Decor

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

  • 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. 

  • In the summer, there’s nothing better than sitting outside on a warm evening, sharing food and drinks with friends. And creating the perfect outdoor space for entertaining is easy. Casual reigns when the months heat up, so don’t panic if you feel your yard is too rough around the edges. With a few quick touches, such as the ones listed below, you can turn your backyard into a delightful garden party.

  • It’s a comfortably warm Saturday afternoon. You are outside on the back deck, cold beverage in hand, the BBQ is fired up and you are officially enjoying summer. The yard looks incredible, filled with friends and family … now if only your neighbor hadn’t just fired up his hedge trimmer for the 14th time today … and the in house behind you they are having yet another animated and audible conversation while their son speeds away on his motorcycle, muffler be damned! Ah yes, the sights and sounds of summer!
  • Contrary to popular belief, stylish and functional renovations or refreshers needn't cost you the roof over your head. These three projects got serious mileage from their small budgets—and won Design & Decorating Competition awards for the feat.

  • It can take a lot of work to get the perfect rustic cottage look. Many cottages have a rustic appearance by design, not accident. Cottage owners often want their summer getaway to have a unique rustic appearance – inside and out. Visitors are to feel that they are stepping back in time and to a rural world of yesterday when they enter a rustic cottage. At least that’s the hope of cottage owners who go out of their way to get the rustic look and feel just right.

  • In the recent Hot Spots research study by Napoleon, when consumers were asked where they would like to have a fireplace in their next home, 35% indicated the backyard.
  • The environment is front of mind for all of us. With news reports of melting ice caps, endangered animals and ever-increasing pollution levels, concerns over protecting our planet are at an all-time high. But the good news is that many businesses are responding by creating products and services to ease our environmental woes. This even applies to the interior design world, where eco-friendly home renovations are more popular than ever.

    Ana Cummings of Tinge Interiors in Calgary specializes in eco-friendly home decorating by reducing, reusing and recycling whenever she can.

  • How does the energy flow through your home? Is it something you think about? If you’re someone who practices feng shui, it’s not just something you think about, but something that you purposely set out to address in your home décor.

    Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice that dates back to 4,000 BCE.

  • 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:

  • Say you have some really great antique pieces that you want to hold onto – but you want to merge them with your new, slick home décor. How do you do it? Is it even possible to merge the old with the new without looking too eclectic?

    Marla Makowski, of Panache Home Decorating Inc. in Oakville, Ontario, admits that it’s a hard look to pull off if you don’t know what you’re doing. “Merging the old and new is a talent,” she says. “If you’re not careful, the décor can, very easily, become kitschy – like you collected all the items from a garage sale or hand-me-down.”

  • Want a taste of next-generation decoration and design? Each year, Canadian students enter their residential and commercial projects in our Decorating & Design Competition. These are the three student projects that won awards in the 2018 competition.

  • You want to redecorate your home, but it can seem like such a daunting – and expensive – task. Not so! Redecorating can be as complex or as simple as you can make it – and as affordable as you need it to be. To prove it, here are some tips from designers who know how to give you the most for less.

  • Courtesy of Judith Balis Interiors Interior Designers & Decorators

    The holidays are a time for catching up with friends and family. Many of these friends and family members will be coming to stay the night during the holidays, so why not make their visit extra special; by making sure your guest room is inviting?

     

    Often guest rooms are neglected areas of the home that double as a quasi storage-office-junk room. By taking some time now to get this space into shape, you can delight guests, and enjoy a lovely new room for yourself in the New Year.

  • Written by: Natalie Senko

    October is a month where we transition from warm weather to cool weather and watch the last leaves fall from the trees. Since many find this to be a depressing time, it’s nice that we have one of the most fun and exciting holidays falling on the last day of the month. Some may argue that Halloween is only fun for youngsters, but we believe that this is an equally enjoyable holiday for adults who love decorating.

  • 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.

  • 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.