My husband and I used Design Shop for a major renovation on our new home. The house is older, a perfect shell in an ideal neighbourhood but in desperate need of a renovation. We had an idea of what we wanted but definitely not equipped to make it a reality without some much needed help. On the recommendation of our best friend, we contacted Debbie at Design Shop and set up our first meeting with her and Natasha. We were immediately impressed with their enthusiasm, energy and support in our vision. During that meeting they explained the process and why they work in pairs which proved to be a godsend many times over during our six month project as one of them was always available if we had any questions or concerns, and believe us, we did. Working with these girls was pure joy. There were soooo many positives such as their quick responses to calls/texts, listening to any of our questions/concerns; honesty on why certain things we’d want to change or add wouldn’t work, keeping us on track to our ultimate goal and finally unexpected small touches that totally surprised us. We especially appreciated their attention to detail in the concept plans and construction drawings which helped us to minimize costs during the actual renovation and ultimately reduced my husband’s stress level. Debbie always joked that part of her job was also being a marriage counselor.

In the end, we were beyond happy working with them. Not only is being around them easy and fun they also make you feel like your project is their top priority. We’ve told everyone about them and wouldn’t hesitate to use them again. We may have started out as their clients but ended up as friends. My husband and I walk into our home every day and can’t believe it’s ours, a place we look forward to coming back to and enjoying with our family and friends. So if you are looking for a design company look no further cause this is the one for you. We promise you will not be disappointed. Debbie and Natasha, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us to make our dream home a reality!

– Jaqueline Gershman

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Ubisoft

Working with the design shop girls has been amazing. Ubisoft is a very creative company, and we wanted to make sure our new studio conveyed that as well as stood out from the rest. Takes a very special group to understand us, (and me being an artist as well) they definitely "got us". We could not be happier with the results. It was such a collaborative process, we where always in sync with our ideas, and they did an awesome job executing them. I would work with them again in a heart beat, and hope we can. Or even just have beer and nachos with them, they are great to just be around which makes the work even better!

– Ubisoft

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Nuburger

Great team to work with! So passionate and they truly enjoy what they do; it shows in their work! Would highly recommend them to anyone. Always bringing things to the table where we cannot imagine. We have the most stylist burger restaurant this side of Western Canada because of it! Love the Design Shop Girls :)

– Nuburger

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Wheelhouse Cycle Club

Team Wheelhouse is forever grateful for this amazing team!! Design Shop went over and beyond in bringing our vision to life! Their expertise opinion and around the clock work ethic resulted in a space we could not be happier with. So much love for this team!!!

– Kyle, Linden & Taylor

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Little Brown Jug

It was a pleasure working with Design Shop on the Little Brown Jug taproom. The team is creative, über competent, reliable, and able to execute on their ideas. Moreover, they are fair, responsive, and fun to work with; I'll keep calling them back whenever I need a designer.

– Kevin Selch

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Michelle

Debbie and Natasha were wonderful to work with on our home renovation. They came up with exciting and innovative ideas and now we love being at home enjoying the end product. They listened to our ideas, gave us feedback, and helped us whenever we asked for it. Thank You!

– Michelle Glass

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Megan

The love for design really shows with the girls from Design Shop! Debbie and her team listened to our needs and created a space that was truly fabulous in style, on point for function and ideal for our brand. Their lively enthusiasm and wonderful sense of humour made our meetings very enjoyable. I would not hesitate to recommend them for any design project and we very much look forward to working with them again!!

– Megan Basaraba

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Tracy

When my husband and I decided to renovate our 1500 square foot bungalow to the studs, we knew we needed professional design assistance. After a lengthy search online of various local designers, we found ourselves continually drawn to the Design Shop. We liked their online presence and admired their overall style. Amanda and Natasha were thoughtful, thorough, and innovative. They were true consultants allowing for our ideas to be represented but complementing our basic framework with their exceptionally talented vision! We didn't want to follow trends and do what everyone else was doing...we wanted to truly find *our unique style. The Design Shop allowed for that but significantly built on it for us resulting in the home of our dreams! All of their suggestions, recommendations, and guidance came with ease and we have received countless compliments! When you walk into our home, it's ours and it's custom thanks to them...we simply couldn't have done it without their expertise, creativity, and insight. On another note, Amanda and Natasha are friendly, diplomatic, professional, and fun. We recommend them without hesitation for anyone truly wanting to transform their space.

– Tracy Klassen

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Marymound

Debbie's creativity and ability take a project from the conceptual design phase and all the way to the end where it actually gets built is what separates her from other designers!

— Chris McDonald Director of Finance at Marymound

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Wicker World

It has been a great pleasure to deal with Debbie Golub doing furniture coordination + purchasing on several occasions both in the past while she worked at a previous firm and especially now that she leads in partnership at Design Shop.

With Debbie, conversations are constructive, informed, upbeat and always fun. Her clients are effortlessly brought into the decision making process without feeling pressure or awkwardly put on the spot to make a decision.
Gone are the days of the “trust me “ Interior Design process. At least this is the case with Design Shop.

Debbie Golub has demonstrated that she can be extremely budget conscious when required while still maintaining a keen eye for those special pieces that can make a room transform into a unique space, be it commercial or residential regardless of price point constraints.

Her positive energy and open door policy for contact makes Debbie from Design Shop a excellent option for hire and design your space!

— Phil Squarie, President at Wicker World Home + Patio

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Enmore

I have known Amanda Minuk for the past eight years and have had the opportunity to work with her on several interior design projects, situated in Canada and internationally.

Amanda and I immediately established an strong working rapport when we began our first project together, her drive, work ethic and enthusiastic attitude shockingly made the design process enjoyable!  This gave me the all the confidence I need to become a returning client.

During our design and programming meetings she displayed superior planning, design, and communication skills. Even when there were last minute changes, Amanda dealt with the situations in a professional and efficient manner. She worked through the problems WITH me, to ensure that deadlines and subordinate timelines were met. The original design intent was never sacrificed, and building codes were satisfied, despite changes that came about.

Amanda has strong leadership skills. It was apparent to me that the main goal was to consistently develop a space that was both functionally and aesthetically designed to fulfill my "must have" needs!

When Amanda informed me that she would be co founding "Design Shop" with partner Debbie Golub I was very excited for her.

Amanda is a passionate Interior Designer and person in general, who I know will succeed in the design industry in Winnipeg.... and who knows, also abroad!

— Andy Sayroo, Enmore Asset Management Inc.

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FRCPC

We had friends who had recently built a house and they recommended we contact the design firm they had used.  Feeling that I needed a second opinion on some paint colours, I made the call and got an appointment with the designer who was available - Debbie Golub.

A week later, a tiny blond firecracker showed up at our house and changed our entire project! Her energy and enthusiasm was contagious.  We spent two hours that first day, sitting on cushions on the dusty floorboards in the dining room trying to pick paint colours.  I had no idea it was so complicated.  She wanted to see the hardwood and tile selections and were to be installed. She asked how each room would used, the colour of our furniture and other details I’d long forgotten.  Her attention to detail meant that we ended up with a home instead of a bunch of random rooms with paint on the walls.  A home that now flows from room to room.

That first session left me with my head spinning but feeling more confident in our choices than ever before.  And suddenly, without knowing I needed one, I had a designer.  And without looking, as it turned out, I had also found a friend.

Debbie saved our project hundreds of times with her dedication and diligence.  And a friend who listened as I cried with frustration over the project, how long it took and how badly we got screwed in the end by the contractor we had retained.

When our contractor finally disappeared, leaving us high and dry with an unfinished, unliveable home, Debbie helped us find a new contractor. She recommended a general contractor who she'd worked with in the past, to complete the project.  The renovation took us two years because of that original contractor and what he did to us.  It succeeded because Debbie was committed to us every step of the way.

Over the course of the renovation, Debbie answered all my calls, emails and texts.  Every time we see something we like, we send her a photo.  She always has a good comment or question that leads us to the right decision.  We actually won’t buy furniture, accessories or anything now unless they are “Debbie approved”.

We were sitting in our living room the other day, and as I looked around, I thought how much I loved the space and everything in it.  And that is all due to Debbie and her passion for design.

— Cheryl ffrench, MD, FRCPC + Chris Sathianathan, MD, FRCPC

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Alana

It is always a pleasure collaborating with Amanda Minuk on lighting for her design projects. It is always enjoyable working with her because she respects my opinion and takes a cooperative approach to solving problems. She is genuinely interested in understanding and she is always willing to see other people’s point of views.  She always brings a unique and innovative perspective to her design concepts! I look forward to working with her and strongly encourage others to seek her design expertise.

— Alana Dunsmore, Robinson Lighting

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Tractus

I have had a working relationship with Debbie Golub for coming on four years.
In that time we have worked closely together on two major restaurant renovations and indirectly on numerous others. A working chemistry now exists between us which I share with few others.

Her approach to projects, design and more importantly towards her clients, is enthusiastic, respectful and knowledgeable. Perhaps the thing I value most about Debbie is her humility. No one person knows everything; even though some like to think and try to show that they do. Debbie, and I think myself, truly value the experience and knowledge that others can offer, which only leads to project success. The final result is a natural and effective collaboration. In her role as designer, she steers the ship in an infectious, energetic manner. You can’t help but want to follow her, her ideas and her instruction!

This was realized the first time we met while working on an innovative restaurant project here in Winnipeg. Soon after meeting her, the traits I articulated above became obvious. Though I was relatively new in commercial construction, I knew that our instant chemistry was going to lead to project success. This certainly ended up being the case and project was completed well, on time and budget.

A couple years later, we again worked together on another restaurant project where her design skills truly got to shine! The final project was one which everyone was proud of. Most of all, our client gushed with pride and shared many thanks with how things turned out. Debbie + I were then hired together to do huge renovation  #2!
Now that she and her partner, Amanda Minuk are starting their own firm, she’ll be able to show unencumbered greatness. Her future clients will be the net beneficiary, and benefit they will! The future is bright and I so look forward to working on more projects with her.

— Jody Spriggs, Project Manager at Tractus Project - Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Erin

Love, love, love Debbie Golub!! We were so pleased with Debbie's designs and expertise during our home renovation. She guided us through a major home renovation with endless enthusiasm. Debbie's unassuming, approachable nature was a welcome surprise and made it a real pleasure to work with her. She would come highly recommend to any friends or family.

— Erin Anderson

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Enmore

As a property manager, I rely on Amanda and Design Shop to realize our clients' visions and interior spatial requirements for their home.

As owners of revenue generating properties, the renovation process and design implementation of a marketable space is integral to our business model.

Amanda is able to translate our needs and business / marketing suggestions into physical production while providing her expertise to ensure maximized benefit in every aspect of the design. Her creativity and ability to reconcile form and function make her an asset for anyone who is undergoing a design project.

— Scott Callegari, COO—Enmore Asset Management

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Sharon
Disselkamp

Debbie was very innovative in her planning strategies. Using pieces in unconventional ways, identifying options to place more product for viewing and sales opportunities on the dedicated floor footprint (often small) and making shoppers feel they "must have" that entire arrangement versus just that one special piece!!

Clients were constantly drawn to her. Debbie is outgoing, hip, sociable and creative with an absolutely magnetic personality. Debbie is someone that has the innate ability to create memorable experiences in a way that make you want to do business with her. She knows how to mix business with pleasure in a professional manner. Her passion for architecture, interior design and creating beautiful spaces is infectious. Strangely, Debbie was always leaving with a gift in hand no matter who we did work for!! Collectible chairs, art pieces, candy....

Business owners would be crazy not to engage someone with Debbie's abilities and charisma on their design team. She gets the job done, always goes the extra mile to please, and knows how to bring out the best in you and your business. Debbie is well traveled, global minded and can adapt in any environment you put her in. Chameleon -like almost, I'd say.

When you work with Debbie, your sales and profits will increase and you will have much more fun during the process - more than you can imagine!

After she left EQ3 to expand her experience base, I have relied on Debbie as a consultant in my current business which involved attending the IMM Cologne Fair in 2011 together. Today, we continue to work together, under the umbrella of Design Shop on current projects involving suppliers such as Furninova.com, Kymo.deand Parador.eu .

Proud to be a reference. Proud of you Debbie Golub for building your dream with your partner Amanda Minuk. All the best to Design Shop!

— Werner Disselkamp, Disselkamp International

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R-Bistro

Debbie Golub was our Interior Designer for our Restaurant renovation in October 2012. Our restaurant is R Bistro in The Frantz Inn, Steinbach, Mb. She, at the time worked at Fenwick and Company. She was great to work with! Her attention to detail was phenomenal and she was very attentive to our needs! Practicality was a big part of what we needed here and she listened! There are many designers out there that make beautiful designs but often are very costly and don’t make any sense to the environment in which they are placed! We had a budget and we stuck to it. Debbie became a friend through the project and we still chat occasionally. She really cared about her work and went above and beyond to make things happen. The construction firm we used also worked really well with Debbie. They were Tractus Projects out of Winnipeg. 

Thank you sooo much Debbie!!! Our restaurant looks FABULOUS!!! 

The Best of Luck in your future adventure!! You will do Great! 

Cheers! 

Josette Roch, Frantz Inn - Project: R-Bistro

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