Turk refers to the misuse of the word designer in her article. The law clearly states that the use of the word designer in a Web site or in advertisement is not in violation of the law. Monique has two design degrees from reputable and accredited institutions of education and uses these degrees in various applications. Posh Exclusive Interiors participated in the INDesign competition and was honored with a highly respected gold award.
Not only does Posh Exclusive Interiors support this area, but it has given Lafayette international exposure with the HGTV show Designers' Challenge. This program goes into 80 million homes worldwide. I am uncertain what Turk intended by writing this article, but instead of stressing the importance of licensing in Louisiana for all designers who do commercial work, she attempted to tear the moral fiber of this community apart. There is no reason any of these designers, decorators, whatever you want to label them, should have been singled out. It is truly disheartening when someone works so hard to make her community proud of what she does, and irresponsible reporting attempts to tear down such hard work. What Turk did was, in my opinion, unethical and desperate. I hope that this sheds some light on this sensitive issue.
The Independent Weekly stands by its story. ' Ed.