Guidelines

Entry Format

Please review the Entry Guidelines below for more information.

Each entry is comprised of up to 10 ten digital images in high resolution JPG or PNG format.  Only 1 “after” image per slide is allowed, though you can put two “before” images on one slide if you chose.  Submit before and after images.  Choose your images based on relevance: for example, images of concept or sample boards, images of plans, etc. Upload the images in a logical sequence starting from introduction and graduating to details.

A Client name cannot be used for naming a project. A descriptive title, e.g.: "Lakeside Retreat, French Classic Kitchen, etc. would be appropriate, keeping in mind any media coverage would include the title.

Each entry should be accompanied by a project description that briefly describes the client requirements, objectives, design challenges, and solutions. The project description takes the form of ten brief narratives that accompany each picture. The introductory narrative (Max. 100 words) should accompany the first slide. We recommend the first slide be your feature shot of the decorated space. The narratives for the other nine slides may not exceed 50 words. You also must provide high level budget information. An input screen will guide you through this requirement. If the homeowner has provided some of the products or labour separately it should be stated on the budget form.

For Student Projects, the introductory narrative (max.100 words) should provide a client profile. The Budget information is not a requirement for the Student Project.

Students should upload images of a sample/presentation board, a floor plan, an elevation and a perspective drawing and may include additional photos, up to ten images in total. Please ensure that your images and titles are legible as they cannot be expanded or zoomed during the judging process.

Entry Guidelines

Entrants will download a PowerPoint presentation that will serve as a template and entry guideline for their competition entry(s). Entrants can create their entry using Keynote, Google Docs or PowerPoint. The PowerPoint template will have instructions embedded in each slide. Simply replace the text and images in the template with your information.

Instructions for 2017 Competition Entry

STEP 1. Review the e-mail receipt you receive after paying for your submission. Use the number after “OrderID” as your unique identifier for your entry. If you are submitting to multiple categories, you must pay individually for each. Use only the Order ID from one payment per category entry. You may submit only two entries per category, with a maximum of three entries total.

STEP 2. Download the " document 2017 CDECA Awards Entry Power Point (625 KB) " This will be a PowerPoint presentation which you will need to open with either KeynotePowerPoint or Google Docs. The program you use to edit the Entry template slides will depend on your preference and which program you have on your computer. If you require assistance using these programs please consult the program’s support websites: Keynote, PowerPoint or Google Docs.

STEP 3. Open the document 2017 CDECA Awards Entry Power Point (625 KB) file and read slides 1 to 5 carefully.

STEP 4. Please use slides 6 – 25 to submit your entry information. Place photos in the image placeholders and replace all red text with your text.  One image per placeholder accept for the  before and after slide.

STEP 5. Delete slides 1 – 5 before saving your entry.

STEP 6. Save your entry as a PPT (PowerPoint) file with a file name that follows this format: "category letter_ project name with spaces_SubmitID". For example, for a bathroom project called “Spa Retreat", you would save the file as "C_ Spa Retreat_599".

Please use the category guide below:

A - Kitchen Under 50K

B - Kitchen Over 50K

C - Bathroom Under 30K

D - Bathroom Over 30K

E -  Powder Rooms  No $ limit

F - Interior Decorating Under 45K

G - Interior Decorating over 45K and Under $100K

H -  Interior Decorating Over $100K

I - Challenging Budget Under $8,000

J - Student

STEP 7. Reply to your e-mail receipt with the matching PPT (PowerPoint) file attached.

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Rules

General Rules

Entries will only be accepted through the on-line registration system.

All payments are made through a link to a secure payment system. Please note that the competition judges do not see names or other registration information.

You may pay for your entries at any time before the competition deadline, and you may still edit entries for which you have paid. You may also add additional entries and pay for those separately.

Students may not enter projects in the Accredited Member categories.

Retired Members, Educator Members and Affiliate Members are not eligible to submit entries.

The same project may not be entered in more than one category, and while Accredited Members may enter in a maximum of three categories, only two submission per entrant is allowed in each.

By submission of your entry in the CDECA™ 2017 Design Competition you hereby consent to the release by CDECA™ of your name and your project and all related images in printed, electronic, or other forms on the CDECA™ website or otherwise for CDECA™ promotional, educational, or other purposes.

Entry Deadline

Deadline for submission and payment: Midnight January 2, 2017 (Your Local Canadian Time) for Accredited Members and by Midnight January 2, 2017 (Your Local Canadian Time). for Student Projects.

Please note that while you can register and load entries at any time, the entry will not be submitted to the contest until payment is made.

CDECA reserves the right to extend the entry deadline.

Entry Fees:

Each entry in the Accredited Member categories is $50 plus applicable taxes.

Students who are CDECA™ Members may enter for free and non-member Student entries are $20 plus applicable taxes.

Entry Eligibility

In order to receive any award, Accredited Member and Student Member entrants must be Members in good standing at the time of the presentations.

Disqualification

Competition entries must not contain anything that would identify the Entrant or the client. In addition, the narratives and budget screens must not include any references to location or suppliers. The use of Company names, logos on boards, etc., or a reference to location or suppliers, etc. will result in automatic disqualification of the entry.

Breach of competition rules may result in disqualification of the entry.

Fees are NOT REFUNDABLE where the entry has been disqualified for any reason. 

Elimination of Category

While there are provisions for three winners in each category (Gold, Silver, Bronze), CDECA™ reserves the right to proclaim ties or not declare winners in any category. If a category has fewer than three entries, CDECA™ reserves the right to eliminate the category and refund entry fees paid for that category.

Change of Category

Entries may be moved to an alternate category, as deemed appropriate.

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Categories

Categories have changed from last year with nine categories for Accredited Members and one category for Students. The Commercial category has been eliminated.

Kitchens and Bathrooms projects may only be entered in the Kitchen or Bathroom categories. Students may only enter the Student Category with one submission. Accredited Members may submit up to three entries maximum and each project submission may only be entered in one category, although Accredited Members may enter two different project submissions in one category.

Accredited Member Categories

All entries must include “before” and “after” pictures of the project. Where construction was involved before-and-after floor plans are required as well as  and a brief description of the work.

Kitchen under $50,000 (excl. appliances)
This category is for 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 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 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 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 Decoration under $45,000
Entries in this category demonstrate interior decoration with or without construction. No kitchens or bathrooms.

Interior Decoration over $45,000 and under $100,000 Entries in this category demonstrate interior decoration with or without construction. No kitchens or bathrooms.

Interior Decoration over $100,000 
Entries in this category demonstrate interior decoration with or without construction.  No kitchen or bathrooms.

Challenging Budget under $8,000

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.  

Student Category

Student Project

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

Each entry consists of up to ten pictures (jpg format) and accompanying text. For an accurate evaluation of your education and skill level, the pictures should include the following:

  • Tactile Sample Board
  • Floor Plan (colour rendered)
  • Elevations (colour rendered; provide as many as required to explain the project space)
  • Floor Plan with overall room dimensions and ceiling heights indicated (not to be combined with the rendered Floor Plan)

Drawings may either be drawn by hand or by using a computer program. (If you are using a computer program be sure to save the drawing in jpg format.) You may also enhance your entries with other drawings and pictures as you wish. It is recommended that an entry concentrates on one room.

The text accompanying the first slide should be no more than 100 words describing the Client Profile and/or Design Concept Statement. All other slides may have up to 50 words of narrative. The first slide could be used to set the scene for the project as it will be shown to the judges when your 100-word Client Profile is read.

In order to find out what the judges are looking for, please see the Student Project Judging Form on the Judging Criteria page.

Please ensure that your images are legible as they cannot be expanded or zoomed during the judging process.

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FAQ

2017 Competition FAQ

Q: My project involved two adjacent rooms (family room and dining area) which were decorated for continuity. Can they both be included in one entry? 
A: In most cases it is better to showcase one room, where your budget has been concentrated; however, you may include two adjacent rooms if they flow together. Do not include a kitchen or bathroom as part of your two adjacent rooms in the entry or in the submitted images.

Q: My client project included a kitchen renovation and other rooms of the house. Am I able to enter this project in more than one category?
A: The Kitchen may be entered in the appropriate Kitchen category and any other room(s) may be entered in the appropriate category (maximum two different project entries per category and a maximum of 3 three entries per Accredited Member.)

Q: What is the "Submit ID" I need to use for naming my submission file?
A: If you downloaded the original version of the PowerPoint Entry form, the file name requirements says "SubmitID", you should actually be using "Order ID", which will be a four digit confirmation on your order receipt/invoice.

Q: If I don't have "Before" pictures for my project, can I still enter? 
A: Yes, but this may affect the overall evaluation of your project.   One or two before pictures can speak volumes. If you do not have them, please be sure your narrative addresses what you were faced with as a starting point. For renovations, it is important to specify how you were involved from the planning stages through to project completion.

Q: I partnered with a colleague for our project. Can we enter as a team? 
A: Yes, provided you each meet the eligibility criteria for the category. One of you must register and upload the project, but you should check the box for a joint project and fill in the name of the other decorator. Whoever uploads the project pays the entry fee. Should your project be a winner, any prize awarded for the project would be shared. Both partners must be CDECA members, except for entries in the Student category.

Q: What should the project description narrative include? 
A: During the judging, your narrative will be read aloud by an independent person, while your images are shown on the screen. The narrative that goes with the first slide should introduce the project to the judges.

Q: I am a CDECA™Student Member. If I wish to submit in one of the categories that are not specifically for students, is the entry fee $20 or $50? 
A: As a Student you may only participate in the Student Category and as a CDECA™Student Member, your entry is free. If you are not a Student Member of CDECA™, your entry fee is $20 plus HST.

Q: I have recently completed my courses and received my program certificate. May I enter the Student category?
A: Yes, if the project you wish to submit was completed within the past year while you were enrolled as a Student in your program. With a student entry you do not have to be a registered member of CDECA at the time the award is given out.

Q: Must the project be completed in 2016 in order to qualify for submission? 
A: No. There is no specific time frame that applies.

Q: My pictures have information about my company visible, what should I do? 
A: Any identifying information in an entry will result in that entry being disqualified. Use a photo editor to block out the disqualifying information. Please ensure that any location or supplier names are also omitted from your narrative.

Q: I might travel to attend the Awards Ceremony if I knew I had won. Are winners notified in advance? 
A: While the formal announcement of all winners is not made public until the Awards Ceremony, winners are notified by the end of February in order that travel arrangements may be made. Please note that the winners are not advised in advance of which award they will be receiving.  Everyone who enters the contest will have the opportunity to purchase tickets, at a preferred rate, to the AGM & Awards Ceremony at checkout.

Q: Does CDECA™cover the travel costs for the Winners to attend the Awards Ceremony?
A: No. All travel costs are the responsibility of the winner. Benefits of attending the ceremony include peer recognition and the opportunity to receive photographic coverage of the award presentation and sponsor recognition.

Q: Will I receive feedback on my project and my entry application to improve my skills?
A: No. The scope of the competition does not provide for individual feedback or instruction and all project submissions are anonymous. All winning entries will be showcased in the videos available for viewing on the CDECA™website after the Awards announcement.

Q. What happens if I enter my project in the wrong category?
A: If you enter in the incorrect category you will be advised and given the opportunity to change the category your project is entered in. Projects may also be moved to an alternate category, as deemed appropriate by the judging panel.

Q: I see that I am required to submit a budget for the project. Do I have to fill in every category? How detailed should it be?
A: You are only required to fill in those categories that are applicable to your project. You only need to put in an overall amount per category. The category does not have to be broken into subcomponents. If the homeowner has provided some of the products or labour separately it should be stated on the budget form and included in the budget. Design fees should not be included in the overall budget total.

Q: I was hired to do the consulting for the project. The owner subcontracted the other services directly. Do I need to submit a budget for the project?
A: Yes. You need to indicate the overall project value, and that you only provided the decorating services and that the other services were contracted separately by the owner

Q: Do I have to provide a reference/testimonial from the client?
A: No. It is optional to provide the reference/testimonial however you do need to ensure your narrative has addressed how your client's need or wishes were satisfied. Clearly indicate what your client’s requirements were for the project and how they were achieved. In this regard, you also have to identify what the client's requirements were.

Q: I recently decorated a room in my own home. May I submit this as an entry?

A: Yes. As long as it meets the criteria for the particular category.

Q: I have recently completed my courses and received my program certificate but my Student Membership does not expire until January 30. May I enter the Student category?
A: Yes, since your Student membership is valid at the time the contest closes you may still enter as a Student. If you wished to enter in any other category you would have to upgrade your membership to "Accredited Member" prior to the close of the competition. (Please note that you must be a member in good standing at the time of the Awards presentation to receive an award.)

Q: I have scripted more than 100 words for each slide, can I use them?

A: No, you will not be permitted to use more than 100 words for the first slide and no more than 50 words for each slide thereafter.

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