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 probably will 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 fiberglass, porcelain on steel, acrylic, cast iron, solid-surface materials, cultured marble, ceramic, stone and wood, the choice to find the ultimate bathtub should be easy breezy!

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 C. Lyons

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 crisp 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 the decorative attributes 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.

ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL: INCORPORATING EXPOSED DUCT-WORK

When it comes to interiors, I will never be a fan of anything ordinary or the norm because I see it as dull or lacking interest. However, a detail that is far from the normal, and that is exposed duct-work. I remember when this was considered an eyesore, and a no-no as far as being seen. OMG – for me, it was love at first sight. I was impressed and blown away by the look. Whether residential or commercial, it has always been considered amazingly beautiful! With that said, this is the perfect focal point that can add personality, character, and create a unique wow factor.

It should not be unexposed behind walls and in crawl spaces. There are way too many smart and creative design solutions that can be done with such a great architectural detail when dealing with layouts to make it become a part of the overall interior. Also, exposed duct-work has become a significant part of interiors, and it does not only have to perform great, but it can also look aesthetically amazing! So, whether using copper or steel pipes to make a compelling statement or bold colored pipes to stand out in an interior, there are countless ways to make exposed duck-work super chic in any space.

Keep in mind: It does not matter if one is going for industrial, modern, contemporary, transitional, or another style, by adding what I always call the perfect architectural detail can make a world of difference within any space.

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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.