Looks like the anti-regulationists in Missouri have targeted Interior Design and its usual license allies, Barbers and Cosmetologists. Missouri HB 590 was introduced to appease the neo-cons by clarifying that anybody can do interior design and cut hair as long as they do not hold themselves out as a “registered” interior designer or “licensed” barber or cosmetologist.


This makes the distinction between an interior designer and a registered interior designer razor sharp. Seems like splitting hairs….maybe that is why we are usually lumped in with barbers and stylists…..(sarcastic pun intended).

Being registered will only come into play if Missouri can work its way into a full practice act or use the title “registered” to their advantage in the permit process. Otherwise the distinction is merely semantic and at best a means to distinguish oneself from those that are un-“registered”. Good Luck with that.

I have not read Missouri’s Registered Interior Design act but if it is written to allow ‘Interior Designers” to be “Interior Designers” and practice “Interior Design”, as it should be, then HB590 is simply a reiteration to appease the anti-regulationists who maintain that anybody can do interior design whenever they want. Just don’t call yourself registered unless you actually are registered.

Got it?

You Don’t Know Jack

Is Jack an interior designer?


Of course he is. It has been awhile since PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER posted a press item regarding interior design’s conflicted identity. While this one is merely a local St. Louis blogger, doing what bloggers do (whatever that is), and not the New York Times, it is oh so typical of articles that come across my monitor on a daily basis.



If you have an hour to waste here is a PODCAST of an internet radio show by Diane Plesset. Her guest last Saturday morning was the head of the Interior Design Protecton Council Patty Morrow. Click on the January 22nd link- skip the first 6 minutes. Ms. Morrow continues her one woman campaign to de-professionalize interior design. Wow….just complete head shaking wow.

Our 15 minutes is about up……..

Apparently the Institute for Justice’s challenge of the Florida Interior Design Practice Act will come down to a 15 minute oral argument;Why I have to hear about this from the Institute for Justice is beyond me. That this is not on the forefront of every NCIDQ, ASID, IIDA, CIDA, IDEC homepage and is not being discussed in detail in the many trade magazines that feed off our profession is further beyond my limited mental capacity to comprehend. What the hell is going on here?
PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER is not a supporter of ID regulation in it’s current form. BUT I DO NOT WANT TO SEE ALL OF THIS VALUABLE EFFORT GO TO WASTE! Good grief people our professional identity crisis is difficult enough. Do we really want it to get worse?