LIVING ROOM DESIGN: CONTEMPORARY FIREPLACES

I am amazed at how I continue to get all googly-eyed every time I see a fireplace. I am especially googly-eyed when contemporary and modern styles are combined. To use design to create through extraordinary architectural details, it is beyond stunning. Also, to put the chocolate icing on the cake (yes – I am beyond obsessed with chocolate), when certain features are designed to fit perfectly in well-designed spaces, they tend to become the ultimate focal point. My friends usually laugh when I say that my kitchen is not the heart of my home, but my cozy, warm, and inviting living room with the massive fireplace sure is.

Oh, how I love architectural details. Yikes, I get all excited!

While being decorative and functional, statement-making and dominant, cozy and warm, fireplaces give way to enhancing a space on an entirely different level. They add the much-needed character as well as create a unique vibe. So, whether traditional, modern, contemporary, farmhouse, transitional, or any other style, fireplaces make a room feel more than cozy and welcoming, they become a definite wow factor.

The possibilities are beyond endless when deciding to start fresh or updating an older fireplace. Choosing a style, size (large, medium, small or in between), finish or a specific kind such as open or closed, gas, wood-burning, electric, corn or wood pellet, the options are limitless.

Are you looking to update? Check out some great inspiration below to get those creative juices flowing.

Design Tip: A fireplace and television should work together and not become a distraction or competition.

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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.

MBD: RUSTIC STYLE AND A BIT MORE

MBD (Mood Board Drama) featuring Rustic style and a bit more.

Yikes, is Friday here already? Geesh, time does not wait for no one — a prime example of why I refuse to procrastinate. Even though I will be preparing for a photoshoot this weekend, I'm still excited! So, what if it is not what I call the average quality time. Either way, I cannot go wrong because I will be doing what I genuinely love and passionate about, which is designing!

With that said, sometimes while brainstorming on unique ideas for a specific design project, I often-times include more than one style. In doing this, I always make sure that the client's preferred choice is first and foremost, but I also leave room to show other alternatives, which can provide additional options when a client is indecisive between one or more styles.

Even though the chandelier is screaming rustic, there is also a hint of modern and contemporary details as well.

Design Tip: When mixing more than one style, if done correctly, they can become a complement to each other.

When all elements are combined, each brings the room together cohesively – as can be seen above with simple decorative objects and furniture, a floor lamp, bold color, and a dominant area rug.

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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.

DESIGN PROJECT: LIVING ROOM REVAMP

At KCL-IDESIGN, LLC there is always a decorative coating about to be splashed somewhere, and yes, I am the principal interior designer who gets to splash, splash, and more splash! However, with this living room, I needed a color palette that would be statement-making, and while doing so, also create a subtle contrast. During the color consultation, I noticed that specific colors were mentioned several times throughout the conversation. My goal was to give the clients precisely what they desired, as well as envisioned. I know and understand the importance of incorporating a client’s style. So, I made sure to do precisely just that because it is always about the client.

The standing ovation goes to green and orange! Both became the chosen colors for the interior walls. Whew, there are over a million swatches to choose from when dealing with green or orange. Yikes, I had to find the perfect one of each. I will admit – it was beyond fun and exciting, and I was more than ready to revamp my client’s bland living room! With the space being tiny and the fireplace as the focal point, the original furniture arrangement did not change. Blocking the entrance to the downstairs bedroom and kitchen was not an option. All pathways needed to stay open for easy access and maneuvering.

With both the color palette and furniture placement solidified, it was time to create an entirely different living room. The exciting part about working with limited space and an existing furniture layout is that I get my chance to make a drastic before and after. In knowing this, my creative juices kick in, and when they do, I always capture a fantastic look, feel, and vibe. The living room revamp was achieved!

Interior Design Studio: KCL-IDESIGN, LLC

Principal Interior Designer: Kimberly C. Lyons

Design Project: Corgi Drive Residence – Living Room Revamp

Project Goal: Incorporate the clients’ favorite colors

Project Outcome: The subtle interior wall colors create the perfect contrast, along with a warm and inviting atmosphere. The clients are incredibly pleased with their stylish living room.

Before Photo: Living Room

After Photo: Living Room

After Photo: Living Room

After Photo: Living Room

After Photo: Living Room

IMAGES: Photos taken by Apollo’s Bow and 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.