Breakers Garden, Palm Beach Trade Guide, Carmen Johnston Gardens

Refresh, recharge and find inspiration is something we all need and here is my ultimate Palm Beach, Florida travel guide because it is one of my favorite spots for this!


Carmen Johnston, Kipps Bay Show House, Palm Beach, FL

The Kipps Bay Decorator Show House in West Palm Beach was absolutely stunning in 2021. Click here to see Veranda’s online tour. 

Palm Beach Travel Guide – Fun Places To Eat

From Atlanta to Palm Beach is a direct flight making travel easy to the South Florida area which is separated from the mainland by pretty Lake Worth Lagoon.  Your impression of Palm Beach may be luxury estates, delicious restaurants and high-end shopping on Worth Avenue which are all epic, but, it really does have something extraordinary for all budgets. Click the Palm Beach guide for additional  info.

If you’ve eaten at a Restoration Hardware or RH, you know they not only have delicious food but it is a dreamy spot. The RH Palm Beach rooftop restaurant does not disappoint.  Fun fact, their Chicago restaurant is considered one of the top Instagram photo spots in the nation!


Restoration Hardware, Palm Beach, Carmen Johnston Gardens

The signature RH Café crispy artichokes with a rosemary aioli and a belllini are delicious. The Carmen Johnston Gardens team totally recommends them!


If you are looking for a fun, casual Mexican place, try Coyo Taco. They have great margaritas!  Brunch at The Colony Hotel’s Swifty’s is the perfect place for Sunday fun.  I also love the Seafood Bar at The Breakers and Sant Ambroeus.  Definitely, Le Bibloquet has been one of my top Palm Beach meals….so far!

Le Bibloquet, Palm Beach, Carmen Johnston Gardens

Le Bibloquet has been one of my top Palm Beach spots for a delicious meal.


Le Bibloquet, Palm Beach, Carmen Johnston Gardens

Le Bibloquet in Palm Beach, Florida.

Where To Stay In Palm Beach

One of the most iconic Palm Beach hotels is The Breakers, known for its gorgeous private beach and striking hotel architecture. You should also check out The Colony Hotel, which I just mentioned for its great Sunday brunch.  Husband, Tommy, and I also love staying at the Brazilian Court Hotel, located in the heart of Palm Beach, nestled in a residential area with lush courtyards!


The Colony Hotel, Carmen Johnston Gardens

There are so many gorgeous places to stay in Palm Beach including The Colony Hotel.


Palm Beach – Where To Shop 

Head down historic Worth Avenue for amazing window shopping, people watching and fun.  The avenue stretches four blocks from Lake Worth to the Atlantic Ocean.

I love stopping by Kassalty’s, one of the oldest shops in Palm Beach. Definitely check out Antique Row, The Royal Poinciana Plaza, Callidus, Aerin, and Casa Gusto – all unique and pretty fabulous.


Fun Things To Do In Palm Beach 

Getting to take a look at a beautiful homes and gardens is always a fun thing for me as a garden and outdoor living designer when I travel.  The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum is top of the list – a 75-room, 100,000 square foot Gilded Age mansion.


Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach, Carmen Johnston Gardens

Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL

The Society of Four Arts is also a beautiful place to see.  We really enjoyed the gardens. And, a bike ride through the historic areas was also so fun.  Let the Palm Beach Bicycle Trail Shop hook you up.


Carmen Johnston Gardens Team, Palm Beach, FL

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Final HGTV Giveaway – Register For Pizza Oven

Supporting my role in the 2021 HGTV Smart Home in Naples, Florida, I’ve been giving away smart items I researched which you’ve seen in the home online or during the TV special!

Congrats to Carly Graf who won the Rise Garden and Amy Hutcherson who won a kayak!

Head to my Instagram for details on registering for a chance to win an Ooni pizza oven through June 11, which I selected for the home’s outdoor living area. On June 11 at 1 p.m. is the final HGTV Smart Home 2021 encore at 1 p.m. EDT. It was SO much fun filming with rock star interior designer Tiffany Brooks and everyone’s favorite DIY guy, Ty Pennington!

Finally, through June 11, 5 p.m. EDT, you’ll be able to enter online here 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! Click here to win and good luck!

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


What’s in Bloom: March Edition

Spring is approaching quickly and we are ready at Carmen Johnston Gardens. Check out what Carmen’s six favorite March blooms are!

Did you miss our last blog? We share the best winter tips to ensure a beautiful spring garden — check it out here.

Boxwood Shrubs, Carmen Johnston Gardens, Thomaston GA