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Meet The Team

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Founder & Creative Director

Ellen Lopez is an award-winning Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer with nearly thirty years of professional design expertise. She opened EL Design Studio in 2014 and quickly built an extraordinary portfolio of exceptional work that uniquely blends the needs of her clients with her talented eye for trends as well as timeless style. 


In 2016, Ellen earned three first place awards from NKBA’s NY Metro Chapter design competition. The following year, she became a chapter officer for the NKBA NY Metro Chapter, and she joined the National NKBA Chapter Leadership Committee in 2020. 


Since then, Ellen’s success has seen a remarkable trajectory. She was one of three designers selected by Cambria USA to serve on an exclusive panel advising the company on products, emerging technology, and more. She has been recognized nationally as the First Runner-Up in Kitchen Design by the Interior Design Society (IDS), and her work has been featured in national publications. Photos of her projects have been widely shared by notable social media influencers and blogs, including corporate accounts such as Cambria USA, Hubbardton Forge, TileBar, and GE Appliances, elevating Ellen Lopez and EL Design Studio to a new level of recognition and notoriety. 


Ellen’s years of experience in addition to her artistic flair have not only offered her a wide breadth of creativity and inspiration, they have enriched her ability to serve her every client’s needs in a singularly brilliant and meaningful way.

Ellen Lopez

Project Specialist

Denise Goodman joined EL Design Studio in September of 2018 after Ellen Lopez designed her kitchen - a project they both enjoyed and where they first developed a strong and supportive relationship. Starting out part-time, Denise later developed a passion for the cabinet and building aspect of the kitchen and bath industry. In addition to facilitating the building of the cabinets, Denise also coordinates deliveries and templating of countertops based on the arrival and installation of the cabinets.


Denise is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology where she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. She spent three years as a product developer at Jimlar Shoe Corporation for private label brands such as Diego Della Valle, Thom McAn, Allen Edmonds, Clark, and Frye Boots.


Using her abundant creative energy, Denise seamlessly orchestrates the cabinet selection, engineering, and finishing process, bringing passion and careful intention to every project. Her design industry experience and her commitment to a smooth journey for every client makes her an indispensable part of the ELDS team. 

Denise Goodman

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Assistant Designer

Martha began her internship with ELDS in July of 2022 after earning her Associate’s degree in Applied Science for interior design at Nassau Community College. She has been a member of NKBA since 2019 and brings a keen eye for design as well as technological prowess to each project. 
Martha renders designs in Chief Architect, Sketchup, 2020 Design, and AutoCad to offer clients realistic depictions of their space and designs. Her use of various design software brings important details to life so that every rendering is distinctive, accurate, and artful. 
She also assists in selecting materials for designs and brings exceptional technical skill to ELDS. Her attention to detail and software knowledge are integral to the process from start to finish.

Martha Torres

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