Retire your old vases folks; there is a new way to display your botanicals that also adds a unique design element to your home: Eco Deer – the botanical trophy board for plant lovers. We sat down with designer and creator, Kate Kuhar to discover the inspiration behind her eco-friendly designs, her favorite botanicals to display, and tips on how to keep plants fresh.
How did Eco Deer start?
“I’m inspired by the way natural elements cooperate making interiors vivid and interesting. I created Eco Deer after my trip to the USA. Trips always inspire me and bring about new emotions, skills, and ideas. I had the idea for Eco Deer for some time; however, this trip was the final push that helped me start this project. I came back to Ukraine, contacted producers, found the best materials, made a prototype model, etc. When I held the first Eco Deer board in my hands, I felt completely happy. I loved it and wanted to make it even better.”
What is the inspiration behind your designs?
“Eco Deer was born out of my love for minimalism, Scandinavian design, and simplicity. I’ve always loved the influence that natural elements have on design. Small houseplants, lovely flowers, and even simple branches can immediately change the interior. I created Eco Deer to help people change their interiors in a simple and fun way. It’s like the basis for creativity. People can experiment, making new flower arrangements and changing their interior anytime they want.”
“Minimalism, natural elements, and simplicity are the things I value in design most of all. I believe that a person’s interior design should reflect his/her personality. It should be a place where one feels great. I enjoy Scandinavian interiors. They are clean, minimalistic, and functional. They can be made more interesting with the help of art, plants, and such décor elements as Eco Deer.”
“If you don’t have enough time for watering plants, just use elements that don’t need water, like cotton branches.”
What are some of your favorite botanicals to display?
“Recently I’ve fallen in love with the tropical trend. Tropical leaves can really make a statement. Their shapes and colors give just the right amount of edge. I like using leaves of Monstera and Fan Palm. I also enjoy using gladioli and calla lilies.”
Can you give us tips on how to make botanicals last in the Eco Deer?
“Some people add aspirin, pennies, or vinegar to the water; however, I’m not a fan of doing that. I prefer simply cutting fresh flowers at a nearly 40 degree angle and making sure the capsules are clean.”
What is your Modern Sanctuary and why?
“My Modern Sanctuary is my home. I feel great in our flat in Kyiv, as it’s my best project. I also feel great at my home in Krakow. It’s not about the place. It’s all about the possibilities that place brings and its atmosphere. The air I breathe in during my morning runs, a bunch of plants on the windowsill near my table, cozy dinners that are full of conversations with close friends, and weekends that are full of trips… Those are the things I like most of all. They fill me with energy, motivation, and inspiration.”
The goal of Eco Deer is to create a community of inspired people who love natural home decor as we do. Kate Kuhar
We are a huge fan of the Eco Deer designs! Kate has created a chic, innovative way to bring more of the outdoors in. If you are a fellow plant lover, or simply want to incorporate more plants into your home decor, you can order them through the Eco Deer Etsy Shop.