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20 questions with Centsational Girl

The before-and-after blogger spills on her favourite paint colour, ideal way to spend a lazy Sunday and what room she loves to makeover.

When it comes to DIY on a budget, no one does it better than Kate Riley Eshoo -- or Centsational Girl, as her loyal blog followers know her. Finding disheveled furniture at thrift stores and making it new is Kate's specialty, and her Centsational Girl blog follows every step of every project she completes.

We caught up with Kate to ask 20 Questions about design, food, renovating and fun tidbits {like which Hepburn lady she prefers}.

1 If you could shadow any designer for a day, who would it be?

CG Barbara Barry – she’s the designer whose style I most emulate.  Her designs for Ann Sacks and Wedgewood are perfection in my eyes. 

2 Where do you look for an obscure source of inspiration?

CG Quite often in nature -- branches, blooms, an oyster shell, a bursting dandelion, patterns in bark, a wispy transparent leaf, or even a semi-precious stone. Anything botanical. 

3 Favourite restaurant?
It was Aureole in New York, but that was before they moved to 42nd Street. I’m looking forward to trying it when I go back. Locally, it would be Bouchon in Napa. 

4 What’s your favourite room to decorate?
I’d love to be unleashed in an empty formal dining room, free to add wall coverings, architectural moldings, a stunning sideboard, a conversation-starting light fixture, upholstered chairs, and grand table settings. Bring on the big, bold, dramatic glamour and unexpected elements!

5 What’s your current paint colour obsession?

CG Metallic finishes on furniture -- lately, I’m smitten with silver leaf and gilded detail. I’ve just refinished a sideboard for my bedroom in cream and glazed it with Opulence Pearl by Pratt & Lambert to give it a pearlescent finish, then I added a mirrored top to reflect light under the window.  Shimmer finishes add that dash of Old Hollywood to a space.

The office space that Kate redecorated features tons of fab finds from the thrift store, including the tall white hutch.

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