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This week’s HGTV® Smart Home 2021 premiere showcased just how much smarter our homes can be with the latest in home technology and I was thrilled to be the 2021 Tech and Wellness Expert for the project.

 

HGTV Smart Home 2021, Carmen Johnston Gardens

HGTV® Smart Home 2021 in Naples, FL. Photos © 2021 Discovery or its subsidiaries and affiliates. All rights reserved.

 

Home Technology And Smart Design Elements Showcased

The Naples, Florida home has beautiful regional architecture and the views of the golf course and lake are just incredible! Wondering how I got involved? Click this previous blog for the details.

Inside, it was a priority to find new technology big and small, which would help the HGTV Smart Home be the smartest ever.

 

Carmen Johnston, Tiffany Brooks, Photos © 2021 Discovery or its subsidiaries and affiliates. All rights reserved.

Designer Tiffany Brooks, on right, created the beautiful interiors of the HGTV Smart Home. Photos © 2021 Discovery or its subsidiaries and affiliates. All rights reserved.

Be sure you visit HGTV’s website here for great videos, behind-the-scenes and even more details on the home and amazing sponsors! Here’re are my top elements that will inspire you!

  • Clean Room: Navigating through the new normal, cleaner spaces remain a priority and a combination utility/laundry room serves as a strong defense from germs. A black wireless sensor opens an automatic pocket door connecting the clean room to the laundry room. Use the UV Sterilizing Wand and kill 99.9 % of germs in 30 seconds on backpacks, shoes and purses or activate the UV Lamp to sanitize the space – movable to other rooms.
  • Package Drop: Adjacent to the front door and accessible from the clean room is a package drop. Protect your deliveries from the elements and you can decontaminate packages before bringing into the main home.
  • Charging Countertops and Smart Keurig: Start you day off fully charged and caffeinated.  Any part of your home that integrates a solid surface can power up with a Corian® Charging Surface including kitchen countertops, breakfast nooks, bathroom counters, dining areas and more – wireless charging keeps your home, and your smart devices, at full capacity. And, grab your coffee from the K-Supreme Plus coffee maker featuring MultiStream Technology – an innovative way to more evenly saturate coffee grounds in every K-Cup pod.
  • Kohler: From the kitchen and the clean room to the main bathroom, you’ll find smart Kohler products. The owner’s bathroom and pool bathroom at the home feature the Eri Intelligent toilet. The motion-activated cover and seat uses sensors for hands-free opening/closing and flushing. It also includes a heated seat, customizable cleansing and a night light. Select your personal preferences through the touch-screen remote. Also in the owner’s bathroom is the DTV+ Digital Interface. DTV+ is Kohler’s most advanced showering system bringing together water, steam, lighting and music. Through a mounted control center or voice activation, you can walk into the shower with the perfect temperature, set all your shower preferences ahead of time or create a spa like experience.
  • Smart Mirror: Also, a smart Kohler product, the Verdera voice activated light mirror is in the owner’s bathroom.  The Amazon Alexa-enabled Verdera Voice mirror brings optimally bright, shadowless light and full stereo sound to your bathroom with convenient voice command. 
  • VELUX® No Leak Skylights: These skylights were used throughout the Smart Home in the bedrooms and lanai area. VELUX skylights come with energy efficient glass and are solar powered. They require no wiring at installation and also have a  built-in rain sensor, which will automatically close the skylight should it begin to rain.
  • Multi-functional Space: Every home in 2021 needs multi-functional rooms and the Smart Home’s study can serve as office space, home school or movie night! Control light or temperature from your phone and access the clever coffee station for a midday pick me up!
  • Savant Control System: With one touch, the Savant Control System allows you to adjust the temperature and control the lighting system within your home. Using your smartphone, you can check in on your home no matter where you are. The Savant Control System also offers voice activation capabilities. 

HGTV Smart Home 2021, Ty Pennington, Carmen Johnston, Tiffany Brooks,Photos © 2021 Discovery or its subsidiaries and affiliates. All rights reserved.

Enter For A Chance To Win Daily April 21 – June 11

As HGTV redefines what it means to “live smart,”  who wouldn’t want to also win the luxury coastal getaway in Naples, Florida?!  Beginning now through June 11, 5 p.m. EDT, you’ll be able to enter online for a chance to win the HGTV Smart Home 2021 here. The grand prize is worth over $1.1 million and includes the home and all furnishings, a 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet and $100,000 from LendingTree!

Carmen Johnston Rise Garden Giveaway!

We had the best time with our HGTV Watch Party at Epic in Columbus. I’m sharing my passion for making wellness and technology fun for the entire family by first giving away the Rise Garden which you saw in the HGTV Smart Home kitchen pantry.  Congrats to Carlie Graf.  I’m so excited for you!

Hope you saw how much fun I had kayaking with HGTV’s Ty Pennington in the premiere.  I want you to enjoy this healthy sport too and it’s our next giveaway just in time for Father’s Day. Stay tuned for details on my Instagram and Facebook.

Rise Garden, HGTV Smart Home 2021, Carmen Johnston Gardens

Congrats Carlie Graf on winning my giveaway of a Rise Garden! Source: HGTV/Discovery

 

Kitchen HGTV Smart Home 2021, Carmen Johnston Gardens

The HGTV Smart Home 2021 in Naples, Florida is smarter and more innovative than ever and I’m pleased to share I served as the tech and wellness expert which you’ll see during the April 21 special.

 

HGTV Smart Home 2021, Carmen Johnston Gardens

Photos © 2021 Discovery or its subsidiaries and affiliates. All rights reserved.

HGTV Smart Home 2021 Tech, Wellness Expert

If you are wondering how I connected with the smart folks at HGTV/Discovery, last year I was thrilled to attend the influencer event for the HGTV Dream Home 2020 in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Designer Brian Patrick Flynn gave me an Alexa/Delta faucet demo which I captured here?

 

This moment aligned perfectly with my passion for home and garden innovation and technology.

I’ve now spent the last year helping research and identify technology and wellness elements which can help make all of our lives smarter, healthier, and, honestly, more fun! Below I’ve outlined some of the items identified in my research woven into the home build and smart design created by rock star, Tiffany Brooks.

Home Helps Mind, Body and Soul

Now more than ever, HGTV knows how truly important home is. It’s not just a place where we eat and sleep. For many of us, home is our family hub, our office, our place to learn, and our haven. So, this year’s HGTV Smart Home is designed to help consumers lead a life well-lived – mind, body and soul. From the latest tech innovations, to smart organization solutions, to rooms created with health and wellness in mind, join HGTV as they redefine what it means to “live smart.”

 

HGTV Smart Home 2021 entrance, Carmen Johnston Gardens

Photos © 2021 Discovery or its subsidiaries and affiliates. All rights reserved.

 

Be sure and check out these smart tech and design elements during the special or on-line: Savant Hue System Lighting Indoor/Outdoor, DAKBoard, Corian Wireless Charging Counter Top, Clean Pods, Core Meditation Trainer,  Rise Garden, Gentleman Door, Pocket Door, Napoleon Outdoor Kitchen Grill, Avalon Outdoor Fridge, Phantom Voice Activated Outdoor Screens, Lift Master- Garage Door Opener and App,  Ooni USA Gas Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven, Samsung WiFi Washer and Dryer, Samsung Savant Ecobee Smart Thermostat,  Garage Smart Motorized Storage Lift,  Universal XL Lift, Garage Smart Park Assist, Smart UV Apollo UV Lamp/Light Tower Entire Room Disinfectant, Solo Stove Yukon, Bunk Beds for Multi-Purpose Space, Voice Activated Electric Linear Fireplace, Apple Tablets and Amazon Alexa Device.

Special shout out to these HGTV Smart Home sponsors: Ashley HomeStore, Mercedes-Benz USA, Keurig®, LendingTree, The Sherwin-Williams Company, SimpliSafe Home Security, Sleep Number®, Kohler Co., OxiClean™ , Trex®, Phantom Screens, VELUX® No Leak Skylights.

Watch The April 21 Special

On April 21 at 7 p.m. EDT, the special airs where Tiffany and I are joined in the build process by one of your favorite home improvement experts, Ty Pennington.  And, he is just like you’ve see him on television – hilarious, fun and so smart!

 

HGTV Smart Home 2021, Living Room, Carmen Johnston Gardens

Photos © 2021 Discovery or its subsidiaries and affiliates. All rights reserved.

The one-hour special will also simulcast on Hogar on Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. EDT. There will be special encores on Tuesday, May 4 at 8 a.m., Thursday, May 13 at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 26 at 11 a.m., Monday, May 31 at 8 a.m. and Friday, June 11 at 1 p.m. All times are Eastern and be sure and check your television guide for any changes.

Enter For A Chance To Win April 21 – June 11

Who wouldn’t want a luxury coastal getaway in Naples, Florida?!  Beginning April 21, you’ll be able to enter online for a chance to win the HGTV Smart Home 2021. The grand prize is worth over $1.1 million and includes the home and all furnishings, a 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet and $100,000 from LendingTree!

 

HGTV Smart Home 2021, Carmen Johnston Gardens

Photos © 2021 Discovery or its subsidiaries and affiliates. All rights reserved.

Carmen Johnston Rise Garden Giveaway!

I’m passionate about making wellness and technology fun for the entire family by helping people successfully create beautiful spaces through smart, comprehensive plans for outdoor and indoor living!

 

Rise Garden, HGTV Smart Home 2021, Carmen Johnston Gardens

Rise Garden: Photos © 2021 Discovery or its subsidiaries and affiliates. All rights reserved.

 

And, I want to share the love by giving away some of my favorite tech and wellness items featured in the HGTV Smart Home!  The first giveaway we are sharing on my Instagram and Facebook is the Rise Garden which was woven into the kitchen pantry. April 14 through April 21. We’ll be sharing all the details there soon!

Most of all, follow along this amazing journey via HGTV and my social media.  I’m so grateful to be a part of this magical project which I hope inspires you!