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Conversations with Denise Brown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Denise Brown.

Denise, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Seven years ago, my partner and I made the decision to pack our belongings and move from Germany, where we both grew up to the United States to chase the American Dream.

California was top of the list and we decided very quickly that this is the place where we are going to force our luck.

I always had a love for Houseplants and started to collect plants two years prior to the pandemic. It was a great outlet for me and helped me connect with others in a new city, a new state, a new country on a different continent.

When the pandemic started, many others found the love for plants and a huge community grew the demand was incredibly high and supplies were running low within the first few months. As someone who had been growing tropical collectors plants for a few years prior, I now had knowledge that I was able to share with those starting out. I started to share my tips and tricks and experience on social media to help others keep their tropical plants alive and thrive.

With time my social channels started to grow and a community formed; we met at plant swaps or workshops and shared the love. I never thought that my hobby of growing Indoor plants would become a full-time job. Now I am able to provide services and monetize my experience to help others. I have my own fun plant-related products for the tropical plant collectors like Poker Playing Cards with my own plant designs and other Merch like plant stickers, shirts, etc.

What I love the most besides helping and connecting with like-minded people locally is that my passion and love for plants have created connections nationwide and I now attend and host plant events in other cities and states and get to meet amazing people from all over the country.

The Tattoo Shop officially opened again and we can’t believe that we were able to keep a new business alive during a worldwide pandemic and me starting my own small business.

For us even though we haven’t yet completely made it, it does feel like we are living the American Dream.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The first three years were brutally hard, from missing our friends and families to culture shock. What can I say the weather, beaches, mountains and all that SoCal has to offer made it worth it at the end, so we stayed strong even though the thoughts of moving back to Germany were strong.

The early years were hard as we saved all of our money and lived as simple as possible literally sleeping on an air mattress for years. We did that to open a small boutique Tattoo Studio named Blxck Haus Tattoo in West Hollywood on Santa Monica Blvd. My partner is a highly talented Tattoo Artist and I helped him with the organization and the business side until 1 year after opening.

Then the pandemic happened and the shop had to close.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I create content on social media and my website that is educational, entertaining and mindful surrounding the topic of a Biophilic Lifestyle which is the love and urge to seek a deeper connection to nature and everything that is alive.

With tips and tricks on how to implement plants as living decor and keep them alive, sustainable options in decor, mindful practices by openly talking about the negative aspects of collecting (credit card debt, competition, hoarding and be overwhelmed)

What’s next?
I’m traveling more and exploring Botancial Gardens I am sharing these to support them and motivate people to go out and visit their local gardens which are preserving plants for us.

I am moving more into the outdoors with my content and looking forward to dive deeper into sustainability and eco-consciousness

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