After dating for a few years and then getting married, Kathy & Steve Bates decided they would go against the odds, and some well intentioned advice, and willingly work together! Kathy actually started her first decorating newsletter, The Budget Decorator, back in 1997.  Since then, together they have expanded into three blogs.

They recently have rebranded their site, Decorating Your Small Space. The new OhMeOhMy blog is a lifestyle blog about DIY & design, style, beauty, healthy living and… well, lifestyle!  Their two sister sites are  The Budget Decorator  and The Garden Glove.

Kathy & Steve love their work and their readers and are proud of their success! They are a modern couple who still juggle their lives like all of you… life is busy with kids, their grand babies and what to make for dinner right alongside which paint color to use for the master bedroom reveal, or which is their favorite garden blogger to feature next issue… but it works for them. They hope it does for you too!

Kathy’s Previous Writing Credits:

Former Home Decorating Expert Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

  • Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine
  • Woman’s Day magazine
  • HGTV
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • CBS Marketwatch
  • Decorating Solutions magazine
  • Decorating Ideas magazine
  • The Seattle Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Kansas City News
  • The Oklahoman
  • Akron Beacon Journal
  • Pensacola News Journal
  • The Telegraph



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