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I discovered Sarah's blog over a year ago, and everything about it is so beautifully curated that it's a no brainer why I asked her to be a part of today's Creative Flair column. Apart from her blog, she also has her own online shop which I'm a tad obsessed with and you will see why...
In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do.
I’m Sarah Van Peteghem, I was born in Antwerp, Belgium but live in Berlin for the last four years. I’m a designer and blogger and do interior stylings for different clients in Berlin. Next to that I also have a webshop where I sell my own prints. I do a lot of different things, but all of them are driven by my love for interior and design.
How did you first get into design? What’s your favorite part about it?
I studied Industrial design in university, but was always crafting as a kid already. There is something in me that needs to create things and this has always been there ever since I was little. Even though I like the excecution and finding the right technique to bring an idea to life, I think it’s the hunt for inspirations and ideas that I like the most about this process.
What started your passion for blogging?
When I moved to Berlin, I moved in with my boyfriend and we were challenged with the (fun) task of decorating our apartment together. I started looking for interiors that I liked and found so many inspiring spaces that I saw the need to share these with other people that were looking for inspiration themselves. That’s how Coco Lapine Design came to life and I’m so happy to have so many people coming back to my blog every day.
Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & How?
I really like the effortless style of both Weekday Carnival and A merry Mishap. I love how they share the projects they do in their home on their blogs for everyone to get inspired by.
What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why?
The Mountain ABC print definitely found it’s way in the most houses and I couldn’t be more happy about it. I've always been fascinated by Mountains and the different facets that are created by their differences in height and angles. One day I tried to recreate these surfaces with paper clippings of black and white paintings and that’s how I bumped into this black and white effect. I really liked the way these textures made an abstract representation of the mountains and decided to pick out the nicest ones for an alphabet, including the height and country of origin of each mountain, so people would be able to learn something from it as well.
What inspired your design niche?
I was always very much drawn to scandinavian design, but like mixing it up with vintage and elements from other styles to keep it interesting. I think my style is rather minimal, however without losing the coziness I think every home should have.
Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?
I would like to keep inspiring people to design their interior and applying these inpirations into my own styling work, and would of course love to be able to bring more of my print designs to life.
If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I feel like I should probably try out living in a lot of places first and then see which one suits me best. So far I’ve lived in Antwerp, Eindhoven and Berlin and all three cities were really nice to live in.
Early bird or night owl?
Definitely an early bird, I try to get everything done in the mornings and keep the evenings free. However, this has become increasingly difficult with my blog, shop and freelance work expanding.