TTEOAD: NOLA, YOU WERE AMAZING!

THROUGH THE EYES OF A DESIGNER. . .

So, it has been a couple of months since my return from NOLA, and I must relive for a moment because OMG, I had a blast at the 25th Essence Festival. I do know that there probably have been a million stories already posted, but the good thing about traveling is that everyone’s adventure and experiences are different. Even though it was my first time going to this extraordinary event, I was prepared to explore everything that was on my itinerary and more, and trust – there was not going to be any disappointments. 

HOLD UP – WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE because I did become a little disappointed when I finally boarded after a one-hour layover to be told that I had to exit the plane for what turned into a six-hour delay. What in the world? With God’s continued help on learning to be patient, I managed and survived. Besides, hyper as I am, I occupied my time, and before I knew it, I was ready to board. With that said, I was more than prepared to enjoy myself, and boy was I right because it turned out to be the ultimate girls’ trip! 

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Okay, so after I arrived at the lovely Le Pavillon Hotel, which is amazingly beautiful, there was no time for me to lounge or chill because of my flight delay. However, after checking in, I hopped in the shower, got super cute, and was ready to hit the exciting streets of New Orleans. It was time to have some major fun! 

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I got my weekend started, and of course, being VIP, I decided to check out the Fire & Ice Essence Festival Kick-off Party with DJ Kid Capri, and boy was it rocking! As I stated earlier, even though my itinerary was full for the duration of my trip, I made sure that I dabbled in other activities as well. From going to an All White Converse Party, Hangover Brunch, Karaoke and Kocktails Midday Day Party, and as the festivities continued, I also attended three nights at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which featured a variety of non-stop performances and celebrity guests, and Loni Love hosted this.

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What can I say? It was Exciting, Inspirational, Motivating, Up-Lifting, and most of all – Entertaining! I was glad to see Michelle Obama laughing it up with us (her audience) and enjoying the cultural moment that will become a beautiful part of history. There is so much to do, and there is no way to capture it in such a short time. NOLA, I will be back, but in the meantime - whether the architecture, nightlife, food, or entertainment, I am always excited to be part of such an extraordinary culture!

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By the way, I strength train, so my trainer told me to enjoy myself, and not stress out about what I consume as far as food. Without further due, I came across some fried ribs – GOOD Googly Goo, what have I been missing? Also, I am not a burger girl, never have been, but this chief prepared one for me, and all I could say was HALLELUJAH!

After I arrived home from my trip, I sent up a prayer because of the flooding that had taken place. New Orleans has made it through several catastrophes, and you made it through this one as well. God is so beyond amazing!

IMAGES: Images 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 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.

DETAILED AND DOMINANT: STATEMENT-MAKING ACCENT CHAIRS

When it comes to detailed, dominant, and statement-making pieces, accent chairs are first on my list. Here is why? Imagine a too-neutral room that has no enhancement, nothing that gives way to a unique wow factor, and not an ounce of color – just blah! However, by incorporating one or two bold and daring accent chairs, this can create a contrast and focus, which will enhance the overall room. Also, not only will it add the necessary character and appeal, but it will become the perfect complement to all objects within the space.

It is truly beyond amazing to see how an additional piece, as with a chair, can instantly transform a room and the original color palette. Trust me – it will change the entire vibe and atmosphere.

Moreover, it is not shocking at all because these beauties are always making headlines when it comes to decor. I love to use them as a solution in an awkward corner, perched by a fireplace, or symmetrically as a pair because I know that when decorating with this type of accent piece, the possibilities are endless. Whether swivel, tub, barrel, slipper, wing-back, or a host of other uniquely designed accent chairs, the different styles, pattern, texture, form, shape, or extreme color is where the drama will play a significant role. I tend to incorporate them throughout my home, and when I am transforming spaces for clients.

Design Tip: Accent chairs can be in any room, and please do not forget about specific areas such as foyers, hallways, and bathrooms because this is where the style should genuinely become enforced.

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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.

A DESIGNER'S STYLE: DETAILED DINING ROOM

INTERIOR DESIGNER: Kimberly C. Lyons

ENHANCED AREA: Dining Room

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


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Before Photo: Dining Room

Okay, by now whomever I have encountered over the years, should already know that my actual DNA is a mixture of extreme bold colors. However, it is hilarious because when I am in a discussion dealing with this extraordinary element; of course, I get asked on how I feel about neutral or white color palettes? In my defense, I have designed a lot of them, and besides as a designer, if I am dealing with a client that has no desire for anything extreme when dealing with color, it is my job to make sure that I give them precisely what they envision for their home. What can I say? It is my job, and I am damn good at it. Moreover, I do post about interiors that are neutral because as a designer I cater to all, and I do understand that everyone is not like me – Kimberly C. Lyons, who could not live in a house that is not screaming some major drama!

Furthermore, since I deal with a variety of clients, I do understand why I cannot post only about bold interiors. So, I started A DESIGNER’S STYLE, which gives a more detailed look at who I am as a designer and the reality behind my authentic and personal interior surroundings, and most importantly how I live with dominant colors. I have posted several different areas within my home, but I must say that I do love my dining room. I think I mentioned in an old post, where I stated that I get overly excited when I have a project that deals with dining rooms because it is one of my favorite areas to transform.

With that said, when I applied the paint to all the interior walls, and the ceiling, which I did lighter to create a slight variation, I didn’t feel an immediate statement as I walked past that room. Hmmm, something was still missing. So, I decided to hand paint acanthus leaves, and OMG, this was so beyond time-consuming, but as always, when I want something, I will not leave it alone until I have what I so desire. Now, with the backdrop complete, hardwood floors were installed, along with new lighting. Yikes, my vision was starting to come alive – finally! The intricate details came not only with the acanthus leaves, but a stylish rope detail is in place, which lines the top wainscoting. Also, where the wall ends, a tassel hangs freely to give way to a finished look.

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Overall, with my dining room, I was looking for a noticeable contrast. I adore purple, as well as orange. So, it was such an easy decision to use both colors because they are so amazingly beautiful. After incorporating all the intricate details that completed the space, I am so beyond pleased with my colorful dining room.

Design Tip: When designing interior spaces, do not copy what is in the magazines or seen on television, go for the creative aspects that flow freely within your mind. Do not listen to what is necessarily considered a good or bad design. In my opinion, what is usually not seen makes for what I call great design!

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Spiked table lamps, along with shimmering vases, create a stylish vibe.

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 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.