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THROUGH THE EYES OF A DESIGNER. . .
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.
These guys were terrific during one of my tours. If I could, I would listen to them talk all day.
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!
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.
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.
Yes, of course, I had to give the chief my undivided attention while he is preparing my meal.
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.
I hope that it is not just me when it comes to being obsessed with over-sized mirrors because, in some of my rooms, I have more than one. With that said, to the ones who already know me, yes – you already know that I adore looking at myself, but for the ones who do not know me, you now know the main reason. However, I will add additional information to clarify – regardless if I am beyond obsessed with these beauties, I like that mirrors can be placed anywhere and in any room. Now, some would say, except for a kitchen, but it is not an exception because no design rule states this, so remember – it is all about personal preference.
When I refer to over-sized, I mean from floor-to-ceiling, at door height, can lean against a wall, one that will dominate a wall or when placed above a fireplace mantle. What I adore so much about these decorative beauties, is the fact that they can go behind a console table, in hallway, foyer, bathroom, closet, above a fireplace, attached to a ceiling, headboard – or basically in any room to capture the view of a well-designed space. The three main characteristics that mirrors have for me is the fact that they can lighten a room, give way to the illusion of a larger area, and what can I say, they are beyond timeless. So, no matter how styles change when dealing with the interior design world, mirrors will continue to fit within any style or era.
Design Tip: When incorporating a variety of mirrors throughout different rooms, go outside the typical aspects of design, and get crazy creative because this is what makes for an amazingly significant wow factor!