Design Star or Design Scourge

PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER told himself not to continue punishing his hyper-sensitive identity complex by subjecting himself to another season of HGTV’s Design Star series. But lo I cannot avoid it. The HGTV juggernaut is omniscient- it is like being forced, with eyes propped open, to watch a slow motion train/school bus collision. The promotion of the series and its impact on the profession of interior design is unavoidable and in my not so humble opinion……devastating.

An About Face About Me?

If you want to call yourselves interior designers please be our guest. If you want to call your effort interior design you are guaranteed that right by the constitution. Please go on your merry way and decorate the living hell out of your world. But recognize that you make that choice and to malign, impugn, denigrate or otherwise bitch and moan about our effort to raise the standards of “certified” or “registered” interior design is nothing but sour grapes. And frankly I enjoy pointing those envious tantrums out. You really need to take your interior designer mantle and put some faux antique never to be read leather bound books between some faux alabaster bookends on it, charge your unknowing client twice list cost, and just go away (I know you won’t…if you did this would not be ½ as fun).


PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER killed the last two remaining brain cells he had watching last nights Design Star episode. I really thought Tom Vecchione was a shoe in. Anybody that can rise to the top of the Gensler food chain has proven themselves to be a player on a global scale. But Tom seems to have met his match with an unknown painter/contractor from Boston. Unfortunately the camera preferred Courtland and we all know that the HGTV cameras never lie…….(that’s a joke son).

Tom Vecchione- Crosses Over to the Dark Side

What do you know from the usual line up of designer wanna-be suspects PROFESSSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER noticed that the design director of Gensler New York is a cast member. SAY WHAT? Is Art Gensler aware of this? Is this some sort of coup attempt by actual professional interior designers? Has Tom Vecchione let his good looks and suave self-promotion skills gone to his head?