DDA Canada Decorating & Design Competition

2019 Competition Details

This annual competition celebrates Canadian decorating and design excellence by students and professionals. Entries can be submitted between November 15, 2018 and January 28, 2019. The winning projects will be announced live at the DDA Canada gala in Toronto in spring 2019 (date TBC). The competition is open to all accredited members and students enrolled in recognized decorating and design programs in Canada. 

Past winners say the competition increased their credibility with potential clients and has earned them local media coverage and attention on social media. Got questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Competition categories

Competition rules & eligibility

Elvira's Tips for Entering DDA's Design Competition

 

 

Competition Categories

Kitchen Under $50,000
Kitchen Over $50,000
Bathroom Under $30,000
Bathroom Over $30,000
Powder Room
Interior Decorating Without Construction $10,000 - $45,000
Interior Decorating Under With Construction under $45,000
Interior Decorating $45,000 - $100,000
Interior Decorating Over $100,000
Universal Kitchen or Bath Design
Universal Kitchen or Bath Design - Student Project
Challenging Budget Under $10,000
Commercial
General Student Project
Pinnacle Accredited Member Winner


Kitchen Under $50,000 (excl. appliances)
This category is for a 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 (excl. appliances)
This category is for a 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.

Bathroom Under $30,000
This category is for a 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 a 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 (No $ value limit)
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 Decorating Without Construction $10,000 -$45,000
Entries in this category demonstrate interior decoration without construction. No kitchens or bathrooms.

Interior Decorating Under With Construction Under $45,000
Entries in this category demonstrate interior decoration with construction. No kitchens or bathrooms.

Interior Decorating $45,000 - $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 focused on.

Interior Decorating 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 focused on.

Universal Kitchen or Bath Design
Entries in this category will demonstrate the use of the seven 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.

Universal Kitchen or Bath Design - Student Project
Entries in this category will demonstrate the use of the 7 Principles in Universal Design within a kitchen or bath project. The entry must include either computer generated or hand drawn dimensioned floor plans. All students enrolled in DDA’s recognized programs are eligible to enter. Entry fees are waived for students who are members of DDA.

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. This category is for any commercial space including 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.

General Student Project
This may either be classroom or real-life projects but the entry must follow the specific rules for a student entry. Students may enter one project in this category. All students enrolled in DDA’s recognized programs are eligible to enter, and entry fees are waived for students who are members of DDA.

Pinnacle Accredited Member Winner
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.



Competition rules & eligibility

These rules are subject to change before the competition opens on November 16, 2018

By entering the DDA Decorating & Design Competition you are consenting to the release by DDA of your name and your project and all related images in print, electronic, or other forms on the DDA website or otherwise for DDA promotional, educational, or other purposes.

Application & payment:

  • Entries will only be accepted through the online registration system. 
  • The entry fee is payable through a secure payment system. 
  • You may pay for your entries at any time before the competition deadline, and you may still edit entries for which you have paid. Additional entries can be added subsequent to your original submission and paid for separately.

Number of entries allowed:

  • Students may enter only one project into the General Student Category and one project in the universal kitchen or bath design category and will not enter projects in the accredited member categories.
  • Retired members, educator members, and affiliate members are not eligible to submit entries. 
  • The same project cannot be entered in more than one category, and while accredited members may enter in a maximum of three projects, only two submissions per entrant are allowed in any one category.
  • All entries are to be the principal work of the member(s) submitting the entry.

Eligibility:

  • You must be an accredited member in good standing at the time of the ceremony to receive the away.
  • Students do not have to be a member of DDA but there will be an entry fee for non-member student entries.



Elvira's Tips for Entering DDA's Design Competition

We want you to be as successful as you can be when submitting your information and completing your entry.

  1. Design Statement : Tell us what the client was looking for from you, we really like to know what inspired you to create this space and how you solved any problems or challenges - this starts to create anticipation for seeing the design process from start to completion

  2. Floor Plans - either hand drawn or computer generated, judges love them especially if you are entering in the Decorating categories and are mandatory for all of the kitchen and bath categories.

  3. Floor plans must be dimensioned - this is critical for any Kitchen or Bathroom entries - some elevations of cabinetry are also useful for kitchens or custom vanities.

  4. Photos - before shots are important they give the judges an idea of the challenges of the space - at minimum 1 before shot should be included.

  5. Photos - professionally done after shots are strongly recommended- worth the cost and they can be used for your portfolio and/or website.

  6. NO photoshopping - we can see this has been done!

  7. Clear and concise narratives for the photos - remember we want to know the challenges/problems and how you resolved them.

  8. Proof read, proof read, proof read - this can’t be stressed enough.

  9. Double check that all identifying information has been removed.

  10. Showcasing custom cabinetry or millwork with great things happening in the interiors - show the judges with a photo, don’t just tell us, pictures speak louder than words.

  11. Check out previous winners on YouTube to see what you can learn from their entries in how they were presented.

  12. Maximize your chances of winning by entering as many projects as you are allowed.

  13. For large project submissions, use Google Drive or DropBox and send a link to the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

  14. Have someone look at your entry when it’s done to see if they understand the project (story) you are showing (telling).

    GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!