BRAINSTORM SESSION: ANOTHER INTERIOR DESIGN DEGREE

From a glance at my blog, one can see that there has not been any 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.

With so much going on in my life daily, one of the most 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 interior design studio 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 in 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.

• 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 and authentic.

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

However, 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 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 running an interior design studio (projects, meetings, clients, deadlines, and all other aspects of business), along with my personal life such as family, traveling, studying, abstract artist, finding ‘me time’ and trying to balance everything out was 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 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 as an interior designer.

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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 – YES 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 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.

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.