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.
It appears that as a culture we have neglected to properly find an answer to the ever-pregnant question: When is too much really, truly, and absolutely too much? For in otherwise restrained households, the insidious urge to sheathe unwitting windows with all fabrics and fantasies has reached epidemic proportions. Thus presents the third of The Seven Deadly Sins of Decorating: The Sin of Errant Window Treatments. Have the power tie, shoulder pads, and puffy party dresses of the '80s been repurposed into what will ultimately be their final destiny? Has all restraint flown out of the very windows these treatments are trying to obscure? Opulence: some of the rooms above, they sure do have it. Others just have craziness. Take a look.