THROUGH THE EYES OF A DESIGNER: NEW ORLEANS STYLE

Okay, so I am a traveling chick reminiscing about a past trip. Being a global traveler that I am, I decided to take one of my typical Girls Trip to New Orleans, which was in 2015. However, it was my first time exploring this fantastic city, and I must admit that I had a super great time! With that said, whether I am traveling with my girls, business purposes or whatever the case may be, I am going to take a ton of pictures. As a designer, I understand and acknowledge that inspiration is available to me wherever I go. I not only pay attention to the beauty that usually surrounds me, but I pay attention to the not so attractive objects as well because sometimes beauty can be found there as well. Also, I make sure that I capture what I cannot physically touch, such as the fantastic sky!

New Orleans, which is a Louisiana city, is known for its energetic nightlife, live-music scene, out of this world cuisine, which is from a history dealing with a variety of cultures such as French, African, and American. Oh, and I can’t leave out The Mardi Gras, street parties, along with costumed parades, and OMG, the list can go on for miles. I enjoyed the bold and colorful architecture, eye-catching court-yards, and lighting galleries, along with the unlimited intricate details that come with every inch of this extraordinary and captivating place. Moreover, I am so happy because I was able to capture some fantastic pictures, and even when I look back at them now, I relive my trip all over again.

New Orleans architecture can range from Creole Cottages (1790-1850), American (1820-1850) and Creole Townhouses (1788-mid-1800s), Raised Center-Hall Cottages (1803-1870), Shotgun Houses (1850-1910), Double-Gallery Houses (1820-1850), and more. I was so flabbergasted with the American and Creole Townhouses.

Amazing lighting gallery.

Courtyards are everywhere in New Orleans.

Yes, I was relaxing on-board the Natchez, and admiring the view.

I had a blast on Bourbon Street, but what happens in New Orleans, stays in New Orleans.

I will never be able to say enough about 'The Crescent City’ or 'The Big Easy' known as New Orleans. Oh, and by the way, I will be there again in July for The Essence Festival 2019, which is around the corner. I am incredibly excited knowing that I will be back in this unforgettable city yet again!

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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.

THROUGH THE EYES OF A DESIGNER: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

As a designer, much of my inspiration comes from a variety of different aspects of my life. One of those aspects is my passion for traveling, which I prefer to do internationally, but when I am not out of the country, I make sure that I enjoy my travels wherever I visit. With that said, several months ago, I decided to take a trip that would not only become an inspiration but a conscious experience as well. This trip is known as MLK50. It unravels the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and it details every aspect of his life’s story, challenging history, as well as leading up to his fatal death.

I was beyond inspired that I had an opportunity to learn what transpired throughout his life, but I felt hurt, relieved, pissed, shocked, disturbed, and a million and one other emotions all at the same time. Even though there was so much information that I had to absorb, it was well worth every moment of my time in Memphis, TN because finally, the different pieces of his life are now in the correct order.

However, unraveling the truth, years of covered lies and hidden mysteries, along with seeing the actual evidence displayed in a museum, this revealed a solid fact that the world has some very evil individuals. I am not shocked, but it is a shame and sad that some people in the world are hiding behind a giant facade that continues to circle the globe with such distributing and unjustly hatred. Moreover, with my eagerness to learn and discover accurate knowledge, I managed to put my feeling aside, and dive deep into learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Furthermore, during my visit, I toured the Stax Museum, which was crazy amazing to see the life story of people such as Ike and Tina, Isaac Hayes, and many more. I toured The National Civil Rights Museum, did what is called The Heritage Tour, and visited the Lorraine Motel (location of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr). From the day he was born (January 15, 1929, Atlanta, GA until his death: April 4, 1968, St. Joseph's Hospital, Memphis), the questions that I had pondered for years were answered. Even though the tragedy behind his life became a reality to me during my trip, I finally could remove the question mark from a Historical Chapter in History.

Below: Photos from MLK50.

P-1: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached his last sermon at the Mason Temple, the World Headquarters of the Church of God in Christ in Memphis on April 3rd, 1968. He gave his fantastic speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” and I had the privilege to sit, breathe, and smile within a Historical Atmosphere.

P-2: Lorraine Motel where the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took place, which was on April 4, 1968.

P-3 and 4: Stax Museum where memorabilia feature Superstars such as IKE & TINA and Isaac Hayes.

After taking in an enormous amount of history during my stay in Memphis, TN, my last day was slowly approaching. So, the evening was spent on Beale Street taking in the sites, massive crowds, and to savor my last and final meal, which was at Blues City Cafe - OMG, the food was beyond fantastic!

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.