Not that it bothers me, but Shak In Style's recent post Decorator vs. Designer The Legal Battle (sorry, I decided to rename it for my post title because it's a more fitting title, I think) was funny. Funny because it reports that it is now illegal to move, in the role of an interior designer, any piece of furniture that is 69 inches tall in the state of Neveda, unless that person is licensed, or employed by someone licensed. A Nevada bureaucrat states that "placement of furniture" is an aspect of "space planning" and hence can only be administered by a "registered interior designer." And in New Mexico, it is up to a $1000 fine and up to a year in prison for anyone who list themselves in a directory of any kind as an interior designer if he or she is not certified as such.
Now, I can hear you laughing too. But try not to because that's the unfortunate result of what a money-grabbing society will make people become. Apparently, these legislations are the products of cartelization - persons in a business (in this case, interior designers) limit entry by competitors to full participation in the business.
I think this is where the great debate comes into play. Don't we all agree decoration is also one important aspect of design? You can have the best-planned space, but without the right touch of styling or accessorising, the interiors really amount to nothing. Decoration definitely serves a function to the consumers. And good design usually has good decoration - have you actually seen photos of beautiful interiors showing otherwise? Sure, good interior designers know how to decorate also. But if the client is perfectly happy to pay someone who has a knack for just placing that armchair at the right spot or dressing up a dining table expertly, who are we to say that these so-called decorators are not a worthy lot? Is it really, like what Shak In Style says, an act of desperation - driven by the greed for money - by some?