April 24, 2024

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Body and Interior

Second-hand Ikea Hacks and Clever Upcycling in a Christmassy Swedish Home

Today I’m taking you on a journey to Vendelsö in the suburbs of Stockholm – and the lovely, warm home of interior stylist and set designer Elin Wallin. Long-time readers might recognise glimpses of this living space from a post I shared back in 2018. Since then, Elin, her ‘sambo’ (meaning live-in partner), and daughters Indra (13) and Edda (9) have continued to make this lovely, light and airy open-plan living space their home. 

Think warm brown tones, beautiful dark wood and pretty Christmas decorations as well as some clever room makeovers, vintage up cycling and amazing IKEA hacks – all of which have helped to transform the house into a home. 

The cabinet is a clever IKEA Hack. Elin picked up the Pax cupboard on Facebook marketplace and added the wood corner pieces before painting all the wood in the same tone. A simple twist which makes all the difference! Plus, it was no doubt a bargain to buy! 

I love the pink paper Christmas flower too! 

There’s nothing like a roaring fire in wintertime, right?

Beside the fire is yet another IKEA second hand bargain – which Elin bought two for the price of one. They were already ‘hacked’ when she bought them (someone has stuck vertical strips of wood to the front and then painted the entire unit) for a designer look! Clever. 

Recently Elin replaced the coffee table for a marble one that she picked up second hand. But not without a DIY makeover of course! 

Before

After

It’s quite incredible what you can do with someone else’s cast offs,  a little vision and some great craftsmanship, don’t you think? 

Walk-in-wardrobe before 

I recognise this scene from my own home not long ago (feel so much better now that I have a proper grown-up wardrobe!). Elin took matters into her own hands in her house too – and scoured online second hand sites for Nordli storage from IKEA – before piecing together the different units, lightly sanding them down and painting the same colour (Strand by Alcro). 

The result:

Is it even the same room? What a transformation – and all bought for a song too! 

Simply lovely – and so inspiring too. Is anyone else dying to get their hands on a second hand IKEA piece now? I might just go on marketplace and see what I can find! 

See more of Elin’s home and follow her instagram for all her latest projects. 

Would you like to see a few other ikea hacks today? 

Come here for some Scandi Christmas inspiration? There are lots of lovely ideas in the Christmas archive (if this post pops up first just scroll past!). 

Wishing you all a great day! I’ll be back on Friday with aa glimpse into the kitchen and dining area of our cabin with ‘Jul’ touches, hopefully see you then!

Niki