At Design Campus, we’re always inspired by and looking to learn from our design peers. That’s why we were ecstatic to sit down with Atlanta superstar designer, Michel Boyd and discuss finding inspiration, running a design business, and designing authentically. You might know Michel Boyd from his many features Atlanta Homes and Garden’s, his awe-inspiring showhouse spaces, or if you’re a BravoTV fan (like us!), from his appearances on Real Housewives of Atlanta. Read on to learn more about Michel:
Meet Michel Boyd: The Early Days of Design
Design Campus: When did you first become interested in interior design/When did you first know you wanted to be an interior designer?
Michel: One trip to the DND Building and I was hooked. I knew for sure that I wanted to be a part of this world for the rest of my life.
Design Campus: What is something you wish you knew when you first started in the industry?What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?
Michel: If I could go back, I would study the business aspects of design as ferociously as I did developing my own point of view as a designer.
Design Campus: It’s your time to brag a bit: What past project of yours are you most proud of?
Michel: One of my favorite projects to date is Atlanta Symphony Showhouse 2015. Simply because it was an opportunity to stretch as a designer.
Michel Boyd on Design Inspiration
Design Campus: If you were not an interior designer, what would you be?
Michel: Independently Wealthy
Design Campus: haha! Are you inspired by other, designers, artists? If so, whom and why?
Michel: Yes, I am always inspired by my interior design peers. Fashion designers, photographers, & filmmakers are by far my favorite. I’m always intrigued by how they communicate their vision.
Design Campus: What sets your aesthetic apart from other interior designers?
Michel: Authenticity is a full proof method to stand apart. I spent a lot of time developing my own point of view and its ever evolving as I grow as a designer. I think each designer’s work/aesthetic is simply a reflection of their cumulative experiences.
Design Campus: Is travel important to your work and inspirations? If so, how and why?
Michel: Obviously, travel is essential for work however traveling is one of my favorite ways to stay inspired. My favorite city is Florence, Italy. Greece is at the top of my bucket list.
Design Campus: What does your own home look like? Is it different from what you design for clients?
Michel: My home is the ultimate artist pallet. I like to test and live with the new design concepts before they become signature.
Design Campus: What is your favorite color?
Michel: Green, trees always make me happy.
On Running a Design Business & Expanding His Brand
Design Campus: It goes without saying that in addition to being a talented designer, you also have to be a smart business person, in order to run a successful design firm. What would you say is the key to achieving that success?
Michel: Organization & delegation
Design Campus: What is your dream project?
Michel: Boutique Hotels
Design Campus: You have a couple of lines of rugs—where can our readers shop those?
Michel: I currently have two rug collections, one for Verde Home and the other at Feizy.
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