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Introducing the Decorator and Designers Association of Canada

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Introducing the Decorator and Designers Association of Canada

For more than 25 years, designers and decorators across Canada have had an extra boost when it comes to connecting with suppliers and clients, improving and upgrading their skills, and growing their businesses. Formed in 1992 by a group of soon-to-be-graduates from Seneca College’s interior decorating program that wanted to maintain its professional network, DDA Canada (formerly CDECA) has grown to become the most influential association for the decor and design profession in Canada. The association has and continues to foster the growth of the industry by connecting people across the country and elevating the decorating and design industry through member education, events, training and community building. With members from coast to coast, DDA Canada provides a large professional network that supports designers and decorators throughout their career.

In addition to professional development and support, DDA advocates for the profession on policy matters, promotes a positive image of the industry through proactive activities and events and upholds ethical service through government compliance and qualification standards within the industry.

Rewarding experience

Regardless of what stage its members are at in their decor and design career, a DDA Canada membership provides a rich, rewarding experience. Whether you’re still in school studying decorating or design or currently working in the industry, membership can provide the professional development, support and connections you need to grow your business and succeed. Accredited members have access to a range of member benefits that include: Savings on business software services, a Member Referral Program, discounted magazine offers and perhaps one of the most significant to DDA Members’ – an insurance package offered at very competitive rates.

A number of opportunities exist for members to promote their business and members are encouraged to compete in the annual DDA Canada decorating and design competition which recognizes decor and design excellence in a variety of categories. The contest is open to all Accredited members and students enrolled in recognized decorating programs in Canada. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase their designs and promote their skills and talents as a decorator and designer.

For businesses that provide products or services to the decor and design industry, an Affiliate membership provides an opportunity to connect with the decorators and designers in the organization through a local chapter, specific province or across the country. This connection can be through an educational event, a trade program, hosting a networking event in their show room or direct mailing to members.

Quick to adapt

While the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many associations and organizations, DDA Canada was able to quickly adapt to an online environment and has continued to provide professional support to our members with numerous educational and networking opportunities. The number of virtual educational events hosted by DDA Canada or the Affiliate members have greatly increased, making it easy for members to earn their required CEUs. This has also benefited our Affiliate members as they have direct access to decor and design members outside their immediate geographic area. Networking events have gone virtual and are a great way to expand your professional network as you can now participate in events outside your region and meet other decorators and designers across Canada.

As an association, DDA Canada continually seeks ways to improve the organization, but more importantly bring greater value to its members. DDA is planning the addition of more chapters across Canada to facilitate greater connectivity among Accredited and Affiliate members in those areas as well as increased professional development, networking and educational opportunities for our members. As an organization, it is also analyzing its operational processes and practices to ensure it is facilitating the development of a diverse membership that is representative of the communities in which it lives and works.

DDA Canada continues to be dedicated to helping its members be the best that they can be for their clients and themselves by providing growth, networking and educational opportunities. The association gives its members’ businesses an advantage in our highly competitive design industry because a DDA membership is the easiest way to connect with suppliers and peers and grow your business.

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DDA Canada 2019 Decorating & Design Competition Gala

DDA Canada 2019 Decorating & Design Competition Gala

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DDA Canada 2019 Decorating & Design Competition Gala

Decorators, designers and suppliers from across Canada gathered in Toronto on May 3rd for DDA Canada’s 2019 Awards Gala. The high-energy gala at the Grande Luxe Event Boutique included a giveaway of $6,800 in cash prizes and was hosted by celebrity designer, Glen Peloso.

DDA National Chair, Andria Cowan Molyneaux and designer, Glen Peloso entertain the audience.
DDA National Chair, Andria Cowan Molyneaux and designer, Glen Peloso entertain the audience.

The highlight of the gala was the unveiling of the 2019 Decorating & Design Competition winners. Contestants in 14 categories included both DDA Canada’s accredited and student members. Submissions are evaluated by a jury of industry peers from across the country who evaluate the projects based on complexity, concept, materials and functionality, among other criteria.

Attendees were captivated as videos of each winning project described the planning and thought behind the design. The videos were punctuated by applause as the designers accepted their awards. In all, 38 awards, including six student awards, were presented:

Pinnacle Award – People’s Choice for the best interior decorating project
Katherine Porath, Katherine Joy Interiors

Pinnacle Award winner Kathryn Porath (left) accepts the People's Choice award from Tanya Watters of the category's sponsor, Canadian Appliance Source.
Pinnacle Award winner Kathryn Porath (left) accepts the People’s Choice award from Tanya Watters of the category’s sponsor, Canadian Appliance Source.

Student, General, sponsored by Budget Blinds & Tailored Living
Gold – Suzanne Chenard
Silver – Vivian Mai Thao
Bronze – Bhoomi Patel

Student, Universal Kitchen or Bath, sponsored by Living in Place Network
Gold – Vivian Mai Thao
Silver – Suzanne Chenard
Bronze – Pukar Risal

Bathroom under $30K, sponsored by Ceragres
Gold – Rotem Golan, Ace of Space Interiors
Silver – Kim Purvis, Aurora Décor
Bronze – Adolphina Karachok & Leanne Tammaro, DesignTheory

Bathroom over $30K, sponsored by BainUltra
Gold – Lisa Frahm, Frahm Interiors
Silver – Svetlana Tryaskina, Estee Design

Kitchen under $50K, sponsored by Distinctive
Gold – Adolphina Karachok & Leanne Tammaro, DesignTheory
Silver – Rotem Golan, Ace of Space Interiors
Bronze – Robin Boles, Robin Interiors

Kitchen over $50K, sponsored by Caplan’s Appliances
Gold – Svetlana Tryaskina, Estee Design
Silver – Nancy Lem, Nancy Lem Design
Bronze – Gabriele Pizzale, Pizzale Design Inc.

Universal Kitchen or Bath, sponsored by Living in Place Network
Gold – Katherine Porath, Katherine Joy Interiors
Silver – Andria Cowan & Katie Golec, ACM Designs

Commercial, sponsored by ProSource Toronto
Gold – Sascha Lafleur, West of Main
Silver – Lana McIver, Interior Design Group
Bronze – Heddy Bing, Urban Spaces Design

Challenging Budget under $10K, sponsored by Glen Dimplex
Gold – Elena Gouchtchina, Maison Interiors
Silver – Rida Fatima Wasim, Rida Interiors
Bronze – Katie Golec, ACM Designs

Interior Decorating, no construction, $10 – $45K, sponsored by Sherwin Williams
Gold – Marisa Lupo & Luisa Maringola, Lumar Interiors
Silver – Marisa Lupo & Luisa Maringola, Lumar Interiors
Bronze – Patti Wilson, Patti Wilson Design Inc.

Interior Decorating under $45K, sponsored by Caesarstone
Gold – Gabriele Pizzale, Pizzale Design Inc.
Silver – Katherine Porath, Katherine Joy Interiors
Bronze – Lindsay Wolfe-Assaf, The Home Stylist

Interior Decorating $45 – $100K, sponsored by Stylish Fireplaces & Interiors
Gold – Gabriele Pizzale, Pizzale Design Inc.
Silver – Marisa Lupo & Luisa Maringola, Lumar Interiors
Bronze – Margaret Struthers, Margaret Struthers Interiors

Interior Decorating over $100K, sponsored by Cosentino
Gold – Svetlana Tryaskina, Estee Design
Silver – Sascha Lafleur, West of Main
Bronze – Patti Wilson, Patti Wilson Design Inc.

“This national competition is a wonderful showcase of the world-class work being done by our members,” said Mary Dancey, co-chair of awards for DDA Canada. “Each year we receive more and more entries. The competition this year was fierce — the winners should be very proud of their achievement!”

The annual competition sponsored by several DDA Canada affiliate partners including the Ontario Design Trade Sourcebook will begin accepting entries again in fall 2019.


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DDA Canada 2018 Decorating & Design Competition Gala

DDA Canada 2018 Decorating & Design Competition Gala

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DDA Canada 2018 Decorating & Design Competition Gala

by Liz Teodorini

Decorating & Design Competition gala celebrates excellence in Canadian decor and design.

A high energy gala at Toronto’s contemporary York Mills Gallery was the place to be on April 23rd, 2018. The event, hosted annually by the Decorators & Designers Association of Canada (DDA Canada), attracted decorators, designers and suppliers from across the country. Cocktails and socializing preceded a keynote address by celebrated U.S. designer Richard Anuszkiewicz on infusing inspiration from the world of fashion into interior decor.

The highlight of the gala was, as it is every year, the unveiling of the Decorating & Design Competition winners. The competition receives entries for its 10 categories from DDA Canada’s accredited and student members. Each category’s entries are then evaluated by a jury of industry peers from across the country. They evaluate the projects based on complexity, concept, materials and functionality, among other criteria. Attendees were captivated as a video of each winning project described the planning and thought behind the design. The videos were punctuated by applause as the designers, some from as far afield as Nanaimo and Calgary, accepted their awards. In all, 26 people, including three students, were recognized for their best-in-class work:

Interiors Under $45K

Gold – Gabriele Pizzale, Pizzale Design Inc.
Silver – Leanne Tammaro & Adolphina Karachok, Designtheory Inc.
Bronze – Evelyn Eshun, Evelyn Eshun Design Inc.

Interiors Over $45K, Under $100K

Gold – Lana McIver, The Interior Design Group
Silver – Marion Da Ponte, Bridgemont Properties Inc.
Bronze – Rotem Golan, Ace of Space Interiors

Interiors Over $100K

Gold – Svetlana Tryaskina, Estee Design
Silver – Charlene Threatful, Lush Interiors Inc.
Bronze – Lorelie Noble, Design Details

Powder Room

Gold – LeAnne Bunnell, LeAnne Bunnell Interiors
Silver – Gabriele Pizzale, Pizalle Design Inc.
Bronze – Evelyn Eshun, Evelyn Eshun Design Inc.

Challenging Budget

Gold – Krista Salter, KMSalter Design
Silver – Katie Golec, ACM Designs
Bronze – Kathleen Casey FitzGerald, Kathleen Casey FitzGerald

Bathrooms Under $30K

Gold – Cara Lawson, Cara Lawson
Silver – Margaret Struthers, Margaret Struthers Interiors
Bronze – Jennifer Costello, Jennifer Costello Interiors

Bathrooms Over $30K

Gold – Linda Mazur Olijnyk, Linda Mazur Design Group
Silver – Lara Kalins, Breathe Interiors
Bronze – Caroline Harrison, Caroline Harrison Designs Inc.

Kitchens Under $50K

Gold – Enza Ricco, Fig Interiors
Silver – Rotem Golan, Ace of Space Interiors
Bronze – Elena Gouchtchina, Maison Interiors

Kitchens Over $50K

Gold – Leanne Tammaro & Adolphina Karachok, Designtheory Inc.
Silver – Sarah St. Amand, Sarah St. Amand Interiors Design Inc.
Bronze – Evelyn Eshun, Evelyn Eshun Design Inc.

Student Project

Gold – Jia Wei Pu, Sheridan College
Silver – Rebecca Aparicio Velasco, Algonquin College
Bronze – Catalina Radulescu, Sheridan College

“This national competition showcases our fabulous members and their talent,” says Mary Dancey, chair of awards for DDA Canada. “There were so many outstanding submissions this year, it’s clear our members are continuing to advance their craft on every level.”

For a practising decorator or designer, a win means peer recognition and increased professional credibility. “Winning a DDA award has been a wonderful experience. The response has been overwhelming,” says Marion Da Ponte, 2018 silver winner in Interiors Over $45 Under $100K. “It’s exciting news to share with friends, family and, of course, my clients — former, current, and new ones.”

The competition, which is supported by sponsorship from several DDA Canada affiliate partners will begin accepting entries again in fall 2018.

Liz Teodorini is Marketing Consultant for DDA Canada.

ONTARIO DESIGN is the official media partner of DDA Canada.


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