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Monday, March 28, 2011 / 4:15 PM
Christy Marshall, editor-in-chief, St. Louis AT HOME
"First of all, there's that title: 101 Things I Hate About Your House. Written by interior designer James Swan, with an assist from Carol Beggy, the book goes step by step, room by room to point out every possible faux pas you have inadvertently made.
I suspect I won't be asking him to dinner if he ever jets in from his Beverly Hills base. But his treatise will make you both laugh and cringe. While he'd be great fun at a bar―or on a lifeboat, I fear his critical eye would make me, and the sweet people I live with, painfully self conscious in our own sweet home. . . ."
To read the full review visit http://www.stlmag.com/Blogs/Secretary-of-the-Interior/March-2011/Swan-039s-Song/index.php.
James Swan has built an eighteen-year career crafting classically influenced interiors across the United States for clients who have included captains of industry, movie studio heads, investment bankers, and real estate developers. He has contributed to the design of numerous show houses, was recognized with the VOX/Out Designer of the Year award. He opened his own firm in Beverly Hills in 1999 and is a featured design partner with Ballard Designs.
Carol Beggy is an award-winning journalist who left the Boston Globe in 2008 after more than ten years as a writer and editor. She is a senior consultant with Saragoni & Company, collaborated with photographer Bill Brett on four 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 Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Broadway to the Steve Miller Band Bingo! Tour.
I read this book in an attempt to get a fresh eye on how to make my home more welcoming and comfortable. I really didn't find much here. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good book, it gives you ideas about what works in your house and what does not, but not many of those ideas are useable .Published 17 months ago by E.Barroso
I have never before left a review but this book is SO BAD, I feel compelled. Was there no editor? Grammar? Spelling? Syntax? Read morePublished 20 months ago by AnaBeni
I am selling my house soon and thought this book could give some insightful tips. Upon reading this book I was struck by the tone of the author-coming across as preachy and... Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by jan-jan
Wonderful..charming..delightful book from James Swan..fun and informative read..bought several copies for gifts for friends and family..everyone loved it! Bravo, James!Published on December 10, 2011 by Linda E
I read with bated breath to see what James would write. Having watched his perspective over the course of time on FB I couldn't wait to see it all in one place. Read morePublished on December 10, 2011 by Irene
This book is quite entertaining and is filled with lots of very good tips for gracious living. I am enjoying it a lot, especially during the holidays.Published on December 4, 2011 by Bonnie Brant