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Happy Habitat

Functional art for your home

Art is for the walls and the table, they say. However, you will not find one “no touching” sign anywhere near this local artist's work. In fact, she wants her creations to be touched and enjoyed, whether on, under or inside. 

“My throws are meant to be used, not just a decorative item,” Karrie Dean, owner of Happy Habitat said. “I want them grabbed for warmth and security, to make people feel more comfortable whether it’s watching a movie, napping or chatting with a friend.” 

Visit any home where Happy Habitat has made her mark, and you will surely not miss it. Inspired by bold prints and colors, Dean’s throw blankets are sure to start a conversation or two. 

“I never run out of new design ideas for throws,” she said. “It's a blank 50 x 60 canvas that I can fill over and over. I hope my throws add some personality to people’s homes!” 

Kansas City local Karrie Dean started her business 12 years ago after being let go from her advertising corporate job. With small business owners as parents, she decided it was time to tap into the untraditional way of life, using her love for art as a stepping stone. 

“I knew it was an opportunity to do something special with my life,” Dean said. “I was born with a need to create. As far as I can remember, doodling and making things gave me joy and was always there for me.” 

Dean has certainly made the most of this opportunity, not only in Kansas City, but across the globe. Her products have caught the eye of some larger businesses, including West Elm and Room & Board. A true believer in small, independent businesses, she was skeptical of a collaboration, but has since seen the benefit of working together. 

“Big business and small business can come together in unison— there is a place for both to work together and both be successful,” she said. 

Designing throws for Happy Habitat is not necessarily doodling for a living, but the sentiment of joy is there. Made from recycled cotton, Dean’s throws certainly fit the category of eco-friendly, functional art. This year, high-end woven throws will be added to the mix. 

“The vision has always been to put something out in the world that would make people’s homes a happier place, while also being healthy for the planet,” she said. “I hope to continue making knitted throws for at least another dozen years.” 

My throws are meant to be used, not just a decorative item. I want them grabbed for warmth and security, to make people feel more comfortable watching a movie, napping or chatting with a friend.

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