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Centsational Girl

Day Trip: Five Favorite Wineries

Day Trip: Five Favorite Wineries

So let’s say you’re coming to visit me in Northern California but on this trip you’ve only budgeted one day to get the “wine country experience”. Well my friend, secretly I’m thinking you should have
Forever Classic: Blue Kitchen Cabinets

Forever Classic: Blue Kitchen Cabinets

Because kitchens are the place where we spend the most time, they’re the most important space in a home. The cabinets and fixtures need to withstand daily use and a lot of wear and tear, and the
Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

I hope you’re all enjoying these last days of summer vacation, my kids are back in school this week and I’m so happy they’re returning, they’ve been so lazy lately and need structure! Yesterday I made
Alternatives to White Shiplap

Alternatives to White Shiplap

Architectural detail on the wall adds an additional layer of definition to any space, I’ve always been a fan. The white shiplaped wall has taken over the world in the past few years, it seems every
Making Tile with FLM Ceramics

Making Tile with FLM Ceramics

Last month I had the pleasure of interviewing a local tile maker and witnessing how he turns clay into handmade works of art. Forrest Lesch-Middelton is an artist and educator who has a studio in my
DIY Ocean Inspired Resin Art

DIY Ocean Inspired Resin Art

Every now and then I experiment with a new medium to create art. I find it so therapeutic to swirl paint colors around. A few weeks ago I stumbled across the world of resin art on Etsy and YouTube and
Kassie & David’s Kitchen Remodel

Kassie & David’s Kitchen Remodel

In addition to my own remodel projects, I started offering design consulting last year. I received an email from Kassie who found me through the blog, it turned out she lives in my hometown and she
Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

Hello sweet friends, happy summer weekend. I’ve been a keeping myself occupied with various things this past week, squeezing in extra fitness classes, trying a new art project, assembling cabinets for
Three Days in Brno

Three Days in Brno

Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic and I’ll admit, it was not on my list of places I wanted to visit in Europe, but my darling friend Ingrid calls this city home, so when I told her
Creative DIY Desk Ideas

Creative DIY Desk Ideas

I’m finally building that window desk as a place for my teens to do homework, and I’m starting with these IKEA cabinets as bases. I have a great idea for how I plan to make the 10 foot wide DIY
Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

Hello and thank you so much for leaving the kindest comments ever on my last post about my friend. I loved reading about all of your daily rituals and simple treasures, thank you again for sharing.
Design a Life You Love

Design a Life You Love

I feel like I’ve been kicked in the gut. For the past 11 days, I have traveled back and forth to the hospital checking in on my dear best friend. Nine months ago, she was diagnosed with Stage IV colon
Club Chairs Under $500

Club Chairs Under $500

I know this happens to you too. You look around your house, mostly satisfied, but then think, that corner could really use some sprucing. I’m purchasing new club chairs for my living room for that
Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

Hello friends! Happy summer weekend to you! This week I started my Invisalign treatment, I am documenting my progress with a few videos and I’ll combine them and share my experience as I go through
Creative Tile Patterns with Basic Shapes

Creative Tile Patterns with Basic Shapes

My last article was about my fabulous trip to Belgium but one image I failed to include was the one below. I was strolling down the street in Antewerp and the corner facing door of this cafe was wide
The Best of Belgium

The Best of Belgium

I arrived in Brussels, Belgium from London via Eurostar train on a June evening. I had three full days to explore this country and I wasn’t going to waste a second. I did not have the luxury of a
Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

Weekend hellos! Thank you so much for your comments on this week’s article on sameness in design, I read every one and so appreciate your insight and observations. Again I’m off on another trip, this
Life in a Floating Home

Life in a Floating Home

I was catching up on a stack of magazines yesterday. One of my favorite publications is Sunset Magazine, and inside was an article about a family reunion on a houseboat. It’s a worthy read and a well
A Sea of Sameness

A Sea of Sameness

I returned from Europe on Friday and took a few days to rest and acclimate to the time change. It was a whirlwind trip and I experienced so much, I’ll share more of what I saw in the weeks to come. I
DIY: No Sew Curtains and Pillow Covers

DIY: No Sew Curtains and Pillow Covers

I brought the new summer fabrics (featured earlier this week) with me to Las Vegas to photograph because the light was better in that house, however I didn’t have time before I left to sew a sample