KCL-IDESIGN, LLC Design Philosophy: As a designer, I have many views when it comes to a design philosophy, but the one that I cherish the most is – ‘Having a deep understanding that the not so beautiful objects or spaces can become reinvented by way of an individual with a creative soul’ – Kimberly C. Lyons.

When it comes to reinventing furniture, my view on how to reinvent are unlimited, and once my creative juices start to flow, the possibilities are beyond endless. However, I never take my gift for granted, which is from the original and first designer himself – God. I do know and understand that he designed everything, and yes, I mean everything! I do thank him daily for giving me an unsurpassable gift that I continually use to not only transform spaces but to reinvent whatever comes in my path that needs a little love and tender care. Moreover, even though my job is primarily to create and design beautiful spaces, I do understand that the not so beautiful objects can be reinvented to show that regardless of time, which can bring drastic change, but also to acknowledge that the outward appearance can become renewed again.

‘Run-down, old, and unsightly furnishings or decorative objects that were once new, yes, the forgotten pieces, I am always inspired and honored to reinvent’ – Kimberly C. Lyons.

So, when I came across this accent chair, which I know at some point was once sitting stylish and taking center stage somewhere, I became determined to do a complete face-lift. Also, from the first sight, I felt that it was my duty to change the overall appearance. The transformation came by way of a pale decorative coating and dominant fabric that would give a completely different look.

1. Yikes – I found the paint and fabric. It was so fun and exciting!

2. Dismantled and thoroughly cleaned

3. Re-tightened chair frame

4. Recovered worn-out seat

5. Transformation complete

Design Tip: Get creative when choosing the perfect paint color (finish). The Reinvented Accent Chair was a project done for The Habitat for Humanity Restore, and therefore, I used a decorative coating that was mixed wrong from a local paint store and donated.

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Woo-hoo! My goal was to change the characteristics of the chair and create a subtle contrast that would still have a wow factor. I think I achieved what I set out to accomplish, and the result is beyond amazing!

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


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.