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Graduate Feature: Michelle Weinberger

Michelle WinbergerName: Michelle Weinberger
Company: Diamond Interior 
Location: Red Deer, Alberta
Graduated From: Interior Decorating Program, 2008

“Growing up in an environment of design and creation with my family custom cabinetry business, I discovered I had a passion for creativity, specifically my distinct ability to create a unique space. Thus, I followed my passion and pursued an education in design.  I always knew deep down what I was meant to do.”

We recently caught up with Michelle and we’re so proud of what she’s been up to!  Not only has she launched a successful business, but continues to give back to her community by volunteering her services to the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter (C.A.W.E.S.)

Find out what Michelle had to share with us below!

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What made you decide to become an interior decorator?

I have visions of creating my spaces. I always wanted to help people and when I create a space for someone and they light up I just absolutely love that feeling. Surrounding yourself around beauty helps you do life better, and I love that I can help people be surrounded by good energy.

When did you decide to take an interior decorating course? Why did you choose QC Design School for your interior decorating training?

I took the Interior Design and Decorating course because I wanted to pursue my dream. I wanted to get the confidence and education that would take me to starting my own company. I wanted to create spaces for people that would make them feel special. Everyone’s space deserves to sparkle!

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What is the greatest challenge you’ve faced in building your business, Diamond Interior?  How did you overcome it?

I think that getting my name out there and proving myself in the industry was the biggest challenge. But I learnt that if you want it bad enough you can have it, you need to work hard, give it your all, and always do your best for your clients. If you always do over 100% no matter what happens, good things will happen for you. Keep pushing through all the hard crap, never give up. Take care of your clients, always communicate with them and do your best.

What do you find is the most rewarding part of running your own interior decorating business?

When I started my fundraiser. Working and making money is rewarding yes you betcha, but when I started My fundraiser to help the women’s shelter raise money so I could renovate all their rooms was and still is so empowering. It makes me feel so warm inside that I am giving to those in need, and using the abilities I was given to help them in their time of need. Like my saying for my business goes, every space deserves to sparkle, I really mean it, and for the mom’s and kids that I help out every day at the shelter, I feel the most rewarded and I will keep doing it for as long as they need our help.

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What has been your absolute favorite decorating project so far?  Why?

I love all my jobs. Each client is unique in their own special way, and I love being able to help them figure out their taste and create their dream before their very eyes with their biggest investment. Working with husbands and wives that don’t have the same taste is always fun because you can find a way for both of them to compromise while still creating a space that is warm and functional.

The work you’ve done with the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter is truly remarkable.  What made you decide to partner up with C.A.W.E.S.?  How did you get involved?

I was at a point in my life that I needed get involved in more of helping other people then worry about what problems I thought I had. Helping out mom’s and children goes deep with me, and that is where I felt my heart was being pulled. I emailed the C.A.W.E.S one day to see if I could become a volunteer wherever they needed extra help. When they saw I had my own design company, they asked If I would like to sponsor a room. I told them that I would raise the money and do the reno myself for all 13 of their rooms. We are now at room 7 and I am so grateful for how far we have come. And what we are doing for these women and children just makes me shine, I want to keep giving. I know what we are doing is making a difference and that is why I now have started Diva on a dime. When these families have to move out and get their own place, we are their moving them with gently used furniture and décor so that they may still have a warm and inviting place to call home for their family and their now journey.

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What does the future hold for Diamond Interior? Where do you see your business going in the next few years?

I just want things to keep going the way they are. Help people create the home of their dreams, and continue and to help women and children in need by creating a place that they can truly heal. A place that makes them feel warm inside and safe.

Do you have any words of advice for future interior decorators or people who aren’t sure if the industry is right for them?

If you want something bad enough you can have it. You have to work hard, get out there network, get involved in your community, and do the best job that you can. Good things will happen for you, just keep pushing through. Get your portfolio out there and sign up for all social media. Show your work, help people, and you will be great.

Do you want to design beautiful spaces and give back to your community like Michelle? Find out more about QC’s Interior Decorating Program and take the first step to an exciting career!