ABOUT HOMEPLATES WORLDWIDE
Back in 1994, Barbara Hobart was working in Los Angeles as a TV comedy writer/producer and during a hiatus she was puttering around her garage (what she does when she is trying to avoid writing) and came up with a fun new way to decorate light switch plates for her new home. (Back then, decorative switchplates weren't even a "thing" -- much less a tangible product.)
Then in 2003, while visiting friends in London, she offered to make them a switchplate to replace their plain, boring, white switch. She was told: “You can’t. UK switches are wired into the wall and are not removable.” Well, "can’t” isn’t a word in Barbara's vocabulary. And so, a challenge became an opportunity -- and an international business.
In 2004, Barbara invented and introduced the first injection molded decorative light switch cover to the UK -- which required no rewiring. (One of her very first accounts was manufacturing switch covers for Laura Ashley; matching their gorgeous wallpapers onto switchplates.) A few years later, wanting to leave no continent undecorated, in 2008 HomePlates decorative switch covers were introduced to the Australian and New Zealand marketplace. One of the best parts of that endeavour was swimming in the ocean with wild dolphins and falling in love with a beautiful Koala named Vincent.)
Over the years, a variety of decorative accessories and products geared to the home interiors, home improvement, and gift market were added to the collection, and today HomePlates has expanded and now develops and helps to create and source a variety of products for businesses and companies including those in the hospitality, restaurant, and special events industries.
Some of our clients include: Laura Ashley, British Home Stores, John Lewis Department Store, WIC, Grand Ole Opry, Gifford's Ice Cream, Blake Shelton, Aspace, Netflix, Kroger, BBC America, Live Nation, House of Blues, The Coca Cola Company, The Campbell's Soup Company, and many others.
In 2018, Barbara's personal passion for cooking and entertaining led her to become an inadvertent food blogger and she launched Instant PotLuck along with a line of products for the home chef and Instant Pot lover. Her book "Eat This, You'll Die!" will be coming out soon -- based on her mother, Bernice's recipes. If you want to hear the backstory of how all of this began, watch Barbara tell it here.
In 2019, Barbara launched Best Ever Backdrops, a line of 100% waterproof, lightweight, and stain resistant backdrops for photographers, bloggers, and stylists because she was tired of watching her photographer friends lift ridiculously heavy backdrops that could earn them gold medals in weightlifting.
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P.S. And yes, Barbara still writes for a variety of media: television, stage, and print. You can watch some of her latest work: The Quarantine Diaries which started as a fundraiser for The Actors Fund to help those in the entertainment community during Covid19.