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7 Things Sandra Espinet Can’t Live Without


What 7 Things can’t you live without?

In today’s Million Dollar Decorating post our friend Sandra Espinet shares with us what’s on her list.

Click this link for a closer look at her very stylish list.










Sandra draws inspiration from her extensive travels to South America, Northern Africa,  Europe and Asia, as well as her experiences living in several countries throughout the world.  By immersing herself in the culture and traditions of each visited destination, she infuses her designs with unique, creative and striking flair. Her search around the globe brings together rare and unique pieces form the world’s finest artisans that will transform any home into a uniquely  distinctive retreat. The flip flopped, globe trotting, shop-a-holic,  citizen of the world is constantly looking for new avenues to follow and for innovative combinations of design elements to share with the world.

An accomplished interior designer and allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers, Sandra received her Associate of Arts Degree in Interior Design from the New England School of Design in Boston.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design from the American College of Art in Atlanta and a Masters Degree in Production Design from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

Since 2000, Sandra has been living in the coastal town of San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, where she owns and operates S.E. Design Services, an elite, full-service high end residential design studio catering to luxury residential projects.

Sandra’s work has been celebrated in interior design books such as “Houses by the Sea.”  And numerous magazines around the world such as Architectural Digest and China Décor.    She has appeared in may HGTV television design shows and has received numerous awards for her work. Her book “ The Well Traveled Home” will be out in July 2013.

American Society of Interior Designers awarded Sandra 1st place in excellence of design for homes over 3,000 square feet.

Click here to visit her website 

And remember….It’s up to you to make your world more beautiful.


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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.