Updated: Apr 14, 2021
I discovered the E-Design Tribe one day scrolling my Instagram feed and, honestly, the platform has completely changed my business. Jenna, the E-Design Tribe Momma Bear, and her team are amazing, super helpful and create awesome design challenges for us that stretch our imaginations and get those creative juices flowing.
The 2021, Spring Render Challenge was all about creating a new "heart of the home", leaving the Kitchen behind and offering alternative spaces to gather and be together. We were asked to incorporate just two things - product from the Revel Woods Flooring Collection and The Plum Automatic Wine Dispenser.
There's a link at the bottom of this post if you'd like to check out some of the other entries and cast a vote for your favorite (Hint: It's this one).
Here's what I came up with! I love the idea of an all season, indoor / outdoor space flooded with natural light and views for days. It's a great place to, maybe go a little crazy and throw a super fun color on the walls. I went with soft, comfy furnishings in a neutral palette as to not take too much away from the scenery, some storage and amazing overhead lighting so you can easily spend evenings here as well.
Check out that great accent ceiling! I applied the Dream Peel and Stick Wallpaper from Hygge & West in Green to bring some whimsey patterning to a less expected place and I think it really payed off!
The Plum Integrated Wine Dispenser is tucked neatly away in the cabinetry - although something that flows wine freely really should be placed on a pedestal and worshiped nightly, if you ask me.
If you don't have cabinetry space available, Plum also produces a counter top dispenser that you can place anywhere - or everywhere! With two sperate cooling chambers you can keep a couple of bottles of your favorite vino, literally, on tap and ready to go for 90 days at the exact temperature recommended by the winemaker. If that's not enough, Plum also includes a Virtual Sommelier that "automatically identifies the vintage, varietal, region and winery, displaying the label on the touchscreen to create a virtual tasting room to explore." So not only is this appliance good looking with it's stainless steal housing and black trim, it's super smart to boot! Check it out!!
The hardwood flooring I went with is the Sagamore Floor from the American Skyways Collection, named for one of the most amazing feats of human engineering, American Bridges. I love the soft hue, the subtle variation and the low sheen finish on these Maple floors. They bridge the gap (...see what I did there...) between modern and traditional flooring in such a perfect way. The best part is that Revel Woods responsibly sources their flooring in North America and takes the extra step to vet suppliers to ensure that "their sourcing and manufacturing practices align with Revel's high standards." Every floor they offer is "handmade, premium quality, responsibly sourced, and deliberately selected for excellence." Revel Woods is really dedicated to, not only, their customer but to the environment as well. They know where every piece of lumber comes from and work hard to make certain all dyes used in the finishing process are non-toxic.
The rendering program The E-Design Tribe offers via Coohom is awesome. I mean, you can literally create a space in a matter of minutes. It has tons and tons of preloaded materials including flooring, tile, fabrics and wallcoverings. You can also find a huge selection of furniture options, lighting selections and home décor pieces, many of which you can edit to fit the size, color, finish or upholstery you need. There are lots of building materials available in the library too; doors, different windows, fireplace options and stairs. If you STILL can't find what you're looking for, you can easily upload models, patterns, colors and textures to create more exact renders. The options are the definition of "endless". I found the program super easy to use but if you run into trouble, The Tribe offers support for the rendering program via a community forum and a live monthly chat.
But wait! There's more!
You can sign up for all sorts of continuing education classes. Learn about a bunch of different topics from E Design 101 to marketing your business to creating a stream of passive income (a course I'm actually currently enrolled in), all to help you improve your business. You'll find classes for certifications, modeling and kitchen design and Revit and AutoCAD Integration courses. There are mentoring programs too in case you prefer some one on one help. I mean, this crew really covers it all so make sure you check it out because this is only the tip of the iceberg!
I had a really good time working on this challenge and the I can't say enough about The E-Design Tribe, Plum Wine or Revel Woods. Take some time and check them out by clicking on the logos below.
And, as always, if you need some help designing the new heart of your home, you know where to find me.