The Canadian Decorators' Association (CDECA) is a professional not-for-profit Association representing both Student and Accredited interior decorators and interior designers, and Affiliate businesses across Canada.  Our goal is to foster the growth of the decorating industry in Canada; provide advocacy respecting policy matters; promote a positive image of the industry through proactive activities and events; and offer value to Members through upgrading of skills and knowledge. CDECA is the most influential Association representing decorators in Canada.

CDECA is committed to enhancing the quality of the decorating industry by providing opportunities to its Members including professional development courses, programming, networking, and additional resources and services through its many forms of offerings.

CDECA advocates for interior decorating excellence by providing industry information, maintaining advanced educational standards and requirements; and ethics in business practices.

CDECA is a professional association and not a governing body; as such, all matters related to contracts and fees are considered to be strictly between decorator and client.

Accredited interior decorators are trained to decorate and design interior spaces in compliance with our constitutional Bylaws and Code of Ethics. Under the leadership of an inspired Board of Directors and the growing national Membership, CDECA is well positioned to move forward with confidence and a plan for the future of our industry.

Vision and Values

  • We consistently strive to provide the highest level of service and quality to our Members and to the public through continuing education, public awareness, and professional development.
  • We uphold ethical service through government compliance and qualification standards within the industry.
  • We value professional and personal growth and promote the opportunity for every Member to be the best that they can be for their clients and themselves.
  • We value the relationship between Member and Client, and Member and Affiliate/retailer.
  • We value professional development for all Members to ensure that our Members are informed in all areas of their industry.
  • We value cooperation and respect among peers.
  • We value a commitment to community service and a respect for ethics in both personal and business life.

Terms and Conditions

Last updated: January 22, 2015

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Why Hire a Professional?

 

A decorating and design professional is qualified by education and experience to develop and enhance the function and quality of interior (and exterior) spaces. A professional analyzes the client's needs and formulates design concepts that are aesthetic, appropriately appointed and functional.


When planning to decorate or design a space, a decorating professional will save you time and money. Services can be as limited as a consultation offering advice on choosing a colour scheme, hiring a contractor or buying a product. Or you may wish to hire a professional to help you with full design services for redecorating, redesigning or renovating, purchasing products and arranging installations.

Decorating and design professionals may specialize in a particular design area, for instance, residential and/or commercial design

By choosing a CDECA Member you are guaranteed that you will be working with a qualified professional. CDECA Members are graduates of recognized academic institutions in the field of interior decorating and design and/or have established professional decorating portfolios. They are also committed to ongoing education through CDECA professional development training.  CDECA Members ensure that you have access to the most current trends and innovations so when you are decorating, renovating, buying or building, choosing a CDECA designated professional to assist you will result in professional results. 

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CDECA Board & Chapter Directors

The 2015-16 CDECA National Board of Directors

From Left to Right: Seamus Gearin (Executive Director), Lorena Zuniga, Andria Cowan-Molyneaux (Vice Chair),

Michelle Mackenzie (Treasurer), Ed Philips (Director), Joanne Jakab (Chair), Elvira Goodenough (Director), Linda Kafka

Not Pictured: Lana McIver (Director), Sabrina Di Maio (Director), Adele Wechsler (Director), Lailyn Arganosa (Director)

National Directors & Officers

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Joanne Jakab

Chair

Joanne Jakab

Jakab is a well known award winning local designer specialising in residential interiors. She helps busy professionals and their families to design and renovate their home so they can live the life they truly desire. Clients who had initially felt overwhelmed truly appreciated her proven track record for sorting through the myriad of options and creating a cohesive design plan. Identifying the key elements that will take them from standard design to extraordinary concept on time and on budget since 1999. Joanne Jakab resides with her family in Burlington, Ontario.

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Andria Cowan-Molyneaux

Vice Chair (Chair of Membership & Ambassador Program)

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Andria Cowan Molyneaux is the principal designer and owner of  ACM Designs and a certified aging in place specialist with NAHB.  ACM Designs specializes in cottage or lakeside homes interior designs and operates in Toronto and Highlands East in  Haliburton County.  As well as serving as the vice chair on the board of CDECA, Andria is the vice president of MTCC 1130, an adjudicator on the Anti Doping Committee with the Ontario Hockey League and was recently appointed to the Haliburton Highlands Health Services board of directors. 

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Michelle Mackenzie

Treasurer

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Michelle owns and operates Sanctuary Spaces, an interior decorating firm that serves the GTA residential market.  She studied interior decorating at George Brown College and interior design at Ryerson University.  Prior to launching Sanctuary Spaces, she owned one of Canada’s most successful integrated government relations and public relations agencies.  Michelle holds an MBA from Queen’s University, a Certificate in Human Resources from the University of Toronto and an undergraduate honours degree from York University.

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Elvia Goodenough

Director (Chair of Affiliates)

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Lana McIver

Director (Chair of Education)

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Edward Philips

Director (Chair of Ethics)

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Edward Phillips is the president of Rooker Phillips Interiors, Ltd. He is a certified interior decorator and an accredited member of the Canadian Decorators’ Association who is active in Toronto and the Greater Toronto West area. He is currently the president of the Greater Toronto West chapter of CDECA and has served as co-chair of the marketing committee of CDECA’s board of directors and co-ordinator of its ad hoc sub-committee for the development of a marketing plan. He brings to the career of interior decorating organizational and communications skills developed through several decades of university teaching and administration.

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Sabrina Di Maio

Director

 

MFA, BID, NCIDQ, CDECA EDUCATOR MEMBER

Sabrina has over two decades of combined design experience in Residential and Hospitality Interior Design and Costume Design, and has worked professionally in Toronto, Vancouver and Whistler. She is a past professional member of the Interior Designers of Canada and was a Board member of IDIBC.  She is currently the Interior Decorating Program Coordinator at Toronto Film School.  As a Director on the CDECA National Board, Sabrina is looking forward to contributing to the exciting developments in the Interior Decorating profession.

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Adele Wechsler

Director, Chair of Events

 

Following a successful career, as a Fashion Designer, producing and selling her collections throughout North America, Adele Wechsler has steering her exceptional design sense to the world of Interior Decorating.

Her desire is to breathe new life and invigorate existing pieces within a space, or tackle entire renovations from outside and within all the walls of your home. Creative, resourceful, calm and measured as well as an attentive listener enhances Adele’s ability to quickly interpret a clients personal style and sensibility and assist in bringing that vision to life.

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Lailyn Arganosa

Director, Chair of Marketing

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Lailyn Arganosa is the Marketing and Events Manager for SOFA: Source of Furniture + Accessories. With great dedication and flair, her experience in marketing and inspiring knowledge of décor and the hospitality industry helps to create a welcoming environment for the many designers, decorators, architects, stagers, exhibitionists and their guests and clients. As a true marketing professional, Lailyn strives to introduce new visitors to SOFA and to encourage designers to connect with other design professionals and the home furnishings industry. As a Director on the National Board and the Director of Marketing, Lailyn is thrilled to be utilizing her marketing skills and leading the association to the next level.

 

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Chapter Representatives

  • Toronto Chapter President: Sharon McIntosh - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Capital Region Chapter (Ottawa) President: Deb Casey - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • GTA West Chapter President: Edward Phillips - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alberta Chapter President: Ana Cummings - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 

Lailyn Arganosa is the Marketing and Events Manager for SOFA: Source of Furniture + Accessories. With great dedication and flair, her experience in marketing and inspiring knowledge of décor and the hospitality industry helps to create a welcoming environment for the many designers, decorators, architects, stagers, exhibitionists and their guests and clients. As a true marketing professional, Lailyn strives to introduce new visitors to SOFA and to encourage designers to connect with other design professionals and the home furnishings industry. As a Director on the National Board and the Director of Marketing, Lailyn is thrilled to be utilizing her marketing skills and leading the association to the next level.

Vision & Values

We consistently strive to provide the highest level of service and quality to our Members and to the public through continuing education, public awareness, and professional development.   
 
We uphold ethical service through government compliance and qualification standards within the industry.  
 
We value professional and personal growth and promote the opportunity for every Member to be the best that they can be for their clients and themselves.  
 
We value the relationship between Member and Client, and Member and Affiliate/retailer.  
 
We value professional development for all Members to ensure that our Members are informed in all areas of their industry.  
 
We value cooperation and respect among peers.  
 
We value a commitment to community service and a respect for ethics in both personal and business life.

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