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Published:November 9th, 2010 14:51 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with James Swan, Author of 101 Things I Hate About Your House

Judyth Piazza chats with James Swan, Author of 101 Things I Hate About Your House

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

James Swan is head of New Wall Enterprises, LLC a Beverly Hills-based design and lifestyle group focused on delivering smart-design-daily to consumers across the country and around the world. As a lifestyle leader he has been featured in House & Garden Magazine, House Beautiful and the Los Angeles Times. He has chronicled a Trends & Shopping column for House & Garden Magazine, as well as his own design blog, The Design Quotient ( Adding author (with the soon to be published 101 Things I Hate About Your House) and speaker (NeoCon West) to his accomplishments has further broadened his influence.

A recently launched pre-publication Facebook Fan Page features "101 Things I Hate About Your House" ( with inspired interaction from a growing following of Swan`s work. 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 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. Recently his talents earned him VoxVodka/Out Magazine`s Designer of the Year Award. In April 2009 Ballard Designs ( announced their first collaboration with a nationally known designer, James Swan. His first signature collection of home furnishings and accessories (James Swan for Ballard Designs) will debut in January 2011.

From 2005-2009, Swan has been a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. His other community 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 indulging his passion for gardening, skiing and travel. Currently he divides his time between Beverly Hills and Pemaquid, Maine.

101 Things I Hate About Your House


James Swan with Carol Beggy

Stanley A. Meyer, Illustrator

Celebrated interior designer James Swan takes readers on a room-by-room tour that exposes common foibles and home-decorating faux pas, while offering tips for home "and life "makeovers without spending thousands.

Decorating mistakes are common, but what`s rare is finding someone who is honest enough to take us room by room through our own homes and tell us what we`ve done wrong. After eighteen years of working at the highest echelons of the design industry, nationally known interior designer James Swan has observed virtually every mistake, and now offers a guidebook for every home that eschews the traditional design-tome format.

In 101 Things I Hate About Your House, Swan sets out on a path uncharted by traditional design books and television shows, and offers, for the cost of a chrome bathrobe hook, the opportunity for readers on any budget to add thousands of dollars of value to their homes while enhancing their quality of life. A featured design partner with Ballard Designs, which is releasing a line of Swan`s custom-designed furniture in early 2011, Swan has partnered with veteran journalist Carol Beggy and award-winning set designer Stanley A. Meyer to create a dazzlingly illustrated road map for navigating the subjective world of home design and decoration, room by room, subject by subject.

James Swan has crafted classically influenced interiors for the past 18 years and has worked across the United States for clients who have included captains of industry, movie studio heads, investment bankers, and real estate developers. He was recognized with the VOX/Out Designer of the Year award, and has been featured in House & Garden, House Beautiful, and the Los Angeles Times. His highly anticipated book, 101 Things I Hate About Your House " is due out spring of 2011. His unique take on design can found daily at and in a weekly featured column at 

Carol Beggy is an award-winning journalist who left the Boston Globe in 2008 after more than ten years as a writer and editor, and wrote several popular feature columns. A cum laude graduate of Northeastern University, she has collaborated with photographer Bill Brett on three books about Boston, and was also part of the team behind Ted Kennedy: Scenes from and Epic Life.  

Illustrator Stanley A. Meyer has more than four dozen credits as a scenic designer/production designer that have earned him numerous awards and nominations. He has designed in every genre from Broadway " including the world premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice`s Aida " to the Steve Miller Band`s tour.  To view more of his work go to  

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