Finally, here is a rundown on what has transpired in my life and why I decided to take a long hiatus. As the principal interior designer and the founder of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC, it was time for a breather and a need for me to regroup. I gradually went through a transformation on how to prioritize my life along with my business. During this time, I had to re-evaluate and make several decisions that would require significant changes. Who I am as an interior designer did not change because regardless of what might have occurred during my transformation; I already knew without a shadow of a doubt that I am doing what I was meant to do, which is to design but also own an interior design studio. However, the challenge came more on how I was going to branch out as an interior designer, add different layers to my company’s brand, and elevate both without SCREAMING and throwing TEMPER TANTRUMS at the same time!

First, I brainstormed my butt off and jotted down every single thought that was attached to my brain, which included anything prolonged or unfinished, business strategies and goals, personal achievements, and personal goals, along with other factors. Next, I created defined lists, sorting through the positives and negatives, the most important to the least important, and so forth. In doing this, I was able to sift through and alleviate certain stumbling blocks that were not beneficial in both my personal and business life. I added elements that would eventually enhance on both a personal level and a business level. I was able to incorporate the necessary assets that I had been missing for a while in both areas, which was making the transitioning easier. Finally, during the midst of all it, I did some extensive traveling. I hopped on a plane and went to the Motherland. Yes, my darlings, I went all the way across the world and was greeted in Africa with open arms. I will eventually share more of my travels in future posts because each journey revealed different pieces of who I was, who I am now, and what is about to become new extraordinary pieces of whom I have grown to be throughout my adventures.

Africa was good for me, an eye-opener, and it was beyond amazing! I will never be able to express or describe my exact experience while in such a unique and beautiful country. However, I can try because at times it was breath-taking, powerful, transcending, tranquil, serene, I felt privileged, honored, loved, along with a million and one other feelings, situations, and occurrences, it was a life-changing experience. After arriving back home, which is South Carolina, my transformation was complete.

Now, I see my life as a unique and colorful puzzle with each bold piece firmly in place. Moreover, with that said, it is time for me to get back to expressing how I am overly obsessed with designing. 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 beyond amazing! 

This backless chaise lounge is a beauty. It’s sleek and glamorous. I not only had to sit on this sexy piece of furniture, but I had to get a picture as well. Oh, excuse me, I meant, I had to get a picture with every piece of furniture that I came across. I am so moving to South Africa!

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

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

Yes, pamper me please, and this is especially true when it deals with a dose of chocolate, along with a cozy robe.

The combination of black and white made a powerful statement throughout Nelson Mandela's Hotel. Each piece was the perfect complement to the other. White used as the backdrop and black added weight along with the necessary dramatic details. This setup is screaming WOW FACTOR!

Another great combination of decorative objects featuring black and white.

This chandelier is fabulous, stylish, and a definite statement piece.

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

So, while I was stuffing my face yet again, I looked up, and another fantastic decorative ceiling. I had to get a photo of this immense beauty.

Yikes, is this the end? I was starting to enjoy my trip all over again as I write about my experience. Make sure to check back to see future posts of more inspirational images from South Africa through the eyes of an interior designer.

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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!