New & Improved

By Kate Riley September 1, 2009

Yep, it’s still me.   Just a little enhanced.  LOL.  

Ooooooh, it’s all just soooooo purty!   Well at least I think so.  You’re looking at the nearly completed, totally transformed, new and improved Centsational Girl™!  I’ve been working with a site designer for the last few weeks with a new concept for where I want to take this blog, and we’re so close to achieving the aesthetic goal.   September is my birthday month, so this site is a Happy Birthday present to me from Mr. CG.  Awwww, thanks shmoopie. 

I must admit, I miss my peonies and my damask background a little bit, but the ‘bloom was off the rose’ so to speak.  Now I’m loving the new illustrated header and the amazingly organized navagation bar.

Say farewell to the old CG:

* Sniff Sniff.  Sigh *

old cg header

I’ve moved from Blogger to WordPress for starts.   The new stylized header you see above will change colors through the seasons – look for the leaves to reflect new hues for every winter, spring, summer and fall.    Oooooooh, shmancy!

And check out this navigation bar !  Smooth sailing ahead.

upper nav bar

We disposed of some of the sidebar tabs that I wasn’t using, so now navigating this site is even easier.  Our whole goal is to make your searches completely user friendly.  I’ll be organizing all of the tutorials by subject matter very soon under “Tutorials”.  You can find a list of all of the DIY projects under “diy”, all of the crafts under “crafts”, my thrift store transformations under “rescued & revamped” etc.

lower nav bar

What’s new are some categories I cannot wait to fill!  “spotlight” will feature whatever I’m focused on at the moment, whether it’s fashion, color, or decor.   “inspiration” will be filled now and then with beautiful images of amazing spaces.  And you’ll find all of our backyard adventures under “wine country”.

And we’re not even done!   We’ll be adding more flash images and video in the upcoming weeks and months.  Watch for more features as you visit, including an Etsy store this fall, and much more.

If you come up with a suggestion during your navigation, click on the temporary suggestion box to the left and give us your two cents.   Be nice to me, purty please.

Also, CG is now accepting sponsors !  Email me for vistor information and rates, or simply click on the “Sponsor” tab.

And the old button still works, but if you want to hop on the new and improved bandwagon, add the new button to your site by snagging the code on the sidebar. 

Fancy Shmancy New Button:

cg new button

My greatest appreciation to all of those who read about my adventures on this site.  If it wasn’t for your readership, these upgrades would never have happened.  Thank you all so much ! 

Cheers to a bright future,



******  Please be patient while the site is in transition *******


  1. Ok….I thought I was in the wrong place! But alas…NOT! It is Vurry upscale. Coolio. I Like!

    second….now you have me completely confused with that amazing chair site. Dayum. Now nothing is going to happen….and let it be on your centsational concience!

    Just venting. Harumph.

  2. Am I the first to comment? Woo Hoo!
    Your new design is GORGEOUS Kate! Kudos to you and your designer! Love it!
    I’ll grab your new button as well.

    I hope you come visit me soon. You’re always welcome and you would just make my day!
    ~Blessings, ~Melissa ;)

  3. Gorgeousness!

    Thanks to your inspirational furniture redo projects my house is in shambles, cooking atrocious, and family and friends slightly neglected…but this woman’s got one huge smile on her face and satisfaction in her heart from some FABULOUS Goodwill renovations!

    Thank you!

    And yes, Heirloom White does in fact, rock. :)

  4. The new design looks fab and while I loved the old, it’s nice to mix it up once in a while. Don’t think that I didn’t notice the grasscloth in the background :) Excellent design, as always!

  5. I think the new site looks fabulous! Happy birthday to you! I’m fairly new to following your blog and I LOVE it! Congrats again!!! ;-)

  6. [email protected] says:

    WOW!! Love the new look!!! Geez…you really know how to revamp EVERYTHING, don’t you!!!!

  7. How do you find the time to do so much?! You are very inspirational. Have a great birthday much and thank you for all that you do.

  8. Kate-

    Fantastic Job! The new site is gorgeous (as was the old one). You have become my new favorite blog! Can’t wait to see what you’re doing next!


  9. Oh Kate, it’s beautiful. Love the design, love the new navigation bar, love it all. I can’t wait to go exploring, what fun.
    Congrats to you!

  10. Ok, I have clicked my way around your blog, and I am loving the new navigation features. Particularly the “my spaces” feature. I have been following your blog for months now, but have never seen your posts on your “summer dining room” and your “remodeled kitchen”. Your home is nothing short of heavenly. You are truly blessed.

  11. I am shocked to be the second to comment (or at least I am as I type this)! Beautiful new site! You have a talented designer and a definite knack for design also. I am sure that helps! Have a wonderful day.

  12. Love it Kate!! Love the header. It’s freaky yet again — this is so similar to my redesign too!! We are sisters I swear!!! :)

  13. What a wonderful gift from the hubby! The new site looks fantastic! Congratulations on the upgrade – so glad I found your site :)

  14. Hooray for WordPress and an organized site! I made the transition after frustration with Blogger and am quite happy with it. I look forward to exploring all your new features! What a nice b-day present from your hubby!

  15. Hi There!

    Just wanted to drop by to say CONGRATULATION on the new look!!! I’ll replace the blogbutton soon.


    Natascha Roobol
    Mocca & Me blog

  16. I love it the only thing I dont see is the Whispering Creek House under you daily reads! lol I think this looks great! wonderful work! and I can’t wait to read your next post already! well done!

  17. I’ve been anticipating this redo since you first mentioned it on FB last week, and it did not disappoint. I must say this a vast improvement. It’s much cleaner, modern look with a much better use of space. Very simple and pretty.

  18. love this blog – but I liked the other one also — where did you get this blog design? or which blog company is it -? I love it!!!

  19. How lovely you’re looking! I’m off to take a little tour round your new sections & buttons. It’ll be nice to have slightly easier navigation… the seasonal changes sound lovely too.

  20. It looks great! It’s very organized and SHINY! I love shiny new layouts! I just made one for my website and while it is not perfect, I love it. It’s so nice to get a new look once in a while. I’m looking forward to all the new features!

  21. I love the new look. You do such a fabulous job anyway no matter what. Happy Birthday! If you’re ever in the East Bay, we have to go treasure hunting (thrifting) together, ok!

  22. Congrats, Kate! I think you’ll love your move to WP, I certainly have after I got all the kinks worked out. Your new format looks fabulous (although I really loved your header pics too :( Oh, well, time for change & growth. Very deserving, I knew your blog would explode!

  23. Lovely makeover! I love the navigation at the top, very organized (as you must be to accomplish all you do!) Happy upcoming birthday :)

  24. Hi Kate! I’ve been following your blog for a month or so now and I love it! Now it’s even fancier-smancier than before! Very professional and well laid out. Congrats.

  25. Kate, the new site is beautiful!! :) I love the clean lines and organization. It is so nice and uncluttered. :) You did a great job. Looking forward to seeing what else you have up your sleeve, my friend. :)

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