A chat with Coco Lapine
Belgian designer, interior stylist, and blogger Sarah is the woman behind Coco Lapine, a little space where she features inspiring interiors from all around the world. And boy, does she have impeccable taste! We took some time off scrolling endlessly on her gorgeous blog and caught up with Sarah for a little chat for our latest Bloesem Gazette. Here’s more of what went down.. (Spoiler alert: she talks interior trends for 2016!)
Which is your favourite corner in your home?
I think this would be our dining area. Our apartment is located in an old building with many weird angles, but the dining area worked out quite nicely in a corner. It makes it cosier and I accentuated this little corner with a wall mounted shelf to showcase some accessories.
Nice! What about your living room? What is your most interesting piece of furniture there?
This would be our coffee table in our living room. It used to be my grandmother’s and I got it as a present before she passed. I love having something of hers in our home and I find that this piece makes our home more unique and characteristic. We just gave it a new coat of paint to give it a more modern touch, but otherwise it was good as new.
The value of a good vintage item! Any other tips you would like to share for decorating on a budget?
It’s always wise to buy very timeless and neutral furniture and be more bold with the accessories like pillows, vases, throw blankets etc. These smaller items are cheaper and easier to change around but can make a space look so different without having to replace all the furniture. I also like to change around artwork in my home a lot (and design my own, which I sell at cocolapine.bigcartel.com), which has a great effect on the vibe of the room as well.
What is your favourite colour scheme for your home? And why?
I have been very much into neutral colours and like how different tints of grey look together. Combined with brass, cork, wood tints and some green plants you can create a very interesting space. Lately I have been seeing blue-grey walls in a lot of beautiful interiors as well, which I would love to try out in our place as well.
Then what are some other attributes you would like your dream home to have?
Preferably an old building with high ceilings, with light coming through big windows, lots of clean lines and yet still looks cosy, inviting and comfortable.
What is your favourite decor style?
I’m always very inspired by the Scandinavian style and I think my home looks like this as well, however I try to mix it up with some vintage elements to give it some more personality and character. I like the simplicity of Nordic furniture and it’s ability to make a room look light and playful.
Share with us your top 5 favourite furniture brand.
Muuto, Ferm Living, Carl Hansen and Søn, Gubi and Artek
And your favourite furniture decade?
Definitely mid-century modern, which is really not surprising! I like the clean lines and no-nonsense style of that era.
Nice! Now fast forward to 2016.. What interior trends do you foresee this year?
I saw a lot of colonial-style influences on modern interiors in 2015 and I think this influence will be even stronger this year. I think natural materials like cork and wood will stay in trend as well.
Time for a visit to the lumber yard.. Thanks again Sarah for your contribution to our latest Gazette yet!
Photo Credits: Coco Lapine