MY LONG HIATUS: TRANSCENDING IN SOUTH AFRICA


Finally, here is a rundown on what has transpired in my life and why I decided to take a long hiatus. As the principal interior designer and the founder of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC, I needed a moment to breathe and regroup. During this time, I did a thorough transformation while prioritizing my life and business. I had to re-evaluate and make responsible decisions that would require significant changes. Who I am as an interior designer did not change because I already knew without a shadow of a doubt that I am doing what I was meant to do, which is to be an over-the-top and crazy interior designer, but to own an interior design studio as well.

However, the challenge came more on how I was going to branch out as an interior designer, add different layers to my company's brand, and elevate both without SCREAMING and throwing TEMPER TANTRUMS at the same time! First, I brainstormed and jotted down every single thought that was running through my brain, which included anything prolonged or unfinished, business strategies and goals, personal achievements, and personal goals, along with other factors.

Next, I created defined lists, sorting through the positives and negatives, the most important to the least important, and so forth. In doing this, I was able to sift through and alleviate individual stumbling blocks that were not beneficial in both my personal and business life. Also, I added elements that would enhance both levels. Then I was able to incorporate the necessary assets that had been missing for a while in each area, which was making the transitioning easier. Finally, during the midst of it all, I did some extensive traveling. OMG, I hopped on a plane and went to the Motherland. I went all the way across the world, and Africa greeted me with open arms.

This backless chaise lounge is a beauty. It's sleek and glamorous. I not only had to sit on this sexy piece of furniture, but I had to get a picture as well. Oh, excuse me, I meant – I had to get a picture with every piece of furniture that I came across. I am so moving to South Africa!

While eating in a stylish restaurant, I had to get a photo of this decorative ceiling. The camera did not precisely reveal the real beauty as in person, but regardless, it was beyond amazing!

It was gloomy outside on this day. However, nothing could mess up my stay at the Da Vinci Hotel and Suites located in Nelson Mandela Square.

Yes, pamper me please, and this is especially true when it deals with a dose of chocolate, along with a cozy robe.

The classic combination of black and white made a powerful statement throughout Nelson Mandela's Hotel. Each piece was the perfect complement to the other.

Here is another great combination of decorative objects featuring black and white.

This chandelier is fabulous, stylish, and a definite statement piece.

This entrance leads into the Da Vinci Hotel and Suites in Nelson Mandela Square. I would have been happy if I could have taken the gorgeous chandelier with me :(

So, while I was stuffing my face yet again, I looked up, and another fantastic decorative ceiling. I had to get a photo of this immense beauty.

Yikes, is this the end? I was starting to enjoy my trip all over again!

Africa was right for me, an eye-opener, and it was beyond amazing! I will never be able to express or describe my exact experience while in such a beautiful country. However, I can try because at times it was breath-taking, compelling, transcending, tranquil, serene, I felt privileged, honored, loved, along with a million and one other feelings, situations, and occurrences. It was a definite life-changer. After arriving back home in South Carolina, my transformation was complete.

Now, I see my life as an intricate puzzle with each bold piece firmly in place. Moreover, with that said, it is time for me to get back to expressing how I am overly obsessed with designing. Oh, and by the way, even though I have included just a snippet of inspiration through the eyes of an interior designer while vacationing in South Africa, there will be more to come on my extensive travels around the globe in upcoming posts. In the meantime, I will end by saying, now that I am back to blogging, here goes to the start of something extraordinarily and beyond amazing!

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

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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.