Have you noticed that every week on Top Design, Todd Oldham welcomes each contestant as "designers" when he greets them with their new challenges and Jonathan Adler calls the contestants decorators when he announces who’s going home? Coincidence, that they are reduced to a mere decorator when they have failed to have the "top design"?
Kelly Hoppen, author of Style, The Golden Rules of Design, (which I purchased from Holly, on her Decor8 blog) says there is a significant difference between a decorator and designer….
"A decorator is traditionally more concerned with with surface changes while designers are trained to get right to the root of the problem. Successful design isn’t about what paint colors, flooring materials or accessories you choose; If a room is not well designed from the outset, no amount of fabric or expensive furniture can make it work as a successful living space."
Evidently the difference between decorators and designers has become such an issue that the level of aggression between them has turned in to a legal battle. For example, according to the Washington Post, it is now considered illegal, in the state of Nevada, to actually move furniture without the proper credentials…..
"So in Las Vegas, where almost nothing is illegal, it is illegal
— unless you are licensed, or employed by someone licensed — to move,
in the role of an interior designer, any piece of furniture, such as an
armoire, that is more than 69 inches tall. A Nevada bureaucrat says
that "placement of furniture" is an aspect of "space planning" and
therefore is regulated — restricted to a "registered interior
It doesn’t stop there, in the state of New Mexico, it is up to a $1000 fine and up to a year in prison for anyone to list themselves in a directory of any kind as an interior designer without being certified as such. What’s next? Not being able to mow your lawn because it is considered illegal farming?
Obviously people will try anything to eliminate the competition no matter what the industry is. Why can’t we all just work together in harmony? Does it always have to be about the money? If I had to hire someone to help with the style of my home I would certainly want someone trained in that area and yet someone that is affordable. What would you do?