Michel Smith Boyd

Atlanta - Founder and creative director of SmithBoyd Interiors.

What first sparked your interest in design? My mom’s weekly and insistent trips to Pier 1 Imports!

How would you describe your aesthetic in three words? Luxe, moody, layered

Do you weave your sense of style into what you design? It’s impossible for my interiors not to reflect my sense of style. It’s like having a child; he’s got his own personality but still looks like you.

What’s your favorite palette to use in projects now? Currently obsessed with what I consider “fresh air” palettes: Whites, mint greens and pale blues are my new foundations for layering.

What timeless design moment do you think will never go out of style? I grew up in a sugar cane town, so it’s not coincidence that cane-back furniture is one of my favorite timeless classics.

What’s the best way to make an impact on a project? Always remember to address the fifth wall. Color or texture on the ceiling can take your room to the next level.

Antique or modern? A healthy mix, please. Rihanna meets Audrey Hepburn.