As part of our series introducing the people behind the Concrete Nation brand, we spoke to our General Manager, Kate Lett. The US native co-founded Concrete Nation with her husband, and master craftsman, Jason from a small shed at Burleigh Heads six years ago and runs the boutique operation while raising two little girls, Riley and Indie.

What interior trends are you loving right now?

I have always been drawn to raw, natural spaces and that seems to be a real trend right now; that sort of back to nature calm. I am loving of all of the clay, terracotta and tobacco colours at the moment.  The other interior trend that I am excited about is how curves are making a comeback.  It is so refreshing to see, and I love that customers are wanting to apply this trend to concrete.  We have had so much fun coming up with new design ideas playing with curves.  Watch this space!

The Gold Coast has become such a mecca for creatives in the interiors and design space. Where are you go-tos for interiors?

There are so many good ones in the area now that it’s hard to choose.  Trader Trove is great because they are just around the corner.  I always love popping into The Borrowed Nursery but I struggle to keep my plants alive so I have passed responsibility to my seven year-old with the hopes that maybe she has more of a green thumb!  Also, I know it’s not on the Gold Coast but one of my favourites is Pop & Scott as their colours and design really speak to me. I love the relaxed feel of all of their designs.  

Describe your own home.

The best way to describe my house is tranquil.  We bought this book, Your Home, Your Sanctuary, years ago when we were living in America and it really resonated with us.  With the hectic schedule of having two kids and running a business, I really wanted our home to be our sanctuary; a relaxed and lived-in space.  I have always gravitated towards natural tones so there is not much colour.  Jason loves collecting knick-knacks and old things that tell stories, so we have lots of random items that he has collected over the years.  

Favourite Concrete Nation project to date?

My favourite project to date is actually a product rather than a project.  We have been working on some new designs and I am so excited to share them soon.  They really speak to me and I hope that our customers will love them as much as I do.

Who/what are your design inspirations?

I don’t have anyone in particular that I look to for design inspiration.  I love just getting lost in Pinterest and Instagram and getting inspired.  There are so many amazing designers all over the world and it is so great that we all have access to them.  

Proudest moment in business so far?

My proudest moment in business so far would be right now.  Looking around the shop at all of the amazing people that work for us, and everyone has the same goal of building our brand.  We started the business six years ago, just two of us in a small shed, so to see our dreams become a reality is really exciting. We are so lucky to have people that understand who we are and where we want to go.  

If you could build your dream home, what would it look like?

I don’t know if I have a vision for just one dream home.  We have never lived in the same house for longer than a few years and I love that.  Our needs are always changing and there’s something so refreshing about moving into a new space.  That being said, I do dream of a holiday home in Wanaka overlooking the beautiful mountains of New Zealand.  There is nowhere else in the world quite like it.  Jason and I both love it there and it’s the perfect place for a home open to the elements, floor-to-ceiling windows and bringing nature in.  I suppose that is as close as I could come to a dream home.

Concrete Nation co-founders Kate and Jason Lett.

Concrete Nation co-founders Kate and Jason Lett.

Amy Mills