After working in the corporate world and building a successful business creating bathroom accessories, in 2008 we took some time out to travel as a family. We bought a boat, and set off from California with our kids on a “grand adventure”, learning to sail as we went. During what became a four-year trip we sailed across the Pacific, stopping off along the way at some of the most remote places on the planet.

We got to meet people from different cultures, experience completely different ways of life, and partake in experiences and cultures we could never have imagined.

learning the meaning of simple pleasures

As we traveled, we met people from every walk of life, and one thing we learned was oftentimes, the happiest people weren’t those who had the most money, the most food, or even the best white sand beaches. People seemed to be happiest when they were working together, sharing their experiences and knowledge, and treating each other well. We learned a lot from the simple life of villagers in remote islands where cooperation, friendship, and honesty were the hallmarks of everyday life.

As we traveled, we vowed that in any future endeavors, we would make sure we incorporated those core values. Returning to the USA we wanted to establish a business where our customers are treated the way like we’d like to be treated, but also to honor the environment in our daily lives, and hopefully inspire others along the way. 

Just in case you’re curious, we put some shots from our life-changing trip on this page!


It is equally important for us to be responsible with the products we put our brand behind. Hip-o is a woman-owned company whose goal is to bring products to market that have as little impact as possible on the environment, while improving the lives of the artisans who produce them. We are very proud to offer beautifully crafted wood items that not only support the community that handcrafts them, but are sourced completely from wood that would otherwise be destroyed.


sustainable wood placemats



sustainable wood coasters



sustainable wood table runners


table runners


table runners

sustainable wood floor mats


floor mats

Temika from Blythewood, SC
This table runner is absolutely gorgeous. It will make a statement in any room of your home. Very well made.
–Temika from Blythewood, SC
Karen from Overland Park, KS

Protects furniture and looks great on my dining room table! Plenty of space for dinner plates and substantial flatware along with one glass. If you need room for another glass at a place setting, consider the matching coaster set.
–Karen from Overland Park, KS

Robert from Racine, WI

A nice quality placemat. Very well made, easy to wipe off. I have them on my Granite Island to protect the granite against whatever. Works out great. I have 4 in total. Would purchase again.
–Robert from Racine, WI

Carolyn from Comstock Park, MI

I have had many, many placemats but these are very elegant. I get a lot of compliments.
–Carolyn from Comstock Park, MI

Aaron from Royal Oak, MI

Beautiful table runner! Matches my table perfectly. Looks very well made and, from what I understand, supports a good cause. Comes in several different shades. Again, a very beautifully made, high quality product.
–Aaron from Royal Oak, MI