Who We Are

Little Things Studio brings beauty and truth to the special spaces in your life through tea towels, calendars, prints, magnets, greeting cards, and other paper goods. Mississippi-born and Nashville-based artist Kate Whitley weaves word and image with lush floral designs, vibrant and vintage color schemes and lovely hand-lettering of hymns, songs and quotes.

Our Story

Kate Whitley, founder of Little Things Studio, was working in the corporate banking world when she decided to pivot and head back to school–this time for graphic design. Though she hadn’t taken an art class since grade school, Kate blossomed at Mississippi State University and in the creative world, culling a deep love for color and design. This shift in life put color back into Kate’s world–and lots of it!

Kate began selling art prints in 2010 at area craft shows, and the idea of Little Things Studio was born. Over the years, she has expanded it into a successful woman-owned small business with a focus on the rich lyrics of hymns and the beauty of nature. Little Things Studio sells tea towels, magnets, calendars, prints, notepads, greeting cards, and bookmarks. Every product is thoughtfully designed and many showcase a hymn’s words–from classics like “Amazing Grace” to the more modern “In Christ Alone.” 

Our Style

Kate weaves word and image with thoughtful design, vibrant and vintage color schemes, and lovely hand-lettering. Her work is heavily influenced by folk art including Scandinavian, Russian, and Native American art. 

She hand-draws and designs all the typography and illustrations for Little Things Studio products. While drawing and hand-lettering, Kate works in a Strathmore recycled paper sketchbook with a pencil, a ruler, a Staedtler eraser, a Kuretake brush pen, and a Bic Z4 0.5mm pen. She colors and manipulates her designs using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Our Founder (and Owner)

A native of Yazoo City, Mississippi, Kate is known for her thick Southern accent, zest for life, and love for the color yellow. She lives in East Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Dave, daughter Agnes, and cat Weezie.

Our Mission/Vision

Little Things Studio is a woman-owned small business bringing daily reminders of beauty and truth to your home and life. These thoughtfully-designed products are made in the USA and focus on the rich words of hymns and the beauty of nature. We value responsible sourcing, quality products, and work with local, family-owned businesses whenever we can.

Why I Started Little Things Studio

I make work that I want to see out in the world and that I need myself. Hymns are poetry and theology intertwined–beautiful words with vivid and rich metaphors expressing our deepest sorrows and the beauty of our God. I strive to reflect the same depth and truth in every single product. I love getting to know my customers and hearing how my work has ministered to them in dark seasons: it’s a privilege and honor. 

Y’all, we are facing joy and heartache each day, and we need to be reminded that our hope and comfort can only be found in Jesus and not on this earth.” 

-Kate Whitley, Founder and President

Little Things Studio Team

Little Things Studio Team 
The Little Things Studio team is a group of unique, strong, talented individuals led by Kate. 

Jen Hurst

Jen is customer service queen. Jen writes our emails. She manages all of our wholesale accounts. Can I also say she’s just delightful?

  • Jen’s favorite product is Leaning on the Everlasting Arms Tea Towel. It reminds her of the “True Grit” soundtrack.
  • When she’s not working, Jen loves having people over for a meal.
  • Favorite sparkling water flavor: Trader Joe’s pineapple.

Meredith Gruner

I jokingly say “if she quits, then I quit.” No one enjoys such repetitive jobs as much as Meredith does. She folds the tea towels, cuts the art prints, and packages everything. And she loves it!

  • Meredith’s favorite product is 25 Days of Christmas Carols. She LOVES Advent.
  • When she’s not working, she loves reading “who done it” books, and of course going to Jen’s house for meals.
  • Favorite sparkling water flavor: LaCroix Cran-Raspberry.
Multicolored Hymn Bookmarks Set 1 shown fanned out