PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER has highlighted the efforts of the Institute for Justice, The Reason Institute and the CATO Institute to use Interior Design regulation as the prime example why government regulation is bad for the economy. Now the Goldwater Institute has issued this “Policy Report” in which the regulation of interior design is cited as one of the prime examples of why the government needs to reduce, or reform, “occupational licensing laws to increase jobs and lower costs”

Pitching a New Mantra….AGAIN.

Well it’s been about 2 years since I trotted out this proclamation and while there has been some positive movement toward this vision….we are still singing too many songs from too many hymnals. It’s time to re-post;


ONE VOICE: We need to have one professional organization that is devoted to serving the best interests of vetted interior design professionals by continually raising the standards of professional status, advocating for our legal/political rights in a unified, cohesive manner, and promoting our unique value to society. The old adage that there is strength in numbers does not count if we don’t have a clear direction.

ONE CREDENTIAL: We need a brand identity that clearly communicates our unique value to society and demands the respect that we all have earned. And no this brand is not “Interior Design” nor are we merely “Interior Designers”. Since anyone with a pulse can claim that title it does not make sense to try to make it our own unique brand- does it?

ONE MISSION: To allow us to compete as equals to, or independent of, other licensed design professionals.

What part of that is unclear? Not a rhetorical question.

Become a Professional Interior Designer!

Unfortunately for many of us regulation is the only readily apparent answer. As our only public relations effort, regulation of the term and the practice of interior design made sense during the first 30+ years of the ID regulation effort. Had we been successful at ameliorating the term and the practice of “interior design” to LEGALLY be what we wanted it to be then we could literally sue those pesky interior decorator designers wannabe’s into submission. BUTT we lost that battle- now we have to rely on Uncle Sam to sort us out…. The very government representative that told us we cannot tell interior designers that they cannot be interior designers. Let’s ponder that imponderable as we reach for our TP from one of Adler’s TP holders.

Florida Interior Design Regulation Under Attack on Two Fronts

In my previous post I noted a renewed effort by Florida’s Legislative branch to deregulate the Florida Registered Interior Design practice act. Now it appears that the Judicial side is heating up at the Supreme Court level.

PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER has trouble believing that this petition by the Institute for Justice merits the time and consideration of the highest court. I have to admire the full court P.R. press that the IJ is putting on here. Sure are spreading our defense thin.

Defining the Interior Design Body of Knowlege

In an update of their continuing effort to define the interior design profession Dr.’s Denise Guerin and Caren Martin have provided us with a sharper tool by which to sculpt and form our profession. It is by any measure an impressive summation of all things interior design profession. PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER has read the report linked here;

For those of you sans the time to read the Executive Summary PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER offers some highlights.