Serena Williams-Ellis

This is an assured designer, expert at creating classic English country houses, but a closer look at Serena Williams-Ellis’s portfolio reveals an eclectic mix of architecture and styles. Rooms are airy and colourful, with a generous sense of scale, and ‘creating an innate sense of comfort and belonging’ is core to her approach. She mixes antique and modern with confidence, scouring auctions and salvage yards for pieces.


Serena has been working on interior-design projects worldwide since 1996, including historic houses, newbuilds, yachts and chalets. She has a team of four at her offices in London and Cumbria, and seeks out specialist craftsmen, workshops and suppliers.


Right now, Serena is working on two houses in Notting Hill, a house in Scotland, and beach houses in Marbella and in South Carolina, US. She’s also working on two five year projects: a Grade I-listed Irish house and a colonial house in Virginia, US.

Most unusual design request?

‘A courtyard portico tall enough for the client to be able to ride through on horseback.’


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