TTEOAD: JAMAICA IS ONE LOVE

THROUGH THE EYES OF A DESIGNER. . .

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I fell in love with Jamaica when I visited. Yes, I sure did. When I took my first trip to this fantastic Caribbean island nation, I decided that life is way too short, and there is so much more to see other than the place I usually call home. I can happily say that Jamaica became home, which is known for adding people to their family of 'one love.' Their motto, 'Out of Many, One People' is a true statement. I truly experienced this first-hand because the overall culture and spirit of their hospitality, humbleness, smiling faces, along with their friendliness, spoke in volumes.

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These guys were terrific during one of my tours. If I could, I would listen to them talk all day.

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We were all excited on this tour. We were going to Bob Marley's home, but as you can see, I have my eyes on the driver who is swinging around some high cliffs. If I didn't know any better, I thought I was on a roller coaster at Six Flags – Geesh!

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The island is bursting with color, which could be seen by the architecture, towering mountain cliffs, beautiful tropical jungles, original artwork – primarily through Graffiti, and a sea that is the perfection of sky blue. No one should ignore the talent that has come from Jamaica throughout the centuries, even to this day. However, the artistic skill varies by styles, techniques, but the overall solid foundation of unique talents throughout Jamaica give way to their colors, which are influenced by Africa, Europe, and America.

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I can't leave out all the friendly people I met, the cuisine, music, and dance! Yikes, at one point, I thought I shook my hip out of place.

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Yes, of course, I had to give the chief my undivided attention while he is preparing my meal.

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The most memorable moment was spending time at Bob Marley's Home. The experience to see his childhood bedroom and sit on his bed – OMG, beyond amazing! To tour his estate brought a sense of anger and happiness. The opportunity to relive, as well as see and hear the truth about his life, it was transcending. At the end of the Bob Marley Tour, I walked away smiling, feeling happy and renewed. He was a great man with a heart and soul for doing what was right.

'Through extensive traveling, I have learned that it is a necessary asset for my Body, my Mind, my Heart, and my Soul '– Kimberly

IMAGES: Photos taken by Kimberly C. Lyons are the sole property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC.

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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.