Updates from DDA's local Chapters

In this brief: Alberta, Toronto



Greetings from Alberta! It has been a very busy month for a lot of our members and affiliates. We are still a fast growing chapter with new members weekly and are excited to welcome Frame Source, Julian Tile, Sonata, and Cosentino on as our newest Affliate members. Our numbers are also growing in regards to members joinging us at our monthly product knowledge events. In January we had the pleasure of touring Julian tile’s beautiful showroom. Our gracious hosts Domenico and Nadine took us through the showroom, which displayed beautiful wall and floor tile, of which 90% are imported from Italy. Some of the highlights during our tour were their incredibly unique vetrite glass slabs and how they can transform a room when installed as a feature wall. We also spent time learning about their porcelain slabs and all the different applications - feature walls, showers, floors, countertops and fireplace surrounds.

IMG 1460IMG 1458Photo credit Domenico

Our February product knowledge was held at Frame source where we were treated to a lovely breakfast and educational tour around the showroom and shop. Leslie, Tina, Kim & gang shared their vast knowledge and expertise when it comes to costume framing, options for Art applications, protecting precious Art pieces, adding value to inexpensive art and canvas, as well as introducing us to the latest technology with blue tooth speakers inserted into Canvas art!

IMG 4473IMG 4459Photo credit – Kim at Frame Source

In other exciting news DDA member, Karen Attwell, had the pleasure of touring the Las Vegas Market in January and wrote an incredible piece in her blog about what she saw. Please make sure to check it out at https://forminteriors.ca/show-finds-las-vegas-winter-market-2019

Our President, Ana Cummings, also did an amazing segment on Homes and Lifestyle Canada. All of which was filmed in Calgary. For more information be sure to follow Ana on her instagram page, ana_interiors.

That is all from Calgary, we hope everyone is staying warm and safe in our wintery months. Happy Designing everyone!


Continuing our focus to present educational and informative monthly events for all members, our chapter along with the GTA West chapter is diligently working on hosting an interesting PD Day event. This event is a full day event including light breakfast and buffet lunch.

Our morning session will consist of a panel of industry professionals (legal, insurance, contractor, etc.) to discuss problems that can arise for your business and how to mitigate liability and protect yourselves from potential lawsuits

Our afternoon session will consist of a panel of experts:- experienced decorators/designers who will answer your questions as to how they achieved success in their businesses.

This day will be credited as a CEU. More information and registration to follow shortly via e-blast. We hope that DDA members will attend our event in record numbers and help make it a success like last year.

When:  Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Where: TIDC - Room 222 upper level, 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga
Time: 9:30 to 3:30
Price:  Students $15.00, Members $45.00, Non-members $55.00


At our AGM at Pepperwood Bistro on February 4, 2019, we welcomed two new Board Members!

  • Sandy Prong was elected as Vice President
  • Clarissa Stevens-Guille was elected as Special Events Director

Returning to the Board for a two-year term:

  • Lara Kalins as President
  • Robin Boles as Membership Director
  • And, Sandra Simpson, Communications Director, has another year left of her two-year term

gtawest1Pictured (l-r): Clarissa Stevens-Guille, Lara Kalins and Sandy Prong

We are still looking for:

  • Program Director
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Please reach out to the board if you would like to volunteer. We need you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

gtawest2Pictured are the attendees of the GTA West AGM.

Upcoming Events:

1) Joint GTA West and Toronto PD Day at TDIC – March 27, 2019

2) Make Lanterns at Revive Studio – April 10 , 2019


Upcoming Events