About Centsational Style

Hello and welcome to Centsational Style! I’m Kate Riley, design lover, pattern maker, DIYer, and globetrotter living in Northern California’s Wine Country.

For more than ten years, I’ve been writing 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.

A little about me: I’m a lawyer turned design blogger who quit my practice to focus on writing about design, interior decorating, textile designs, and do-it-yourself projects. I’ve tackled several remodels over the past decade, including my own home addition and a few flip homes. I’ve created several collections of fabrics and wallpapers as well, see all of my designs on my portfolio website. On the blog, I share my DIY and decorating projects, as well as my life in California. Catch up on the day to day by following on social media (links below).

In addition, I’m an avid traveler and I explore as much as possible! In my Travel articles, I feature the spots I’ve visited in the United States and all over the world, as well as travel tips. Read all about my globetrotting adventures on the Travel page and get inspired by subscribing to my YouTube channel.


My work has been featured in the following online and print publications (among others):


I’ve partnered with the following brands on promotional campaigns:

If you’re interested in how I work with brands, visit my Collaborate page for specific examples. Please review my blog policies and examples of past partnerships. If you’d like to create video content together, check out this styling video produced with Better Homes & Gardens as well as my new YouTube channel. Download my Media Kit here.

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