INTERIOR INSPIRATION: HALLWAYS AND UNIQUE STATUES

Is the weekend over already? Geesh – it seems as if it was just Friday. Regardless, I am ready to grind. With that said, for the past couple of weeks, I have been preparing for an interior photo shoot scheduled for the 20th of this month. I am indeed beyond excited because this is not just any photo shoot. Finally, I get to share what I come home to every day. I get to show the personality of each room drowning with a mixture of different styles, unique decorative objects from my travels, patterns, textures, decorative coatings done in bold colors, and a host of other intricate details and elements that define a well-designed space.

However, this past weekend, I was rearranging some furniture, and I noticed that I must have a massive crush on statues. OMG, I didn't realize that I had so many, and how over-sized they are. For some reason, I especially like floor statues in hallways. They tend to add character, timeless appeal, and they can truly define the area. Buddhas are my favorite. I have several, and I think they are overly detailed and beyond beautiful. Moreover, sculptural pieces can be in any room, but when trying to figure out where to display boldly, don't take for granted a non-used area.

Hallways are sometimes abandoned and left bland because they are known more for passageways or maneuvering through to other areas. Go above and beyond and think outside the box and make a decorative statement.

Design Tip: When designing a space, make sure to include a statue. It is an absolute must-have. Whether placing atop a console table, positioned in a corner, or incorporated uniquely within a specific area, these types of details are what makes a room come alive. It is what creates a great atmosphere and gives way to a wow factor.

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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.

KITCHEN DESIGN: STATEMENT MAKING CEILINGS

Why are ceilings often under-appreciated as part of a home? One reason is that they are flat and white, which are often-times considered the norm. Ceiling design can vary from room to room, but remember, for some, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and therefore every inch of the space should stand out. The statement should create a harmonized vibe within the kitchen that transcends throughout the rest of the rooms. A beautifully detailed ceiling will not only change the atmosphere in a kitchen, but it will transform the entire space.

It does not take much to create a statement because a coat of paint can make a drastic change, which will complement the elements below. From structural as exposed beams, ornamental plaster, tile, glass, wood, the addition of a false ceiling, and not to mention a variety of the other decorative aspects such as a tray, cove, or a drop ceiling that can quickly transform an under-appreciated and bland ceiling. The possibilities are truly endless. However, remember that when addressing walls, don't forget to include the one above because it can add significant personality to any home.

Design Tip: Even if looking to incorporate color to open a kitchen area up, the main point to always keep in mind is that it is about making use of all walls, as already stated, this includes the ceiling as well.

Are you looking for some inspiration to take your kitchen to a new height? Well, check out these statement-making ceilings!

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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.

MORE IS ALWAYS BETTER: INCORPORATING ACCENT PILLOWS

Accent pillows are one of my many weaknesses when it comes to decorative accents, especially if it is over-the-top, OMG – this is where I become extremely excited! Therefore, I refuse to live without them tossed throughout my surroundings. I need them thrown everywhere, and I mean everywhere! And not to mention displaying a variety of different colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes, along with a mixture of textures, make it so overly exciting! With that said, since I am a casual modern chick, when you enter my home, throw those accent pillows wherever you please and have a seat and enjoy!

However, I am OCD, and since these stylish beauties can practically be anywhere, my OCD does not kick in, and I do not pitch a crazy HISSY fit. Besides, anything else would be considered inappropriately out of place. Moreover, when designing for clients, accent pillows are great for making an immediate statement, and their versatility is priceless. Also, I do suggest that more is always better when incorporating accent pillows because as stated, the mixture of different colors, patterns, shapes and sizes, and textures will make any space come alive as well as create a lovely focal point.

Design Tip: Understanding the fundamentals of mixing accent pillows is a definite must because clash is not cute, but I do like to see a touch of drama if the "clash" is unique!

The interiors below are displaying ‘more is always better’ when incorporating accent pillows.

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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.