Design Shop is on a roll. For a start up company at least.

So far to date, we have submitted our business plan (thank g-d !!).  We have two anchor clients, consistent referrals and a several handfuls of exciting jobs on the go, both commercial and residential, and most importantly happy clients !!

Our website is up, sans gallery (for now), but testimonials really help! Facebook is active and is currently in the lead for most "likes" in Winnipeg for Interior Designers - woot woot!!  Our twitter account is activated, + strangely has been behaving as a very useful research tool for social media knowledge. Our Google+ page is created, and as of today we have 39 "folllowers" (or whatever those people are called?). We have fancy hot pink and white lawn signs that are scattered throughout the Linden Woods and Tuxedo areas of Winnipeg.

We both have instagram accounts and pretty comprehensive linkedin profiles, located in our personal profiles on our website. Amanda's more of an open book in this case, while Deb is being coy (oxymoron) and kept her instagram private... How exclusive!

We are missing a youtube account, but after today's social media class with Mr. B. Hopper, we will get on it on the ASAP as it is apparently tres importante. Houzz is weak as is Pinterest... but getting organized takes time...

We have found ourselves on the CTV Morning Show, Winnipeg, "Help from Your Home" (read: free advertising !!) pretty much every second Friday... A very unexpected advertising treat for two newbies on the design block. Lucky girls we are indeed !!

Annnndddd, today, we finally received our business cards!! Die cut circles, bright white, pearly linen. One version in gold foil and the other in hot pink. These are one of our favorite branded babies. Let us know what you think !! We are so excited to give them out, so even if you don't give a crap, need a designer or even like Interior designers, ask us for one - it will make our day :)

The Design Shop Girls



How serendipitous to be introducing our blog today, which is Valentines Day!

Why? Because we at Design Shop Inc. absolutely LOVE what we do.  And how many people can actually say that? And, like, really mean it when they say it?

In case you didn’t already know, we’re Amanda Minuk and Debbie Golub, two precocious, ambitious, and sometimes (if you catch us on a bad day) facetious Winnipeg women with an eye for design, and a vision all our own.

We’ve built this business on one core belief, and that’s the importance of balancing accessibility with aesthetic.  Yup, we believe that great design should be available to everyone, at every budget, in every space, every day.

When you think of an interior designer, what comes to mind? Remember “Franck” (played by Martin Short) in Father of The Bride II? With his hoity-toity accent that bared no resemblance to any nationality whatsoever? And his ridiculous outfits? Flamboyant demeanor? Condescending manner?  Well, that’s the opposite of who we are.

Gone are the days of pretentiousness in the industry. Gone are the days of technical speak, and down-talk to clients. We believe that every project should be a true collaboration between designer and client. We believe in an open dialogue at all times. We believe in a healthy combination of tradition and innovation. But most of all, we believe in ourselves. And we believe that every space, no matter the size or scope, deserves to be beautiful.

The name of our blog is Gin + Diamonds. You might be thinking “What? I thought you just said you’re the opposite of pretentious! How much more pretentious can you get!?” Well STOP RIGHT THERE! We said we’re not pretentious, we didn’t say we weren’t fancy. And, see that’s the point, no one said high end always means high cost, and, friends, we’re as high end as they come. Think a Lamborghini for the price of a Camry. A Rolex for the price of a Swatch. Agent Provocateur for the price of Fruit of The Loom. We believe that what we offer is more than just a facelift for your space, what we offer is an upgrade for your lifestyle.

Join us as we embark on this journey through a commercial, residential, and branding wonderland, and visit weekly for tips on quick fixes, complete overhauls, and everything in between.


Until next time,

Debs + Mandy