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The Thrill of Color

Color on Million Dollar Decorating

Since lunching Million Dollar Decorating on 01 March 2016 there have been a number of exciting moments:

-I’ve interviewed some of the biggest names in the worlds of design, decorating and beautiful living….with more to come!

-We’ve begun building relationships with some amazing companies who see the power in what we’re doing and are excited to be some of our early sponsors

-We launched our private Facebook group The Enthusiasts and continue to add new members daily

-We kicked off development of The Enthusiasts Guide to Home Decorating, a book and online training course for those hungry to enhance their design and decorating skills

-Work began (and is nearing completion) of our new website page The Design Lovers Library, where book recommendations from all our podcast guests can live, be searched for and added too your own design library

-In our first 8 weeks we landed in the top 100 Podcasts on ITunes (out of over 300,000 shows)

-Our download numbers have soared past 75,000

But for me, one of the most thrilling was last Tuesday.

In Monday’s email I shared with you some thoughts on the importance and value of color in creating memorable interiors.  At the end of my thoughts I asked our growing family of design lovers to share photographs of interiors where they’ve used color.  And guess what?  On Tuesday and email arrived that was filled with the most beautiful, colorful interiors.

That a member of our family of design lovers (in this instance a designer Amy Kartheiser) responded to my request and shared her images was a compliment of the highest quality.  It let me know that we really are building something special here at Million Dollar Decorating.  And it’s special because of each and every one of you.

So “thank you” to Amy (don’t you just love these images) and to each of you who send notes, questions and suggestions.   Every exchange is important to me….because it tells me that you care about what’s happening here and you don’t mind getting involved.

So keep being involved.  I love it and together we’ll continue building something very special here at Million Dollar Decorating.

How here are some of the images Amy Kartheiser shared with us. These are from a client’s home in Winnetka, IL. and they clearly demonstrate the beauty and power of color in a home’s design and decoration.

Color on Million Dollar Decorating

Color on Million Dollar Decorating

Color on Million Dollar Decorating

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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.