Chic, and moveable, wallpaper collection
Casart Coverings has partnered with Mary Douglas Drysdale, a nationally published interior designer, to create a line of removable, repositionable, reusable wallcoverings in her favorite hues.
The Mary Douglas Drysdale Signature Color Collection offers
10 original colors in each of Casart’s Colorwash and Faux Linen finishes, on an adhesive-backed vinyl canvas that can be installed, removed and reused time and again. The colors were chosen by Drysdale to reflect colors she has commonly used in her own projects and include: Jefferson Yellow, Tuscany, Oushak Orange, Lipstick Plus, Early Spring, Federal Green, French Blue, Innocence, Whispers of Iris and Folly Gray.
The collection is available in three standard lengths, all 52 inches in width: 8½, 111/3 or 242/3 feet, or in custom sizes. Colorwash finish is
$12 per square foot; faux linen finish is $15 per square foot. For more information visit www.casartcoverings.com or call (888) 960-5554.
Worst kitchen? Win with it
Think you’ve got the worst kitchen in America? DIY Network and Food Network Magazine are teaming up for the second year to uncover kitchens in desperate need of a redo. Food lovers can upload an image or video to DIYNetwork.com and explain why their kitchen is cramping their style. The
homeowner selected as having the “Worst Kitchen in America” will receive a full kitchen makeover courtesy of DIY Network and Food Network magazine.
The deadline is Aug. 8. Hosted by licensed contractor Matt Blashaw, the entire makeover will be documented in a one-hour DIY Network special, “Worst Kitchen in America,” premiering in January, and featured in the January/February 2012 issue of Food Network magazine.
In addition, the winner will receive a trip for two to attend the New York City Wine & Food Festival, including a meet-and-greet with Food Network host and chef Anne Burrell.
Additional cable channel
designations may be found by checking local listings and www.DIYNetwork.com/tv.
DIY project pay
Have an outrageous, shocking or just plain overdue home improvement project on hand and need a little extra cash or help getting it done? True Value is rolling out its Facebook “DIY True Stories” contest, in which ambitious DIYers are being asked to tell all for a chance to win $2,500 to complete their project, receive expert advice to help them get the job done right and the opportunity to star in their very own DIY Web series on Facebook.
Through Aug. 15, DIYers looking to get their hands dirty will have the chance to submit their wildest home improvement endeavor. To enter, contestants must first “like” True Value’s Facebook page, then share their project ideas, what they need to get the job done and what they would do if they won.
“DIY True Stories” can be submitted by crafting a brief project description and uploading photos or submitting a video featuring the DIYer and the potential DIY project.
On Aug. 29, True Value will announce three winners. Each winner will receive an in-person consultation with a True Value employee at their local True Value store and $2,500 to help them get the job done. They’ll then chronicle their project’s progress in a five-part Web series that will be featured on True Value’s Facebook page
Florida Power & Light Co. has launched the FPL Power Tracker, a new interactive online map that shows in near real-time the location of any power outages across the company’s 35-county service territory.
Customers can enter an address, city or ZIP code at www.FPLmaps.com to find out if there are any power outages currently affecting an area. If a customer is currently experiencing an outage, he or she can access the FPL Power Tracker map via a battery-powered laptop with Internet connection, most smart phones and Internet devices, or by asking a friend or family member to go online from another location.
The map mirrors the information provided to customers who call FPL’s customer care center and is based on data updated every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day. Clicking on an outage icon reveals detailed information, including:
The time that an outage began or was reported
The number of FPL customers affected by a particular outage
The cause of an outage
The latest status report on the progress of the restoration
The estimated time power will be restored