True Value launches home design contest

Chicago-based True Value announced it is hosting a new design contest with "Design SOS: Friends to the Rescue," aimed at providing $2,500 at a local True Value to complete overdue design updates.

“Everyone has that one design-challenged friend who can't seem to part with their retro wood paneling, dated floral wallpaper or sea foam green carpet. But friends shouldn't let friends live with disastrous design,” the company said in a release.

True Value will accept applications from Sept. 2 to Oct. 7 on startrightstarthere.com. Applicants must submit a short entry and brief video or photos that show why a friend -- or even they -- needs a design intervention.

Winners will be voted on Oct. 22 and announced mid-November. On top of the shopping money, the winner will receive help from one of True Value’s “masters of all things hardwarian.”