"For as long as I can remember, I have been aware of the impact our immediate environment have on how we feel, act, and live our lives. How the things and colors that we surround ourselves with affect our mood and wellbeing. By living in a healthy, functional and beautiful space, our lives will be enriched. My passion is to help other people understand the power of beauty and function, and to bring this into their lives."Ellinor Ellefson
Ellinor Ellefson, award-winning designer and owner of Elle Interiors, was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, and spent many years living in France (Paris, Provence). She has a rich background, having lived and travelled all over the world. She studied History of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of Stockholm and became a sought after guide and writer, specializing in the art and design field. This became a strong foundation for her expert design knowledge and aesthetics, and where others have only seen pictures of famous architecture, art, and design, she has experienced it first-hand.
After meeting her American husband, she landed in Phoenix, AZ, and since 1998 she has called Arizona home. She lives with her husband, two teenaged children, a dog and a cat in Gilbert, and became a U.S. Citizen in 2008. After pursuing a degree in Interior Design from CIDA accredited Scottsdale Community College, she launched Elle Interiors in 2007. She is a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) as well as NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association), and has won multiple awards for her designs. She is also a frequent guest speaker at interior design colleges and various events.
When not helping her clients achieve their dream spaces, Ellinor enjoys travelling, theatre, dance, fine dining, and spending time with her family.
"Interior design is not just about making a home beautiful. It involves a comprehensive understanding of the individuals who live in that space and what their needs and desires are. In an era of DIY and style on demand, I endeavor to take a client beyond the norm and toward a more holistic approach, while conscientiously maintaining a sense of style that will stand the test of time. That is my sole passion; to deliver designs that are masterfully tailored, carefully curated, and unequivocally personal."Travis Fellmeth
Travis Fellmeth, a native of rural Wisconsin, comes to Elle Interiors with a liberal arts degree in Interior Architecture & Design, a passion for chic, stylish interiors and a love for art and antiquities. After graduating in 2017 and living and working at home, he moved to Arizona to jump start his career with a well-established firm. His love for design began as a child, when he would constantly re-arrange the furniture in his home and actively study any design publication he could find. Naturally, this passion led him to a top notch education where he soon found his wings, and with experience living in the Midwest, the deep South, New York City, and now the West Coast, has a well-developed and multi-faceted understanding of aesthetics.
When he is not busy creating, networking or studying interior design, he enjoys reading, physical fitness, a quiet coffee shop or antique store, playing Beethoven sonatas on the piano, or exploring the many natural wonders that Arizona has to offer.
"Be personable. Design with the intention of making someone's vision a reality. Designing is not a job, but a passionate art that not only changes the appearance of a space, but also makes a unique statement for those who thrive in it."Cristi Valimaki
Cristi Valimaki, a graduate from the American Institute of Interior Design, was born and raised in beautiful Arizona. She considers herself an exceptionally visual person and has always had a natural inclination towards design. Growing up she was always the go-to friend for advice on redecorating or remodeling, and after her daughters went off to college decided to finally pursue her passion by receiving a professional education in design. Since then, she has dedicated her life to design, and absolutely loves every moment of helping others make their vision a reality.
When not designing beautiful spaces, Cristi enjoys spending time with her family, friends, playing tennis and traveling.
"My goal is to produce growth and development of not only myself, but my team members and clients involved in each project."Michelle McChesney
Michelle McChesney graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelors in Business Management and a Minor in Marketing. After graduation, Michelle found herself taking some design classes at Scottsdale Community College. She soon developed a passion for Interior Design and switched her line of work from Construction Project Management to Interior Design. Thus, providing a fresh face to the industry.
Michelle is a Phoenix local who absolutely loves sunny Arizona! She enjoys walking her dogs, hiking, photography and spending time with her friends and family.
"While collaborating with my clients, I strive to help bring their vision to life by providing the finest design and drafting working documents using AutoCAD software. My true passion is to create a comfortable space where my client’s lifestyle is represented in the outcome of the design."Suzette O'Farrell
Suzette O'Farrell brings to Elle Interiors 20 years of design and AutoCAD experience along with hands-on construction knowledge. She has worked closely with subcontractors, manufacturers, and installers. She has also worked directly with clients in selecting interior and exterior finishes in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York. Suzette holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Design from San Jose State University and an Associate of Arts Degree for The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.