Back in 1994, Barbara Hobart, was a Los Angeles-based TV comedy writer/producer who started making decorative light switch plates as a hobby. In 2003, while visiting friends in London, she offered to make them a switch plate to replace their plain, boring, white switch. She was told: “You can’t. UK switches are wired into the wall and are not removable.” “Can’t” isn’t a word in Barbara's vocabulary. And so, a challenge became an opportunity –- and a business.

In 2004, Barbara invented and introduced the first injection molded decorative light switch cover to the UK -- which required no rewiring. A few years later, wanting to leave no continent undecorated, in 2008, HomePlates Switch Covers were introduced to the Australian and New Zealand marketplace. In 2010, taking the design process one step further, Barbara had another brainstorm and introduced a new product and brand to the collection, replacing the original HomePlates Switch Covers: Artitude by HomePlates: the first acrylic switch cover with no visible screws. But, no matter where HomePlates products are sold... they are always proudly Made in the USA.

Here's an interesting article about Barbara Hobart and the evolution of HomePlates from Women Talking

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 is pleased to also create 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, Arsenal Football, John Lewis Department Store, Aspace, BBC America, Live Nation, House of Blues, The Coca Cola Company, The Campbell's Soup Company, and many others.

In July 2016, Barbara launched a new brand of products geared toward those with a sense of humor. If you're easily offended, don't check out F_ck-it Notes. 

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 got started, watch here

In 2019, Barbara launched Best Ever Backdrops, a line of 100% waterproof, lightweight, non-glare, 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 weight lifting.

In the meantime, please contact us to let us know how we can help build or enhance your brand.

Thanks for visiting.

P.S. And yes, Barbara still writes for a variety of media: television, stage, and print.