KCL-IDESIGN, LLC DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: CREATIVE SOUL

KCL-IDESIGN, LLC Philosophy: As a designer, I have many views when it comes to philosophy, but the one that I cherish the most is ‘Having a deep understanding that the not so beautiful objects or spaces can become reinvented by way of an individual with a creative soul’ – Kimberly C. Lyons

When it comes to reinventing furniture, my view on how to reinvent are unlimited, and once my creative juices start to flow, the possibilities are beyond endless. However, I never take my gift for granted, which is from the original and first designer himself – God. I do know and understand that he designed everything, and yes, I mean everything! I do thank him daily for giving me an unsurpassable gift that I continually use to not only transform spaces but to reinvent whatever comes in my path that needs a little love and tender care. Moreover, even though my job is primarily to create and design beautiful spaces, I do understand that the not so beautiful objects can be reinvented to show that regardless of time, which can bring drastic change, but also to acknowledge that the outward appearance can become renewed again.

‘Run-down, old, and unsightly furnishings or decorative objects that were once new, yes, the pieces that are often forgotten, I am always inspired and honored to reinvent’ – Kimberly C. Lyons

With that said, there is nothing like digging down in my creative soul to find a solution to a bland piece of furniture. So, when I came across this accent chair, which I know at some point was once sitting stylish and taking center stage somewhere, I became determined to do a complete face-lift. Also, from first sight, I felt that it was my duty to change the overall appearance. The transformation came by way of a subtle decorative coating and dominant fabric that would give way to a completely different look.

1. Yikes – I found the paint and fabric. It was so fun and exciting!

2. Dismantled and thoroughly cleaned

3. Re-tightened chair frame

4. Recovered worn-out seat

5. Transformation complete

Design Tip: Get creative when choosing the perfect paint color/finish. The Reinvented Accent Chair was a project done for The Habitat for Humanity Restore, and therefore I used a decorative coating that was mixed wrong from a local paint store and donated.

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Woo-hoo! My overall goal was to change all the characteristics of the chair and make sure that the contrast was subtle but gave way to a definite wow factor. I think I achieved what I set out to accomplish, and the result is beyond amazing!

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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.

KCL-IDESIGN, LLC DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: BOOKS MAKE A HOME

‘Books are versatile and therefore should be used as such’ - Kimberly

The people who know me will quickly clarify that I am a silly nerd chick who loves to read. So, when it comes to how I feel on specific design philosophy’s, especially when dealing with books, I must stand my ground because they do make a home. It is crazy because I honestly have more than enough to build a library. However, in this modern time where digital has taken over, I firmly believe that regardless of owning electronic devices or any apps that can store books, they will never replace how it feels to hold a book and turn the crisps pages.

Moreover, electronics can never be displayed beautifully or be aesthetically pleasing, and therefore, I make sure to include books throughout my surroundings because the effect their presence has within a room is beyond amazing! Also, when I am transforming living areas for clients, I always try to incorporate objects that make a home warm and inviting. I strongly recommend at least a few of these versatile beauties to be displayed because the possibilities of colors, textures, decorative spines, types of covers are unlimited as far as style.

It is impossible to include all the different details and designs that books possess. Their looks are ever-changing, and when used accordingly, they can give way to character, add interest, used as art (especially when displayed vertically), as well as become a focal point.

Design Tip: Good design is about displaying decorative accents uniquely, and this includes books.

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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.