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Sin Number Four: Errant Puffiness

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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.

No design-magazine editor who's lucky enough to still be employed today fills their glossy, glittering pages with bloated, overly upholstered disasters, and yet one can’t swing a dead cat in this country without hitting a marshmallow-like sofa, loveseat, chair, or conversation group that includes all of them. Thus introducing the fourth of The Seven Deadly Sins of Decorating: Errant Puffiness. Here's a tell-tale warning sign of the insidious trend: the piece of furniture bears a passing resemblance to Lisa Rinna’s pout. Bloated puckers may be unavoidable on the red carpet, but what's that expression about a minute on the lips, again? As cream puffs are to lithe physiques, stuffy, puffy upholstery is to the well-decorated home. Have a look above.

· James Swan [official site]
· 101 Things I Hate About Your House [Facebook]