Michel Boyd

Michel Boyd Atlanta, GA

Interview with Michel Boyd of Smith Boyd Interiors

Introducing the sixth in our series of Designer Spotlights focusing on the top national designers who will be featured at AmericasMart’s Portman White Vignette Gallery…..Michel Boyd! Michel realized his love for interior design while studying at the Art Institute, and is now the owner and principal designer behind Smith Boyd Interiors, bringing his Lousiana, NYC and European-influenced background to each of his cool, contemporary and luxurious designs. REstyleSOURCE got some background on the charming Michel with a brief Q & A, to better get to know his unique style and to introduce his design philosophy to our readers…

How did you get started in the world of interior design? I was living in NY at the time because my obsession with textiles landed me in the fashion industry. One trip to the D&D building with an interior designer friend changed my life. I quickly discovered that interior design merged my two loves, architecture and fashion. Within a year I was enrolled in design school.

What are some tips or hints to keep in mind when designing in an all-or-mostly white palette? Be forgiving! Whites are tough!  You should actually use whites of as many different textures as possible; it’ll allow for additional forgiveness in color variations.

 

Photo: Allen Cooley Photography

“Every designer needs a “go-to” white in their arsenal, and Portman White is perfect.  It’s a great foundation because it lends itself to both warm and cool palettes.”

Michel BoydPhoto: Allen Cooley Photography

What will be your inspiration for your vignette? Fantasy. Think Bergdorf windows and Dior runway shows. It will be like a walk through my imagination, but all in white.

 

Michel BoydPhoto c/o AmericasMart

What particular piece from AmericasMart will you build your design around? I’ve been blown away by the number of quality resources so readily accessible at AmericasMart. This experience has helped to broaden my resource library. For my design vignette, I’m allowing myself to be inspired by the color and I intend for the furniture pieces to be a strong collaboration from all of the showrooms. The most significant contributions were resourced from Palecek and Codarus.

 

 Michel BoydPhoto: Allen Cooley Photography

Michel on visiting AmericasMart Atlanta 

My new secret weapon is Cathryn Miller! She is a wealth of knowledge, kinda like the AmericasMart oracle. She knew where everything I needed was, and who I needed to talk to in each showroom.

Michel’s Favorite Showrooms

Michel BoydPhoto: Allen Cooley Photography

REstyleSOURCE Loves Local!

Serpas

We are all about all about ‘loving local’—from designers and manufacturers right down to brick & mortar shops and eateries! What are some of your favorite local shops and restaurants to visit when you’re in Atlanta?

“I’m a foodie, I eat everywhere! My favorite neighborhood restaurant is Serpas (see insert at left) in Old Fourth Ward. In terms of shops, I’m in love with the new shops in Buckhead. We’ve got our own little Rodeo Drive now.”

Michel BoydPhoto c/o AmericasMart

flowersMichel’s Favorite Entertaining Tip? 

“When designing for entertaining, I always start with flowers. I match the color of the fresh blooms to something from the vintage glassware I collect, and I’ve got a customized soirée every time…for a relatively small investment.”

 

Okay, Lightning Round time!

Coffee or Tea? Tea / Salty or Sweet? Salted caramel!! / Beach or Mountains? Beach

Beer or Wine? Wine / City or Country? City / Cats or Dogs? Non shedding, independent dogs

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LHMichel’s Favorite Quote?

“An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.”

– Langston Hughes


Atlanta, GA

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AmericasMart Atlanta is the premier product destination in the center of a global crossroads — the nation’s leading gift, home furnishings, apparel, and area rug marketplace. Launched as the Atlanta Market Center, and later rebranded as AmericasMart Atlanta, the complex ranks first as the world’s largest trade mart/trade show facility with more than seven million square feet of enclosed space. Inside AmericasMart’s doors you will find more product than anywhere else, with unmatched styles of the latest design on every floor. This foremost collection of home, gift, rug and apparel merchandise is the single-largest in the country and curated from around the globe. Accessibility. Convenience. A world of product. It’s all in one place — and with all this to offer and so much more, AmericasMart continues to lead the way.

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