  My failures are as much a part of me as my triumphs, they have shaped me equally.


What is not true is that there was any wrong doing on my part as it relates to former client(s), projects…etc.  To state that there was wrong doing on my part is completely false.


I again offer my apologies to those impacted by this situation both directly and indirectly.




James Swan




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About the author, James

With the launch of the new podcast, Million Dollar Decorating, James Swan adds media-host to his career accomplishments. The interview-based show becomes the first daily podcast devoted to the worlds of design, decorating and beautiful living and features interviews with the world’s leading designers, decorators, architects and artisans. Life-style leaders like Robert Couturier, Sandra Nunnerly, Vicente Wolf and Timothy Corrigan populate the podcast where unguarded conversations reveal behind-the-scenes sources of inspiration, resources and stories that inspire and motivate.
James Swan has built a career crafting classically influenced interiors across the United States. Swan has been featured in House & Garden, House Beautiful, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune and wrote for the “Trends & Shopping” column in House & Garden magazine. His book “101 Things I Hate About Your House” won a 2011 American Bookseller’s Award.
Television appearances on HGTV’s “Homes Across America,” speaking engagements with the professional design industry association NEOCON, regular guest spots on national radio programs have consistently placed Swan in the media spotlight.
Swan’s career took off back in Northern California at a noted San Francisco architecture firm, where he managed residential interiors. After that, Los Angeles beckoned, specifically the prestigious design firm of Frank K. Pennino & Associates, where as senior designer he managed high-profile projects, and earned a reputation for refined classical design that succinctly reflected his clients’ lives. In 1999, Swan opened his own firm in Beverly Hills.
Swan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and music from Southwestern College in Waxahachie, Texas, and studied in Arizona State University's Architecture and Design master's degree program.
Swan is a past member of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, serving on its Executive Board of Directors. His other commitments include PAWS/LA, which assists with the care of pets for people living with disabilities, and KidSmart, an art education foundation for inner-city youth. In his free time, Swan may be found furthering his passion for skiing and traveling. Currently he lives and works from his home on the Maine coast.