Had I known it was that easy to become an Interior Designer I would not have wasted all of that time learning how to become one…………………

Hey Farooq…..Maybe it’s Time to Change Your Business Model

Maybe, just maybe, if you considered Interior Design as valuable service and not a free hook to lure in the occasional big sale your staff might earn a bit more respect and increase their sales, and your profit, via ethical business practices.

But what do I know?


Well why didn’t you tell me that 35 years ago?

More proof, or evidence as we design wonks are prone to call it, that our professional identity is…..well it isn’t professional and it isn’t really an identity.

More of a joke………

Then why am I weeping?


Introducing New Benefit For Active Certificate Holders

On July 15, 2013 the appellation “NCIDQ” and a unique mark will be available for use as an additional benefit for active certificate holders. After completing the terms and conditions on their MyNCIDQ online account, active NCIDQ Certificate holders will have the option to sign their names “First Name Last Name, NCIDQ” and/or use a unique NCIDQ logo in their professional materials, which may be downloaded from the same online account.  Active NCIDQ Certificate holders are those individuals who are current with their annual renewal payment, and in addition to the benefits already funded by the annual renewal fees, helps support NCIDQ Examination development and operations to maintain the validity and integrity of the series of tests.

Kim Ciesynski, NCIDQ Examination Board President, praises the move, saying “This new option for all certificate holders is a great opportunity for interior designers/interior architects to promote the NCIDQ credential they have worked so hard to earn, and to market themselves as successfully passing the rigorous standards tested by the NCIDQ Examination. The NCIDQ Examination is developed according to credible industry standards and we take great care to maintain its validity.  Therefore, we are very proud of our certificate holders and so pleased that they will now be able to demonstrate that they incorporate the highest standards of health, safety and human welfare in their daily practice. Certificate holders have spent years educating themselves, earning work experience and studying for the NCIDQ Examination.  They deserve the ability to showcase their hard-won and unique achievement.”

The Council for Interior Design Qualification, Inc., the corporate structure that provides resources to develop the NCIDQ Examination, is confident in the skills of those professionals who hold the NCIDQ Certificate, and is thrilled to promote those interior designers/interior architects who are the best examples of what the NCIDQ Examination stands for: health, safety and welfare within the spaces we use daily.

P.S. July 16: When I checked my Google Search results this morning I was expecting to see at least one press worthy item on the new credential. Instead Clare Danes mutters in Vogue that she thought about becoming an interior designer and the blogosphere ignites with joy;

Claire Danes, Interior Designer?

Why Claire Danes considered an interior design career

Would Claire Danes Be an Interior Designer Right Now if ‘Homeland’ Hadn’t Come Along?–homeland–hadn-t-come-along–002810920.html

The NCIDQ credential is a much needed change for the profession but evidently we have a long, long way to go.

Commercial Interiors Television

Could C.I.T. become the next H.G.T.V.?

P.S. Here is an updated Commercial Interiors Television Page- Well DONE!


Thanks to HGTV interior design will forever (well our lifetime’s at least)  be defined as the ability of overly dramatic people with a creative flair to take a white box, or poorly decorated room, and to turn it into something all together different in an unreasonable time frame with very limited funds.  Here the Washington Post has been promoting the DIY makeover via this popular (read the comments) ongoing feature;

This unfortunately is what many HGTV fans and DIY decorators across the land think of when they hear the term “interior design” or “interior designer”.  Here is an example of the same white box syndrome being used as a marketing tool by a Maryland based residential designer;

Actually I am impressed by the renderings and a few of the solutions….no really.  The question I keep asking myself as I scroll through image after image of before and after white box (and a few green box) make-overs is “Is this really interior design”?

And the answer I keep coming back with is “Yes”!  Can the designer, who apparently has no credentials or professional affiliations, call herself an interior designer?  Much to the chagrin of many who have endeavored to prove their professional interior design status via education/experience/examination and legislation the answer is “YES”.

I know we want to be respected for doing more than simply making a room “cozy”.  I don’t have the answer….well yes I do….read my 250 previous posts….but as long as we sit back and let others define our profession we need to accept our fate.

“Can you really paint that fake brick paneling we put over the fake knotty pine paneling in our basement rec room?”

Rant over. Peace Out


Interior Designers at Work

PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER was reprimanded recently by a LinkedIn group page manager for making unprofessional comments in an off topic debate about the profession of interior architecture;

I was provoked and I lost my typical PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER literary cool- I am sorry.  Unsure if I offended only the group manager or the entire profession…well okay the dozen or so professionals that actually follow that forum, I am now hesitant to post my real and honest thoughts on any public forum not of my own making.  Not to mention the possibility of garnering a reputation as an obsessive compulsive  self-righteous ego maniacal jack-ass with anger management issues and nothing better to do than hog any online discussion pertaining to the profession of “Interior Design”.

I should know better.  On to my point.

I was just about to post a comment in reply to a new thread on the Interior Design Educators Council LinkedIn group discussion page  which links to this blogpost;  I appreciate Ms. Homme’s supportive words about the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) but when I scrolled to the picture of who I assume is Ms. Homme (I do not know her) sitting in her resource library I began to feel my  blood pressure rising and my qwerty fingers twitching.


The little censor guy in my left ear convinced me to chill down and not comment directly on the thread as it would undoubtedly be misconstrued and potentially offensive to the author. Fortunately the anarchist guy in my right ear was sleeping off a 3 day bath salt huffing bender so I acquiesced to the responsible voice.

That’s where this blog comes in handy.

So I got to thinking.  If we want so desperately to free ourselves of the decorator stereotype (not that there is anything wrong with decorators) why do we continue to portray ourselves as such?


Well of course I am overreacting but the former question remains unanswered.

So in the interest of vitally important research I Google Image searched “Interior Designers at Work”. Go ahead try it. Now Google Image “Architects at Work”. ID’ers are typically female and surrounded by paint chips, paint cans (not sure where that came from), fabric samples and the occasional simplified floor plan. There are no images of interior designers on construction sites wearing hard hats, pointing to some impossibly unresolvable mechanical/electrical/plumbing systems clash with a burly contractor hanging on every gesture and word.  We all know that maybe 5% of our work involves finish selections…but I guess images of overworked and overstressed design professionals nodding off in front of their computer because it froze up on the 2 terrabyte rendering file they were trying to correct is not very visually appealling…I digress.

Of course typical images of architects at work show them wearing hard hats and leading interested groups of awed subordinates and clients surrounding large sets of complex blueprints on some monumental construction site.

PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER finds this dichotomous imagery both amusing and frustrating.

What should a professional interior designer at work really look like?

or this?

I think it can if we want it to.