Babe & Abode is a story about growing families and the places they call home. From rentals to renovations, where we live and the way we live has to keep up with the people we live with.

If you’re expecting a new arrival, chances are you’re also doing some work around the house to prepare – Babe & Abode is a resource for new parents who need a light at the end of the tunnel, even if that light is from a candle burnt at both ends while you race to finish painting the kitchen before the baby arrives.


A child of the 80s, Kate is the daughter of two awesome South Australians, who raised her on country music and family camping adventures. Gifting her with a younger sister, they also taught Kate about responsibility, patience, and where your clothes go when you get too big for them.

At birth, Kate’s aunt predicted a career as a newsreader might be on the cards, but it wasn’t to be. Undertaking business studies at university, Kate was drawn to entrepreneurial situations, and quickly realised self-employment was the path for her. Despite a poor regard for boundaries, Kate is the Chief Colouring-In Officer at Urban Safari. Her undergraduate degree taught her how best to convince people to buy things they don’t really need, but life taught her an appreciation for colour and the little details that are often overlooked.


Born in the disco era of the 70s, dance crazes of the time had little effect on this boy. He was the third of four children, nicknamed Wombat as a 3 year old and frequently given espresso. Simon still can’t function in the morning without coffee.

He left home at 15, and by the time he was 19, he owned two fruit & veg shops. His 10-year-old self dreamed of becoming an architect, and at 26 he graduated from university with the degree to do so. He is now The Boss at SideCart, a studio practicing architecture and object design.

In 2010 Kate met Simon, and on New Year’s Eve in 2011 they got engaged. In February 2013 they got married. This made both their families very happy and the two of them even more so. Four days later, Banjo joined the family. He’s a Border Collie but does a mean impersonation of a fox.

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