It’s James Deakin versus licensed interior designers this time

The TV host offended some designers for working with an unlicensed decorator and then asking: ‘Do you really require a license or law for choosing fabrics, colors, and furniture?

Sometimes, there comes a necessary—if a little aggressive—conversation that shines a spotlight on a long brewing issue. Social media has certainly accelerated how we’ve pushed certain topics to the fore. 

The hot topic issue of the coming week—James Deakin being called out for working with a “decorator” instead of a licensed interior designer. He is certainly not the first person to do that, but as one of the more famous personalities, many designers felt it was an affront and an endorsement to hire non-licensed interior decorators.  

On Sunday, Oct. 4,  the TV host on Facebook defended his decision to work with YouTube vlogger Elle Uy, who has recently rounded up her followers to 700,000 strong, on his place.

Elle is not a licensed interior decorator, but is well known on YouTube and in social media for her budget decorating tips. 

James’ first post was of him sharing a photo of his living area, where he shared that Elle was helping him choose the valance for his curtains.

A poster, who shared Deakin’s post, but whose name has been blurred, reposted this post with this caption: “When someone like James Deakin promotes unlicensed practitioners, we should do something about it.”

Another one also wrote about how this “blatantly disregards the profession,” coming from a long line of what they perceive as attacks due to publications publishing DIY stories of home renovations this quarantine and how this can come off as saying that interior designers are not essential. One post ends with, “Our collective voices need to be heard. There is a law for interior design. RA 10350.”

RA 10350 is an act to regulate and modernize the practice of interior design in the country. 

This irked Deakins enough that he shared the posts and then gave a lengthy reply: 

“So I’ve just been called out in an interior design group by a licensed interior designer who demands something be done about me using an unlicensed decorator to help me arrange my furniture and hang prints on the wall…. This is targeted toward my decorator, a very popular online personality Elle Uy, who has been doing budget makeovers on her YouTube channel and presumably stealing all the love away from this person and her exclusive circle of entitlement.”

He continued: “The licensed designer waxed sentimental about the years of study she has done and pontificates about how these backyard internet decorators have no business telling people where to put their sofa or what colors they should choose, and feels very strongly that they should be called out.  She also cites the law, RA 10350, and wields it like a weapon to protect this sacred space that only people who have studied for can enjoy and share with others—for a price.”

Deakins then praised unlicensed “backyard, internet decorators”:

“To all those backyard,

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