Happy Valentine's Day! To commemorate this most joyous holiday of love, we enlisted James Swan, Beverly Hills decorator, past contributor, and author of the "101 Things I Hate About Your House" Facebook page—and, soon, book—to show us just how far the mania can go.
In the annals of bad taste, decorating disasters and aesthetic faux pas, few corporately sponsored holidays carry such gravitas as does the Day of St. Valentine. This hard-to-pin-down saint elicits not only dewy-eyed devotion to the mysteries of love, but also slavish dedication to the most banal and insipid of interior schemes. Looping swags, bulbous hearts, and bare-assed, overweight, winged toddlers comprise the backbone of this holiday’s visual offerings, delighting few and nauseating many. Adding insult to injury, the whole lot can be bathed (for a price) in noxious shades ranging from pale pink to retina-scalding crimson. So now, for a simple question, “What’s love got to do with any of this?” Have a look above.
· James Swan [official site]
· 101 Things I Hate About Your House [Facebook]
· James Swan's previous column: The Seven Deadly Sins of Decorating [Curbed National]