WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY FOR OURSELVES
CREATIVITY + INTELLIGENCE
Design Shop has over 40 years combined experience in the field of Interior Design; specializing in residential and commercial spaces and compliments them with graphic, identity and brand development. We have worked on a large range of projects in both scope size and budget—from new home builds, renovations and additions in our residential portfolio, and office spaces, spas, retail and restaurant environments in our commercial folio.
Principal + Owner
unassuming, loves pink
Amanda Minuk graduated on the Dean’s Honour List with a Bachelor of Environmental Design, majoring in Interior Design from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba in 2009. With over four years experience in a firm setting and five years of design under her belt, she has overseen many projects from start to finish. Amanda has acted as a client liaison, a project lead and prime consultant, and knows the ins and outs of coordinating with architects, mechanical, electrical and structural engineers.
Amanda is a NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) candidate and has a keen eye for detail. She knows how to spin sweet jams (because she used to be a DJ), embraces challenges and has a passion for design, dogs and dance parties. Amanda is quirky and confident yet unassuming.
“Good enough is never good enough”
Pricipal + Owner
BA, B.ENV.D, M.I.D (incomplete)
cheeky, loves twizzlers
From 1999-2001, Debbie Golub maintained grades worthy of the Dean’s Honour List while completing her degree in Environmental Design from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. After completing her degree, Debbie spent two years studying for her Masters of Interior Design and left her hometown (again) to peruse her curiosity of the world cultures. She lived and worked in Taipei, Taiwan teaching English, appearing in commercials and traveling to surrounding countries for a number of years before returning home to Winnipeg.
Debbie brings over 13 years of experience and expertise working in the field of Interior Design and has won multiple awards for academic excellence. She is highly organized, is a self proclaimed “brand junkie” and can throw a mean fast ball. Debbie is professional, resourceful and pro-active. She is what some may call a “firecracker”.
“You have to redefine what you do every time you do a job”
B.I.D., LEED AP
foodie , loves diy
Melanie graduated her Bachelor of Interior Design with top notch marks and was immediately sought after in the work place by noteworthy interdisciplinary firms. After spending a year teaching and designing (crazy cool) overseas in Japan, Melanie then joined the crew over at Synyshyn Architecture for 5 plus/minus years. There she primarily focussed on commercial works; office design, health care, retail and then some.
After scooting off again for another travel stint over in South East Asia - yes, we be jealous, she continued to build her design portfolio and expanded it into everything residential and DIY.
"By coming in here, you agree to a certain behaviour", Mink said.
"What behaviour?" "Room behaviour."
– Don DeLillo, White Noise
blondie, loves m&m's
Born and raised in the Wolseley area of Winnipeg MB, Natasha developed an intrinsic flare and keen eye for design at an early age.
Upon graduating from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Environmental Design, Natasha quickly submerged herself in the industry. From freelance work at various firms, designing layout & displays at IKEA and working on production design teams for film and TV (check out: TriStar Pictures' HEAVEN IS FOR REAL starring Greg Kinnear and SUNNYSIDE, a series filmed in Winnipeg), she hasn't stopped working since the moment graduation said "GO"!
A seasoned traveller, Natasha has spent time in Australia, Thailand, a handful plus countries in Europe and many cities across North America; and with that brings cultural awareness, empathy and global perspective into everything she does.
Notably, Natasha also has an affinity for kittens, has a natural fear of snakes and enjoys lazy Sundays.
“We create the reality in which we live”
– James Turrell
poised, loves wine
Laura is Design Shop’s transplant from Toronto. Full of energy, a talent for design, an expansive work history and a love of wine, Laura has much to offer any project she’s involved in. Gaining much experience working with a leading institutional architecture firm in Toronto, she brings a vast knowledge of designing healthcare and other institutional facilities. No project is beyond Laura’s ability or interest - commercial, hospitality, residential, exterior facades; in fact, her attitude is …. bring it on!!
Laura brings to Design Shop Inc. her own uniqueness or maybe not so much – she’s an identical twin who is truly identical! Like other Design Shop Girls, Laura is an adventurer having travelled to the UK, Spain, France and the US. More recently, she retired from alpine ski racing trading in those skis for tamer cross country ones.