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Sin Number Six: Errant Houseplants

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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.

Next in line on the hit parade of The Seven Deadly Sins of Decorating is Sin Number Six: Errant Houseplants, an all-too-common misfire. Yes, a potted specimen can add color, shape, and texture to an otherwise smartly styled room, but upon closer observation one realizes that most efforts along these lines are splendid—if not stupendous—failures. Drag Mama Nature into your home if you dare, but elevate the effort beyond the skimpy, limp, and wimpy—or, worse, oversize. Indication that you may be heading down a wayward path: your leafy green addition requires three strapping, sweaty delivery men for its journey from truck to parlor. Have a look at the mania above.

· James Swan [official site]
· 101 Things I Hate About Your House [Facebook]
· Previous The Seven Deadly Sins of Decorating columns [Curbed National]