Araceli Valdes de McElroy was born in Colorado and spent her youth in her native Mexico. She returned to the US in her late teens, settling in Los Angeles where her love of design and interiors began. After an early career as a producer on the Travel Channel which brought her to all four corners of the world, Araceli branched out from television into homes and interiors. Having renovated, redecorated, furnished and resold a number of her own properties in the Los Angeles area, Araceli realized that her future and passion was in interiors when a number of friends asked her to redesign their properties. She began working under Kristoffer Winters, one of LA’s most prominent designers, before going it alone. Her solo venture has evolved into a residential and commercial interior design business with projects ranging from Silver Lake bungalows to Bel Air mansions to SoHo offices.
Araceli is currently based in Morocco with her husband, who is British, and their son. She works between Los Angeles, New York, London, Mexico and Morocco.