She is the Editor-in-Chief at ELLE Decoration UK. She is a graduate of BSc (Hons), Architecture from the University College London.
After her degree followed a 2 year sojourn in New York, returning to London in 1992 in order to complete her Architectural Diploma at the prestigious Bartlett School of Architecture. She graduated in June 1993.
Originally trained as an architect, she began her publishing career assisting Tim Marlow, the renowned art historian turned television presenter and director of the White Cube Art Gallery, on the launch of Tate Art Magazine. It was a short hop across the Wordsearch publishing house to Blueprint Magazine (then edited by Deyan Sudjic, currently director of London’s Design Museum) where she rose to the position of Senior Editor in less than three years. Her energy and enthusiasm led to her ultimately being headhunted by style guru Ilse Crawford, joining ELLE Decoration as its Features Director. Just 12 months later she was promoted to Deputy Editor. And a year after that she set up shop on her own, albeit maintaining her connection to ELLE Decoration as its Editor-at-Large.
She has also worked as Interiors Editor for Esquire magazine (September 1997 to April 1999); Interiors Editor of Nova Magazine, (April 2000 to April 2001), as well as regularly contributing to influential publications including: Arena; Design Week; ELLE; The Evening Standard; The Face; Frank; Hoch Parterre (Zurich), The Guardian, iD; Interiors (New York); International Design Magazine (New York); Numero (Paris); Scene; Sunday Times Style.
Michelle was appointed Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Decoration UK in May 2004, consolidating a relationship with the magazine that started in 1997. In September 2007 she launched ELLE Decoration Collections, an annual guide to the world’s best new designs, and in August 2007 she was appointed Editor in Chief of Real Homes magazine (a position she held in addition to her editorship of ELLE Decoration) masterminding its re-launch in January 2008 and subsequent sale a year later.