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?

Sprucing Up the Prisons in Massachusetts

Yesterday Boston AM radio personality Michele McPhee had an absolute field day slamming Massachusetts interior designer’s efforts to pursue legislation allowing qualified interior designers to bid on state contract projects.

Seems harmless enough right?

If interested listen in at 3:01, 8:50, 12:15, 14:26, 16:40, & 18:25 the rest is political babble but the ID slams are worth listening to.

Unfortunately the ID legislation is part of Melissa’s Bill which is a highly contested and controversial bill so by default it is getting a lot of airplay and press.


Turning Grapes Into Whine

In response to the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition’s (http://www.supportmidc.org/) effort to implement a title act in their state (http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/Senate/S00093) there is a new whine being brewed in the birthplace of Liberty. The MIDC has been careful to craft their bill so that there could be no infringement on anybody who wishes to practice interior design……ANYBODY. […]