James Swan

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Why Do It?

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I was asked recently why I launched Million Dollar Decorating and while I had not yet written my “elevator speech” I was pleasantly surprised by what came out of my mouth.

Here’s the gist of my reply. “I launched this new venture to celebrate the world’s of design, decorating and beautiful living in new and meaningful ways and to leave the world a bit more beautiful as a result.”

Okay, so no Pulitzer Prize for me…but this brief statement does capture the essence of what we’re doing. Podcasts, as it turns out, are a popular new tool which we’re using to share the message of beautiful living. We’re preparing to launch an educational component using the internet and webinars. We’re in discussions that may take us into video technology as a way to expand our celebration and include more like-minded folks. And as “new and meaningful” opportunities come up you can bet we’ll be there exploring how they might be marshaled in to service.

It’s a big, exciting adventure and it would mean nothing without you. So thanks for being a part of our growing family.

Which reminds me…if you’ve not yet joined The Enthusiasts then consider yourself invited. Just click this link and join the fun.

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.