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Million Dollar Decorating and What’s Ahead


2018 is looking to be an exciting year at Million Dollar Decorating.


Based on your feedback we’ve begun making small changes to the way we share our content.


We’ve trimmed back the main show to 5 days per week.


On 04 November, we’ll bring back our popular “Weekend” Show.  This Saturday and Sunday only show features unique and personal conversations with some of our guest alumni about how they spend their time away from the office.


Then on 02 January we kick-off our 2018 calendar year with another evolution, based on your input (remember those surveys you took.  Guess what?  We listened).


We’ll evolve further, from a daily show, to 4 broadcasts per week. We’ll also be moving to a 13-week format (13 weeks of related shows followed by a 3-week hiatus, then we’ll do it again!).  The shows will be retooled with a new focus (new questions) and more opportunities for you to engage with our guests.


We’ll dive deeper into the creative minds of our industry’s leaders and spend equal time introducing you to the work of today’s hot young talent; the next generation of great designers from around the world.


There will be more series (…. on Kitchen design, on Business Practices for Designers and one on Hotel Design and Travel) and Market Buzz will take us to interesting design destinations here in the USA and around the world.


All in all, it’s going to be an exciting year and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather share this adventure with than you!


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Remember….it’s up to you to make your world more beautiful.

James Swan and 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.