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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.

Robin Boles – 2019 Bronze Medal Winner for Kitchens over $50,000

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

Rotem Golan – 2019 Silver Medal Winner for Kitchens Under $50,000

Gabriele Pizzale – 2019 Bronze Medal Winner for Kitchens Under $50,000

Accredited Member
Categories

  • Kitchen Under $50,000

    This category is for residential kitchen renovation or new kitchen construction that involves the decorator's original design concept; for example, moving walls, replacing cabinets and countertops, flooring, electrical, etc. The entrant must be involved in the design and planning stages through to project completion. The entry must include dimensioned floor plans that can be computer generated or hand drawn.

  • Kitchen Over $50,000

    This category is for residential kitchen renovation or new kitchen construction that involves the decorator's original design concept. For example: moving walls, replacing cabinets and countertops, flooring, electrical, etc. The entrant must be involved in the design and planning stages through to project completion. The entry must include dimensioned floor plans that can be computer generated or hand drawn.

  • Universal Kitchen or Bath Design  

    Entries in this category will demonstrate the use of the 7 Principles in Universal Design within a kitchen or bath project. The entrant must be involved in the design and planning stages through to project completion. The entry must include dimensioned floor plans that can be computer generated or hand drawn.

  • Bathroom Under $30,000

    This category is for residential bathroom renovation or new bathroom construction that involves the decorator's original design concept; for example, moving walls, replacing cabinets and countertops, flooring, electrical, etc. The entrant must be involved in the design and planning stages through to project completion. The entry must include dimensioned floor plans that can be computer generated or hand drawn.

  • Bathroom Over $30,000

    This category is for residential bathroom renovation or new bathroom construction that involves the decorator's original design concept. For example: moving walls, replacing cabinets and countertops, flooring, electrical, etc. The entrant must be involved in the design and planning stages through to project completion. The entry must include dimensioned floor plans that can be computer generated or hand drawn.

  • Powder Room

    This category is for residential powder room or new powder room construction that involves the decorator's original design concept; for example, moving walls, replacing cabinets and countertops, flooring, electrical, etc. The entrant must be involved in the design and planning stages through to project completion. The entry must include dimensioned floor plans that can be computer generated or hand drawn.

  • Interior Decoration Over $100,000

    Entries in this category demonstrate interior decoration with or without construction.  Kitchens or bathrooms may be in the images as part of the overall project but not focussed on.

  • Challenging Budget Under $10,000

    Entries in this category demonstrate interior decoration with or without construction. Examples of projects in this category could be room makeovers, creative cupboard designs, home staging, and so on.  No kitchen, bath or powder room projects permitted in this category.

  • Commercial

    This category is for commercial renovation or new construction that involves the member’s original design concept. Acceptable spaces include offices, studios, restaurants, spas, salons, retail, common areas, hospitality etc. The entrant must be involved in the design and planning stages through to project completion. The entry must include dimensioned floor plans that can be computer-generated or hand-drawn. 


  • Pinnacle

    This award is for the accredited member who has been voted the best from the top 3 winners in each of the 13 categories by their peers and the general public.

Entry Details

Kitchens and bathrooms projects may only be entered in the kitchen or bathroom categories. Accredited members may submit up to three entries, and each submission may only be entered in one category. All entries should include before and after pictures of the project. Where construction was involved before-and-after floor plans and a brief description of the work is required.

Student
Categories

  • Universal Kitchen or Bathroom Design 

    Entries in this category will demonstrate the use of the seven principles of universal design within a kitchen or bathroom project. Students may enter one project in this category. This may either be a conceptual project or and actual project.

  • General Student Project

    Entries in this category can be of any interior, residential or commercial. This may either be a conceptual project or an actual project.

Entry Details

Students may enter one project in each category. All entries should include before and after pictures of the project. For actual builds where construction was involved, before-and-after floor plans and a brief description of the work is required.

Each entry consists of up to ten pictures (jpg format, file size 1MB minimum) and a design statement of 550 words maximum. Drawings may either be drawn by hand or by using CAD software (export as jpg file). You may also enhance your entries with other drawings and pictures as you wish. For an accurate evaluation of your education and skill level, the pictures should include the following:

  • Digital design sample board
  • Floor plan (colour rendered)
  • Elevations (colour rendered; provide as many as required to explain the project space)
  • Floor plan with overall room dimensions and ceiling heights indicated (not to be combined with the rendered Floor plan)