Kimberly C. Lyons of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC
What led you to start to become an interior designer?
For starters, it would be my obsession for Play-Doh and Crayola Crayons. I was mesmerized and fascinated by the colors--especially the bright ones such as the lime green and pumpkin orange. With an overly creative mind as a child, I always leaned towards the aesthetics of an object or space. I could feel the power behind color, and I wanted it to be incorporated throughout my surroundings as well as in my life. I strongly felt the need to pull the beauty from objects or from a space. If there was no beauty to be found, I visualized what could make the object or space come alive. Also, with having a profound eye for unique detailing, I became an abstract artist. However, with painting, I was still longing and missing the love that I felt for spaces. I finally realized that I could have it all if I incorporated painting and design. So, finding beauty through abstract art, objects, and spaces led me to become an interior designer.
What is your favorite aspect of being an interior designer?
My favorite aspect of being an interior designer is being crazy in love with interiors, having a strong obsession for defining the unique aspects and details of all objects within the interior, and an extraordinary gift for transforming a space into a powerful presence through visualization. The after results are what makes me wake up with a super huge smile because I am living each day doing what I was gifted to do--and that is design.
What have you learned the most from your career in interior design?
Understanding what the client envisions for their space(s) is important. As an interior designer, if that means going outside the box and breaking some major design rules, then that is exactly what I will do because I am never afraid to break some design rules! Besides, nothing pleases me more than seeing the face of a smiling client!
What tips and ideas do you have for other’s who would like to be interior designers?
If you want to become an interior designer, never put your vision or for your life on hold. Always believe with strong faith and keep God first. Regardless of where an individual is starting, if the vision is in place and maintained, (in other words, fed with hard work), results will be seen. Always strive to complete each task or goal that has been set, keep pushing through, and I promise the satisfaction of continued endurance will be the reward.
For one to quit is never an option. And I mean never! Make sure that you have a solid foundation and structure which is education, a true understanding of how to deal with a variety of different clients, a passion for design as if you can not only change an individual’s surroundings but their life, and always keep like-minded individuals around for support. Networking is major and can become a great asset in the design industry.
Remember, always stay focused, determined, and keep the creative side alive because, as an interior designer, being creative is one of the most important tools in a designer’s belt. Finally, be original: never attempt to walk in anyone else’s shoes because you never want to be a copycat. Originality will always hold weight.
What are your favorite features of being an interior designer?
I adore transforming a home where bold colors were not an option to discuss because of not understanding color or because of a feeling of intimidation. As an interior designer, as already stated, I will break a design rule to make sure the client is satisfied. I will tackle a design project that no one else would consider: my reasoning is because there is beauty in everything. With certain spaces, sometimes you are required to be overly creative to pull out the true beauty.
What is at the heart of your career in interior design that you want your clients to take home?
I have a profound love for interior design: my love for interior design surpasses anything that I have ever desired. I always strive to make sure that each design project is perfect from start to finish. I have a unique understanding of interior design goes hand in hand with the finished product (space). My clients are reassured that my creative aspects are coming from a knowledgeable place and their vision for their home will be a top priority from start to finish.
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