meet a mama – kate from o.b designs

I came across lovely Kate from O.B Designs as I stock their gorgeous goodies over in my little store.  Always friendly, vivacious and oh so clever I thought she was another perfect choice to feature in our meet a mama section. So here she is.  Meet Kate …

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
I am Kate, originally from Jacksonville, Florida USA. I met my husband Luke surfing on a remote island in Indonesia. He has had me swept off my feet for the last 11 years ❤ . We live in Lennox Head just outside Byron Bay, NSW. I am the mother of 2 sweet little girls – Evie, 5, & Willow, 3. I am also co-founder of O.B. Designs, a company dedicated to designing and wholesaling  innovative toys and decor for babies and kids.  When I am not working on O.B. Designs, I love to hang at home with the family, read design books and mags, cook wicked meals with Luke, exercise regularly  & listen to music of all genres.

Who inspires you?
My husband & kids have always inspired me and make a better person. From the beginning, of O.B. Designs, my eldest daughter inspired me to want to create a business that made uniquely beautiful and fun toys. I live in a small country town in Northern NSW and all we have here is large chain stores to buy products made by other huge companies. I had the thought that, generally, toys today lack the soul and love in the designs that in years past were always a key ingredient. At O.B. Designs, Leesa and I make sure every item we put our brand name on comes from a place of love and good intention.

Kate and her business partner Leesa with some of their fab creations

Kate and Leesa developing products ‘with love’ in their studio

What can’t you live without?
I can’t live without my family. They are my life’s purpose. Oh and, of course, an epic Red Wine is always a bonus.

Kate and her family on a recent trip to the USA. Kate says “We were on the beach in Santa Barbara. Evie (my eldest) was sooky cause she wanted to play at the park and not do the family picture thing. We love it because it is how we were that day.”

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
Little Lovely never disappoints. I love the inspiring creations mums all over the world are doing right now!   Babyccino is great for keeping an eye on international kid’s designers.
I also hear through the grapevine there is a new up and coming called Rudy and the Dodo…. It is supposed to be terribly FABULOUS!!

How do you like to spend your spare time?
I love to cook food, hopefully, grown in our garden, surfing /exercising along the gorgeous coast here in Northern NSW & international travel.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully, living for a while back in my home country of the USA. I have not lived there for over 10 years now!

What is your favourite quote?
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Laozi

Where can we find you?
our website
our facebook page

If you’d like to see more of the range – check out the quirky ding-a-rings, heart felt creations, flipity flop rainbow balls and the all new sensory teethers.   Tune into their facebook page and ours for new of amazing new goodies on the way in the coming weeks!


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