This quote reminds me of the constant struggle interior designers deal with when it comes to separating themselves from decorators. There actually is a real difference between the two, contrary to some public opinions. An Interior Designer is someone who has been through training/schooling that gives them the ability to work on projects that may include architecture and construction. Interior Designers are also trained how to work within code compliances: building and safety codes.
I do believe that interior designers and some interior decorators are both able to make spaces beautiful, but this is truly where the above quote comes into play (and things get complicated).
I had a conversation with a client the other day where she brought up that some people may call themselves interior designers or interior decorators, but they really do not seem to have the creative skill set that makes this type of design successful. I told her that I did, in fact agree. Even in design school, it became evident that you had to have an innate ability to design, to create. Anyone can go to design school or call themselves a “decorator,” but not everyone has the ability within themselves to be successful in this field. I believe that this is not a skill that you can learn. You have to be born with the skill set. You can learn codes, color schemes, etc…but you have to be able to produce true interior design. To be able to have a concept come to fruition and to do that well. This is what sets true designers apart from decorators.
Yes, I do believe that there is a line that separates an interior designer from an interior decorator. I do believe that clients need to be informed regarding this difference too. This does not mean that I do not believe there are some interior decorators who do good work. I acknowledge this work and I respect this work. I do though, want us all, as design professional, to be clear and acknowledge who we are in the design community and be comfortable with reveling our status. If we are proud of our work, then we should be proud of how we got there.