“I am passionate about creating environments that tell a visual story and take you on an emotional journey or fun adventure.”
With her love of travel and continually immersing herself in different cultures and communities, Decorilla online interior designer Michelle Boudreau brings a modern, edgy style to all her designs. Having lived in London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs, she draws inspiration for her designs from her surroundings. For 20 years she has been perfecting her style and seamlessly merging old + new. Michelle can transform any space into the flawlessly designed oasis that is sure to make your jaw drop.
1. Were you always interested in design?
Yes, my mother says that I started designing straight out of the womb! Before I was 2, I was running around arranging and styling my house and everyone else’s, ensuring everything matched.
2. How would you define your design style?
I would say that I am a modernist that likes to mix styles with a carefully considered balance. Modern | Eclectic | Mid Century | French Noveau | Beach Chic | Fresh | Clean | Artful | It is always evolving and I intend on continuing to do so.
3. Who or what influences your work?
Travel + different culturally experience influence my work… I adore experiencing different hotel environments and getting entangled in the local cultural lifestyle. Music also inspires me, I have a new playlist that I create for each project that evokes the mood of the design I am working towards.
4. What’s a must-have item you make sure your interior designs include?
Unique lighting + art, it is like the jewelry of interior design.
5. What is a recent design trend that you’re loving at the moment?
Modern Spanish tropical colour blocking + mixing.
6. If you had to pick a favorite room in your home, which would it be and why?
The outdoor pool area! I appreciate it for work + play. I turn up the music and look to the mountains and sunshine for new inspiration.
7. What is your favorite design magazine or blog and why?
Wallpaper + Design Milk! They feature cutting edge lifestyle design inspiration. I always see something I have not seen before. Great eye candy.
8. What is the best thing about being an interior designer?
Being an interior designer is like having a blank 3D art canvas. You can shape the look, feel and a mood of an entire environment to make it cohesive.
9. What was your first big project and what was your favorite part?
It was designing the interiors + visual styling for the infamous fashion brand Esprit de Corp store . It was a gigantic 25,000 square foot space, architecturally designed with pre-cast concrete walls, polished concrete floors and 2 story high ceilings. An absolute modern dream space. My favourite part was working with the legendary Memphis furniture design group, developing some wonderfully colourful and interesting bespoke furnishings + objects throughout the store. I gained so much insight into furniture design and extraordinary ways to utilize colours!
10. How do you manage challenges that come up during a design project?
There are many caveats to interior design as you are working with different light + dimensions + proportions and someone’s personal space. I like to look at design as problem solving… I always arm my self with multiple options in preparation for challenges that may evolve. I enjoy a good challenge!
11. Why do you like online interior design?
I love the capability of working with clients and personalities all over the country/globe, the outreach is endless. It truly allows you to extend your design sensibility to many different climates and cultures. I travel a lot and it is really lovely to be able to work from wherever you are.
Written by Decorilla designer, Brittany S.