At home with Ellen McKnight
Welcome to McKnight family
It’s clear that this three-room apartment with a fantastic view over Öresund, Sweden is the home of a person who loves travel, music and literature – and has a good grasp of logistics. As we step into Ellen McKnight’s home we enter a warm and personal space. Join us for a tour and find out how Ellen approaches interior design.
DESCRIBE YOUR INTERIOR DESIGN STYLE
My style is classic and neutral while still being warm and inviting. My interior design also is a clear expression of my interest in music, literature and travel. The fact that I work in logistics probably shows as well. A place for everything and everything in its place – that’s how I like my home to be.
I’ve chosen a light colour scheme in greys and whites throughout. It’s important to me to have a neutral palette but that doesn’t mean just white. I painted the living room in a grey tone and in the bedroom I have wallpaper that’s patterned but still neutral – I had this in my last house as well and I felt we weren’t really done with each other yet, the wallpaper and me.
Beyond the neutral base palette there’s a nice splash of colour in the living room provided by the bookshelf containing colour-coordinated books – and I’ve read every single one of them!
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INTERIOR DESIGN INSPIRATION?
My main inspiration comes from my travels but I also get inspired by interior design magazines. My grandfather owned a glass factory and I inherited quite a lot of glassware from it. These pieces are also a big source of inspiration, as are other things I’ve inherited. When I moved here I actually chose to only bring with me the things I’d inherited. Other than that I’ve focused on buying new things.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE A SMART SOLUTION FROM YOUR HOME?
I turned the tall cleaning supply cupboard in the kitchen into a pantry by installing shelves from IKEA inside. I also maximised the storage space in the walk-in closet with various wire baskets and shelves – the trick is to use the walls all the way up to the ceiling. I keep my clothes on one side and on the other I have trays to store all the necessary items that I prefer not to see – like my printer and the extension cords that only come out at Christmas!
“It was a challenge to find a good place for my grand piano. My friends and family thought that the living room was the only obvious place for it, but I’m really happy I put it in the guest room!”
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