A DESIGNER'S HEED: START EACH DAY WITH. . .

Good Morning World!

Did you start the day with a grateful heart?

We are all beyond blessed to be able to see another beautiful day. Regardless of what might be going on and may seem too big to handle – breath and take some time today and give thanks to our amazing God. He has given each one of us another fantastic opportunity to remember to start each day with a grateful heart.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founder and principal interior designer of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio). She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to be known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges that she is a rare breed, and enjoys splashing her signature touch throughout when designing.

However, she is incredibly obsessed with extremely bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and lives for going outside the box and breaking outdated design rules. The motivating words – I dare you – keeps her motivated and overcharged. Her passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is – designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Besides being a crazed football chick who is also addicted to chocolate, Kimberly is a global traveler who adores modernism and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

She lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.

DESIGN PROJECT: PHASE 4 - THE RESERVE AT LAKE KEOWEE

I always get overly excited when I am working on a design project that I consider complexed. As with this design project, which is indeed incredibly detailed, but it is designed specifically for the homeowner by a hired architect. The incredible part about this type of project is that everything from the exterior to the interior caters to the owner’s specifications. On the other hand, with a predesigned plan, the client would not be involved, or she would be constrained.  Also, the desired land was bought first by the client before the architectural project was in place. OMG, some of the features in this house are beyond amazing. Can I get an elevator at my home, please? With that said, my primary purpose on-site was to discuss the official color palette and do a walk-through with the client.

I did a quick look throughout the surroundings because this was my assurance that everything is up to par. As a designer, this has always been a top priority when other professionals are on-site because with multiple projects being worked on, keeping track of each one is essential. However, during the walk-through, I couldn’t help but admire the many features that I implemented throughout the different phases, and to see each displayed is on a whole other level. I mean, I was beyond googly-eyed. Seriously, I was genuinely googly-eyed! The client and I were able to find a quiet place to look over some color swatches. Also, we discussed other factors that will soon go into effect before the completion of the project. Both of us are beyond pleased with what we see and are looking forward to the final masterpiece.

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Moreover, every project that I tackle, as the principal designer, I truly enjoy. Each one gives way to individualized experiences that are genuinely beyond amazing! Furthermore, what makes this project so unique and special is the fact that I have been with the client from day one. There have been individuals who started with me on day one that is no longer around because of not giving the client what she envisions for her home. The main reason why I am still here is that it is always about the client and never the designer. As the principal designer, I have had significant input in how the exterior and interior look for this house.

Okay, and yes, I pat myself on the back because I listened carefully to my client. Her vision is about to become not only a reality but a beautiful reality as well. Until then, stay tuned!

The double-sided fireplace is seen on the 2nd and 3rd floors, but not on the 1st floor. It has cut-outs that will hold floating glass shelves with light beneath. The photo below is the fireplace on the opposite side.

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The decorative column will hold floating shelves as well with light beneath. Artifacts will be on display.

All interior doors will be painted to expose the circular detail, which will create an astonishing contrast.

The bathroom Suite has marble walls and flooring, along with other complementary tiles to create a subtle wow effect.

The other five bathrooms will have marble and complementary tile, as well.

IMAGES: Images taken by Kimberly C. Lyons and are the sole property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founder and principal interior designer of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio). She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to be known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges that she is a rare breed, and enjoys splashing her signature touch throughout when designing.

However, she is incredibly obsessed with extremely bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and lives for going outside the box and breaking outdated design rules. The motivating words – I dare you – keeps her motivated and overcharged. Her passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is – designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Besides being a crazed football chick who is also addicted to chocolate, Kimberly is a global traveler who adores modernism and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

She lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.

A DESIGNER'S STYLE: INTRIGUING INTRICATE DETAILS

INTERIOR DESIGNER: Kimberly C. Lyons

ENHANCED AREAS: Intriguing Intricate Details

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: My home's style says a lot about who I am, and therefore, the design is always an honest, authentic, and accurate reflection of who occupies the space.


When dealing with intriguing intricate details, regardless, they will be taken into consideration whether I am in the process of revamping a dated room, or about to start a new design project. Different factors will come into play as well, such as specific features, elements, characteristics, and even appeal. With that said, this is when intricate details come into play because, for me, they can become an essential part of the design process, which I prefer to incorporate from start to finish. I learned during the early stages of my design career, sometimes objects that are not so impressive or attractive can be the most intriguing and statement-making. Also, they tend to stand out and become the topic of conversation.

When I reminisce on several of my favorite trips like South Africa and Italy, this is where I have found incredibly eye-catching objects. They may not be as beautiful in the eyes of others, but is one of the main reasons why I lean more towards the ‘not so beautiful objects.’ I must say, they are indeed what I consider intricate details, and usually become the focus in my rooms. However, in my home, I like to create what I call ‘simplified wow factors.’ They are not your dominant or typical pieces, but they pack a powerful punch when it comes to adding the much-needed character and appeal.

Moreover, intriguing intricate details can be anything that creates an impressive wow factor. The photos below show different areas in my home. The details are not overpowering, but they make the perfect statement, which is a definite necessity when dealing with intriguing intricate details.

The interior walls have a drip technique effect using three decorative coatings, which creates a beautiful contrast with the Patina wall sconces. Yikes, talk about amazing details!

The lip art, which was hand-painted by me gives way to a textured look.

The interior wall itself is a specific intricate detail throughout the overall foyer.

Gold boot, which is a super cute umbrella stand, holds decorative umbrellas. They truly become handy on those rainy days.

This image was taken downward and captured the detailed rope that lines the wainscoting. It transcends throughout the dining room. Tassels are at the end of each opening to create a cohesive and finished look.

An over-sized buffet with carved intricate details displays the perfect knobs.

IMAGES: Images taken by Apollos Bow Photography and are the sole property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founder and principal interior designer of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio). She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to be known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges that she is a rare breed, and enjoys splashing her signature touch throughout when designing.

However, she is incredibly obsessed with extremely bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and lives for going outside the box and breaking outdated design rules. The motivating words – I dare you – keeps her motivated and overcharged. Her passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is – designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Besides being a crazed football chick who is also addicted to chocolate, Kimberly is a global traveler who adores modernism and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

She lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.