A DESIGNER'S STYLE: CALMING AND SERENE STAIRWAY

INTERIOR DESIGNER: Kimberly C. Lyons

ENHANCED AREA: Stairway

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: My home’s style says a lot about who I am, and therefore, the design is always an honest and accurate reflection of who occupies the space.


When it comes to using subtle, intricate details to make a dominant statement, OMG – I am all game! I mean, I am a chick who appreciates and admires aesthetically pleasing interiors. So, standing afar to catch a view of my well-designed rooms is a bonus. With that said, it does not matter which living area that I am walking towards; a beautiful view is always transcending. However, I must reveal one of my favorite morning rituals before I hop out of bed. I admit, sometimes I might be a little lazy on the weekend. If I decide to stay snuggly wuggly in bed a tad bit longer than usual, I get to enjoy the fantastic view of my stairway from my bedroom. Yikes, I find myself realizing the smile on my face is crazy big!

Moreover, when I emphasize that a home should have objects that bring happiness, this is a perfect example of why I wake up and smile because the view of my unique Buddha heads leading down my stairway makes me extremely happy!

Before building our house, I knew without a shadow of a doubt that there was going to be a stairway because I am obsessed with stairs. I have always been fascinated with structures that feature architectural details. Also, I knew that when I decided to design the space – it had to reflect who I am and objects that define my style. I took into consideration that I would be up and down a lot. Therefore, when it came to the interior wall, which is tall as far as height, I knew that I was going to do something over-the-top and time-consuming. So, I decided to incorporate three different paint colors. I made sure that some of the paint continually dripped and dried in place. I call it my signature drip technique. I enjoyed seeing the decorative coatings intertwine to create something unique. I must say that it turned out amazingly beautiful!

When designing this small area, it did not require a lot. I needed to make sure there was enough character, and it had to become a significant part of my overall home. When I take my stroll either up, down, or just standing at the top or bottom, I get a chance to see the different elements that make this area calm and serene. Most of all, I see a reflection of myself, Kimberly – a designer’s style.

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Photo 1: Wall features a decorative coating, which consists of 3 colors. The handrail has the same texture as the wall. The over-sized Buddha heads are in place to create drama with extra detail beneath from simple circular decorative object.

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Photo 3: The banister has a beautiful texture done with plaster and bright white paint.

IMAGES: Images taken by Apollos Bow Photography 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.

ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL: INTRICATE STAIRWAYS

I am beyond fascinated by anything dealing with architecture, and with modernism being my favorite, I am always interested in what will hit the market next. With that said, I have come to appreciate that within the realm of these impressive, massive, as well as dominant objects called structures, there are smaller architectural details that can be considered complex additions. When it comes to stairways, I prefer to use the word intricate because even though they are considered add-ons, I view them as a must-have enhancement within an interior. For me, they are visibly pleasing to my eyes.  

Stairways can be designed in a variety of styles, sizes, shapes, finishes, and materials because the possibilities for comprising such complex forms is all about personal preference.

However, I am a bit extreme and over-the-top, and I am obsessed with objects that give way to an immediate wow factor. The design world is an ever-evolving environment, and there is no limit as far as design. Moreover, when it comes to deciding upon the perfect stairway, I can truly understand if one’s mind becomes blank. Do the research and make sure that when focusing on a significant architectural detail such as this, the result is what you have envisioned for your home because once in place it will become the ultimate architectural area.

Design Tip: The surrounding space within or around the stairway area should give way to either contrasting walls, unique decorative objects, and furnishings, as well as lighting, which will be the dominance behind lighting such an important detail.

Safety Tip: When incorporating the perfect stairway within your home, all safety precautions should be in place.

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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.