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As an architectural and interior designer, Ellen McKenna brings a unique perspective and aesthetic to each project. Whether you are building a new house or updating your existing home, her understanding of space and functionality and her artist’s eye for materials, color and style will result in a design tailored to your needs. Ellen has 18 years of experience with interiors, exteriors and all design styles. She is intelligent, caring and a good listener, who provides many options, within all price ranges. Her superb interpersonal skills make each project enjoyable for all involved. Ellen provides a seamless process from concept to completion and delivers an outstanding result within budget and on time. Ellen McKenna holds a BFA degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and completed the Harvard University intensive summer program in architecture. She studied architecture and interior design at the Boston Architectural College and won the President’s Award for the Best Portfolio. Additionally, Ellen has taken classes in interior design at RISD and interior design and lighting design at UC Berkley. She has been the owner of Ellen McKenna Design for 9 years. Prior to this, she worked for 10 years at architectural firms in Boston, San Francisco, and Jamestown, RI. Her projects have been in New England, Georgia, Utah and California. Feel free to reach out to us, we would love to hear from you.


★★★★★  40+ Reviews

Ellen has been a wonderful person to work with. she has an excellent background in design, and a pleasing way of putting everything together. She took into account our preferences, needs, and budget as she worked with us to create comfortable and pleasing living areas. Take a look at her portfolio. I would recommend her to you.Read More

Ellen is an amazing design expert. She has an incredible eye and is also adept at measuring and coming up with the right dimensions to furnish various spaces. We bought a new home and she has transformed empty rooms by adding color, unique and functional furniture as well as art work. Ellen is incredible resourceful and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed working with Ellen and highly recommend her.Read More

Ellen’s design expertise has been both helpful and fun! Ellen sees exciting possibilities where others see challenges. Ellen listens carefully, gives sound advice, has a great command of color, texture, and scale which she synthesizes seamlessly. Our new home is even more beautiful now!Read More

Ellen is amazing to work with. The way she listens to ideas and then interprets them to reality and paper is incredible. With her knowledge in design, she puts details together that are not only beautiful but completely functional as well. I love the extras that she includes as well, such as lighting and beautiful finds. I highly recommend Ellen for any new or remodel project, she is a wonderful designer!Read More

This is the second home that Ellen has helped me with, but this was a bit of a different situation, she had moved away and I was facing a full house gut. I couldn't imagine doing this project without her so we figured out a way to do it remotely. She spent hours reviewing the design and suggesting modifications. She also helped us select a terrific contractor who she had worked with before, we could not have been happier with him. She came into town when I needed her eye for color and tile selection, she sent suggestions and spent many long hours on the phone with me, helping me to make important decisions. The kitchen and bar area she designed are unique and just exactly what we wanted. Her patience, sense of humor (very important!) and talent know no bounds. We absolutely love they way our home turned out and are so grateful to her!Read More

Ellen provided us with architectural design services. Her feedback during the design process and layout ideas while working with us were very valiable. She proved to be an exceptional sounding board to discuss possible options and brought to our attention concepts and design ideas we had not thought about. In addition, she would point out areas that needed attention thay we had not thought about. She has the relationships that help make it easier to accomplish that uniqueness every person is looking for when building a custom home.Read More

When choosing a designer for our remodel we evaluated many options in the St. George area. What struck us the most was that most of the designers’ work looked very similar. Ellen McKenna Design stood out because she had a different style, fresh from the east coast. It was exactly what we were looking for. Ellen caught our vision right from the start. After showing her some inspiration photos, she took off running. Her recommendations for furniture were spot on. Ellen was direct and honest with us about how different design choices would flow. We were very impressed with Ellen’s excellent drawings of the project. They were instrumental in helping the design come together and flow the way we had envisioned. The drawings made it easy for everyone involved in the process to understand exactly how everything needed to be done. This was especially crucial at the beginning of this project when we were not yet in town. When we were not able to be in the area, Ellen traveled to different vendors to see options and often came to the work site anytime we needed her to check on measurements or progress. As she was new to the area, she was still in the process of creating professional connections with local subcontractors and vendors. If she didn’t know of a recommendation for a sub, she did the research and got one. Her enthusiasm when elements would come together was contagious. We always knew something was going to look really good if Ellen was excited about it. We’re incredibly happy with our new home. The finished product is better than we envisioned because Ellen was involved.Read More


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