The Home Depot Announces 2020 Innovation Award Winners

Breakthroughs in cooking take top two spots

ATLANTA, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Home Depot® today recognized the latest product innovations to hit shelves, in store and online, with the announcement of its 2020 Innovation Award winners. Supporting its DIY and Pro customers, the retailer, its merchants, and suppliers have continued to bring state-of-the-art products to the market throughout 2020.   

The Home Depot announces 2020 Innovation Award Winners

This year, The Home Depot’s overall Innovation Award winner and first runner up define innovation in cooking platforms. From frying to grilling and smoking, the top two products elevate the at-home cooking experience. In addition to appliances and grills, finalists cover categories from across the home including lighting, home security, flooring and more.

Top winners include:  

Overall Winner: The Frigidaire Air Fry Range by Electrolux saves time and space with its all-in-one stove, oven and new Air Fry Range cooking capabilities. The large-scale cooking capacity features no-flip technology that allows food to crisp evenly on all sides.

First Runner Up: The Masterbuilt Gravity-Fed Grill/Smoker enables quick-start cooking by reaching peak temperatures of 700°F faster than ever – in just 13 minutes. The innovative gravity technology holds over 12 hours of charcoal, ensuring constant fuel. Smart control technology allows for hands-off smoking, grilling, searing, baking, or roasting.

Second Runner Up: The Lutron Sunnata Touch Dimmer with LED+ Technology installs within 15 minutes with existing wiring, offering custom light control using the same captive-touch technology applied in modern touch screens to enable fast, accurate and responsive action.

“As the product authority in home improvement, we are honored to recognize our supplier partners who bring the most innovative and exclusive products to the market that deliver the best value to our customers,” said Ted Decker, president and chief operating officer for The Home Depot. “Today, we acknowledge our supplier partners for their remarkable work through our annual Innovation Awards Ceremony.”

In addition to the top three winners, The Home Depot recognized these finalists for their high marks in product innovation:

  • Adjusta-Pull Cabinet Hardware by Liberty Hardware allow cabinet handles to be easily lengthened without the need for a power drill or additional holes in the cabinetry.
  • Daltile QuicTile is real porcelain that can be installed in one day at a 30 percent more cost-efficient price point than traditional porcelain tile.
  • Hampton Bay Mara Ceiling Fan by King of Fans installs 50 percent faster than traditional fans using the slide-on mounting bracket, click-and-lock blades, and magnetic light kit.
  • Henry Roof Coatings extends roof life up to five years by protecting against sun, rain, and snow damage by locking in granules to reduce granule loss.
  • Husky 1 – 1/4″ Ratcheting PVC Cutter by GreatStar uses 40 percent less force to effortlessly cut PVC pipes and includes a lifetime warranty and replacement blades to ensure the product is a longstanding purchase.
  • Lockly Smart Locks increase security with its patented technology that ensures a unique digital keypad every time someone approaches the door, allows users to grant remote access to guests and
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Newcastle bar Leila Lily’s wins international award for its luxury interior design

A Newcastle bar has won an international award less than a year since its opening.

Leila Lily’s in Grey Street impressed judges at the FESPA awards with its interior design and the likes of vibrant wallpapers – and the winning work was created by designer Beth Travers, originally from Sunderland.

The city centre restaurant-bar, which opened last September to reveal its floral new look, beat worldwide competition to win a new category at the international awards ceremony called printeriors, which celebrates innovative use of printed materials and design in interiors.

The work by Beth, who now runs her company, BOBO 1325, from Manchester, secured first place over entrants from as far afield as India and Italy.

FESPA – now known as the acronymn, which originally stood for Federation of European Screen Printers Association – is a global group representing the screenprinting and digital printing industry.

Its award judges described Beth’s work as “a stunning example which demonstrated creative use of digital technologies to create luxury interior decoration”.

Beth Travers
Beth Travers

Beth said: “The awards were originally supposed to be held in Madrid and I had tickets to go and then because of Covid-19 it had be held remotely.

“But the fact that I managed to win made up for the fact we had to ‘attend’ a virtual ceremony.”

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She added: “I am so proud of the award, particularly because I am originally from the North East so it’s really special that I won it for my work on a project from there.

“Leila Lily’s is an incredible venue and it was amazing to be a part of it.”

Atul Malhotra, operations director of The Malhotra Group PLC which owns Leila Lily’s and who came up with the original concept for the venue he names after his daughter, said: “We know that Leila Lily’s is something special and it’s fantastic that this has been recognised internationally.”

He said that Beth “did a fantastic job” and is now currently working again with the company at both The Three Mile Inn in Gosforth and on refurbishment plans for Osborne’s bar in Jesmond.

At a time the hospitality industry is struggling to recover from the effects of the pandemic, the award is another piece of good news for Leila Lily’s which was awarded an AA rosette for its food just before lockdown.

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QFA presents Football for All Award to Ministry of Interior

The Board of Trustees of Qatar Football Association (QFA) Award presented the Football for All Award for the 2019-20 season to the Ministry of Interior, for its great efforts and contribution towards resumption of football activity.
HE Director of Public Security Major General Saad bin Jassim al-Khulaifi welcomed the initiative, and greeted HE the President of the QFA Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani, highlighting the importance of co-operation between the Ministry of Interior and those in charge of football management in the State of Qatar to present a distinct image of the sport. 
On his part, General Secretary of the Board of Trustees of QFA Award Hassan Rabiah al-Kuwari, said, “On behalf of His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of QFA Award, I extend my thanks and appreciation to the Ministry of Interior for its concerted efforts and the great work it did in co-operation with various parties concerned to address the coronavirus pandemic. This honour also comes as a token of thanks and appreciation to the Ministry of Interior, and all its employees for their great contributions in the resumption of football activity in the State of Qatar.”
It may be noted that the Football for All Award is given to organisations, groups or individuals making a significant contribution towards football in the local community.

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Dobbies Garden Centre: Award winning butchers to open in Edinburgh store

Dobbies Garden Centre has welcomed an award winning butcher to its Edinburgh branch.

Walter Smith Fine Foods will be open from Friday in the food court of the garden centre where it will provide locally-sourced meat.

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As well as cuts of beef, lamb and pork, a lot of premade meals will be available including pork pies, lasagne and cottage pies ready to be put in the oven.

Graeme Jenkins, CEO of Dobbies, said: “Walter Smith Fine Foods is a brilliant addition to our Edinburgh store and we’re sure that the butchers will be popular with our customers.

“At Dobbies, we pride ourselves on offering customers a wide range of quality produce, freshly-baked goods and general grocery items all under one roof.”

Dobbies has also recently announced that it will be partnering up with Sainsbury’s supermarket to offer more convenience food to its customers.

Robert Jones, Retail Director at Walter Smith Fine Foods, added: “We’re delighted to be launching our butchery and deli counter at Dobbies’ Edinburgh store, and look forward to customers trying our award-winning products.

“We’ve been in business for 135 years and we are proud to deliver quality service and, of course, the best quality meats and produce.”

There will be a 10% discount for Dobbies Club members from Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 26 at the Edinburgh branch.

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Beautiful home interior in Canterbury makes two award finals in London

This interior, designed by Ben Lewis of Trenzseater for a rural Canterbury home, is a finalist in both the prestigious SBID Interior Design Awards and the International Design & Architecture Awards, both in London.

This interior, designed by Ben Lewis of Trenzseater for a rural Canterbury home, is a finalist in both the prestigious SBID Interior Design Awards and the International Design & Architecture Awards, both in London.

This living room could be a lesson in how to put a room together.

The design, by Ben Lewis of Trendzseater in Christchurch, has wowed judges in the prestigious SBID International Design Awards in London, who have listed the project in the awards finals. People have until the end of September to vote for their preferred entry.

The same project has also made the finals of the International Design & Architecture Awards in London. And this is not a new accolade for Lewis – last year he won the Global Category at the International Design & Architecture Awards with the beautiful interior of the Blakely residence in Ohoka, Canterbury. Lewis has made the finals for this award four years in a row.

The living room reflects Lewis' layered approach to interior design.

The living room reflects Lewis’ layered approach to interior design.

The designer says he always strives for a “sophisticated balance of layers to give interest, detail and timeless elegance”. He says it’s the details that offer refinement, personality, balance, character and luxury.

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The new interior, for a newly renovated architectural home in rural Canterbury, references a colour scheme the designer favours – rich, green jewel tones are teamed with black and warm neutrals to ensure rooms are both welcoming and dramatic.

Symmetry is a strong feature in all Lewis’ designs, as is a careful balance of light and dark elements, and sleek and textural. This year’s entry incorporates a dark wood console positioned in front of a large mirror, framed by large table crystal table lamps. An oversized green floral arrangement adds visual drama.

A console in front of a mirror with crystal table lamp bases adds a touch of glamour.

A console in front of a mirror with crystal table lamp bases adds a touch of glamour.

Another console features large white Linden table lamps and three green vases. And a Linden table lamp in black, on a side table, continues the textural look.

Greenery is much in evidence throughout the interior – most surfaces feature plants, such as a potted orchid or leafy floral arrangement.

The SBID International Design Awards is considered one of the most prestigious Interior Design Award events in the global design calendar, representing talent and design excellence across all corners of the industry.

Ben Lewis of Trenzseater has made the SBID Interior Design Awards finals for the fourth year in a row. Last year he won an SBID award.


Ben Lewis of Trenzseater has made the SBID Interior Design Awards finals for the fourth year in a row. Last year he won an SBID award.

This year, submissions were received from more than 49 countries. Each entry undergoes a two-tier judging process by panels of leading industry experts from Christian Louboutin, Bentley Motors, Boeing, Walpole and Belmond to name a few.

Four other Kiwi designers have also made the finals list this year – in the

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White House to Award First Medal of Honor for Heroism in Fight Against ISIS

An Army sergeant major who bravely rescued 75 prisoners from the clutches of ISIS in Iraq will receive the military’s highest valor award on the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 territory attacks, the White House announced Thursday.

Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne will receive the Medal of Honor Sept. 11 at the White House for his actions during a “daring nighttime hostage rescue” Oct. 22, 2015, while he was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the coalition fight against ISIS.

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Payne led a combined assault team in liberating hostages during two separate risky forays.

“With speed, audacity, and courage, he first led his team as they quickly cleared the assigned building, liberating 38 hostages,” the White House said in a statement. “Then, upon hearing a request for additional assault team members to assist with clearing the other building, Sergeant Payne, on his own initiative, left his secured position. He exposed himself to enemy fire as he bounded across the compound to the other building from which enemy forces were engaging his comrades.”

After engaging enemy fighters from the roof of that now-burning building, he returned to ground level, fighting his way toward the entrance in a race to save the hostages still inside. Others on the ground had been thwarted from entering due to the fire inside.

“Sergeant Payne knowingly risked his own life by bravely entering the building under intense enemy fire, enduring smoke, heat, and flames to identify the armored door imprisoning the hostages,” the White House statement reads. “Upon exiting, Sergeant Payne exchanged his rifle for bolt cutters and again entered the building, ignoring the enemy rounds impacting the walls around him as he cut the locks on a complex locking mechanism. His courageous actions motivated the coalition assault team members to enter the breach and assist with cutting the locks.”

Payne’s Medal of Honor award was first reported Sept. 2 by the Associated Press, which also reported that the hostages included Kurdish pershmerga fighters facing impending execution by ISIS militants.

For Payne, an 18-year soldier and the 2012 winner of the Army’s Best Ranger competition, the date of his medal presentation is significant, according to White House releases.

“Sergeant Major Payne is part of the 9/11 generation and joined the Army out of a sense of patriotism and duty to serve his country,” the announcement states.

It also notes that Payne comes from a tradition of service, with two brothers in the Army and Air Force. His wife, Alison, is a nurse.

“Growing up in Batesburg-Leesville and Lugoff, South Carolina, Sergeant Major Payne comes from what he characterizes as ‘small-town America,’ and his connection to his home state is a strong part of his personal identity,” the White House said.

Payne is also a Purple Heart recipient who sustained wounds from a grenade blast in 2010 during a deployment to Afghanistan. Though the wound was nearly “career-ending,” according to the

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