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Detroit Design SuperStar contest extended

By | 2007-09-13T09:00:00-04:00 September 13th, 2007|Uncategorized|

DETROIT – Have you ever thought you may have a knack for interior design but never found the opportunity to pursue it? Well, here’s your shot. Garden Court Condominiums has launched Detroit’s Design SuperStar Challenge. Aspiring metro Detroit area amateur interior decorators are invited to submit their visions for the interior design and furnishings of a two-bedroom, two-bath or a one-bedroom, one-bath floor plan for a chance to win cash prizes. The contest is open only to amateurs and design professionals and those with design accreditations are not eligible.
“When you watch design shows on television, New York and Los Angeles are overwhelmingly represented.” said Dave Farbman, co-president of Farbman Group and Garden Court spokesperson. “Detroit is a hot bed of talent and style that often goes unrecognized. We’ve got the next George Yabu or Candace Olsen right here in Detroit, just waiting to be discovered. This contest may just be the break they need to start a serious career in design.”
Already, aspiring amateur interior decorators from as far as Holland, Mich. to those within just miles of Garden Court have submitted their entries. One such contestant is Lynn Spinelli of Dearborn.
“My art history professor read about this contest in Between The Lines and he called and told me about it,” Spinelli said. “I’m very self taught. I have a degree in corporate communications and I just started doing design work for some people in my church. They knew I did some faux finishing on the side and they said they needed their house done. Once people saw my work, it just started to snowball.”
Spinelli started her own design business last year called Cottage Charm.
“My style is very eclectic,” she said. “I try to read my clients and see where they’re coming from. I did some work for a doctor in Grosse Pointe. He’s from Lebanon, so his house had a little bit more Mediterranean style, very deep in color with very dramatic walls.
“I’ve been very fortunate because every job I’ve had so far people have let me do my own thing,” Spinelli continued. “I can feel what they’d like. It’s been fun. I’ve never really done anything like this contest at all.”
An added bonus to the allure of the competition is the fact that the Garden Court is an Albert Kahn building. Known as the architect of Detroit, Kahn designed some of the most beautiful and well-known structures in the Detroit area, including the Fisher Building, the conservatory on Belle Isle and Cadillac Place, formerly the General Motors Building.
The application deadline for the Design SuperStar challenge has been extended to Sept. 28. Entries will be accepted in-person at Garden Court Condominiums, located at 2900 East Jefferson Avenue, or online at All design boards must be delivered to the Garden Court no later than 4 p.m.
One grand prizewinner will receive $5,000 and have their unit showcased in Between The Lines in November. A runner-up will receive $2,500, and four semi-finalists will receive a $100 gift card to a local furniture retailer.
All submissions must include a display board with paint and fabric samples and contestants are limited to one entry per floor plan. Applicants must describe their design concept in 500 words or less and submit the description with the design materials. For further details on contest guidelines, visit

About the Author:

Jason A. Michael
Jason A. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University before joining Between The Lines as a contributing writer in 1999. Jason has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author having written the authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," which he released on his own JAM Books imprint.