Sara Bekkerus is the Lead Designer and Owner of Skapa Design in Moorhead. As a child, Sara would page through her mother’s latest copy of Better Homes & Gardens, critiquing the décor, tearing out photos she would someday piece together into a dream home. Sara named her company Skapa Design to reflect her Scandinavian heritage and her love and interest in the principles of Scandinavian design. Skapa is an Old Norse word that means “to create, to make, to build, to design.”
Sara works on both residential and commercial projects. Her involvement can include every decor element you see in a space, for both interior and exterior projects.
A client can use a designer for as much or as little of a project as their budget allows. “If they are not able to hire us for the entire scope of a project, we can work with them to determine key areas to focus on,” said Sara. “Clients can also tackle their projects in increments if they would like to have assistance through the entire process.”
Sara’s work with clients on a new build project will often begin before they have even met with an architect. She can often assist with decisions on both interior and exterior elements, helping them navigate the often overwhelming experience of building a home. When they begin the process, many clients are not aware of how many decisions they will need to make and the countless number of options available to them.
She can assist clients with about every element that makes up a home—everything from paint, flooring, wood species, and stain color choices to what color and style the electrical outlets should be.
“Skapa is an Old Norse word that means to create, to make, to build, to design”
Inspiration, Colors & Trends
“I’m in love with the fact that what was old, is now new again,” said Sara. “While the use of wallpaper and mid-century design have been back in style for a while now, we are seeing more products available in the rich jewel tones of the past, as well as heavier textured fabrics like velvets and tweeds.”
Sara has long been influenced by the architectural work of Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as the photography of Ansel Adams. She’s inspired by the work she sees in her everyday life, from an abandoned schoolhouse on a country road, to her latest copy of Architectural Digest.
“I think my clients are the biggest influences in keeping me inspired,” said Sara. “Their personalities, lifestyles, and project spaces are all so different, and it’s fun to hone in on just which style direction will work best for them and best fit their needs.” Sara’s ultimate goal with that has always been to leave things just a bit more beautiful than she found them.