Where to Go in Carmel, IN for Outdoor Living and Design Ideas

 Azia and Sierra from  Eclectic Kurves

Azia and Sierra from Eclectic Kurves

THE EVENT

The evening was centered around a Parisian theme and put on by Pickett & Associates, Strategic Public Relations. The whole event was to promote the annual 2018 Luxe Design show on February 9th and 10th, so this blog comes a little late but that’s why you gotta keep up with me on the socials! We received an info sheet when we arrived highlighting the mini-contests and the vendors involved. Randy from Surroundings by NatureWorks was absolutely pleasant to converse with, over his love of art, his passion for outdoor (or indoor) luxury living and how he came to this point. I always love talking to people living in their passion because it inspires me, but we’ll come back to him!

 Artisanal outdoor patio dining table arrangement in Surroundings.

Artisanal outdoor patio dining table arrangement in Surroundings.

 Window display for Outdoor Living in Surroundings, accented with yellow candies.

Window display for Outdoor Living in Surroundings, accented with yellow candies.

 Caramelized nuts for the event from Blu Moon Cafe.

Caramelized nuts for the event from Blu Moon Cafe.

There were plenty of good eats from Blu Moon Cafe, including veggie crudités and artisanal cheeses. If you know me, you know I’m alllll about the eats, and this company is top shelf.  There were also some dark wines and rosé. I also discovered that S.Pellegrino is carbonated water. Not. A. Fan. Although I did look further into it afterwards. Apparently it’s an Italian beverage that pairs with any meal (a theory I’m sure I won’t test) and they have a pretty dope blog. There was an infographic about the trending foods last summer in Los Angeles and New York City, which delightfully placed Asian cuisine at the top. I always appreciate extra info, and if you know me, I love almost all aspects of the Asian food culture.

 Hands down the best social gathering "walk, talk, and mingle" food. Vegetable crudités with fruit and crackers.

Hands down the best social gathering "walk, talk, and mingle" food. Vegetable crudités with fruit and crackers.

Kimberly and Randy Sorrell are a married creative duo with two different businesses. I think it’s amazing to be partnered with someone who understands the woes and wobbles of all the right brain activity. Kimberly is the owner of KASCollection, a designer of jewelry pieces big and small. She opened up about a little bit of her creative process with me, sharing how she lets the gems and stones talk to her after she purchases them. From what she described, the colors come first, and then the design. She gave away a beautiful necklace for a contest, which Sarah won!

 Kimberly Sorrell, owner of KASCollection

Kimberly Sorrell, owner of KASCollection

“I design [the jewelry] after I purchase the gemstones, not before.”
— Kimberly Sorrell, owner of KASCollection
 
 
 (picture used from Indiana Design Center)

(picture used from Indiana Design Center)

“You’re gonna make me cry,” he half-chuckles.
— Randy Sorrells, owner of Surroundings

Randy started outdoor design over 20 years ago and on top of owning Surroundings in the Indiana Design Center, he is also a painter! I asked him what painting he loved most.

“You’re gonna make me cry,” he half-chuckles.He smiled thinking of a piano he created for his daughter. “I made this--this big 2x4 foot painting of a piano, but it was just the keys along the bottom. And above it, you know the song--” he hums and sings a little of I’ll Stand By You, from The Pretenders. “It has the notes to that song above it.”

A love for your children like that, is absolutely one of the sweetest things I’ve ever heard. And it makes sense, because on their website they state how emotions interlope with their business.

“Emotion…we have learned, separates from the masses. Everything excels when we are able to connect with homeowners, learn your passions, your family and how you hope to use the space!”

Enjoy extras from the evening!

That's all for this event, folx! See ya next time! Don't forgot that sharing is caring, especially if you know someone looking to redo their homes. These are genuinely some of the nicest people I've ever met and their businesses reflect that! What's a talent you possess that no one would guess?