About Centsational Girl
Hello and welcome to Centsational Girl! I’m Kate, bargain hunter, design lover, incurable DIYer, and mother to three, living in Northern California’s Wine Country.
I’m a simple gal with a simple dream: transforming the drab into the fab with an arsenal of paintbrushes and power tools. In pursuit of diamond style on a dime, I often shop thrift stores, flea markets, and antique stores with an eye for repurposing found objects.
My motto is ‘fabulous, for less’ and I’ll show you how to fix up your place and with finesse, one do-it-yourself project at a time.
Why subscribe to Centsational Girl?
I always share my tips, tricks, and tutorials whenever I transform a space or create something new. Catch up on the archives by browsing the Project Gallery, and don’t miss the Style Files for plenty of inspiring home improvement and interior decorating ideas.
Want some backround? Here’s the scoop. I’m a former lawyer turned home blogger who’s been passionate about design, décor, and do-it-yourself projects for over a decade. Together with my husband Matt, we’ve tackled several remodels, including acting as general contractors for our own home addition and remodel in 2006. This site is where I shares all of my adventures in DIY projects, interior decorating, home improvement, and the life behind the scenes.
I also write online articles for Better Homes and Gardens at Style Spotters, you can find me at the Lamps Plus blog sharing all about great design, and at My Colortopia for Glidden talking all things color and paint.
My work has been featured in DIY Magazine and on the Nate Berkus Show, in HGTV Magazine and Fresh Style Magazine, in Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas Magazine as well as Holiday with Matthew Mead. You can also find me featured online and in print in Style At Home. Visit my Featured Page for even more online press, including popular sites like HGTV, Apartment Therapy and Design*Sponge.
The blog has brought some pretty fab opportunities my way, including working closely with many home improvement brands such as Lowes, Home Depot, True Value, Rust-Oleum, and Campbell Hausfeld, also home decor brands and retailers such as World Market, Ballard Designs, Michaels Stores, Waverly, West Elm, HomeGoods, Cabbages & Roses, Pine Cone Hill, Annette Tatum, 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 an average of 1.5 million pageviews per month.
If you’re new here, you can subscribe for free to Centsational Girl by RSS feed or via email subscription (see the ‘subscribe’ tab on the Home Page).
Some FAQs answered by Kate:
Q: Will we ever learn the names of your family members ?
Matt is my husband but I won’t share my kids names, sorry. Call me a privacy freak ~ it just helps me sleep at night..
Q: Do you really write for four blogs?
Q: Do you still practice law ?
I gave up my small practice in 2010 to become a full time blogger. I love interacting with all of you, creating new things and writing about great design..
Q: Do you have a nanny ? Do you ever sleep?
No nanny, I’m raising my kids, it’s my #1 job and I require a full 8 hours sleep every night otherwise I’m worthless to the world.
Q: How did you get started blogging? Do you have any tips to share?
Q: Is there a tour of your home I can browse?
Q: What kind of camera and photo editing software do you use?
I own a Nikon D90 DSLR camera and several lenses. I use my Tamron 10-24mm 3.5 lens to shoot wide angles, sometimes the kit 18-55 mm 3.5 lens, and for closeups I have a 50mm 1.8 Nikor lens and a 35mm 2.0 Nikkor lens.
I work mostly in Picasa and Photoshop Elements for photo editing and I’ve written several posts on what I’ve learned about photography. I’m not a professional, but I did once write a post on ten basics for better interior photography. .
Q: Will you ever do videos on your site ?
I’d love to feature videos, but it always takes several hours to edit them, and that’s time I could spend with my family or working on something new.
Q: What is that paint color in your Office? Kitchen? Master bath?
All the colors I’ve used in my home are listed here..
Q: How can I become a sponsor or participate in a giveaway on your site ?
Q: If I haven’t visited in awhile, how do I read older posts from the past week or two?
Click on the home page and look down to the very bottom of the site, you’ll find all articles paginated in chronological order!
Thanks so much to all of you who read this blog, you inspire me to keep writing !
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