Black Interior Designer Creates Beautiful Spaces in “Buying It Blind” on Bravo TV

Interior designer Michel Smith Boyd knows a thing or two about beauty. The star of Buying it Blind, set in Atlanta, on Bravo TV, is one of the top black interior designers in the country. His love of architecture and tailored details pays off each week as he work with people in decorating their dream homes. In an interview with BLACK ENTERPRISE, he discusses his hit reality show; home buying for millennials; and the art of mentorship.

BE: Describe the premise of Buying It Blind and how were you approached to participate in this reality show.

Michel Smith Boyd: A team of experts, including myself, a contractor and a realtor, meet real life couples who are desperately trying to purchase a house — and all of that is dependent on budget, school district, and other factor — and have decided to enlist us to find a property.

As a team, we are present in each space as we initially meet with each and every client. I became involved in this project because I was approached by a casting agency, and due to my reputation and level of work produced, and I just happened to be the guy they needed. Actually, it is so interesting that you find yourself rooting [for] and identifying with the couples. These strangers are making decisions, entrusting you with their life savings which makes the stakes much higher to deliver a stellar product. I find myself creating spaces I have never done before especially when preservation comes into play.

Tell us about your career as a celebrity interior designer.

That term is such a strange one because I tend to focus on being excellent and making a huge contribution for my clients every day. If it is based on doing amazing work, and then only if I am being great is being an inspiration to kids who look up to me — then yes, I accept that title.

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 What advice do you have for millennials or those seeking to purchase their first homes?

The most important thing to remember is to spend money once! Buy good quality over quantity. Never be in a rush to complete a space; make sure you design in phrases. Start with what you would use the most: sofas, mattresses and multi-functional pieces like dining tables. Always remember: Function before form.

 If you had your choice of a dream client who would it be and why?

My dream client is not necessarily a celebrity. My client who allows me to do my job. Interior design is all about Romanticism and we’ve lost the idea of letting us completely transfer a space without interruption. And big budgets don’t hurt either!

As a black man in this field how do you distinguish yourself in the design world?

The only one thing you can be is yourself; present your full authenticity. I don’t water down my presentation for no one. I always present myself as a professional and consider myself a student — always learning and constantly growing to be excellent in all areas of my life. I am obsessed with hospitality and design and love the genre. I love the idea that people live better in hotels than homes and I am changing that one home at a time.

Who are some of your mentors/colleagues in the business; and explain the importance of having mentors in your life.

Honestly, I never had mentorships and have suffered and oftentimes wondered if it is too late. Guess what? It’s not. I have a group of incredibly smart friends who have inspired me tremendously. In the beginning, I wanted to mimic Tom Ford, Kelly Werstler … and their career paths have somehow mentored me. My journey is different, but I don’t see myself as less than. I mentor young designers all the time and one of my favorite things to go (one of the few things I like about exposure). I teach them the importance of deciding what they want from this industry. You need to figure out what contribution you wish to make and then you will find direction, identify and supply your point of view.

Any words of advice for aspiring or burgeoning interiors designers of color?
Once you know your value, you can approach meetings and clients in a much more positive and confident manner. You should be well versed in art history, fashion, textiles. You cannot deny excellence regardless of what you look like or where you come from … Remember — if you don’t know who you are then you can’t offer expertise.

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There are so many decisions to make when you’re remodeling a kitchen—cabinetry, appliances, countertop material, faucets, backsplash—that it’s easy to shortchange the lighting. That would be a big mistake. Proper lighting is crucial to a kitchen’s functionality, and the lighting fixtures themselves can pack a real punch style-wise. Here, we’ve gathered 25 kitchen lighting ideas, ranging from traditional to ultra-modern, that can both brighten and enhance your kitchen.
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Red carpet season is in full effect and the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards and the red carpet was surprisingly refreshing! Beautiful feathered gowns and interesting accessories brought delight to what, frankly, has been a bore of a season. Celebrities came out dressed in bolder looks or feminine frocks showing of beauty, hair, and the uniqueness of our Blackness. This is a gallery worth clicking through. Share with us your favorite looks at the end!

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Beautiful reefs around the world

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Although life above water is pretty darn spectacular, sometimes you just need to grab your diving gear and take the plunge. The ocean is full of weird and wonderful creatures, and you just never know what you might find when you dip your head and swim even deeper under the surface. While much of the underwater world is beautiful, there is nothing more beautiful than a coral reef.

Rainbow Reef, Fiji

The Rainbow Reef in Fiji earned its name for bringing some of the most vibrant colors into our lives. The coral reef is chock full of yellows, reds, oranges, pinks, blues, and more, and this reef even offers a wide selection of hard and soft coral for you to check out. It’s a true feast for the eyes, which is why so many people make this their diving spot each year.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is perhaps one of the most famous reefs in the world, and for a good reason. It’s the largest natural reef in the world and holds more than 400 types of coral. Because of this, you can spend days diving from the many islands that stand within this reef, checking out all of the colors and all of the amazing wildlife that calls this place home. It’s not one to miss.

New Caledonia Barrier Reef, New Caledonia

It seems as though we’re not the only ones who think this place is pretty spectacular because the New Caledonia Barrier Reef has actually been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beneath the multi-colored water is a whole world that offers a double barrier reef and some of the most incredible sea creatures on the planet.

Apo Reef, Philippines

The Philippines is known for offering some of the most beautiful waterways in the world, but it seems as though the Apo Reef is the piece-de-resistance. Located on the Mindoro Strait, this reef offers a whopping 13 miles of coral reef for divers to enjoy. The variety of colors and coral under the water shows just how diverse this area of the world can be.

Bonaire Reef, Dutch Caribbean

If you’re into diving, there’s a high chance that the reputation of Bonaire Reef precedes itself. This reef is often called the “Diver’s Paradise” because it has everything a diver could possibly want to see. The water is perfectly clear, which offers unedited views of the variety of colors that live beneath the surface. From hard to soft coral, this reef is like a painting underwater.

We are lucky enough to live in a world that is full of natural beauty. Most of us don’t have to stray too far to see this for ourselves, but it’s fair to say that humans have had a detrimental effect on these environments. With our coral reefs depleting at an alarming rate, the rush is on to save these underwater societies before they are gone for good. Let’s keep these beautiful reefs as beautiful as possible!

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Yep Carole came — and conquered. It was a “Beautiful“ Broadway moment: Who better to perform the title song of her life story than Carole King herself? That’s what happened Saturday night at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, when the stage lights went up on a silvery haired figure at the piano in the musical’s Carnegie…
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Best places to see a beautiful snowy landscape

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There’s nothing we love more than seeing the bright blue sky that’s only interrupted by a giant sun that shines for another day. However, do you ever get bored of seeing the same blank, blue sky? Sometimes we crave new experiences and new sights, and that’s why the excitement of snow is just too much to handle. Thankfully, there are countless places around the world where you can see beautiful snowy landscapes.

Lapland, Finland

There’s a reason why so many people travel to Lapland every year, and it’s not just because that’s where Santa lives! When you step foot in Lapland, you feel as though you’re stepping foot into a fairytale land. Every inch of the region is covered in snow, and this makes everything extremely romantic. Wander through the snow-quilted forests before cozying up in a wood-fired log cabin, and you’ll be living the ultimate Hygge lifestyle.

Whistler, Canada

Known as one of the best skiing destinations in the world, it should come as no surprise to learn that Whistler transforms into something special during the winter months. From the snow-capped mountains to the trees that line the pistes, you can spend your days skiing down these peaks before going for a walk around some of the many lakes. You never know, you might even be able to skim rocks on the frozen water. Wherever you look, you can guarantee the view will be breathtaking.

The Highlands, Scotland

The United Kingdom may not be known for its snowy landscape, but winter in Scotland is a whole different story. Nobody quite knows what’s going to happen each year, but you can guarantee it’s going to be beautiful. The Highlands is full of rolling hills and mountains that look absolutely incredible when they are covered in snow. You’ll need your camera for this one because the animals don’t hide when the snow arrives. That’s when they come out to play!

New York City, New York

City and snowscapes don’t seem to mix, but in the case of the Big Apple, it mixes perfectly. During the winter months, NYC is partial to a huge amount of thick snow, and it transforms the huge, bustling city into something truly magical. The roads are covered in the white stuff, the bare trees are coated in the cold, and Central Park looks like something out of a children’s book. As if that wasn’t enough, Christmas in NYC is ten times better when the snow starts to fall.

The Alps

We couldn’t talk about snowy landscapes without talking about the Alps, could we? The Alps is the biggest range of mountains in Europe, and these peaks make their way through six different countries! Because of this, you won’t struggle to find the Alps, and you can make the most of the untouched powder. Whether you just want to go for the view, or whether you want to enjoy the slopes, the mountains have it all.

Nothing compares to seeing snow capped mountains in front of you, which is why these destinations should be on your bucket list.

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Bella Hadid Gushes Over The Weeknd – He Is The ‘Most Beautiful Person’ I Know!

Bella Hadid and The Weeknd seem to be happier than ever now that they are back together! That being said, while doing a 73 Questions video for Vogue, the supermodel revealed that her singer beau being such eye candy helps make it work as well!

The Hadid sister made it very clear that from her point of view, The Weeknd is very handsome.

In fact, when she was asked who the most beautiful person she knows is, Bella, smiled sweetly and let the world know that it’s her boyfriend!

But that is not even the only time she gushed over him during the interview!

Bella also claims that he is the one who makes her laugh ‘the hardest’ as well!

Handsome AND funny? What more could you want from a significant other?

But when it comes to feeling beautiful, the model made it very clear that instead of relying on the world or her boyfriend to tell her, it’s something she finds within herself!

‘Probably when I just feel healthy and confident in myself,’ she responded.

She went on to give aspiring models some great advice, saying that: ‘The hardest part of the modeling industry is gaining respect from my peers. I think, there is a lot of pretty girls out there, so if you cannot be kind and work hard, there is no reason to do it.’

As fans remember, Bella and The Weeknd reunited earlier this year.

They were romantically involved years ago, but in 2016, they pressed pause on their relationship for a while.

Ever since rekindling their romance, the two have been caught together in public a lot, enjoying their love like never before!

Hopefully, this time around it’s forever for the two!

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The most beautiful churches in Europe

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Europe has a lot of beautiful sights to see, and that makes it a desirable destination for anyone going traveling. There are so many different countries to visit, all with their own unique culture and tourist attractions. One thing that almost every European city has in common, however, is a church. Now, churches are relatively beautiful buildings as it is, but some of the churches in Europe are absolutely breathtaking. Here are some of the most beautiful churches in Europe.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

One of the most famous churches in the world, let alone Europe, is the Sagrada Familia. One of the reasons it’s so famous is because it’s not even finished! There’s still not an end date in sight, and yet it’s already been around for a very long time! It currently stands at over 160 meters tall and has some gorgeous, brightly colored stained glass windows to admire. If you’re hoping to pay a visit, you better book well in advance, because the queues can last for a good couple of hours.

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

Of course, the church within the confined walls of the Vatican City was going to feature pretty high on our list! The artwork within the church is absolutely stunning, created by some of the most world-renowned painters that we know and love today. Each room of the church has a different design, so whether you’re in the main hall looking up at the depiction of heaven on the ceiling, or in St. Peter’s crypt looking at the carvings on the wall, you’re going to find yourself being blown away.

Borgund Stave Church, Norway

Norway is a very popular European country to visit, but one of their most famous tourist attractions is the Borgund Stave Church in (you guessed it!) Borgund. It looks like no other church you’ll ever see! Small and stout with a rounded tiled roof, the church dates all the way back to the 12th century and actually looks a bit like a Nordic hut – which is probably what it started out as. However, it’s cute in comparison with other churches that tower over you with their spires and columns. This church feels more like a home.

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

Located in Moscow’s famous Red Square, most people will recognize St. Basil’s Cathedral from the minute they lay eyes on it, due to its brightly colored walls and its unique and somewhat flamboyant domes. No other church in the world looks even similar to St. Basil’s Cathedral and this is part of its huge appeal to tourists from across the globe; everyone is desperate to catch a glimpse of this bizarre (yet beautiful) looking cathedral.

Pechersk Lavra, Kiev

If you want to visit a church that could very easily be mistaken for a palace, then Pechersk Lavra in Kiev should definitely be at the top of your list! White and gold in color, the exterior of the church is ornately designed with engravings, golden details and just looks absolutely dazzling when the sun shines down on it. And if you think outside is beautiful, well, just wait until you take a step through the doors of the church and catch a glimpse of the interior. It’s unlike anything else you’ll see.

If you’re planning a trip to any of these European cities then make sure you take in some of their beautiful churches. These should all make it onto your traveling bucket list.

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Beautiful canyons of the world

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There is something magical about standing at the edge of a canyon, seeing something so enormous stretching out in front of you – a size you can only imagine! Although these cavernous cracks in the Earth seem like a once in a lifetime sight, there are actually several incredible canyons around the world, and here are five of the most breathtakingly beautiful that you absolutely must see.

Grand Canyon, USA

Probably the most well-known of all canyons, the Grand Canyon is actually one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and if you have ever been, it will be easy to see why. This beautiful sight sees over five million visitors every year, come to marvel the 6000 foot deep, 277 miles long and 18 miles wide canyon. A fantastic view, it is one of the most accessible Canyons and offers hikes, mule rides, and even helicopter tours. Very popular with tourists, there are local hotels right on the rim to stay in, plus museums and education centers based around some of the canyon’s history. On the Vegas side, there is even a huge see-through ledge which gives the feeling of floating right out above the canyon. Not for the faint of heart!

Colca Canyon, Peru

A whopping 13,650 feet deep, Peru’s Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon! This colorful, 45 mile-long canyon is steeped in Inca and pre-Inca cultural history and still, today maintains ancestral traditions of indigenous people, making it an incredible place to behold. There are plenty of things to keep you busy on this canyon, aside from just the views, as it is home to the endangered condors which can often be spotted. There are plenty of photograph opportunities, including being able to have your photograph taken holding a hawk or a baby Alpaca, and local villagers sell trinkets for tourists to buy.

Copper Canyon, Mexico

In Mexico, you will find the stunning Copper Canyon, which is part of the Barrancas del Cobre, created by six rivers. The best way to enjoy this canyon is on the Copper Canyon Railway which runs 400 miles from Chihuahua to Los Mochis and on its 16-hour journey, climbs over 8,000 feet, across 36 bridges and through 87 tunnels! If you want to explore Copper Canyon on foot, it is advised that you hire a guide as the trails are not mapped nor signposted.

Verdon Gorge, France

A Canyon may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you picture visiting France, but it really is worth the trip to see this incredible turquoise Canyon in South East France! Right by the French Riviera, this Canyon is a haven for hikers, kayakers, and rock climbers – in fact, there are over 1500 routes that have been developed across this 13-mile long canyon! The Verdon Gorge is often given the accolade of Europe’s most beautiful canyon, and it would be difficult to disagree.

River Fish Canyon

An often-photographed beauty, the Fish River Canyon really is breathtaking! It is the largest canyon in Africa at 100 miles long, 18 miles wide and an incredible 1,800 feet deep, making a very popular 54-mile hike, known as The Fish River Canyon Trail. These factors make it the second-most popular tourist attraction in Namibia, second only to Etosha National Park.

These canyons are truly a wondrous feat of nature; they are absolutely stunning. The sheer scale of them takes your breath away; you need to visit at least one of these epic landmarks on your journeys.

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The most beautiful shopping malls around the world

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When you go out for your weekly shop, or to buy your annual wardrobe (yes, I’m talking about you, men!) you probably just venture to your local mall, with your budget department stores and your food market. You probably don’t expect to be greeted with gondola rides, rollercoasters, or giant aquariums, do you? Well, in certain parts of the world this could be your local shopping mall. Bet you’re regretting your house location now. Let’s all move to Dubai!

Dubai Mall – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

If you’ve ever been to Dubai or the United Arab Emirates, you’ll know that they don’t do anything by halves. Everything is excessive, everything is elegant, everything is clean, and everything is beautiful. Including the shopping malls. As well as being one of the most beautiful malls in the world, the Dubai Mall is also the largest in the world and comes complete with 1,200 shops to its name, an Aquarium and Discovery Center, an ice rink, a theme park, a 22-screen cinema, the largest candy store in the world, an interactive children’s center, and one of the most spectacular indoor fountains on the planet! Not much, then…

The Grand Canal Shoppes – Las Vegas, United States of America

Don’t worry if you’ve never visited Venice because you won’t need to if you take a trip to the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas! This Venetian-themed hotel comes complete with its very own Grand Canal Shoppes featuring incredible waterways, which you can travel using Gondolas – with your very own Gondola driver who might even sing for you if you’re lucky. The mall offers 91 shops connected by cobbled streets and a moving clouded ceiling. And of course, no Venetian street would be complete without street performers.

Canal City – Fukuoka, Japan

Just like the Grand Canal Shoppes in Las Vegas, Canal City shopping mall in Japan has based its mall around incredible canals. The canals serve as the main event in this mall, with the shops built as if they surround the water. But these buildings aren’t your typical run of the mill two-up two-down buildings. Instead, they are all curved, with water features, fountains, and sculptures which have been designed and constructed to trick the eyes of its visitors. As well as some of the most prestigious shops and brands, the mall also houses art exhibitions, gaming centers, cinemas, a music stadium – and the piece de resistance is the fifth floor of the mall which is solely dedicated to ramen! Time to tuck in.

Berjaya Times Square – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Despite the fact the Berjaya Times Square shopping mall in Malaysia is Asia’s largest shopping mall, the grandiose mall is actually designed around the streets and bright lights of New York’s Times Square. With a makeshift subway station, big billboards and bright signs, you could easily mistake it for the Big Apple! The shopping mall offers its visitors over 1000 stores, as well as an incredible indoor theme park complete with roller coasters (yep, inside), a haunted house, and more. As if it wasn’t already pretty epic, the mall also throws in the extra awesomeness of a giant musical staircase to entertain you (and your kids) for hours.

West Edmonton Mall – Edmonton, Canada

The West Edmonton Mall is one of the most beautiful malls in the world because it is one of the most unexpected. As you walk through the doors, you’re bombarded with a huge area full of fun and activities. As well as the obvious stores and food halls, this mall offers the largest indoor waterpark in the world, complete with a wave pool and 83-foot tall water slide, an ice rink, a lake which features sea lions, a mini-golf course, a shooting range, bowling alley, arcade, music Stadium, a chapel and an indoor theme park! Could you need anything else?

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Peter Dinklage praises ‘beautiful’ Game of Thrones ending

OHMYGOSSIP — Peter Dinklage thinks his ‘Game of Thrones’ alter ego has a “beautiful” ending.
The 49-year-old actor has wrapped shooting his scenes as Tyrion Lannister for the final season of the HBO drama and he has praised showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for the “brilliant” final episodes of the fantasy saga, as he’s particularly satisfied with the final storylines he was given as the Hand of the Queen.
He told ‘Entertainment Tonight’: “There are no better writers in television than [showrunners] Dan Weiss and David Benioff. They ended it brilliantly. Better than I could have imagined and you people are in for it.
“It ends beautifully for my character whether it be tragic or not.”
Peter recently admitted he had found it hard to say goodbye to the show because he had “developed deep roots” in many of the areas he shot the drama in because it was so far away from the home he shares with wife Erica Schmidt and their two children.
He said last month: “I had my last day on set in July, just over two months ago now and it was very sad.
“This is not only a great TV show to be a part of, but it was an enormous family to be a part of.
“I’m sure you’ve heard that before from actors but in this case I was far from home, I live in New York and we shot the show in Europe, so many times I had to stay there and couldn’t go home on the weekends and I really developed deep roots in the community of Ireland and some of the other countries we shot in.
“It was definitely hard to say goodbye, because it wasn’t just saying goodbye to the show, I was saying goodbye to a life over there.”

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Beautiful, exotic places that were shown on Survivor

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If you have never watched Survivor in your life, then you are missing out on some good television. Survivor is one of the most popular American reality television shows. In the show, the contestants are stranded on exotic islands without much to survive. As the name suggests, the show is all about surviving the challenges they come across and making it to the end to get their hands on the prize money. Some of the locations shown on Survivor are truly breathtaking, and it almost feels like they are perfect for a vacation. Here are some of the beautiful exotic places that were shown on Survivor.

The Herbert River

The Herbert River is located in Queensland, Australia. Shown during the Australian Outback, contestants had to battle some very harsh climatic conditions in this location. This being said, the Herbert River is a beautiful and quaint location, and there are a number of extreme activities that takes place here.

Sabitang Laya Island

This beautiful island is located in the Philippines and has been a prime location for the shoot of two seasons of Survivor. It is breathtakingly beautiful with its long stretches of sand and a vast expanse of blue, clear water. The island is surrounded by beautiful rock structures and is a perfect spot for a vacation. You can go for a swim or simply lie on the sands. There are several activities like snorkeling and scuba diving as well.

Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are situated midway between Polynesia and Tonga. The islands resemble Hawaii in many ways and are filled with lagoons, beaches, coconut groves, and so much more. The best part about this location is the people. The locals are extremely friendly and approachable.

Shaba National Reserve

This reserve is located in Kenya and proved to be a truly challenging experience for the contestants of Survivor. They were dropped right in the middle of a wildlife reserve and asked to make it all the way till the end. Without the challenges, the Shaba National Reserve is a wonderful place to experience wildlife.

Cape Engano

Another stunning location with blue waters and endless stretches of white sand, Cape Engano is located in the Philippines. What takes your breath away is the beautiful landscape you get to witness at Cape Engano. It is one of the top places that anyone who takes a trip to the Philippines must visit.

Pearl Islands

Located in Panama, the Pearl Islands are famous for their nice, hot weather and the beautiful beaches all around them. The water surrounding the Pearl Islands is crystal clear and beckons you invitingly for a swim. The serenity of the islands is bound to relax you and make you want to leave the stress of everyday life far behind.

Ko Tarutao

Ko Tarutao was shown in the fifth season of Survivor. Located in Thailand, Ko Tarutao has a rugged landscape and the scenic beauty is sure to fill your soul. This beautiful place has mountains that reach up to 1640 ft. and offers a wonderful experience to the tourists who visit.

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