Big Announcement!

By Kate Riley April 16, 2012

Hello everyone, hope you all had a fab weekend!  I have some very exciting news to share with you today, and I’ve been waiting a long to time to announce it.  A few months ago I was contacted by my favorite magazine and the proposal was to partner with them as a contributor.  I was invited to have an exclusive column, or actually, a new blog, on this magazine’s site.  After several months of working out the details, I am very excited to announce that I have a new design blog over at Better Homes and Gardens

The blog is Centsational Style, and its focus is all the best in home design, from tips on decorating, to perspectives on color, to design trends, and from time to time I’ll be sharing some DIY projects too.  This really is a dream come true for me, and I’m finally able to share it with you all today.  Check out my second blog on the Better Homes & Gardens website!

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Don’t worry, nothing around here will change! The CG site is not going away, I’ll still be blogging regularly right here, in fact I have several projects to feature in the upcoming weeks, but now you can get a double dose here at CG and now over at Centsational Style!  I’ve got a lot of great ideas stored up for the new blog and you’ll find three new articles a week, I hope you’ll bookmark the site!  Feel free to suggest topics too.

To get you up to speed, there are four articles for your reading enjoyment, click on the images below to take you there! 

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I must issue a HUGE thank you to all of you who have helped make this a reality.  Your readership and frequent visits have brought me to this day, so thank you for all of your support!  

And a big welcome to all the new readers out there coming over from BH&G today, hello!  Read more about me in the About page, and be sure to check out the Project Gallery and Style Files for even more projects and articles to inspire.

In other news, were starting a huge outdoor project today, the rear courtyard is finally getting resurfaced but it’s a big job!  I’ll have lots to share about that in the next week or so.  Also the first of the Fair Weather Link Parties start tomorrow, and I’ve picked some ‘out of the box’ subjects, the first one is Kitchen Gadgets, so link up your kitchen stories and the culinary tools you love (or hate!) tomorrow.  I’ll share a few of mine too.

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The party posts at 7 a.m. PST, see you then, and enjoy the new articles and the new blog over at Better Homes & Gardens.  

All the best,

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  1. Congratulations, Kate! That’s fantastic news, and I’m sure you will do a fantastic job keeping both blogs interesting and current. Although…you’ve just added another blog for me to add to my Google Reader just when I’m trying to thin them out, but I’ll forgive you for that!!!

  2. Congratulations! I noticed you recently removed the xoxo from your signature…maybe to be more professional? I notice these details! Here’s to say lots of xoxos to you on your new site!

  3. So happy for you !

    May I ask if you’ll be posting links on this site ? I’m following a bunch of blogs too, and I try to control the amount of reading I do, but I’ll love to check out your articles from this website. I’m sure Better homes and gardens won’t object, and it’ll make it easier for your readers to follow you !

    • Absolutely Loora, I’ll try to remind everyone of the new content once a week – perhaps in the weekend roundups!

  4. Congratulations! Well deserved. You have such an eye and everything always looks so classy that I am not surprised at all. All the best to you new endeavor with BH&G!!!

  5. Congrats Kate!!! This is absolutely well-deserved!!! I come visit you every day and I’m sure I’ll be doing the same thing, but twice, now also in BHG… Best wishes… and keep on!!! You do a great job!!!

  6. I just got goosebumps! That is SO exciting! Very happy for you and me b/c I love BHG too!

    • Thanks so much everyone, I’ve been waiting to tell you for months! It will be more work but it’s not really “work” when I love the subject matter so much!

  7. Kate, this is fantastic news! Congratulations! Yours is one of my favorite blogs and I’m so excited to be able to enjoy twice the fabulousness (that’s a word, right?)

  8. Congratulations Kate! This is a well deserved event!! I’m very happy-I’ll have you on my computer and my favorite magazine :-)

  9. Congratulations! That is wonderful news. I will definitely be checking out your blog on there too.


  10. That is quite an accomplishment! Congratulations. You deserve it. I might just subscribe to read what you have to show and say. ;-)

  11. This is beyond exciting!! congratulations and BHG is lucky and smart to have you on board. Good luck in your future endeavors!! Kathysue

  12. How exciting for you, congrats! That is also a dream of mine! I would love to be a contributor to a magazine or website. Gah, so much fun!! Hopefully being on HGTV will help me with my dream!

  13. Congratulations! And so well deserved! You have really worked hard on your blog, and i believe you have really created a product for yourself. You have impeccable style. I always thought your blog was like a magazine, anyways! How exciting! I will definitely check out your BHG blog!

  14. Congratulations Kate…..BHG is also my favorite magazine and I am a magazinaholic!! I can only imagine how excited you are about this!!! Can’t wait to check it out!!

  15. Just read all of your articles on BHG. Love them! I especially love all the pictures, but you’ve always done a great job at including pictures! Congrats!
    PS- I’m creating a baby nursery and now I’m considering tangerine and indigo! :)

  16. Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you (and for myself since I now get to read more of your content!) :)

  17. Congratulations Kate!

    You know, this just means at some point you’ll need to acquaint yourself with the hometown of BHG/Meredith Publishing… Des Moines IA! I’d be happy to show you what the great DSM has to offer :)

    Great news about the new blog!

  18. Hello from a Long time reader. Many congratulations. You deserve this. Ur ideas and ur creativity is fabulous.

  19. I’m so stinkin’ happy for you. Once it’s 5 o’clock, I will toast my glass of red to you!
    Big Hug,

  20. Congratulations!!! Aah! I always get teary-eyed whenever I read or see someone’s dream comes true. I’ve got a big smile on my face for you!!!

  21. Congratulations!! I stumbled upon your blog back in the summer of 2010 and have read it daily since then. Your blog is definitely my fav–I’m excited for you and look forward to getting a double dose of CG :-)

  22. Kate,
    I’m so happy to hear the good news! I love your site and am so glad you will add a second! Congratulations on teaming up with BH&G! My subscription with them just expired and you can bet I will now renew it!

  23. Congratulations Kate! I love you blog and I’m so looking forward to reading your new column in Better Homes and Gardens as well.

  24. Congratulations! You totally deserve it! Can’t wait to read all the great articles!

  25. Congrats Kate!! I have thoroughly enjoyed your site for over a year now, and you were actually my #1 inspiration in starting my own blog! You work hard, and your work shows that. Congrats to you!! I can’t wait to get a double-dose of your bloggy goodness :)

  26. I’m so excited for you Kate!! I’ve been a Centsational Girl fan for two years and enjoy everything you blog about, you will be an amazing addition to Better Homes and Gardens. Many blessings on your new endeavor :)

  27. Kate, a huge (and well-deserved) congratulations to you! Your blog has offered so much inspiration to so many – I’m excited that I’ll get a double-dose of your ideas! Fantastic! Talk about a dream job! :-)

  28. Congrats! Now so many more will be able to enjoy your blog and put to use your fabulous ideas and techniques. Cheers!!!

  29. Congrats Kate! I’m so excited for you and look forward to seeing what new inspirations you’ll be blogging about.

  30. That is SO SO exciting! Congrats to you – you deserve it. You do such a great job and have an impeccable eye for style!

  31. Wow! The best design blogger with the best decorating magazine. Perfect! Congratulations to you, Kate!

  32. Congratulations! I’m a recent blog follower, but a HUGE fan already! Better Homes and Gardens is lucky to have you:)

  33. congratulations! that is a really great opportunity! looking forward to checking it out

  34. Yay!!! kate, this could not have happened to a sweeter person. I am so excited for you and for me! Now I will have double the centsational blog fun. I look forward to each and every post. Way to go!!

  35. Congrats Kate!!! So exciting for you and us!!! You are so full of talented ideas, projects, etc. I am often wondering after I read your post..”How does she come up with this stuff?” You definitely deserve this!!!

  36. Congratulations Kate! I read your blog daily and now look forward to getting more of my obsession through reading your second blog. This is just Centsational!!

  37. OMG Kate, that is some AMAZING news!!! Congrats!!! I can’t wait to see what you blog about over on BHG too now. Awesome….double the dose of Centsational Girl/Style!!! You desire this Kate!!! :)

  38. That’s amazing, congratulations!! You totally deserve it. But I’m also really glad that you’ll still be blogging for yourself too! :)

  39. Another place to share your creative ideas and upbeat personality. I really enjoy your “can do” attitude. You have inspired me to tackle projects that I never would have considered before reading
    your blog. I congratulate you on your new endeavor and look forward to more Centsational inspiration.

  40. Congratulations Kate! This will be such a wonderful combination with your ideas, and all of the resources of BH&G, I think this might be a match made in Heaven! I am so proud of you Kate, and so happy that you will be able to inspire others, the way you have inspired me!
    This is such great news, Congratulatins once again!
    Hugs from SC

  41. congratulations!!!
    I love your blog and i’ve subscribed to bhg for years (and read my mom’s copy for years before that). What a great combination! wishing you continued success in all your enterprises.

  42. Yay, yay, yay! What exciting news! You deserve it, congratulations! Who doesn’t need a little extra Kate in their week?! ;)

  43. Congratulations! You have beautiful style and writing, a perfect fit!

    I can’t tell you how many design blogs I’ve scrolled through in the last week that had a photo of room in it that looked like something you would design… until I looked closer and realized the photo was actually from your blog!

  44. Wow – congratulations! I love your blog, I love BH&G, and now I can love you both together! I have gotten so many ideas and DIY instruction from you – you’re such an inspiration! Very well deserved!!

  45. Hi Kate, as a reader who’s been following you from early on, I’m so happy to see this news. Congratulations!!!

  46. Congratulations! Now a good magazine is going to get even better. Will have go get a subscription.

  47. AMAZEBALLS Kate! I’m all over it and can’t wait to start reading! Congrats!

  48. congrats! awesome sauce for you and for me–i get extra centsational posts each week. enjoy your new adventure.

  49. I am so happy and thrilled for you, Kate! Congratulations! I will head over to your new blog now to check it out…

  50. I am so super excited for you and what an amazing opportunity! Can’t wait to follow you over on one of my most favorite websites!

    Congrats my friend!


  51. AMAZING!! What a dream come true for you! I am a long time subscriber to BH&G and you will be a perfect fit! Can’t wait to get my double dose! Can I live vicariously through you?

    Congrats! Missi

  52. This sounds like exciting news indeed! BH&G could use some updating on their website and you will be a welcome addition. Good luck and I’ll be checking in often.

  53. Hi Kate,
    Congratulations! I am so happy for you to have another avenue to share all the wonderful projects you do, and information. I have followed your blog for a while and it is one that I always read when there is a new post.

  54. Congratulations! It’s great to see your wonderful talents recognized. I look forward to checking out the magazine articles.

  55. I immediately went over to subscribe to Centsational Style, and I clicked the envelope that says “Follow Centsational Style” But instead of the usual subscribing form there was an email format to send you a question. I’m not very tech savvy; so I’m confused. How do I subscribe to your new blog?

    You are so talented!! I am really looking forward to reading your new blog!

    Congratulations & best wishes.

  56. Wow! Congrats, Kate!! So happy for you! And happy for those BH&G readers who don’t already follow your blog! Love the indigo article- it’s my fav!!

  57. NO NO NO WAY! This is incredible news, Kate!! I feel like a good friend just landed a huge promotion doing a job she loves!! And since I am your #1 fan, I consider it a compliment that the savvy people at BHG agree with me! You are sooooo amazing at all you do, and this just goes to show it! Congratulations!

  58. Congratulations!!! Your blog is a daily read for me. I am sure this is only the beginning of many huge projects on your horizon. You inspire me!

  59. What exciting news!!! Congratulations! Well deserved! Can’t wait to check it out and get a double dose of Centsational Girl!

  60. So so so flippin’ awesome!! I don’t know any blogger who works harder (& still maintains a humble demeanor) than you & I’m so thrilled for you! Well deserved, my friend. Exciting times are ahead!

  61. Congrats!! Now one for all of us downsizers

    “Do you hear that rumble in the distance? That is the Baby Boomers – they are getting ready to retire. On January 1st, 2011 the very first Baby Boomers turn 65. Millions upon millions of them are rushing towards retirement age”

    and most of us do not feel old but do have physical limitaions, climbing ladders, lifting heavy objects.
    and even though we love our things, it is time to shed some and update
    Wish I had your talent, but please devote once a week post for us, or whatever

  62. Very impressive.. I had written of BHG for home design, now I have changed my mind. Hot stuff!!

  63. I am a hug fan of you and I could not be happier. Your designs are absolutely beautiful and it does not surprise me that Better Homes and Garden has taken you. Wishing you the most success,


    • Thank you so much Blanca, and everyone who has shared in the excitement!

  64. I cannot even come close to knowing just how excited you must be! Congrats and well deserved! I look forward to reading the new blog! On my home girl side…YOU ROCK, superstar!

  65. Congrats!!! How wonderful .. one of my fave blogs with one of my fave magazines (yeaaaah!!!). Better Home & Gardens is one of the few mags that I still get in print. SO GREAT to see that u r now a contributing writer w/ur own column on their site .. yeeeaaah!

  66. I just found out about this site and your new one today. I am so happy for you. It is alway time to celebrate when someone who is independent and creative gets to contribute through a well know magazine or organization. Wishing you the very best.

  67. Woo-Hoo, so happy for you! I love BH&G, have subscribed to it for years. I’ll love it even more now!

  68. Holy smooooooookes!!! I somehow missed this and just saw “big announcement” on your facebook post. Oh my goodness the biggest congrats from the east coast to the west coast! They are lucky to have you :) Enjoy!!!

  69. Kate-

    First time commenter, long time follower. :-) Big congratulations to you. What a dream come true and very well deserved.


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