If you’re a plant, you’ll be pleased flora fashion from the 70s is making a comeback! Hanging plants and succulents are sprouting up everywhere and I kind of like them.
Cue today’s interview with a girl who, spurred on by a love of plants and the desire to start her own business, has found her own niche: handmade string and moss and coconut shell hanging plants, terrariums and plant pouches. Come and meet young Brisbane-based entrepreneur Aimee Davis and learn about her fledgling business Coco + Dama.
Please introduce yourself …
Well, I’m from a family of green thumbs and my mum is a little bit of a plant addict and a keen renovator so she has rubbed a lot of that onto me. I originally wanted to be an arts teacher when I finished high school but somehow ended up finishing my arts degree and working in property. Being surrounded by different types of property really inspired me and I began studying a diploma in interior design and decoration through CATC Design School. I found that I didn’t feel I was getting what I wanted out of the jobs I had from a receptionist to a display home assistant so I thought working for myself would be the best way for me to get what I wanted career wise.
When and why did you begin exploring with ‘green homewares’?
I think being the generation that I am, we’ve been made aware to try and make things as sustainable as possible from buildings to cars so why not interiors and homewares?
Explain the different plant-based items you make and the benefits of having them in your home?
We have kokedama plants which are a mix of string and moss and also coconut shell based plants and I hope to perfect recycled terrariums sooner than later. Plants just make people happy and keep you inspired and creative and make you feel welcome.
Explain the meaning behind your business name?
Coco+Dama is a combination of coconuts and kokedama, our two staple hanging plants.
What have been some of the challenges you’ve faced in setting up your own business? What’s one piece of advice you would give to others wanting to do the same?
I think just trying not to doubt myself and to make sure I do things the way I want them done, a lot of people like to put their five eggs in but at the end of the day I’ve got to do the work not them so I would say just lay out a plan of what you want as a business and strive for it.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love spending time with my two dachshunds Louie and Doogie.
My guilty pleasure is … shopping and sneaky tips to the markets and cafés.
The best thing about living in Brisbane is … the emerging culture and activities that are happening.
Have you ever had a ‘who’d have thought’ moment?
Yeah for sure! The moment when I look back and think that 17-year-old me would have thought I was crazy selling plants I made in my spare time.
Thanks Aimee and good luck with your new venture!