About

Michel Smith Boyd

Michel Smith Boyd

Michel Smith Boyd’s sumptuous style is renowned for its distinctive, cultivated, and soulful vibe. Boyd prides himself on creating spaces that his clients not only adore but also delight in calling home. Michel’s breadth of influence includes residential and commercial interior design as well as curated collections of luxe rugs, fabrics and trims, wall coverings, decorative home accessories, and objets d'art. His signature style masterfully juxtaposes masculine and feminine sophistication and he seamlessly blends it all under one roof to set the perfect mood. 

To date, Michel’s work has been featured on the pages of Atlanta Home & Lifestyles numerous times. His designs have also appeared in Atlanta Magazine’s HomeLiving Intown (from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) and Luxury Home Quarterly, among others. He has participated in Design Atlanta’s The South’s Next Wave, designed spaces for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2015 Decorators Show House, the Christmas House, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles' Home for the Holidays Showhouse, the W Atlanta—Downtown’s High Style High Rise Home Tour, The Next Cool Event from To the Trade Only and the American Craft Council Show and more.


What is Design?

de-sign verb (used with object) 1. to prepare the preliminary sketch or the plans for (a work to be executed), esp. to plan the form and structure of 2. to fashion artistically or skillfully 3. to intend for a definite purpose 4. to assign in thought or intention; purpose 


The Design Process

Consultation: The consultation is our opportunity to survey & photograph the space(s), learn your objectives for the project, and

discuss the budget and timeline goals. There is some sharing of ideas, but this is more of an opportunity for us, the designers, to

begin the creative process and build ideas to be developed in the next phase.

 

Fee Proposal: After the initial consultation, we will develop an overview that outlines the scope of work and specific objectives for the

project along with the Letter of Agreement. The LOA defines all details pertaining to our retainer and hourly design service fees.

 

Contract to start work: Once we receive your signed LOA and retainer we can now begin the Design Phase of your project!

 

PHASE 1 – Conception of the Design

Schematic Design: At this point we will take detailed measurements of each room to begin space planning and designing different

scenarios for the new space(s) based on the information gathered during the consultation. Typically, we generate 3-4 designs/space

plans to illustrate how the furnishings should be laid out in each room for your approval.

 

Design Development: Here we begin research and development of concepts for the spaces in question based on the

approved/refined schemes. These ideas could be presented in the form of elevations, renderings, and furniture & finish sample

boards. Together we narrow the options to arrive at optimal solutions for your design goals. The contractors and sub-contractors

necessary are also determined during the design development. At this point in the design process you will receive an Estimate for

the projected budget. *The Schematic Design and Development phase typically takes 2-3 weeks however; schedules do vary

depending on the scope of the project.

 

Design Presentation: After revisions are made we will meet one last time to finalize all details pertaining to the project. We will revisit

the budget and labor/installation timeline goals will be determined. Any construction required would also be refined in this phase.

Once schemes are chosen and product selections are made you will receive an itemized invoice for your approval. The design

service fee to manage the project from this point, i.e. ordering product, coordinate/schedule deliveries, handling any damage claims,

and identifying & scheduling sub-contractors (painters, wall covering installer, drapery workrooms, millwork, etc.) will be included in

the cost of each item listed on the invoice.

 

PHASE 2 – Ordering & Foundation Work

Action: Upon approval and receipt of payment, we begin ordering the furniture, lighting, accessories, and material selections. Here is

also where “foundation” work would be executed (ideally prior to furnishings arrival). Foundation would include any construction,

flooring/tile, electrical work, painting, and wall covering installation, etc. Regular site visits by the design team to monitor

progress/proper practice can be expected.

 

PHASE 3 – Installation & Completion

Installation: Installation/arrangement of new items purchased may or may not happen all at once, depending on furniture arrival

dates. However, we prefer to do as much as we can at one time so that you get to see the space as whole. Design management and

installation fees are also included in the final invoice. During the installation, we ask that you give us that time alone with our

installation team to ensure that everything is perfect and complete prior to your arrival.

 

Completion: Final walk through