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Decorating & Design Competition
  • Congratulations to our 2021 Award Winners! Click here to view

This annual competition recognizes decorating and design excellence in Canada in a variety of different categories and is open to all accredited members and students enrolled in recognized decorating programs in Canada.

Past winners of the competition increased their credibility with potential clients and were covered in local and industry media, and on social media.

Got questions? Ask us by emailing awards@ddacanada.com.

Gabriele Pizzale – 2019 Bronze Medal, Kitchens over $50,000

Sasha Lafleur – 2019 Silver Medal, Interiors Over $100,000

Leanne Tammaro & Adolphina Karachok – 2019 Gold Medal, Kitchens Under $50,000

Rotem Golem – 2019 Silver Medal, Kitchens Under $50,000

2021 Competition Overview
The competition is open to Accredited DDA Members and students enrolled in a DDA-recognized program. Each category has unique eligibility criteria and entry requirements.

For each project, all entrants are required to submit Supporting Documentation (to be viewed by competition administrators only), and a Design Package that will be reviewed by the judges. There must be absolutely no identifying information in the Design Package.

Entries must be the principal work of the entrant submitting the entry. Entrants who worked collaboratively on a project may submit the project as a team, as long as both entrants meet the eligibility criteria.

Gold, silver and bronze winners may be chosen in each Accredited and Student category.

Register as an entrant for full details about the competition by clicking "Enter Now" above.

Accredited Member Categories

  • Interior Decoration Over $100,000

    This includes non-kitchen, non-bath residential existing or new construction spaces that involve the member’s original design concept, with a budget greater than $100K (excluding design fees). The project may include construction, or consist only of finishes and furnishings.

  • Interior Decoration Between $45,000 - $100,000

    This includes non-kitchen, non-bath residential existing or new construction spaces that involve the member’s original design concept, with a budget greater than $100K (excluding design fees). The project may include construction, or consist only of finishes and furnishings.

  • Interior Decoration with Construction $10,000 – $45,000 

    This includes non-kitchen, non-bath residential existing or new construction spaces that involve the member’s original design concept, with a budget greater than $10K but less than $45K (excluding design fees). The project must include construction, as well as finishes and furnishings.

  • Interior Decoration without Construction $10,000 – $45,000 

    This includes non-kitchen, non-bath residential existing spaces that involve the member’s original design concept, with a budget greater than $10K but less than $45K (excluding design fees). The project must only include finishes and furnishings, and may not include construction. The project may include built-in cabinetry.

  • Interior Decoration Under $10,000

    This includes non-kitchen, non-bath residential existing and new build spaces that involve the member’s original design concept, with a budget less than $10K (excluding design fees). The project may include construction, or consist only of finishes and furnishings.

  • Kitchens Over $50,000

    This includes residential kitchen renovation or new kitchen construction that involves the member’s original design concept, with a budget greater than $50K (excluding design fees and appliances). The project may include construction, or consist only of finishes and furnishings.

  • Kitchens Under $50,000

    This includes residential kitchen renovation or new kitchen construction that involves the member’s original design concept, with a budget less than $50K (excluding design fees and appliances). The project may include construction, or consist only of finishes and furnishings.

  • Bathrooms Over $30,000

    This includes residential bathroom renovation or new bathroom construction that involves the decorator's original design concept, with a budget greater than $30K (excluding design fees). The project may include construction, or consist only of finishes and furnishings. This category excludes powder rooms.

  • Bathrooms Under $30,000

    This includes residential bathroom renovation or new bathroom construction that involves the member’s original design concept, with a budget less than $30K (excluding design fees). The project may include construction, or consist only of finishes and furnishings. This category excludes powder rooms.

  • Powder Rooms

    This includes residential powder room renovation or new powder room construction that involves the member’s original design concept, with no budget restriction. The project may include construction, or consist only of finishes and furnishings.

  • Universal Kitchen or Bath Design  

    This includes residential renovations or new construction that involves the member’s original design concept. Entries must demonstrate the use of the 7 Principles in Universal Design within a kitchen or bath project, with no budget restrictions. The project must include construction as well as finishes and furnishings.

  • Commercial Space

    This includes commercial existing space or new commercial construction that involves the member’s original design concept, with no budget limit. Acceptable spaces include offices, studios, restaurants, spas, salons, retail, common areas, hospitality etc. The project may include construction, or consist only of finishes and furnishings. This is the only non-residential Accredited award category. For the award ceremony, winners will have the opportunity to provide original photos that display the client’s business name and logo.

  • Emerging Professional Over $45,000

    This includes decorating and design projects completed by members who have graduated from a DDA-recognized program within the last 5 years. Any new-build or existing residential interior space (including kitchens & bathrooms) with a project budget over $45K (excluding design fees and any appliances) may be entered. The project must be the member’s original design concept, and cannot have been completed under a more experienced design professional’s supervision. The project may include construction, or consist only of finishes and furnishings.

  • Emerging Professional Under $45,000

    This includes decorating and design projects completed by members who have graduated from a DDA-recognized program within the last 5 years. Any new-build or existing residential interior space (including kitchens & bathrooms) with a project budget less than $45K (excluding design fees and any appliances) may be entered. The project must be the member’s original design concept, and cannot have been completed under a more experienced design professional’s supervision. The project may include construction, or consist only of finishes and furnishings

  • People’s Choice Interior Decoration Award

    Entries for the People’s Choice Interior Decoration Award (formerly the Pinnacle Award) are automatically drawn from the Interior Decoration categories’ Gold, Silver and Bronze winners. These entries are voted on online by DDA members and the general public to determine the winner, which is announced at the award ceremony. Promotion of the voting opportunity is enthusiastically encouraged.

Accredited Entry Details
Accredited members may enter up to 5 projects total. Each project may only be entered into a single award category. Entrants may enter up to two projects per awards category.

There is no specific project completion timeline requirement; accredited projects completed in any year may be entered.

Accredited project that have been entered in the competition in the past, but that have not won, can be submitted again.

Supporting Documentation includes a rough project budget (excluding design fees and any appliances), optional supplier information, a headshot, and a bio.

The Design Package includes the project name, Design Statement, up to 10 Project Images, and a Drawings Package. Do not include any information that could identify you or your client in the Design Package.

Student
Categories

  • Student General

    The Student General category includes student projects that feature any residential or commercial interior space. This category excludes student universal kitchen and bath design.

  • Student Universal Kitchen or Bath Design

    The Student Universal Kitchen or Bath Design category includes student projects that demonstrate an understanding of the application of the seven principles of universal design in a residential kitchen or bathroom space.

Student Entry Details
Student entrants may only enter 1 project into each Student award category.

Projects must have been completed during the student’s enrollment in a DDA-recognized program, and may have been assigned as a school assignment, or have been completed on their own initiative.

Supporting Documentation includes proof of enrollment (student non-members only), a headshot, and a bio.

The Design Package includes the project name, Design Statement, and a Drawings Package & Project Images document. Do not include any information that could identify you or your client (real or fictitious) in the Design Package.