DAILY NEWS Nov 27, 2012 4:55 PM - 4 comments

Vancouver Sun gets rebuked - and deservedly so.

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VANCOUVER 2012-11-27

On November 14, Alyssa Myshok, president of the Interior Design Institute of British Columbia, took The Vancouver Sun to task in a letter titled Biased article disparages interior design profession, in which she responded directly to an editorial that ran in the November 9 edition of the newspaper written by Kelvin Browne titled I Hate my Interior Designer. This is what she wrote to the paper:

I was disappointed to read Kelvin Browne’s article from November 9, “I Hate my Interior Designer: Clients complain about designers for their billing practices, lack of communication skills and incompetence.”

As a practising interior designer and current president of the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia, I take exception to Mr. Browne’s sweeping negative statements about an entire profession based on an informal survey of friends.

Our association has over 200 registered professional members, all of whom meet a high standard of education, experience and examination. Our members design residential, corporate, institutional and retail environments. They create safe, accessible, and functional spaces for families, employees, patients and customers.

Our members abide by a code of ethics and standards of practice. The public may file a claim against any member who they feel has breached those standards.

Reading Mr. Browne’s article, one could assume that the entire profession is inept and unethical. Mr. Browne is educated as an architect – if one of his friends had a negative experience with an architect, would he dismiss that profession too?

I am surprised that the Vancouver Sun would print such disparaging statements without facts to validate them.

Interestingly, the Vancouver Sun cut the last line of her letter, which read “We respectfully request a retraction and apology to interior design professionals.” Was it a word count issue, or something else? Regardless, kudos to you, Alyssa. We wholeheartedly agree.


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I feel that a lot of the disrespect and lack of credit has a lot to do with the abundance of design shows that are all over television. They make it look like its easy as pie to do any design\decor job and there are a lot of people who have decided to be "decorators" on a whim cause it looks like fun and easy. So then you have some bored housewife doing it and messing up and ruining it for the rest of us who went to school and are certified etc etc. Its annoying to have to constantly explain to people that I am in fact educated and certified and defending myself constantly is really getting to be the end for me all 'cause of people who watch HGTV and think they can just go do that profession as well.
Laura Boisvert C.I.D.
Fully Educated and Certified

Posted November 28, 2012 07:12 PM

Annie Hsu - AP/ID (Ashley Pryce Interior Design)

I have confirmed with Alyssa - it was not a word count issue. The Vancouver Sun just conveniently omitted the last sentence. With that said, apparently AIBC had sent many letters to The Sun and have never been published. We should be proud that our response was, thanks to everyone at IDIBC & IDC who worked swiftly over the Remembrance Day long weekend to make this happen.

Posted November 28, 2012 01:56 PM

David Lasker

Kelvin Browne's decorating column appears in the National Post's Saturday HOMES section. When one writes for a single Postmedia paper, the story may appear in some or all of the other papers in the chain, so you may expect to see Kelvin's story across the country.

Posted November 28, 2012 11:38 AM

Mimi Allemand & Assoc. Interior Design

It is time we as professionals in a related field received the kind of respect and credit that we are due and we have earned.

Posted November 28, 2012 07:38 AM

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