BEDROOM DESIGN: STYLISH STATEMENT WALLS

Okay, first, let me start by saying that I am an overly obsessed chick when it comes to a statement wall. Regardless of where it is displayed, it can create the perfect backdrop. However, when it comes to a bedroom, not just any statement wall will do. For me, the bedroom is considered the ultimate sanctuary. Once I open the door, everything that has weighed me down throughout the day such as hectic meetings, long day with clients, finishing up never-ending paperwork, photo-shoots or chasing after my two spoiled brats Stitch and Ace (Boston Terriers), whatever the case may be, it is all dropped and left on the outside. 

Moreover, once the door closes behind me, I breathe, relax and become at ease. I also tend to smile because this is what great design will do. Especially, when there is an immediate attention grabber such as a statement wall. Bedrooms should be a serene get-a-way space, and they should capture the exact style of the occupants. Incorporating a unique statement wall that will accent and complement the other elements within the room, as well as bring the overall design scheme together cohesively will give way to a well-designed interior.  

Design Tip: Also, remember a statement wall can be whatever your heart desire. So, get crazy creative with it!

As an interior designer, and hypothetically asking, if today is the day to make a change and add a statement wall in your bedroom, what would you incorporate to bring your space together cohesively?

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio), and the Principal Designer. She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to partake of what is known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges, that she is recognized as a rare breed while splashing her signature touch when designing, which is considered extremely fun and exciting! However, besides being incredibly obsessed with extreme bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and the motivating phrase – “I dare you,” this overcharged and crazed interior designer lives for going outside the box and is not afraid to break irrelevant design rules. Her extraordinary obsessed 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!

Kimberly is addicted to chocolate, obsessed shopaholic, laughs hysterically just because, global traveler, football-crazed chick, head-over-heels in love with modernism, and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

Lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.

DESIGN PROJECT: PHASE 1 - THE RESERVE AT LAKE KEOWEE

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 gigantic smile every time I realize the enjoyment and excitement this design project has brought to 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 though because I cannot wait until Phase 1 is complete to see the stunning outcome. Moreover, I am eagerly waiting to dive in and splash my signature touch on the interior. 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 and changes that have taken place so far, I am flattered to have implemented what the client doubted in the beginning. She had the vision but was not able to express in words. I listened, took hold of her words, and in doing this, her idea is starting to evolve. It is hilariously crazy because I still pat myself on the back because being an excellent listener is an essential asset for a designer because it helps to make a client’s vision for their home a reality. Even though 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 exactly what they envision. It does not matter if it is a room revamp, custom-built home, or designing every room in a house; it is my job as a designer to make it become a reality. So far, I have enjoyed seeing the growth of the project through the ups and downs that can come with any design project, as well as with the different transformations that can take place to get to another phase. 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 design duty. It requires thinking outside of the box, which in my book makes for great design!

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

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio), and the Principal Designer. She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to partake of what is known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges, that she is recognized as a rare breed while splashing her signature touch when designing, which is considered extremely fun and exciting! However, besides being incredibly obsessed with extreme bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and the motivating phrase – “I dare you,” this overcharged and crazed interior designer lives for going outside the box and is not afraid to break irrelevant design rules. Her extraordinary obsessed 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!

Kimberly is addicted to chocolate, obsessed shopaholic, laughs hysterically just because, global traveler, football-crazed chick, head-over-heels in love with modernism, and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

Lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.

KITCHEN DESIGN: STATEMENT CEILINGS

Why are ceilings often under-appreciated as part of a home? One reason is that they are flat and white, which are often-times considered the norm. Ceiling design can vary from room to room, but remember, for some, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and therefore every inch of the space should stand out. The statement should create a harmonized vibe within the kitchen that transcends throughout the rest of the rooms. A beautifully detailed ceiling will not only change the atmosphere in a kitchen, but it will transform the entire space.

It does not take much to create a statement because a coat of paint can make a drastic change, which will complement the elements below. From structural as exposed beams, ornamental plaster, tile, glass, wood, the addition of a false ceiling, and not to mention a variety of the other decorative aspects such as a tray, cove, or a drop ceiling that can quickly transform an under-appreciated and bland ceiling. The possibilities are truly endless. However, remember that when addressing walls, don't forget to include the one above because it can add significant personality to any home.

Design Tip: Even if looking to incorporate color to open a kitchen area up, the main point to always keep in mind is that it is about making use of all walls, as already stated, this includes the ceiling as well.

Are you looking for some inspiration to take your kitchen to a new height? Well, check out these statement-making ceilings!

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio), and the Principal Designer. She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to partake of what is known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges, that she is recognized as a rare breed while splashing her signature touch when designing, which is considered extremely fun and exciting! However, besides being incredibly obsessed with extreme bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and the motivating phrase – “I dare you,” this overcharged and crazed interior designer lives for going outside the box and is not afraid to break irrelevant design rules. Her extraordinary obsessed 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!

Kimberly is addicted to chocolate, obsessed shopaholic, laughs hysterically just because, global traveler, football-crazed chick, head-over-heels in love with modernism, and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

Lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.