Happy Monday! Here goes to a quick rundown on what has been happening in my life as a principal interior designer and the founder of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC. As an interior designer, I went through a transformation on how to successfully prioritize my life along with my business. During my conversion, I had to re-evaluate and make some decisions as well as changes. Who I am as an interior designer did not change because out of everything, I already knew without a shadow of a doubt that I was born to be a designer as well as eventually own a design studio. However, the challenge came more on how I was going to branch out, add different layers, and elevate my overall brand.

As I was transforming, the transitioning was taking place as well. During it all, I did some extensive traveling around this big beautiful globe, which has taken me to some amazing places that I will never forget. I will eventually share my travels in future posts because each one became a part of me and whom I was becoming through my journey. I must add that during my extensive traveling, one place that helped me through my transformation, as well as my continued transitioning and completely changed my life forever and that was South Africa. OMG. . .   . . .there will never be exact words that can describe my experience while in South Africa. It was breath-taking, powerful, transcending, and a life-changing experience. However, when I finally arrived back home in South Carolina, I felt truly complete. There has been a complete overhaul, and I can say that I am now officially transformed and have transitioned completely and I am where I need to be.

I now see my life as a unique puzzle with each piece firmly in place. Moreover, with that said, it is time for me to get back to expressing how I am so overly obsessed with interior design. Oh, and by the way, I have included just a snippet of inspiration through the eyes of an interior designer while vacationing in South Africa. As stated, there will be more to come on my South Africa trip as well as my extensive travels around the globe in upcoming posts. In the meantime, I will end by saying, now that I am back to blogging, here goes to the start of something extraordinarily and amazing!

I just had to take a picture with this stylish piece of furniture. Oh, excuse me, I meant with every piece of furniture. I am so moving to South Africa!

While eating in a very stylish restaurant in South Africa, I had to capture this decorative ceiling. The camera did not precisely capture the real beauty of being in person, but regardless it was beyond amazing!

It was gloomy on this day. However, nothing could mess up my stay at Da Vinci Hotel and Suites located in Nelson Mandela Square.

Pampered with a dose of chocolate and a warm & cozy robe. 

The combination of black and white made a powerful statement throughout Nelson Mandela's Hotel. Each one was the perfect complement to the other. White as the backdrop and black added weight and the necessary dramatic details. Screaming wow factor! 

Another great combination of decorative objects featuring black and white.

Fabulous, stylish, wow factor, and drama!

This entrance was leading into the Da Vinci Hotel and Suites on Nelson Mandela Square. I would have been happy if I could have taken the beautiful chandelier with me :(

So, while I was stuffing my face yet again, I looked up, and all I could say was, where is my camera? I had to capture another beautiful ceiling. 

Yikes! Is this the end? I was starting to enjoy my trip all over again. Make sure to check back to see more inspirational images from South Africa through the eyes of an interior designer in upcoming posts.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Principal Interior Designer and founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Company), Kimberly has been slaying interiors since forever. She refuses to partake of what is known as ordinary when it comes to designing interior or exterior spaces. Kimberly already acknowledges that she is considered a rare breed when it comes to splashing her signature touch within a space. She loves designing fabulous interiors & exteriors. She is obsessed with super bold color, the phrase I dare you, and lives for going outside the box when creating a unique and powerful wow factor. Kimberly is definitely not afraid to break some major design rules!