About Centsational Style

krd about imageHello and welcome to Centsational Style! 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 discount retail shops, second hand stores, and home improvement centers, with an eye for renovating and decorating spaces and creating new things. My philosophy is always ‘fabulous, for less’ and I’ll show you how to fix up your home with finesse.

Why subscribe to Centsational Style? 

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. I’ve tackled several remodels over the past decade, including my own home addition and remodel beginning in 2006 and my current fixer homes. 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 DIY and decorating projects, as well as my travel adventures and my 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 on sites like HGTV, Apartment Therapy, and Design*Sponge.

Blogging about interior design has brought some wonderful opportunities my way to work closely with several home improvement brands, including Lowes, Home Depot, True Value, Rust-Oleum, Armstrong Flooring, Daltile, Smith & Noble, Mohawk Flooring, and Arrow Fastener tools, as well as home decor brands such as World Market, Ballard Designs, IKEA, Michaels Stores, Dash & Albert, Waverly, West Elm, HomeGoods, Wayfair, Pine Cone Hill, Donna Karan Home, Z Gallerie, Joss & Main, and American Express Rewards among others.

If you’re interested in how I work with brands, visit my Collaborate page. Please review my blog policies and examples of past partnerships. Download my media kit here.

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