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After meeting with
Damman several times,
Krass and her team cre-
ated design boards and
then were involved in a
formal presentation to
the client and producers,
which took place and
was filmed by HGTV in
the loft last June. "You
get a two-hour block to
make your presenta-
tion," Krass recalls.
a long process.
other two design teams
made their presenta-
tions. But there was
one big difference in
from the way the
Krass won with her design for a loft in Detroit's Corktown. Pillows adorn the relaxed entertainment
process usually flows.
deck, perfect for an after-work gathering of friends or a family party that can look out to the city.
"We got to meet the
other designers because
different options. Scott had said that he
Damman gives a thumbs-up to what
Scott actually invited all of us and our
wanted 'funky, industrial and edgy,' and he calls his new "relaxing area," too. "I
families to the Detroit fireworks show
always wanted a place to put my feet
I think we came through with that.
that June. He had a party in his loft, and
up at the end of a long day, a television
Some of that "funk" shows up in a
all of us designers met and our boards
crafty mobile bar that features cast-
area that's relaxing and cozy. Barbi
were all on display for all Scott's guests
ers, built-in holes to place ice buck-
designed a space that is cozy but still
to look over. It was really unusual and
ets for champagne-chilling and all-
within the framework of the openness
not typical of the show."
metal craftsmanship. It can easily be
of the loft space.
Four days after her presentation,
"I totally went for it, but it was a lot
rolled up a custom-made ramp to the
HGTV called Krass to notify her that
of work," recalls Krass. For her, the
entertainment deck. Pillows adorn the
Damman had selected her plan. Krass
relaxed space, perfect for an after-work
word "challenge" in the show came into
and her project coordinator then
gathering of friends or a family party
play when she considered the time-
worked quickly to meet the show's
frame (she had about 15 weeks from
that can look out to the city:
deadline. "The contractors all had to be
start to finish) and the budget.
Damman was especially excited
on time, and everything had to come in about a 12-foot-long dining table
As for her own home, Krass says her
on budget and at cost," she says.
taste is eclectic. "I have traditional and
designed by Krass and her team. "It's
Krass, who has owned her business for made out of rich cherry with concrete
26 years and began her career working
When asked if she gets the bug to
legs on it, and it ties into the kitchen
with fabrics and textiles, coordinated the
redecorate her home often after
perfectly," he says. "It came out like a
project as she would most any assign-
immersing herself in her clients' -
ment: She contracted for a lot of unique
abodes, Krass laughs and says, "We
Another special touch was the light
touches — such as metal furniture.
fixtures. Krass refers to them as "street-
don't redo, we move.
"I think that was our edge over the
In fact, she and her husband, Ed
lights." The lighting was a challenge,
competition, that we offered some really she recalls, because there was no lighting Krass, Temple Israel members who have
been involved with the annual Temple
system to speak of.
Israel Home Tour for the past few
"We decided that
every column [in the years, have been moving about every six
loft] would have cus- or eight years.
"We sell not only our home, but all
the furniture in it, too," she smiles.
And then the couple, parents of four
metal arches with
metal meshes around children and now grandparents as well,
bare bulbs," she says.
A new start is a fresh challenge. And
"It's a very industrial
look, and the client
that's just the way this designer likes it. I I
really liked that."
Krass employed metal room dividers, with custom-made
shelves and drawers for storage, that separate spaces without
closing them off altogether.
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