Urban Playground Designs was established in 2017, but the dream and vision existed long before. As soon as I became a mother, I knew I wanted to create and build something while raising my babies, but this was not a light decision to be made by any means.

I had a stable job in community healthcare, but I never felt fulfilled. With school and daycare drop-offs and expenses, commuting over an hour both to and from work, and missing out on all the things my babies were experiencing, I knew something had to change. To top it off, in late 2016 I was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) – not sure what that is…neither did I when I started feeling the excruciating pain. TN is a chronic pain condition that effects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. This diagnosis was not easy to accept, but it has changed my life forever and in early 2017, I finally found the courage to follow my dreams, quit my job, and never look back.

I have always had a love affair in creating and with home décor, especially after becoming a mom. That passion paired with a ton of hard work, sleepless nights, trial and error, endless research, and sacrifice, I bought myself a scroll saw and some wood…and that is when Urban Playground Designs was born. I also have a little crew that stands along side me in this journey, and they are just as much a part of this business as I am. My little crew consists of my biggest supporter and fan, my husband Andy, along with my two littles, Jacob & Ava.

There are so many unique pieces that you can add to your home to make it personal and unique, and Urban Playground Designs is committed to helping you with that process, and bring your vision to life. Everything we make is handmade to order, and when you support handmade, you are not just supporting a person, a small business, a family, or our economy…you are supporting a dream, and a small part of an artist’s heart.

Thank you for believing in our brand and loving our products as much as we do. I am glad you are here and following along in my business journey.

XO - Karen