BRAINSTORM SESSION: ANOTHER INTERIOR DESIGN DEGREE

From a glance at my blog, one can see that there has not much activity for a while now. As an interior designer, occasionally, I will do a brainstorm session, especially when I need to make a life-changing decision that deals with either personal or business. I brainstorm because I prefer to make the right choice because I do not need a mistake that will waste my valuable time.

As a business owner, I have a lot to tackle daily, and one of the critical aspects of who I am as an interior designer is put by the waste-side, which is blogging.

I am human, and I do tend to get frustrated, but I do understand why I could not blog for an extended period. For instance, if I stopped blogging and looked at how my business and presence as a designer has grown, as well as how long I have been designing, I feel highly accomplished. Also, I asked myself, is what I have already achieved good enough for Kimberly A. Carter - Lyons?

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I would love to know where this image originated from because it reminds me of when I was a little girl. Raised as a beyond spoiled rotten brat, I look back as a small child, and even going into my adult years when my parents spoke highly about the essential aspects that should serve as a solid foundation throughout my life. I have firmly stayed true regardless of what is going on around my surroundings.

  • Education is highly significant, and no one can take it away.

  • When it comes to me, love myself unconditionally.

  • Never, ever sell out - PERIOD!

  • Become a leader and never a follower.

  • Never sacrifice my morals and values.

  • It is okay to dream, but make sure that it becomes a reality.

  • Stay original and authentic.

  • Reach beyond the stars, but if I choose to soar past the stars, then so be it because I will be closer to the most exceptional designer ever – God.

  • I saved the best for last, and before all people and things in this world. Always keep God first.

However, the question stated earlier, I struggled with it for a while and then along came a little bit of procrastination. Yes ma’am, procrastination. As I have said, even though I have been designing for years, I felt that there was not a need to reach higher with my education, and at other times I would ponder because my parents always spoke about how going back to school does not have a limit or time-frame. So, I do know and understand the importance of knowledge and how essential it is as an interior designer to continually achieve at a more significant level regardless of the credentials already accomplished. Moreover, about four-and-a-half years ago, I came to a complete halt in my life. I felt that it was mandatory to make another life-changing decision.

At that time, I didn’t post at all because I realized that it was not the appropriate time, but today it is because I have reached another milestone in my life. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow has indeed been a colorful blessing. I always felt the need to dig deeper into the world of commercial, hospitality, and global design. So, I decided to acquire another degree. It was not easy because I found a couple of reasons why I should ignore my thoughts, but at the same time, several reasons for not becoming comfortably content help me make an accurate decision. I will say that owning an interior design studio (projects, meetings, clients, deadlines, and all other aspects of the business), along with my personal life such as family, traveling, studying, abstract artist, exercise, finding some me time, and trying to balance everything out was no joke. It became a real-life struggle.

With my enduring dedication, strong will, determination, and my favorite word of all, perseverance, I was about to accomplish another milestone in my life. At times, I felt as if I was depriving myself of sleep, but for some reason through it all, I felt incredibly energized. I think my body was going in one direction as far as yelling – Slow down Girl – but my brain was telling me – You Got This – and I knew what the result would be once I got passed the silver-lining in the sky. It has been beyond crazy hard work but earning another degree for different areas of design has changed my life, business, and has put me on an entirely different level with my career.

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Here at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta is where I did my proud walk to receive another one of my blessed accomplishments – Interior Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts (MAGNA CUM LAUDE). Oh, and by the way, that is me being overly excited!

I officially walked June 18, 2018, and I must say that I am so beyond proud of myself for acquiring another degree. I walked with amazing people while earning a high GPA with honors. Also, I am a proud member of The National Technical Honor Society and Kappa Pi Honor Society because I am that nerd chick – YESSSSSSSS BABY!

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I now understand that there are too many facets of interior design to be stuck on one level. I am after my own heart because I love me some Kimberly C. Lyons! I have now opened another chapter in my life. God already had everything planned; I just needed to follow through and listen to my heart, which is what I did. I did just that, and now it is time to explore all my unlimited assets in the ever-changing world of interior design!

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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.