The bathroom, closet and dressing area of Boyd's apartment features an array of rich wall treatments—including Fornasetti wall covering—and details like this gilt and velvet chair to anchor the space. In a small bathroom space Boyd recommends having a little bit of fun. "Powder rooms are the one place you can be indulgent" he says.
An orderly closet with shoes arranged by color helps keep admitted clothes horse Michel Boyd organized. "When you have a lot of things, it's important to have systems," says Boyd, "and for me, color works."
Soft, luxurious textures lend comfort to this guest room. Appealing to the senses is an important part of a guest room says Boyd, who makes sure his favorite candles and shower gel are on hand. "The W has a fragrance, why shouldn't you?"
"I treat my guests just like me," says Boyd of how he stages his luxurious but comfortable guest room, asking himself, "If I was in the room, what would I need?" Absolutely essential: "fluffy towels and great sheets." And he has some advice so you are always ready to receive visitors. "Whenever someone leaves, I strip everything so I'm ready for the next person."
No space is wasted including this landing in designer Boyd's home. Boyd creates a memorable, striking vignette by placing a series of sculptural items including a striking fur ottoman and a distinctive light fixture in close proximity. The result is a tableaux worthy of a contemporary art gallery.
A designer's home is a showroom, a laboratory and idea generator when it comes to finishes, trim, fixtures and ideas. Designer Michel Boyd calls his style "curated luxe living," and puts his focus on making sure each object in his home is both useful and beautiful. Keeping glasses, plates and other everyday items in the same style and color family is just one way to bring a designer vision to your home design scheme.
The same gold and black color scheme continues from Boyd's living room to his dining room and kitchen. Editing is key in Boyd's view. "The best designers are great editors," he notes, "It's not always easy to practice restraint."
When he's not entertaining for groups of up to 300 people, Michel Boyd keeps his dining room spare and neat. But when staging dinner parties, "I like to set a table," says Boyd. "I like to junk up the table," with accessories and other elements, "you're creating a moment," says Boyd.
A curated collection of books arranged in a matching color scheme make this small reading nook cohesive. "Books are interesting" as a design feature, stresses Boyd. "It's kind of like a window into the house" and the taste and interests of the owner.