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Whether you are a homeowner dreaming of updating your home, or a professional designer seeking inspiration for your next project, these award winning projects from the across Canada are a must see. The nine interior makeovers are standouts for creativity, thoughtfulness and design skill. They also show you what can be done at with a small, medium and large budget.

Interior Makeovers under $45K 

“Cool, calm and uncluttered”

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Heavy brown woodwork, dated wallpaper and an outdated brick fireplace made this family room feel gloomy and tired. The homeowners wanted this cluttered multi-purpose family room to feel modern, serene and elegant. Better lighting, painting out the dark trim and stripping the wallpaper gave the room a fresh, bright appearance. Removing the French doors made the room feel larger, and textural materials and patterns of varying scales add visual interest. The icing on the cake: the fireplace, clad in linear split-face Carrara mosaic tile is a the focal point of the room. 

Designer: Allegro Interiors, Ontario
Award: Bronze Watch the video

“Waterfront oasis”

Pizzale Design Inc. Ontario

An injection of freshness and elegance was just what this drab space needed. A chaise rather than a couch, alongside armless dining room chairs made extra room for traffic flow. A monochromatic palette of white, creams and silvers with accents of aqua adds life to the space, while water-inspired patterns and art add interest.

Designer: Pizzale Design Inc. Ontario
Award: Silver Watch the video

“Heavy metal hangout”

Ana Interiors Ltd., Alberta

The owner of this newly built condo wanted a polished, global, masculine design. This mechanically-inspired 942 square foot space features Australian Aboriginal motifs, mixed metallics, worn woods, rich leathers and a warm earthy colour palette. Our favourite touches: an urban mural wraps around the dining room wall and into the living room, and the engine powder-coated and topped with glass to make a statement coffee table.

Designer: Ana Interiors Ltd., Alberta
Award: Gold Watch the video

Interior Makeovers betweem $45K and $100K

“The Royal York”

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This Toronto family room required renovation and a contemporary aesthetic. The small wood fireplace was clad with stone stretching to the ceiling to create a striking focal point. Cabinetry that housed the TV was replaced with a clean lined walnut wood design, and all the furnishings and lighting was updated.  The result: a polished, relaxed space with a nod to the home’s traditional Georgian architecture. Watch the video

Designer: Luman Interiors, Ontario
Award: Bronze 

“Family Room Drama”

A high traffic area for a family of five, this main floor was both dated and awkwardly laid out. They wanted this room to be sophisticated and elegant for entertaining, yet remain casual and family friendly.  The bright palette is punctuated with a bold red chair and custom-built black cabinetry that adds drama and anchors the long room. Comfortable seating, audio-visual upgrades and better storage make the space highly functional. Watch the video

Designer: Sandra Cross Interiors Inc., Ontario
Award: Silver 

“The Red Office”

Previously a children’s playroom, this bright room with its vaulted ceiling and fireplace was the ideal space to transform into a room for quiet reading, work and games. French doors were removed and replaced with custom cabinetry in deep red creating a cozy atmosphere and ample storage space. Cream drapes, a wool area rug, soft grey furnishings and silver hardware keep the room from feeling heavy. To create a separate between office and den, the sofa, swivel chairs and ottoman visually and physically separate the room. Watch the video

Designer: Sandra Cross Interiors Inc., Ontario
Award: Gold

Interior Makeovers over $100K

“Contemporary country family room”

The property owners wanted to give this simple cozy room a Californian contemporary sensibility—without seeming out of place in their country location. The new feature wall of Macassar ebony, walnut and slate is luxurious and dramatic, and creates ample storage. Furnishings were selected to be stylish, long lasting and functional. Watch the video

Designer: Evelyn Eshun Design Inc, Ontario
Award: Bronze 

“Luxurious lodge”

A place to relax after a day skiing on the slopes, this space has a rustic modern design that’s in harmony with the surrounding farmland and the owners’ aesthetic preference. What began as an unfinished basement is now a multi-purpose space for unwinding. Watch the video

Designer: Breathe Interiors, Ontario
Award: Silver 

“Luxurious bungalow”

Classic design with a modern twist and homey feel were high on the wishlist of this art loving homeowner who loves to entertain. The designer’s choice of creamy warm white creates datum for the interconnected spaces. Artwork punctuates with colour and texture, while the leathers, faux fur, silk carpets, and blends of metallic elements add sophistication. Watch the video

Designer: Caroline Harrison Designs, Ontario
Award: Gold

This annual Decorating and Design Competition, now in its 23rd year, is open to all Accredited and Student members of CDECA., as well as all non student members in a CDECA accredited program.  The entries are evaluated by independent judging panels spread across Canada. Check out our Youtube channel to view all of this year’s winning projects.


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