Q&A with James Swan

With the launch of the podcast, Million Dollar Decorating, James Swan adds media-host and producer to his resume. 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.

What inspired you to start this podcast? 
I was an early adopter with podcasts and listened regularly; most of my favorites were on entrepreneurship, business, self-development, and literature. A friend asked what my favorite design podcast was, and I couldn’t find one! That same friend challenged me to fill that void… and Million Dollar Decorating was born.

What is your go-to source for design inspiration? 
Travel. Nothing beats experiencing historic homes, gardens, and public buildings (galleries, museums, and shops) firsthand for inspiration.

Describe your style in 6 words or less.
High style, bold art, no regrets

Who do you look up to in the design world? 
François Catroux, Suzanne Tucker, and David Sprouls

If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
I would design a bedroom/library/studio/study space for a homeless/foster or formerly orphaned child. I would place this space square in the middle of their new family’s home, where they could feel loved and safe to learn, create, and grow into the best version of themselves. I can’t imagine a more important space.

Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.
“It’s not a home without a dog.”

Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
The World of Interiors

Share a little bit about the pieces you love on Viyet, e.g., in what kind of space do you hope they end up, etc.
For all the Viyet pieces I love, I wish each one would find itself in a room surrounded by equally beautiful furnishings, art, and objects, and that their new home have owners eager to travel, explore, collect, and learn all they can about the world in which they live. I can’t imagine a better place to call home.

Shop James’ favorite Viyet picks

Did you miss it?
Didn’t get a chance to listen to our episode of the Million Dollar Decorating podcast? Listen now to James Swan chat with our CEO, Elizabeth Brown.

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