It is a beautiful day at KCL-IDESIGN, LLC, as usual. So, here’s the scoop. I am currently the principal interior designer over an extremely significant design project, which exhausts most of my time. Sometimes I can’t post, which gives me a sad face. However, my face quickly turns into a huge smile every time I realize the enjoyment and excitement this design project brings me.

Quick note: Introduced to the client at a trade show, hired on the spot, and the rest is history. Also, the images below were taken during the breaking ground phase.

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The project is a custom-built home, which is located at the beautiful Reserve at Lake Keowee in South Carolina. The houses throughout this community are enormous, detailed, amazingly designed, extremely beautiful, and transcending. With my involvement with the project, I have had a blast selecting different materials, finishes, and preparing for the exterior, which is turning out fantastic by the way. However, I am a little anxious because I cannot wait until Phase one is complete to see the stunning outcome. Moreover, I am eagerly waiting to dive in and splash my signature touch on the interior as well.

I look back on when I first met the client and how we discussed many different styles as far as the exterior and interior of the house.

With that said, through all the challenges, I am flattered to have implemented what the client doubted early on. She had a vision but was not able to express it clearly. I listened, took hold of her words, and in doing this, the masterpiece is starting to evolve. I find it amazing, and here is why? I continually pat myself on the back because being an excellent listener is an essential asset for a designer. It helps to make a client’s vision for their home a reality. There is still a lot to accomplish, as this is a massive project, the client and I are delighted with the outcome so far.

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The client is admiring the completed work since breaking-ground. I promised her that I would not capture her in any photos, but I could not resist. She is beyond adorable!

There is nothing more important than giving a client precisely what they envision. It does not matter if it is a revamp for one or two rooms, or a custom-built home, it is my job as a designer to make it become a reality. I have enjoyed seeing the growth of the project through the ups and downs that can come with any design project. There has been a lot going on during the first design phase, but the positives have outweighed the negatives. So, as I always say, sometimes you must break some design rules to give the client exactly what they want.

These massive stones were retrieved while digging. There is talk about creating an Eco-friendly fountain.

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For me, breaking design rules is not only about being creative, but it is also about going beyond the call of duty. It requires thinking outside of the box, which in my book, is what great design is all about!

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


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.