• There’s No Place Like the Kitchen for the Holidays

  • Randy Sorrell and Bill Bernard’s column originally appeared in the Dec. 10, 2019 issue of  Current in Carmel

    Holidays and special events bring families and friends together like no other time of the year.  Kitchen counters become the backbone of gathering spaces as veggies are chopped, charcuterie trays created and wine bottles celebrated.

    This modern kitchen, while not our installation, was brilliantly designed by Adam Gibson, a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Deigner here in the Indiana Design Center (which is open to the public). The building is famous for strategic collaborations, as Adam achieved here with Jack Laurie Gallerie for the rich flooring pictured. We, at Surroudings by Natureworks are thrilled to work with each of them.


    There’s something alluring about an island countertop wrapping vertically to the floor — referred to as a waterfall edge. In vogue for a decade and certainly for years to come, they are best employed when using magnificent natural stone or stylishly engineered quartz. The matching grain continued on a 90° angle is stunning!


    Removing walls to create your dream kitchen often generates storage issues. The advent of open floor plans has prompted creative problem solving. Enter peg system drawers for storing plates and bowls along with lighted interiors so we don’t peer into dark recesses.

    Speaking of lighting, let’s use toe kick lighting to show off the beautiful new floor from the Jack Laurie Gallery. Not only does it make the cabinets appear to float, it’s a safety feature and can be used as a nightlight. And don’t forget to light under wall cabinets, above soffits, and shelves too.

    At Surroundings by Natureworks, we specialize in soluntioneering with our clients and look forward to collaborating with our neighbors in the Indiana Design Center. We understand that while some projects require a complete overhaul, other times we can work with existing materials and still bring a fresh look and feel. For more even inspiration, check out our portfolio, follow us on Pinterest or stop by the Indiana Design Center.