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OUR Story

OUR STORY

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.

AMBER BAUMAN

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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 and her husband Mike have two daughters; Isla who is 5 and Addi who is 1! They have a seasonal spot in Lac du Bonnet and enjoy boating and making memories with friends and family!

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

NCIDQ

VETTA SIMEONIDIS

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Administrative Assistant

Vetta was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB and is a first generation Canadian who has spent the majority of her childhood playing on the beaches of Greece. She started her career in the restaurant industry at a young age, moving to the United States which has given her the experience to be successful in startup, turnaround, high-growth and strength in building cohesive, top-performing teams with thirty years of demonstrated success

in the ability to lead while providing motivation and inspiration.

 

Vetta has been a single mother of three for the better part of 2 decades. Her son Achilles (23), daughter Demitra (21) and daughter Elektra (19) are still very active in the family business.

 

She is an active member of the Greek Pavilion sponsorship committee and the Vice President of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox church. Vetta was also nominated to serve on the Canada Pension and Benefits (GSI) board. The Board provides strategic direction and oversight for the affairs of the corporation and its management of the pension and benefits plans across Canada.

Vetta is a certified mental wellness coach and received her leadership training with John Maxwell, one of the top leadership coaches in the world. She is very excited to bring her talents and be a part of the Grey Pearl Design team.

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