New to the world of interior styling, Elin graduated from University and went straight into social work but pretty soon realised something was missing from her life. “I had two kids, not a lot of spare time, and really missed being creative,” says Elin. “I knew that I needed to get a job where I could be creative to feel happy about my life.”
As a result, Elin decided to leave her job as a social worker and turn her interior interests into a career, beginning with assisting other stylists. Two years on, Elin has her own freelance interior styling business and loves her job.
Using nature, artwork and fashion for inspiration, alongside her favourite Instagram and Pinterest accounts, Elin’s home has a classic Scandinavian style with her own personal twist. “My goal is that our home should feel calm, relaxing and inspirational,” says Elin. “I believe that I have managed to accomplish that.”
Elin has worked hard to ensure her home meets the functional needs of her family without compromising it’s beautiful aesthetic. She especially focuses on removing all the unnecessary ‘stuff’ that brings stress and disorder to the home. “The sorting out process seems to be a never-ending story… Where does all the stuff come from?”
There is a strong feel of continuity throughout Elin’s home, as all of the rooms follow a similar style. You can even see some of the same furniture across the rooms such as the Fluid Pendant Light present in both the living room and dining area.
Both Elin’s own home and her projects often feature gallery walls, and she confesses to having a little obsession with artwork. “I see a nice artwork and just have to buy it,” says Elin. “I don’t have any expensive art, but I often find nice paintings at flea markets.”
To accomodate all of her favourite artwork, she creates these gallery walls throughout her home and rearranges them from time to time. “It’s a pretty easy way to change the expression in a room without buying or adding anything new.”
With every new gallery wall, Elin collects the artwork then places it all on the floor to make sure each of the pieces work well together. Once she is happy with the arrangement, she takes a picture to remember, and then hangs them on the wall in the same way. “Low is good in my opinion” says Elin.
As an interior stylist, Elin’s advice for creating the perfect home is to get rid of the things you don’t need and love – any unnecessary clutter only makes you feel stressed. She also believes you should be really careful when choosing the colours you bring into your home – you want to make sure that they all look nice together.
To see more of Elin’s projects or browse her gorgeous home a little more, head over to her Instagram @elinodnegard.
All photographs of Elin’s home were taken by herself or Elisabeth Dunker.