DDA Canada

  • Q: What are the trends you are seeing in the countertop industry this year?

    A: Over the last few years, people have become more familiar with quartz and its low maintenance sustainability.

  • Rotem Lamsee of Ace of Space Interiors in Toronto shares her inspiration, personal style and favourite design project.

  • As professional decorators, we may be biased on this topic.  After being called in for damage control, or even worse, complete overhauls of a DIY project gone wrong,  we’ve come to understand where homeowners go wrong. There are many fun and satisfying DIY projects for homeowners to try. A quick glance at Pinterest will provide you with more projects, than even the craftiest person could handle. There are some projects that would-be renovators should let the professionals tackle. These include big ticket items that could burden you financially, or projects that devalue your home if they aren’t done properly.

  • Six outstanding Canadian kitchen designs have won the Canadian Decorators’ Association’s sought-after 2017 Decorating & Design Awards. Entries were submitted by firms from coast to coast for the two kitchen design & decorating categories: kitchens under $50,000, and over $50,000. Through an intensive evaluation process, the judges determined these six kitchens were the most outstanding:

  • Your bathroom can be a cluttered mess or a welcome respite from your busy day. These six stunning bathroom renovations were the winners of DDA Canada's 2018 Decorating and Design Competition. 

  • The spike in Canadian real estate prices over the last couple years has many homeowners opting to renovate rather than move. In 2016, one third of these reno plans focused on a bathroom, according to this Financial Post report.

    Six of these bathroom makeovers have won interior decorating and design awards in the Canadian Decorators’ Association’s Decorating & Design Competition. Entries were submitted by firms from across Canada for the two bathroom categories: bathrooms under $30,000, and over $30,000. Bronze, silver and gold medals were awarded for these six stunning bathroom renovations:

  • The key to a successful relationship, no matter whether it’s personal or professional, comes down to the one thing: communication. Poor communication can leave you frustrated and unhappy, while a good rapport and solid communication can inspire creativity, collaboration, mutual respect and motivation.

    As such, it’s no surprise that when working with your interior decorator or designer, getting the look you want requires clear, open communication about what you want and need. This means sharing with your designer everything from your dream look to your day-to-day living habits.

  • Before your interior decorator starts on any project, ask him or her these five questions to make sure you’re both on the same page:

  • Some of you may have only considered getting business insurance to satisfy client demands in the past. But it is more than just a necessary evil. The truth is, most business owners do far too little to protect themselves while failing to grasp the full implications of leaving themselves exposed.

    Unfortunately, no matter how effective you believe the preventative strategies you have in place are, there is always a risk associated with doing business. Most often, it is something completely unexpected that you never considered that has the potential to disrupt your business.

  • Although powder rooms are typically small spaces and often built more with utility in mind than style, they are a frequently visited space in any home by both owners and guests. Each year, entrants in the Decorating and Design Competition get to show off their fresh ideas for improving living spaces at every budget. These three powder rooms were named the best powder rooms designed in 2017 by DDA Canada members. Take a look!

  • This year DDA members toured High Point Market in style. Over the four-and-a-half days, we navigated the massive design show by way of a curated VIP tour. Ottawa chapter president and long-time member Deborah Casey captured these tour highlights:

  • So you’ve decided to redecorate your home. Now the trick is finding the right person to help you do it.

    Choosing the right decorator requires time, patience and the willingness to do some research. After all, they will be helping you create a new space within your home, one that is reflective of your personality and tastes. As such, you need someone whose work you admire, who you can get along with and who demonstrates professionalism in the industry. So where to begin?

  • DDA_LogoOver the course of our nearly 25 years, we’ve grown in membership and expanded our programming and benefits. We’ve come to represent much more of the design industry than we did in our early days. Today, we’re an association of suppliers, students, educators, decorators and designers working together to advance the industry and ourselves.

  • Thanks to searching CDECA’s online directory you’ve found your dream decorator. But now it is time to figure out the rate. What can you afford, what is reasonable for the work you need done? How do you know you’re not being ripped off?

  • Lana MacRae smThe time has come for CDECA to lead its’ members through the competitive and ever changing demands of the design industry. 

    As a proud Accredited member of CDECA and the Chair of Education, it was my mandate to look at continuing education and professional growth opportunities for our membership. 

  • Each year, entrants in the Decorating and Design Competition get to show off their fresh ideas for improving living spaces at every budget.

    With its multiple functions for food preparation, dining, and socializing, the kitchen is a pivotal space in any home. Take a look at these six winning designs to see how Canada’s top decorators and designers make the most of existing spaces to deliver extraordinary kitchens.

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    Whether you are a homeowner dreaming of updating your home, or a professional designer seeking inspiration for your next project, these award winning projects from the across Canada are a must see. The nine interior makeovers are standouts for creativity, thoughtfulness and design skill. They also show you what can be done with a small, medium and large budget. 

  • Each year, the DDA Canada holds its Decorating and Design Competition, an industry event geared towards giving established and upcoming decorators and designers a chance to show off their work. 

    Entrants in this category were working on interiors, and winners were selected in five categories: Over $100K, Over $45K and Under $100K, With Construction Under $45K, Without Construction $10K to $45K, and Challenging Budget Under $10K. Take a look at these entries submitted by both DDA Canada members and by students. 

  • Each year, the DDA holds its Decorating and Design Competition, an industry event geared towards giving established and upcoming designers and decorators a chance to show off their work. 

    Take a look at these award-winning general student project designs.

  • Each year, the DDA holds its Decorating and Design Competition, an industry event geared towards giving established and upcoming designers and decorators a chance to show off their work.

    Take a look at these award-winning commercial designs.