STYLE GUIDE: FEATURING INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

When I hear conversations on how industrial design has become popular in the past couple of years or so, there is no need to waste my energy to explain how I feel. Whoever uttered such a topic, probably had a fear of not being able to grasp such a unique style when it officially arrived. However, it is okay because sometimes it takes some much longer than others to process and see certain things for what they truly represent. On the other hand – OMG; I was like – I want, I want, I want, I love, I love, and I love – just like a kid in a toy store. The impact that I felt as far as the overall style and look, it was beyond transcending. With the characteristics of old-world charm and sleekness, it reminds me of my favorite style, which is modern.

As a designer, I choose not to base the industrial look only on lofts with over-sized open windows, exposed brick, and duck work because even without the most dominant intricate details such as these, any room can have a dose of this unique style. With that said, when choosing the perfect color palette, industrial design is not only about using neutrals. Remember, great design is about going outside the box, and personally, as a chick who loves going to the extreme, I would opt for a dominant color or two for the interior walls, and use a combination of semi-dominant colors, such as yellows, blues, and a splash of purple for specific objects within the room.

I adore the openness, mixture of wood and metal furniture, and industrial accessories, which can help to create the feel of a turn-of-the-century factory. OMG, and there is nothing like featuring the perfect lighting with Edison bulbs – these are a definite must-have to incorporate when adding the ideal details for the industrial look.

Design Tip: Distressed leather, vintage photographs, along with anything that looks from that period will work because after all, it is always about creating an industrial style of your own.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founder and principal interior designer of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio). She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to be known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges that she is a rare breed, and enjoys splashing her signature touch throughout when designing.

However, she is incredibly obsessed with extremely bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and lives for going outside the box and breaking outdated design rules. The motivating words – I dare you – keeps her motivated and overcharged. Her 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!

Besides being a crazed football chick who is also addicted to chocolate, Kimberly is a global traveler who adores modernism and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

She lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.

INTERIOR INSPIRATION: DOMINANT INTERIOR DOORS

When it comes to addressing the interior of a home, sometimes the most important aspects can be thrown by the waste side and forgotten. I always take notice of pre-existing details, such as interior doors. They are considered an essential asset for me. The word dominant itself means – most important, powerful, or influential. Besides, when designing, it is my job to make sure that certain features become visible within or around existing spaces.

However, with interior doors being a vital element to a structure, why not make them become an intricate detail? In doing this, they will be more than just part of the interior but will add ample character, along with timeless appeal throughout the interior. A bonus, if chosen correctly they can impact a home’s overall style. Moreover, I prefer my interior doors to reflect the overall design within proximity to them because it creates an aesthetically pleasing, and harmonious flow.

With that said, the possibilities are endless when dealing with style, texture, size, materials, or finish. Also, regardless of where an interior door leads within a home, their presence alone can add ample personality and style. The bottom line, whether building, remodeling or looking to change up the look of a room, remember, interior doors are more than just part of a house, they are the ultimate enhancement to any well-designed home.

Design Tip: So, whether going with a sliding, pocket, folding, flush, barn, panel, French, Dutch or a blind door, regardless, the goal is to make sure that it becomes a part of the overall interior in which it resides.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founder and principal interior designer of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio). She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to be known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges that she is a rare breed, and enjoys splashing her signature touch throughout when designing.

However, she is incredibly obsessed with extremely bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and lives for going outside the box and breaking outdated design rules. The motivating words – I dare you – keeps her motivated and overcharged. Her 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!

Besides being a crazed football chick who is also addicted to chocolate, Kimberly is a global traveler who adores modernism and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

She lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.

BATHROOM DESIGN: THE ULTIMATE BATHTUB

Is it me or are bathtubs sexier than ever? Every time I see a unique one that hits the market, I want to switch out. Even as a youngster until now, I prefer a good soak before my bath, which consists of super-hot water loaded with a combination of gigantic bubbles with Philosophy Caramel Candies and Butterscotch Candy, Ahava Mineral Sea Salt, and my favorite Victoria’s Secret body wash, Red Plum & Freesia. My relaxation tool is my Gold Beats Solo³ Wireless by Dre, and when I turn them on, the first song playing is probably going to be Trey Songz – Chi Chi (feat. Chris Brown). So, I inhale–exhale and block the world entirely out.

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With that said, I know for me, after a long day, which can include an agenda that never ends, my bathroom becomes my place of serenity. It is my get-a-way retreat that helps me to regroup. So, combining a stylish look and the possibilities of having a personal in-home spa with the ultimate bathtub is well within reach. Moreover, when dealing with clients, I make sure that they understand their options, along with specific therapeutic necessities that will benefit more on a personal level. Also, when it comes to getting in and out of these beautiful beauties – functionality is vital.

Designer Tip: If you prefer a warm and soothing bath with Micro-bubbles, which detoxifies the overall body, or a powerful deep-penetrating massage of combined air and water, there are unlimited options on the market.

Whether deciding from fiberglass, porcelain on steel, acrylic, cast iron, solid-surface materials, cultured marble, ceramic, stone, or wood – the choice to find the ultimate bathtub should be easy breezy!

Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founder and principal interior designer of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio). She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to be known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges that she is a rare breed, and enjoys splashing her signature touch throughout when designing.

However, she is incredibly obsessed with extremely bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and lives for going outside the box and breaking outdated design rules. The motivating words – I dare you – keeps her motivated and overcharged. Her 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!

Besides being a crazed football chick who is also addicted to chocolate, Kimberly is a global traveler who adores modernism and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

She lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.