BRAINSTORM SESSION: ANOTHER INTERIOR DESIGN DEGREE

From a 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 do a simple brainstorm session, especially 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 life daily, one of the most critical aspects of whom I am as an interior designer is put 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. If I took blogging out of the equation, and took 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 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, which I have firmly stayed true regardless of what is going on in my life.

  • Education

  • Love me unconditionally

  • Never sell out

  • Be 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

  • Reach beyond the stars, but if I choose to soar past the stars, then so be it.

But the most crucial aspect and the core of my life, and before anything or anyone, always keep God first. (I saved the Best for Last) :)

However, the question that I 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 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 realized then that 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 telling me, “You 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, which is below. And Yes, another degree: Interior Design, Bachelors of Science. Oh, and that is me being 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.

So, yes, my beyond-glamorous-styled pot of gold shined brightly 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 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

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! 

BEDROOM DESIGN: STATEMENT WALLS

Okay, first, let me start by addressing the fact that I am a crazed and deranged chick when it comes to statement walls. Regardless of what room a statement wall is displayed, they are so needed. In my case, the bedroom especially. However, when it comes to my bedroom, not just any statement wall will do. I need a dominant backdrop that will bring the entire space cohesively together. For me, the bedroom is considered my 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, or chasing after my two spoiled brats Stitch and Ace (Boston Terriers), whatever the case may be, it is all dropped and left outside. Once I close my bedroom door behind me and breathe, I relax and become at ease. My bedroom is my serene get-a-way space. When people say, the kitchen is the heart of the home; I cannot relate because for me, my bedroom is the heart of my home. Also, for all the people who know me, they will agree because cooking is not my passion. So yes, I am laughing hysterically right about now. He-he. . .

Check out the statement walls below. In asking hypothetically, 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? 

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

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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! 

DESIGN PROJECT: PHASE 1 - THE RESERVE AT LAKE KEOWEE

It is another beautiful day at KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio), and I must quickly add that I am all smiles as usual. So, here’s the scoop. I am currently involved with a design project that is exhausting most of my time in an extraordinarily good way. I have not had much time to 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 brings daily. The project that I am currently working on is a custom-built home, which is located at the beautiful Reserve at Lake Keowee in South Carolina. The homes throughout this community are enormous, detailed, amazingly designed, extremely beautiful and transcending.

Quick note: I was 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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With my involvement with the Lake Keowee project, I have had a blast selecting different materials and finishes and preparing for the exterior, which is turning out great by the way. 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 abundance of space throughout the home as well. I look back at when I first met this fantastic client, and how we discussed many different styles as far as the exterior as well as the interior of the home.

However, through all the changes that have taken place so far, I am flattered that I have implemented what the client had a little doubt as far as envisioning but were able to express in her own words. I took hold of her words, and in doing this, her vision is starting to evolve. And I must say, it is hilariously crazy because I am still patting myself on the back because being a good listener is an essential asset for a designer because it helps to make a client(s) vision for their home to become a reality. Even though there is still a lot to accomplish, as this is a massive design project, the client and I are delighted with the outcome so far.

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The client is admiring what has been accomplished since breaking-ground so far. I promised her that I would not capture her in the photo, but I could not resist. My client is beyond adorable.

I must say that there is nothing more important than giving a client exactly what they envision for their home. It is my job as an interior designer to make it become more than a reality. Even though there is still work to be completed on the exterior before designing the interior, 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. With that said, I always say, sometimes you have to break some design rules to give the client exactly what they want. 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!

These massive stones were retrieved while digging. There is talk about creating an Eco-friendly waterfall.

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Oh, and by the way, do you see my Interior Design Studio listed on the board? Yikes. . .I am always beyond grateful when my Interior Design Studio is displayed, and by the way,  I am also the Principal Interior Designer for this project!

All images are the original property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC. 

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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!