elly macdonald design singapore


Based out of London but with an alarming weakness for travel, Elly is a residential interior and urban landscape designer with an ex-tax accountant’s eye for detail.

Having lived and worked in seven countries all over the world, her design aesthetic has been influenced by a great number of different cultures, styles and experiences. Her time in Europe left a deep appreciation for traditional methods and interior architecture, and the unique design quirks of the ‘Old World’; her stay in the Caribbean developed a love for all natural organic finishes and glamorous yet understated spaces; and her experiences in Asia inspired a fascination with Eastern design and traditional ethnic textiles.

In addition to her design studio, Elly is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Anserai, a US-based online boutique offering designer home decor collections from around the world.

Elly trained with the KLC School of Design in London, is a UK Chartered Accountant and received her B.Sc. from Warwick Business School, UK.


Dubbed “Queen of Textiles” by Home & Decor Singapore magazine, Elly enjoys working in a range of styles from industrial glamour to beach house chic, though her personal design aesthetic is characterised by an affinity for authentic and natural finishes – reclaimed woods, slubby linens, natural seagrass, antiqued brass, vibrant mother of pearl and deeply-veined marble, to name just a few; artisanal hand-crafted goods and textiles – Indonesian ikats, Vietnamese hill tribe textiles and Moroccan handiras are current favourites; and the strong belief that a truly beautiful design layers high end pieces with lowly market goods, contemporary lines with antique or upcycled silhouettes and sleek luxe finishes with more rough around the edges patinas.

Eschewing the typical view that the higher the price tag the better the taste, Elly shows that good design can be achieved on any budget, and particularly caters to rental homes. She emphasises that every client is distinct and welcomes the challenge of creating a space in which form and function have equal bearing. Whether it’s a full scale shophouse renovation or a more superficial revamp of a rented condo, she is passionate about helping her clients create a home that truly reflects their style, interests and identity.


Interior Design | E-Design | Terrace/Courtyard Design | Project Coordination | Interior Construction Consulting | Home Staging | Custom Furniture Design + Manufacture | Colour Consulting | Interior Styling