Category: Institute for Justice


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.

When I read these things it makes me wonder.  Will wielding a license really overcome this misperception?  I doubt it….not in my lifetime hell at this rate I won’t even rate an obituary.

Another Yawner From the Anti-Regulationists

Here is another obfuscation blog blast from the CATO Institute intentionally misinforming and taking advantage of our dismal efforts to distinguish the vetted from the innately qualified;

It’s too bad we are such low hanging fruit for these guys.  ASID has given in- IIDA are you still with us?

ID Deregulation in Florida One Step Closer to Reality


I am not sure what the next step is but it does not look good. 

P.S. I stand corrected. Evidently there is some concern by lawmakers……..

The panel also clashed over a measure deregulating several professions, including some where the industries involved asked for the panel to leave licensing and other measures in place.

Several students and licensed interior designers emotionally urged the committee not to deregulate their work, saying it could cut off their ability to work on commercial projects.

Johanna Mele, six months away from becoming a licensed interior designer, said she had $100,000 in student loans after getting her education.

“You guys are telling me that there’s a possibility that this is going to mean nothing,” she said, near tears.

But Ed Nagorsky, director of legislative affairs for the National Kitchen and Bath Association, said designers were really trying to maintain a “closed shop,” and that the measure would not endanger health or significantly alter what designers can do.

“If you deregulate interior design, what the licensed interior designers are permitted to do today, all licensed interior designers will be able to do tomorrow,” he said.

Allen Douglas, legislative affairs director for the National Federation of Independent Business in Florida, called the law “the most blatant example of regulation and legislation to limit competition that we had ever seen.”

The bill passed on the same 15-8, party-line vote, but even some Republicans called for a second look at keeping interior designers in the bill. House Minority Leader Ron Saunders, D-Key West, said a floor amendment would attempt to remove designers from the bill.”

Gotta love Ed Nagorsky.  Wonder if IIDA and ASID spoke up.

P.P.S. I stand corrected;

The Daily Half Baked Dish

I wonder how that Institute for Justice Kool-Aid tastes? Maybe Mr. Friedersdorf can enlighten me;

Even if there are no obvious and publically available legal precedents proving that the practice of interior design by unlicensed individuals is a threat to society logic tells me that if you claim that the health, safety and welfare of your client is not your primary concern, even above aesthetics, then you are in fact a threat to the common good.  Why would you take that position and be proud of it? Why on earth would you not do everything in your power to prove that you are in fact qualified to assume, and successfully carry out that moral obligation? This ultimately defines the difference between interior decoration and professional interior design services.  A dichotomy the Institute for Justice, The Interior Design Protection Council, The National Kitchen and Bath Association and numerous other organizations perceive as a threat to their professional domain- yet are totally unwilling to recognize that particular kernel of truth.

If you choose not to honor your moral and ethical responsibility to our society by ignoring your clients right to a safe and healthy interior environment that will psychologically and physiologically improve their quality of life then that is your CHOICE.  So take your sour grapes and get out of our way. We have a profession to advance.

I just don’t get why we (the ones who bust our asses to earn such qualifications) just sit by and allow this skewed logic to paint our efforts as meaningless.   We continue to get sand kicked in our faces by the 80 pound weaklings yet we remain flummoxed by the veracity of their campaign of misinformation. AAAaaarrrrgggghhhh!

P.S. Facts and figures don’t seem to dissuade the anti-regulation effort maybe shame and logic will. I’m just sayin’


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 Protection 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 head shaking wow.

P.S. Please read the comment from Ms. Plesset and my reply.


OK watch this video of a 1959 Chevy crashing head on into a 2009 Chevy.

OK what does this have to do with the profession of Interior Design- you ask?…..and you should. Keep in mind the post crash analysis shows that the driver of the ’59 would have died almost instantly- the driver of the ’09 would have suffered minor leg injuries (due mainly to the inertia of the heavy iron ’59)

As mentioned in my previous post there are those whose mission in life is to de-professionalize interior design.  They insist that ours is a profession beholden to artistic flair and that customers are fully capable of selecting a “designer” to suit their needs. In other words licensing and credentials earned via education experience and examination mean nothing.  Natural creative talent and natural selection of marketplace competition are all that are needed to call oneself an “interior designer”.  Their view of the profession is much like it was in the 1960’s and 1970’s when the practice of interior design began to distinguish itself from interior decoration.  They will do whatever they can to make sure the professional domain remains wide open to all comers and posers, qualified or not. 

The anti-regulation proponents claim that the protection of the health safety and welfare of the public is a moot basis for ID regulation and the government has no need to make sure the public is suitably protected by our work.  Well when I watched  this video it struck me (pun intended) as a good metaphor for the anti-regulation effort. If they could have it their way the government would not have imposed regulations for auto-makers to make vehicles safer, the insurance industry would not have made efforts to make a safety a concern and the general public would still be driving around in 4 ton steel coffins. The desire to raise the bar of professional status via the protection of public’s health, safety and/or welfare and official validation thereof is a natural urge for any logical individual or like minded professional domain. To say it isn’t a necessary component of a “profession” is a public disservice at best and negligence of our obligation to each other at worst.

Facts and figures have no effect in deterring the efforts of the anti-regulation movement maybe shame will.