LIVING ROOM DESIGN: CONTEMPORARY FIREPLACES

I am amazed at how I continue to get all googly-eyed every time I see a fireplace. I am especially googly-eyed when contemporary and modern styles are combined. To use design to create through extraordinary architectural details, it is beyond stunning. Also, to put the chocolate icing on the cake (yes – I like chocolate), when certain features are designed to fit perfectly in well-designed spaces, they tend to become the ultimate focal point. My friends usually laugh when I say that my kitchen is not the heart of my home, but my cozy, warm, and inviting living room with the massive fireplace sure is.

Oh, how I love architectural details. Yikes, I get all excited!

While being decorative and functional, statement-making and dominant, cozy and warm, fireplaces give way to enhancing a space on an entirely different level. They add character as well as create a unique vibe. So, whether traditional, modern, contemporary, farmhouse, transitional, or any other style, fireplaces make a room feel more than cozy and welcoming, they become a definite wow factor.

The possibilities are beyond endless when deciding to start fresh or updating an older structure. Choosing a style, size (large, medium, small or in between), finish or a specific kind such as open or closed, gas, wood burning, electric, corn or wood pellet, the options are limitless.

Are you looking to update? Check out some great inspiration below to get those creative juices flowing.

Design Tip: A fireplace and television should work together and not become a competition.

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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.

ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL: INTRICATE STAIRWAYS

I become fascinated every time I see anything about architecture. With modernism being my favorite, I am always interested in what will hit the market next. With that said, I have come to appreciate that within the realm of these impressive, massive, as well as dominant objects called structures, there are smaller architectural details that can be considered complex additions. When dealing with stairways, I prefer to use the word intricate because even though they are considered add-ons, I view them as a must-have enhancement within an interior. For me, they are visibly pleasing to my eyes.

Stairways can be designed in a variety of styles, sizes, shapes, finishes, materials, and so forth because the possibilities for comprising such complex forms is all about personal preference.

However, I am a bit extreme and over-the-top, and I am obsessed with objects that give way to an immediate wow factor. The design world is an ever-evolving environment, and there is no limit as far as design. Moreover, when it comes to deciding upon the perfect stairway, I can truly understand if one’s mind becomes blank. Do research and make sure that when focusing on a significant architectural detail such as this, the result is what you have envisioned for your home because once in place it will become the ultimate architectural detail.

Design Tip: The surrounding space within or around the stairway area should give way to either contrasting walls, unique decorative objects, and furnishings, as well as lighting, which will be the dominance behind lighting such a significant detail.

Safety Tip: When incorporating the perfect stairway within your home, all safety precautions should be in place.

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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.