No matter the size or budget, our goal is to treat all projects equally. We value honesty and integrity and we strive to be as transparent with our clients as possible.
While understanding the personal nature of our work, we will never push our clients into something they aren't comfortable with. We want our clients to be happy with not only the process and final product but the way they function in their new space.
Principal Interior Designer/Owner
Dip.I.D., IDC, NCIDQ
Amber is the founder and owner of Grey Pearl Interior Design. She was born and raised in Brandon, MB, and headed to beautiful British Columbia to study Interior Design + Fundamentals at The Art Institute of Vancouver in 2006. After graduating with honours, she made her way back to Manitoba and spent over a decade practising Interior Design in Winnipeg at URBANiKZ i.d.s.
In 2019, she took the bold step to start her own Interior Design firm. Since then she’s had many successes in the areas of
high-end residential, corporate offices and clinical spaces, and has been featured on CTV and in Mint Magazine.
In 2020, she earned the prestigious NCIDQ Certification (National Council of Interior Design Qualification) that only a handful of designers in Manitoba have obtained. This certification demonstrates a practicing interior designer has the experience, skill and ability to satisfy a client’s needs through health and safety, building code, accessibility, design fundamentals and professional practice.
Amber has one daughter, Isla who is 3 going on 13. Her and her husband, Mike, are expecting a second daughter in July 2022.
What is NCIDQ Certification?
The Professional Difference between "Interior Designer" and "Interior Decorator" Many people use the terms "interior design" and "interior decorating" interchangeably, but these professions differ in critical ways.
Interior design is the art and science of understanding people's behaviour to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.
Interior designers apply creative and technical solutions within a structure that are functional, attractive and beneficial to the occupants' quality of life and culture. Designs respond to and coordinate with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability.
The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology -- including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process — to satisfy the client’s needs and resources.
The U.S. states and Canadian provinces have passed laws requiring interior designers to be licensed or registered and to document their formal education and training. Many states and provinces also specifically require all practicing interior designers to earn the NCIDQ Certification to demonstrate their experience and qualifications.
By contrast, interior decorators require no formal training or licensure.
Learn more about NCIDQ HERE.
Interior Designer VS Interior Decorator
Contrary to what most people think, “Interior Design” and “Interior Decorating” are two very different roles. In very simple terms, an interior designer can modify the actual structure or architecture of a space. A decorator, on the other hand, focuses on just that: decorating an existing space. Learn more HERE
“Designers and people in general are too attracted by ‘new’, but nothing ages more quickly than ‘newness’. All my objects reflect [a] marriage between past and present.”
- Marcel Wanders