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HD: Rethinking the paper plate

The Dixie company invited artists to rethink the humble disposable plate, lots of which will be used this weekend at picnics. The winner out of 9,000 entries, Brian Winters of Concord, Mass., re-envisioned the plastic plate as the Fusion Plate, with modular compartments to serve sushi and keep the California rolls separate from the soy sauce and ginger, the Washington Post reports. The deep green color sets off the white and salmon colors of the food. You can view a gallery of other entries at www.dixiecontest.com. Dixie hasn't decided yet whether any of the entries will go into production.

Go with the show

Round out your holidays by watching the four new home and lifestyle shows that premiere Sunday on A&E. At 4 p.m., All Year Round with Katie Brown focuses on cooking, gardening and decorating. At 4:30 p.m., The Well-Seasoned Traveler combines travel, cooking and adventure in trips near and far to sample local food specialties. At 5 p.m., Sell This House offers advice on how to get your home ready for sale and how to appeal to prospective buyers. At 6 p.m. comes a show truly fraught with peril, Makeover Mamas. A mother and mother-in-law have two days and $1,500 to make over a room in their adult children's home. The block of shows will repeat from 1 to 3 p.m. July 12. Also on Sunday, tune in at 7 p.m. on TLC for Trading Spaces: Family. In these episodes, the makeover teams include at least one teenage or tween-age family member.

A sunny state of mind

They're oh, so Flo: Retro Florida tourist images of oranges, flamingoes and palm trees are all over this flour-sack dish towel. Fun for the kitchen, good hostess gift, party favor, souvenir, supersize napkin/bib for lobster feasts, barbecues. (Or reimagine it as cafe curtains or a pillow.) It's $10 at Cherie's and $11.95 at Hula Hula . . . tropical art, antiques & accoutrements at its new location, 2902 52nd St. S in Gulfport; (727) 322-5282.

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