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

    These nine interior makeovers showcase what's possible at three different budget levels. No matter what your current space looks like, there's room for improvement in atmosphere or functionality. See how Canada’s top decorators and designers transformed home interiors this year. 

  • 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 had to demonstrate the use of the 7 Principles in Universal Design within a kitchen or bath project: equitable use, flexibility in use, simple and intuitive use, perceptible information, tolerance for error, low physical effort, and size and space for approach and use. Take a look at these award-winning universal kitchens or baths, submitted by both DDA Canada members and by students.

  • Whether you need your desk perfectly organized or you flourish in a creative mess, you’ll likely agree that the way your workspace is set up affects your productivity.  Research on the messy desk versus neat desk debate points out pros and cons of both; messy desks lead to more creative thinking and an ability to connect non-obvious subjects together, while neater desks help keep tasks prioritized and organized.

    Looking at Buzz Feed’s “40 Inspiring Workspaces of the Famously Creative” you can see a full range of work habitats, from clutter that borders on hoarding to severe minimalism. Given the success of the artists profiled, it’s hard to argue that there is only one way to work. One thing these spaces have in common is  that you can get a sense of the artist’s unique aesthetic and work process.

  • We’ve enjoyed our favourite tv characters’ living rooms from the comforts of our own, but have you ever thought about what goes into these “rooms”? Set designers spend hours developing the sets, sourcing the furnishings and putting together a space for us to visit every week — much like decorators do in your home. The sets help set the mood and give us insight into the characters and their lives: their income, their personality and their individuality are expressed in the designs. Read on to get inspired by your favourite shows throughout the years, perhaps you can take a few style tips from your most loved characters.

  • When it comes to selling your home, there’s much more to it than hiring an agent or putting up a “For Sale” sign. You also need to prepare the home to be more appealing to potential buyers. This means putting on your marketing hat and figuring out what will sell – and what won’t.

    “When selling a home, first impressions really do count and just as one would dress appropriately for a job interview, it is critical for home sellers to present their home to potential buyers in its very best light,” says Lesley Arnould, of Embellished Interiors in North Vancouver, British Columbia. “Statistics show that staged properties sell more quickly and for more money than those that are not staged.”

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    Once we eat through the Halloween candy and throw out the pumpkin, we Canadians have the long, dark and miserable month of November to endure sans holidays. While the Americans have their Thanksgiving to break-up the otherwise depressing period between Halloween and the start of winter holidays, we’ve wrapped up our fall holidays and wait for that special moment when we can finally put up the holiday decorations, but when is that moment exactly?

    In  modern and more secular society the moment when holiday decor is appropriate isn’t as clear as it once was.  Since most of us celebrate the season in a way that’s inclusive to everyone’s traditions we can rely on three general guidelines, so while shopping malls might be telling you otherwise, put away that itchy tinsel finger and wait for these generally acceptable times to start decorating:

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