In­te­rior and ur­ban land­scape de­signer with an affin­ity for nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als.

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Fans of the global eclec­tic style will ap­pre­ci­ate Elly Mac­Don­ald’s keen eye for ar­ti­sanal tex­tiles and nat­u­ral fin­ishes. The well-trav­elled Brit turns bor­ing apart­ments into chic ur­ban respites by com­bin­ing con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture with an­tiques, ma­te­ri­als like vi­brant mother of pearl, as well as hand­crafted goods such as Turk­ish kil­ims. We ask Elly for tips to achieve a rest­ful, na­ture-in­spired bed­room. What styles are you into right now? I’m re­ally lov­ing indigo, es­pe­cially in tex­tiles – I just used a beau­ti­ful piece from the Mossi peo­ple of Burk­ina Faso for a client’s cus­tom up­hol­stery. I also can­not get enough of an­tiqued brass. Its warm gold tone is es­pe­cially beau­ti­ful when paired with indigo blue or white. How would you style a bed­room? I’d keep the bed­room de­sign fairly re­laxed with a light colour pal­ette; in my own home, I have a thin white linen cur­tain which lets light in. I keep it in­ter­est­ing with con­trast­ing tex­tures from carved wood and nat­u­ral jute, and a pop of colour with fresh flow­ers.

It’s Valen­tine’s Day soon. What’s a quick way to achieve a ro­man­tic am­bi­ence?

Soften the look with dim light­ing and lay­ered nat­u­ral tex­tiles (con­sist­ing of high-thread­count sheets, linen blan­kets, and wool throws). And, of course, some scented can­dles!

What func­tional yet stylish bed­room ac­ces­sories do you use?

I like Moroc­can tea glasses as lit­tle bud vases, and lit­tle ham­mered brass or shell dishes for cor­ralling jew­ellery on bed­side ta­bles. I al­ways try to in­cor­po­rate a rug in bed­room de­signs, too. A high-pile one will give you a lovely soft land­ing when you get up. What will be a big trend in 2017? Up­hol­stered head­boards will con­tinue to rise in pop­u­lar­ity; I did a beau­ti­ful cus­tom linen head­board for a client, which adds colour while be­ing very com­fort­able for read­ing in bed. There is also an in­creas­ing de­sire for au­then­tic fin­ishes and tex­tures, such as cane, leather, and rat­tan. FOR MORE IN­FOR­MA­TION ON ELLY MAC­DON­ALD, VISIT WWW. ELLYMACDONALDDESIGN. COM.

ABOVE A “mas­cu­line-style” read­ing cor­ner in Elly’s home. A mis­matched wall art­work dis­play is the back­drop to her leather and carved­wood plan­ta­tion chair, and bone-in­lay side ta­ble.

LEFT This bed­room of­fers a re­lax­ing vibe, with plenty of white linen and carved wood. Ac­ces­sories in­clude pet­ri­fied wood slabs for can­dles, and a shell jew­ellery dish.

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