Category: Elly MacDonald Design


Well I’m back in the UK.  The last couple of months have been an insane whirlwind of closing down my home, life and business in Singapore, and starting up all three in Surrey/London.  I can’t quite believe it but apparently I’ve been away from the motherland for nearly eight years.

I started this blog back in the early days, to track my progress from Chartered Accountant to ‘Interior Design Goddess’ {complete with fairy image, ha!  27 year old Elly was apparently about as silly as 34 year old Elly} – comically poorly formatted first blog entry here {I do still love armchairs and lanterns, but errr I’m still not sure what a splicer is?!}.  Well I am certainly no goddess, but I am happy and proud to say that I am now a fully fledged interior designer, with many fantastic projects in my portfolio, spread across Singapore, Hong Kong, the States and the UK.

It’s been an incredible adventure, starting on a windswept Caribbean beach and ending in a leafy green Singaporean suburb, via Hong Kong’s crazy skyscrapers and Bali’s peaceful paddy fields, with many many highs along the way as well as an irritating quantity of lows – two continents, four countries, six homes, two careers, two small businesses, one marriage :), one divorce :(, four new amazing sports, one Nepalese goat-bus, never enough Jamaican dancehall, 0.1 chicken feet, many underwater dancing turtles, six choral performances, two new lifelong loves of hermit crabs and bougainvillea, one Balinese motorbike crash, 400,000 curry puffs, one marathon, three manta rays, 0.01 durian, seven sets of stunning climbing crags, so much nasi goreng and gamelan music, one mohawked monkey, four Hungry Ghost Festivals, three National Day Parades, two Pirates Weeks, one Thaipusam Festival, approximately 1 bazillion downward facing dogs, three Sai Kung waterfalls and four dai pai dong, too few Boggy Sands Beach fish fry, six dragonboat competitions, 15 lovely design clients, five print magazine articles, many technology tantrums, one comically passive/aggressive sub-contractor, a huge number of fantastic suppliers, and innumerable good people around quite literally the entire world.

But why blab on about it when you can cram 8 years into 20 seconds of highly saturated images?  {Side note: I’ve discovered the Photoshop ‘saturate’ button is like the e-numbers of the photography world}.  Is it healthy therapeutic reflection, or self-indulgent narcissism…?  Maybe somewhere in the middle between the two:



At least I managed to restrain myself from adding an emotional soundtrack.

I’ve been incredibly lucky to be able to turn a passion for interior design and traditional artisanal textiles and handicrafts, into a business in Singapore.  I am now offering competitively priced e-design services in Singapore, the US and the UK, and am available for full service design projects in the London/Surrey area.

Please refer to my portfolio {here} to see my previous work, and Houzz {here} for happy client testimonials!  And feel free to reach out to me directly, I’d be delighted to hear from you:

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{all credits: Elly MacDonald Design}

I don’t get much time to write blog posts these days sadly, but I am occasionally updating my website blog page with past projects, and current inspirations – head on over for random ramblings!  I’d love to connect on Instagram and Facebook too, where I share peeks into current projects and errr more random ramblings.

So here ends the blog!  Thank you for reading, and I hope its contents have helped or inspired at least a few people out there.

Over and out,

Interior Design Non-Goddess

Designer Pillow Giveaway

We’ve had some fab news over here at EMD this month: Home & Decor Singapore magazine has featured my Joo Chiat Duplex project in their September issue, and dubbed lil’ old me ‘Queen of Textiles’, which is extremely fitting {well, the ‘textiles’ bit anyway}.


Head on over to my press page for the full article {here} or grab yourself a copy online {here} or on paper {errr in any shop in Singapore}.

So to celebrate the coronation I’ve decided to share said textiles with one lucky reader, anywhere in the world!  I’m giving away one designer pillow in a vintage ethnic textile, totally for free – take your pick from a Malian mudcloth, a Timorese ikat or a Hmong batik.

Combined with an all-natural linen backing, one of my signature solid brass zips, and a gorgeous chubby overstuffed inner, it’s guaranteed to be the cherry on the cake that is your sofa / bed / armchair / window seat / sectional / terrace furniture / banquette / chaise / errr floor.  Textile deets below.


Decided which is your fave…?  I know I know, it’s tricky…you have to really concentrate.

Got it now?  Brilliant.  Here’s how to win it:

1) Connect with me on Instagram {here} or Facebook {here};

2) Leave a comment on this blog post saying which piece is your pick, and where in your home you’d put your new pillow {and remember to leave your email address please}.

The lucky winner will be picked on September 30, 2016, time to get clicking!

***************************WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!!***************************

Congratulations Helen Tan!  Your white Malian mud cloth textile is on its way to the workshop, will email you with the details.

Skyline Condo – before + after

Oooh I do love me a good ‘before and after’, I do.  Ever since my first B+A post a comically long time ago {here}, when I was evidently still finding my design-feet {and where, at some point since, WordPress has inexplicably decided to make the text ALL ANGRY CAPS}, I still have a huge soft spot for seeing spaces transformed from uggers version to thing-of-beauty.  I also still ponder that droopy {technical term} silk blind on a weirdly regular basis.

Anyhoo, I digress.  No droopy silk blinds were involved in the design of this masculine, slightly ethnic, very well-travelled bachelor pad, in a rental unit at Concourse Skyline Condo, just next door to Nicoll Highway/Arab Street.

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E-Design Services

I’ve received quite a few enquiries over the last couple of months about the interior e-design services I offer, here at Elly MacDonald Design, to clients in Singapore, the US and the UK.

So I thought I’d save my sausage-fingers from some avoidable typing, and do a little blog summary of the ins and outs of this service.

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It’s essentially a more affordable version of a traditional interior design project.  In an e-design project, the client does all the non-design-y bits and pieces: the measuring up of the space, the purchasing and installing of all furniture, textiles and accessories, the sourcing and managing of contractors (where used), the dealing with any and all install bloopers {there’s always one!}, the styling, etc etc.

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