"Donna’s professional style was refreshing to work with - she is a natural collaborator and works diligently to ensure that the clients creative wants are listened to and then exceeds your expectations when delivering a beautifully appointed end result."
"Coordination and timeliness are always critical to the success of the project and all of Donna’s selections and deliveries were flawless. Being a high end custom home builder, these are the qualities we require on every project. We welcome the opportunity to work with Donna again."
"Five star is not enough to rate Donna's work. She is one of the best designers that I have worked with over the years as she always goes the extra mile for her clients. Donna really knows how to design a room that is comfortable yet very stylish and is one to always think outside the box."
"Working with Donna was an absolute pleasure. She took the time to understand me as a person and used that understanding to create the perfect environment for my home. We were truly partners throughout the process."
For more than four decades, Donna Elle has built an illustrious career providing design services to Nantucket, Cape Cod and beyond. She conveys her artistic expression through her local community and amongst a high caliber of clientele including distinguished politicians, leaders of national organizations, journalists, television personalities and business CEOs. Donna garners the trust of her clients through her strong intuition and sharp business sense. Her depth of knowledge that spans across decades of expertise and her approach to a uniquely intimate design experience are the keys to her success.
I am entrusted with defining an expression of who they are so that their families, friends, and colleagues are endeared to enter a home that mirrors their self image.– DONNA ELLE
For Donna, a project fully comes to life when her creative autonomy merges with her long-lasting partnerships. Her professional influence enhances the full delivery of a project between the clients, builders, architects and contractors. It is through her deep involvement in the development phase and her fluid edifications of the most specific design details that inspires a collaborative energy and camaraderie. Establishing a relationship of trust with her clients is where Donna’s elucidation and leadership come forth, developing a robust design program that encompasses the wholeness of a project; a connecting of dots between the essence of her clients and their interior surroundings. It is this tenacity and authenticity that has perpetuated her business through three economic recessions.
In 2004, Donna discovered that her most inspiring collaborations were yet to come. Her youngest daughter Katie created a series of hand drawn sea-life depictions that would later morph into a home textile collection distributed to brick and mortar boutiques along the East Coast. The artistic synergy between this mother-daughter duo was palpable. In 2015, Katie officially joined the firm. Like mother like daughter, both began their careers in fashion. Katie brings a fresh and relative approach to the design firm, with 15 years of expertise in both the private and corporate sector of fashion and retail including distinguished brands such as J.Crew and Tory Burch. With an eye toward the future, Donna and Katie share a unique opportunity in developing a brand and legacy through their natural synergy and undeniable chemistry.
Donna’s work has earned praise from publications including Boston Home, Boston Design Guide, New England Home and Nantucket Magazine.