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Kelli Ellis Shares Her Faves

InspireDesign recently caught up with designer Kelli Ellis, who shared some of her favorite products. Celebrating her 50th birthday this year, Ellis has always been creative.

“I am thrilled to still be in love with design and all its tentacles,” said Ellis. “We crazy creatives suffocate if we aren’t designing, drawing, painting, sculpting—anything to express ourselves.” So, what gives her life? Objects with a storied past. “Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that while attending the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, known as Battersea, I saw David Beckham and Guy Ritchie walking around buying. Cheers to London!,” she added.

“I love accessorizing with bottles and boxes, especially in a collection like this one from The Home Bothy—a set of glass and tole apothecary bottles from France circa 1920,” said Ellis.

“Red is my signature pop and this beauty—an 18th-century Chinese export painted leather trunk from—did it for me,” Ellis said.

“These Guillerme et Chambron chairs from Joseph Berry Interiors are called Tricoteuse in French, which loosely means knitting chairs,” said Ellis. “I love how unique these chairs are. In all my years of designing and sourcing, I love that I am still surprised to see new things.”

“When the Fontaine boys at antique dealer aren’t selling their entire art stock to Guy Ritchie
(I witnessed it!) they have some of the best goodies on display—always,” Ellis noted. “You cannot beat the craftsmanship, like you see in this oak demilune cabinet with tambour doors, circa 1800s.”

“I love the leather-wrapped brass on this cart from the 1930s,” Ellis shared. “Jacques Adnet was a French Art Deco modernist designer, architect and interior designer. I want a classic dirty martini and to hear all the stories this cart from can share.”

“This is a designer’s dream wall accessory—1830s Billiards Score Board by London maker Cox and Yeman from Cool Stuff Across the Pond,” said Ellis. “It’s made of walnut and mahogany. There’s nothing better than the perfect statement piece with a story.”