About Centsational Girl

krd about imageHello and welcome to Centsational Girl! I’m Kate Riley, bargain hunter, design lover, renovator, and do-it-yourselfer, living in Northern California’s Wine Country.

In pursuit of diamond style on a dime, I shop second hand stores, home improvement centers, and discount retail shops with an eye for renovating and decorating spaces 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’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 twelve 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, interior decorating, home improvement, and our life here in California.

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

Blogging about interior design 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 nearly 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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