About Centsational Girl

kate riley 500 pxHello and welcome to Centsational Girl! I’m Kate Riley, bargain hunter, design lover, renovator, and incurable DIYer, living in Northern California’s Wine Country.

In pursuit of diamond style on a dime, I shop thrift stores, home improvement centers, and retail shops with an eye for renovating and decorating spaces, repurposing found objects, and creating new things. My motto is ‘fabulous, for less’ and I’ll show you how to fix up your place with finesse.

Why subscribe to Centsational Girl? 

I write about how to bring affordable style to your home, the focus here is inspiring interior design, smart home improvement, and creative DIY projects. I always share my tips and tricks whenever I transform a space or create something new. Catch up on the archives by browsing the Projects page, and don’t miss the Style Files for plenty of inspiring home improvement and interior decorating ideas.

I also contribute articles to the Lamps Plus blog sharing all about great design, and at My Colortopia for Glidden talking all things color and paint. I wrote for Better Homes and Gardens for over two years, you can find the most popular BHG articles here.

I’m a lawyer turned design blogger who quit my practice to focus on interior decorating and do-it-yourself projects. Together with my guy, we’ve tackled several remodels over the past ten years, including our own home addition and remodel beginning in 2006 and our current fixer home. I’ve created several collections of fabrics and wallpapers as well, see all of my designs on my Kate Riley portfolio website. Here on the blog I share all of my adventures in DIY projects, textile design, interior decorating, home improvement, and our life here in California.

My work has been featured in DIY Magazine, HGTV Magazine, This Old House Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications, and the Nate Berkus Show. Visit my Press Page for more in print and online press, including popular sites like HGTV, Apartment Therapy, and Design*Sponge.

Blogging about home has brought some wonderful opportunities my way to work closely with home improvement brands, including Lowes, Home Depot, True Value, Rust-Oleum, ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, Daltile, and Campbell Hausfeld, also home decor brands and retailers such as World Market, Ballard Designs, Michaels Stores, Dash & Albert, Waverly, West Elm, HomeGoods, Wayfair, Pine Cone Hill, Donna Karan Home, Z Gallerie, Joss & Main, and American Express Rewards.

Centsational Girl continues to be one of the top rated Home and Garden blogs on the web with over a million pageviews each month. Want to collaborate? Please review my blog policies and examples of past partnerships, you can download my media kit here.

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