About DDA

Last updated: January 22, 2015

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A decorating and design professional is qualified by education and experience to develop and enhance the function and quality of interior (and exterior) spaces. A professional analyzes the client's needs and formulates design concepts that are aesthetic, appropriately appointed and functional.


When planning to decorate or design a space, a decorating professional will save you time and money. Services can be as limited as a consultation offering advice on choosing a colour scheme, hiring a contractor or buying a product. Or you may wish to hire a professional to help you with full design services for redecorating, redesigning or renovating, purchasing products and arranging installations.

Decorating and design professionals may specialize in a particular design area, for instance, residential and/or commercial design

By choosing a DDA Member you are guaranteed that you will be working with a qualified professional. DDA Members are graduates of recognized academic institutions in the field of interior decorating and design and/or have established professional decorating portfolios. They are also committed to ongoing education through DDA professional development training.  DDA Members ensure that you have access to the most current trends and innovations so when you are decorating, renovating, buying or building, choosing a DDA designated professional to assist you will result in professional results. 

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The 2019-20 DDA National Board of Directors

National Directors & Officers

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Andria Cowan-Molyneaux

National Chair

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Andria Cowan Molyneaux is an award-winning decorator, designer and certified aging in place specialist. Andria is accredited by the National Association of Home Builders and DDA Canada, and she has served on the board of DDA Canada since 2014. She also guest lectures on Universal Design.

Andria is the principal designer and owner of ACM Designs, in Haliburton, Ontario. The company specializes in decorating and design of lakeside homes, cottages and businesses in and around Haliburton County. ACM Designs is also a Cambria Premier Dealer.

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Jeanne Grier

Treasurer

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Jeanne Grier is co-owner and President of Stylish Fireplaces & Interiors, which she runs with her husband Colin.

Jeanne brings a combination of business acumen and interior design expertise to the fireplace business. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and has run an award-winning interior decorating business for over 25 years.  Prior to that, she worked in the computer and hospitality industries. 

Jeanne brings a passion for marketing and profitable business management to the DDA board.  She is also very involved with professional renovators at BILD, the Building Industry and Land Development association in Toronto.

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Leanne Tammaro

Vice Chair

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Leanne Tammaro is Co-Owner & Principal Designer at Designtheory Inc., a multi-award-winning boutique design firm in Toronto. Her experience in project and design management allows her to provide clients with a clear awareness of custom design details, materials, and architectural details. Over the past decade, Leanne has taken great pride in the ability to connect with her clients and has defined her place in the industry by creating interiors that are timeless, luxurious, and inspiring. 

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Lana McIver

Director, Chair of Education

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Lana is the founder and President of the Interior Design Group on Vancouver Island. Lana heads one of the region’s most successful and versatile interior design firms that has been in business for over 20 years. Her vast portfolio of both residential and commercial work has garnered her press and won her many local and national awards.

Lana has been on the DDA National Board since 2014 as the chair of Education.

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Elvira Goodenough

Director, Chair of Awards

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Elvira Goodenough is the owner and designer of Red Chair Designs. She has served on board of DDA Canada since 2015. Elvira is a graduate of the Interior Design Program at Sheridan College. Along with her experience as a kitchen and bath designer, she also taught at Sheridan College for a number of years.

Elvira brings a passion for design and mentoring recently graduated designers to reach their fullest potential. She is looking forward to help contribute to the continued growth and success of DDA.

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Janet Armstrong

Director, Chair of Membership

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Janet Armstrong is the owner and Creative Director of Simply Swank Décor, a design firm that creates comfortable and livable interiors through simple design and decor. Janet is a graduate of the Interior Design Institute and a member as well as Board Member of the Decorators & Designers Association of Canada (DDA) and the DDA Newsletter Committee.

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Janet Crawford

Director, Chair of Affiliates

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Janet Crawford is the Toronto Gallery Manager for Cambria, a premium quartz manufacturer. She brings over 20 years of experience working in the interior design industry both as a consultant and representing luxury brands. Since joining Cambria in 2015, Janet has supported DDA local chapter efforts as the Cambria contact and has served on the National DDA board since 2017. She is pleased to serve the organization, support the talented members and work to strengthen and grow our business community. 

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Anatasia Rentzos

Director, Chair of Events

AnnaAnastasia Rentzos, is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer since 1985 and is regarded as one of the best in the business. She has won over 24 Design Awards and published in numerous Canadian and U.S. magazines. She has appeared with Mike Holmes on Holmes on Homes as an expert on kitchen & bath renovations and in 2015, she was inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

She’s held numerous positions with NKBA at both local and National levels, and served on the BOD, NKBA National, USA. She has judged local & national Design Competitions; sat on the ‘Renovation Steering Committee’ of BILD and currently serves as Chair of Events for DDA.

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Carol Ann Horvat

Director

CarolAnnCarol Ann Horvat is the principal owner and designer of Gotcha Covered. The company specializes in custom window treatments carrying all the top blind, shade and fabric manufactures to create custom solutions in both residential and commercial sectors.

Carol Ann brings a depth of experience and passion for marketing, digital and social media to the DDA board which she is looking forward to contributing to the organizations growth and success.

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Cathy Granert

Director, Chair of Ambassador Program

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Glen Peloso

Director, Chair of Ethics

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Celebrated designer and TV host began working after completing his Masters Degree in Fine Art.  Since then he has successfully completed well over 300 projects including residential, hospitality and commercial spaces, in several countries internationally. As a design journalist, he contributes and has been profiled in many national and international magazine and Television, including current positions as design reporter for Your Morning CHCH, National Design Contributor for Canadian Home Trends Magazine and Past Editor of Reno and Decor Magazine. 

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Kate Dickson

Director, Chair of Marketing

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After the birth of her first child in 2008, Kate left the corporate world to pursue her passion full-time. While raising two young children, she obtained her Interior Decorating Certificate from George Brown College — and the rest, as they say, is history.  

Kate has been helping Toronto families turn their houses into homes for the better part of a decade, and has built a thriving practice and a diverse portfolio of work. 

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Chapter Representatives

 

We consistently strive to provide the highest level of service and quality to our Members and to the public through continuing education, public awareness, and professional development.   
 
We uphold ethical service through government compliance and qualification standards within the industry.  
 
We value professional and personal growth and promote the opportunity for every Member to be the best that they can be for their clients and themselves.  
 
We value the relationship between Member and Client, and Member and Affiliate/retailer.  
 
We value professional development for all Members to ensure that our Members are informed in all areas of their industry.  
 
We value cooperation and respect among peers.  
 
We value a commitment to community service and a respect for ethics in both personal and business life.

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