1st shot.....now we are talking...see how the model "pops" in that photo rather then being distracted by all the random background "clutter".
Very well done and love the use of the lighting.
It's much easier to be picky about what type of background to shoot in when we go out, due to the extra space and variety of locations.
At home, it's extremely difficult because homes are relatively much more cluttered, and even if there are the few spots that aren't as cluttered, it would be very restrictive to always use just those few spots. But the most important point is that because the photos are first and foremost meant to capture domestic moments at home, I simply just grab the camera and shoot so I can get the most natural looking shots of just Elena being herself.
I've got a huge batch of new photos we shot in the last month during our trips out, and I think those shots would be along the lines of what you like--much more composed, with carefully chosen backgrounds. I just finished processing them and will start posting them soon.