We’re honored to feature the incomparable Michel Boyd, of SMITHBOYD Interiors, for our first-ever Tastemaker Tuesday post! This blog series will highlight a member of the interior design industry, whom we’re drawn to here at steve mckenzie’s, and share a bit about them in just ten short questions. As for why we asked Michel to participate in this series, besides being charming, and quite debonair, we enjoy his use of luxurious fabrics and textiles and cool art that’s unexpected for the space. Michel creates very chic spaces that are still inviting and comfortable. Enjoy!
With an initial interest in architecture, Michel Boyd, an Art Institute graduate, realized his love for fashion, textiles, and furniture was a perfect foundation for pursuing a career in interior design. The Louisiana born designer’s first influences were in the rich French history of New Orleans, living in New York City and extensive European holidays. Elements of each of these cultures and experiences can be detected in the layers of design found in each space he transforms. While still fairly new to the industry, Boyd is quickly making an impact and has created a niche of building “boutique bedrooms.” His philosophy is that bedrooms should be the ultimate hotel suites, therefore destinations for his clients. Learn more about Michel here.
Without further ado, Tastemaker, Michel Boyd:
1. What are three words that describe your aesthetic?
Thoughtful – Layered – Luxury
2. Would you please share a little about your favorite space/project to date?
My favorite project to date is one where I was a part of the design process from its conception. Over the years, the homeowners’ and my taste level/aesthetic grew exponentially, and they gave me license to design accordingly. The icing on the cake was when the lady of the house said that old furniture doesn’t work in new houses. In my head I heard choirs of angels. Priceless!!
3. What’s the source of your inspiration?
I feel really fortunate that I find inspiration just about everywhere. Fashion is by far my favorite because of my obsession with textiles and the clear points of view of the designers. The opportunity to help develop/execute a client’s authentic point of view is one of my favorite aspects of this job. When we are successful at delivering a project that is a true reflection of our clients, they are in turn inspired. Mission accomplished.
4. Name three people (alive or dead) you’d invite to your dream dinner party…
My dream dinner party consists of Langston Hughes, Tom Ford ( or maybe Cocoa Chanel?), and David Sedaris for humor. Perhaps Kelly Wearstler would set the table?
5. What’s a piece of/type of furniture you couldn’t live without?
How do I pick one piece of furniture that I can’t live without? I’m a designer, therefore indulgent by nature! I MUST have a sofa or lounge in every bedroom, however, I am obsessed with lighting. Chandeliers and lamps are room jewelry!
6. Do you follow a particular set of rules when mixing textures, finishes, etc. – how do they work for you?
Mixing textures doesn’t have to be a standard recipe, however it must be a balanced one. A leather sofa requires a velvet chair with equal parts woven ottomans, peppered with complimentary prints and just a sprinkle of silk drapes. Your room is like a salad, and all lettuce does NOT a salad make.
7. Trending… What is something you are currently “into” and something you are “over?”
-My favorite current trend is jewel toned walls. Those deep, moody hues are a great foundations for rich interiors.
-The trend that I’m over is blatant design plagiarism. Social media and design magazines are great sources of inspiration, even platforms for new ideas- not for taking credit for another’s work. Design integrity is paramount.
8. How does artwork fit into your designs?
A great piece of artwork anchors a room and can inspire an entire home. Adding to our clients’ art collections is always fun, but I’m really excited when they already have one that they’re passionate about. That passion is contagious and translates into the design process.
9. What would be the one thing you would have if you were stranded on a deserted island?
If I was stranded on a deserted island I would need room service! Seriously, I’d need a sketch pad to jot down/design all the ideas that I’d never have time to….unless I were stranded in a deserted island.
10. Please share a piece of advice you’d offer to someone looking to break into the interior design industry…
My advice to anyone breaking into this business; Building relationships in your design community is as important as your education and talent. Hiring a designer is a luxury, however BEING one is an even bigger luxury. Let’s treat the privilege with the respect it deserves.
Thank you Michel for allowing us to feature you as a Tastemaker for our new blog series, we’re excited to continue following your work!
*Michel is currently a finalist in Architectural Digest’s Before + After Closet Showcase – check it out and vote for his (Atlanta, GA) fantastic closet makeover!