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Courtesy of Karter Designs

After giving birth to her son, Karter, in 2016, Kaitlyn Haymore realized she didn’t want to return to the corporate world. She began making “real life” decor from home and selling it at local farmers markets. Now, the Bonney Lake resident has her own online shop, Karter Designs.

Tell us about Karter Designs. What inspired you to start it?

I started in 2016, when I had my second son, Karter. I didn’t want to go back to work for the corporate world, where everything you do is constantly judged and under scrutiny. I started making signs (and they weren’t cute), and as time went on, they got better, and I started interjecting myself into them more and more — my personality and who I was to the core that I couldn’t be at my previous job.

How has Karter Designs evolved over time?

Oh wow; it’s just become me. Who I am — unapologetic and raw. I don’t hold back, and I probably share too much, but it’s been awesome — the support and kind of a little badass babes club that has grown from this. How has COVID-19 affected your business? Events being canceled has sucked! But the love and support that I’ve gotten online, whether it be messages, comments or orders, has been insanely rad!

What have been some of the biggest challenges in running/making products for this business?

I think I’ve gotten to a point now where it’s pretty easy. But getting started, not knowing where to find distributors and how to secure inventory is a bit of a corn maze when you’re just starting.

What’s been the most rewarding? What are you most proud of?

Honestly, it’s so hard to choose because there are so many good things. First, my boys being able to see how much I work, how my hard work ethic translates into real dollars, and what that does for our life. I’m very realistic and old-school with them, so showing them firsthand that if you work hard, good things and rewards follow. I think it’s amazing. And then also, the women in business that I’ve managed to surround myself with are literally jaw-dropping! They’re all so amazing, and I’m grateful for this community every day.

For others considering starting their own business, what advice would you give them?

Make sure it’s making you happy, not just making you money.

What’s next for you?

Hopefully a larger workspace with a retail front to it (fingers crossed). That’s the dream, anyway.

Check out Karter Designs on Instagram @karterdesigns.