While it's true that great design will neither save a life nor cause lions and lambs to cuddle, a shoddily decorated home elicits bi-partisan calls for immediate and definitive action. Which is why we've asked James Swan, Beverly Hills decorator and author of the "101 Things I Hate About Your House" Facebook page—and, soon, book—to produce a weekly Curbed National series entitled The Seven Deadly Sins of Decorating.
At every middle school or high school dance, in small towns and big cities alike, there's always a wallflower or two silently hoping to disappear: clinging to the wall, slithering against the perimeter, never venturing onto the dance floor. Well, it seems that some rooms, too, suffer the same fate, exhibiting the the second of The Seven Deadly Sins of Decorating: The Sin of Errant Positioning. To boot: furniture slammed against the wall for no apparent reason. The effect: awkward (or, in some cases, zero) conversation groups. And without conversation, you might as well be a dweebed-out, absolutely miserable wallflower at a school dance. Have a look above. Then—please—just let the bad memories go.