Interior designer James Swan has built an eighteen-year career crafting classically influenced interiors across the United States. Swan has been featured in House & Garden, House Beautiful, and the Los Angeles Times. He wrote for the 'Trends & Shopping' column in House & Garden magazine, relaunched and expanded in 2009 his own daily design blog (www.DesignQuotient.com), and recently launched a Facebook Fan Page for 101 Things I Hate About Your House gaining more than 3,000 daily readers in its first weeks.
Television appearances on HGTV's Homes Across America, speaking engagements with the professional design industry association NEOCON, and regular guest spots on national radio programs consistently place Swan in the media spotlight.
With his design vocabulary firmly grounded in tradition, Swan was invited by Ballard Designs, a twenty-five-year-old multichannel retailer of classically inspired home furnishings and accessories, to be the Atlanta-based retailer's designer partner. This design collaboration is the first of its kind for the company and will be revealed in the brand's Holiday 2010 catalog where the forty-piece James Swan for Ballard Designs Collection will be featured.
Swan's career took off 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.
Since 2005, Swan has been an active 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 cooking, gardening, skiing and traveling.
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