About Centsational Style

krd about imageHello and welcome to Centsational Style! I’m Kate Riley, design lover, renovator, DIYer, and globetrotter living in Northern California’s Wine Country.

For nearly 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 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 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).

I also obsessed with traveling near or far, and do it as much as possible! I often share a peek into my Wine Country lifestyle, and I feature the spots I’ve explored here in the United States and all over the world, as well as travel tips. Read all about my globetrotting adventures in my Travel articles and get inspired by subscribing to my new 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.

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