BRAINSTORM SESSION: ANOTHER INTERIOR DESIGN DEGREE

From a quick glance at my blog, it clearly shows that there has not been any activity for a while now. As an Interior Designer, every once in a while I have my own brainstorm session when I need to make an essential decision that deals with my life on a personal or business level. I always brainstorm because I prefer to make the right choice, then deal with a mistake that will waste my valuable time. With so much going on in my daily life, one of the most critical aspects of whom I am as an interior designer is thrown by the waste-side, which is blogging. I’m human, and I do tend to get frustrated, but I do understand why I could not blog for an extended period of time. If I took blogging out of the equation, and take a look at my interior design studio, as well as how long I have been designing, I feel accomplished with my life. Moreover, I asked myself, is what I have already achieved good enough for Kimberly?

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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 spoiled rotten brat, I look back as a small child and even going into my adult years, my parents spoke highly about the essential aspects that should serve as a solid foundation throughout my life, which I have firmly stayed true to this day.

  • Education

  • Love myself unconditionally

  • Never sell out

  • Be a leader and never a follower

  • Never sacrifice my morals and values

  • Turn my dreams into reality

  • Stay original

  • Reach beyond the stars, but the most important before anything or anyone, put and keep God first.

However, I struggled with this question for a while and along came a little bit of procrastination. Yes, procrastination. As I have stated, 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 education 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 while I was at a particular phase in my life, I felt that it was mandatory to make a life-changing decision. At that time, I didn’t post about it because I realize it was not the appropriate time, but today it is because I reached another milestone in my life, and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow has indeed been a 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 running an interior design studio (projects, meetings, clients, deadlines, and all other aspects of business), along with my personal life such as family, traveling national and international, studying, abstract artist, finding me time and trying to balance everything out is no joke. It became a real-life struggle. However, with dedication, a strong will, determination to succeed, and my favorite word of all, perseverance, I was about to accomplish yet 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 like, “I got this,” and I knew what the result would be once I get 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 also has put me on an entirely different level as a designer.

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Here at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta is where I did my sexy proud walk to receive another one of my blessed accomplishments below.

Another degree: Interior Design, Bachelors of Science

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Yes, it’s me, and I am overly excited!

I officially walked in June of this year, which was June 18, 2018, and I must say that I am so beyond proud of myself for achieving another degree, along with walking with amazing people, and also earning a high GPA with honors (Magna Cum Laude). Moreover, I am proud to be a member of The National Technical Honor Society and Kappa Pi Honor Society because I am that nerd chick – yes, baby!

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Look at me in the middle. Yelp, that’s me. I met these two amazing ladies at my graduation. I love meeting people.

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So, yes, my beyond-glamorous-styled pot of gold shined bright at the end of my bold and beautiful rainbow.

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 me. I have now opened another chapter in my life that will never close because designing will be my passion, as well as a part of my life forever. God already had everything planned; I 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

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!