by English Muse

Having a blog is a little like owning a house: It needs constant maintenance and it’s impossible to resist the urge to redecorate.

A couple weeks ago, I blew up my blog trying to install the W3 Cache. I switched to a very basic template while calling in a professional — the lovely Laurie Rauch of WP Divas — to help me rebuild my site. (I also hired a nice W3 Cache tech to sort out the plumbing.)

In the process, I became very fond of my basic blog template, called Dear Diary.
So Laurie and I decided to do a mashup of the notebook theme
with the slideshow features on the main page of my original template.

I hope you like the changes!!

As always, it’s a work in progress.

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(Photo by Selina Lake and Debi Treloar from their book “Romantic Style.”)

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35 Responses to “Major Blog Renovations”

  1. odessa says:

    i love it! looks so pretty and a great way to combine the two designs. :)

  2. Leslie says:

    I love it! It’s so soft and pretty without being too sweet! Great job!

  3. Hannah says:

    i love watching your blog change and grow–i remember when it was a blogspot blog with a simple template : )

  4. Katie says:

    It looks wonderful! Wow! Simple, clean, but not lacking in features–I really love it.

  5. Cassie says:

    I love the new look, and the font, too! This picture is gorgeous. I’m a sucker for anything involving books! x

  6. Cassie says:

    P.S. Do you have a blog button?

  7. Dee says:

    i love it! it’s absolutely gorgeous!

  8. Kailey says:

    The updated layout looks GORGEOUS dear! <3

  9. Amy says:

    Tina, this new layout is so beautiful!

  10. Charlotte K says:

    The layout is lovely, but I think the banner is too big. I have to scroll down to see the new content. I also was a little puzzled by the comment field (where to begin to type). The type itself is a bit light. These last two may be my middle-aged eyes, though. These comments are meant in a constructive & positive way. I really do think the airy quality of the site is delightful.

  11. Susan says:

    It’s always lovely, Tina. The page speed has improved (for me)…xo

  12. Mia says:

    I’m doing exactly the same thing, and took the opportunity to put you on my linklist, cause I’ve been a fan of yours for years now but never said hello or recommended you to my swedish readers. Changing that as we speak. :)
    Mia, Stockholm

  13. Tonia says:

    Oh I am glad you kept the blog template: there was something about it that made me want to reach for a notepad and pen.

  14. sami says:

    i love the diary best of all. it’s clean and neat and let’s you focus on the post more than anything else!


  15. Mayrozez says:

    Very nice!

  16. Karolin says:

    I really liked this simple desig right from the start, glad you keeping it

  17. sécia says:

    You can say that again! Loving the look.

    ♥ sécia

  18. Casee Marie says:

    Ooh lovely changes, Tina! I changed my blog quite a bit in October but I’m already wanting to add more to the alterations. I love your slideshow and the whole effect of the main page. It gives it such a unique look, unexpected and very intriguing.

  19. ta says:

    I think its a fantastic set up. Really elegant.

  20. Vicki Archer says:

    Love the simplicity and can imagine what a headache it all was… I am about to embark on that in the New Year so it’s all ahead of me… xv

  21. Jen says:

    Lovely to see you all back in action – and the new-look is very English Muse 😉

  22. Rouenna says:

    Oh, it looks lovely! So minimalist and very pleasing to the eyes. Still, I would love reading your blog no matter what it looks like. :)

  23. I love the new look!

  24. chalsie says:

    Very true, a blog is like owning a house!

    Good job though, I love the notepad graphic.

    The Collective Edit x

  25. Cate says:

    I love the combined look- very nice :-)

  26. Love the look of this blog skin, it’s so easy on the eye. Well done to you all :)

  27. Laura Trevey says:

    Hi Tina,

    I cannot tell you how much I love this new look. It’s beautiful, elegant, refreshing, vibrant and subtle all at the same time… I could stare at these gorgeous images all day. the layout is perfection.

    It’s funny how things come around full circle. Your blog was one of the 1st ones I found when I started years ago. Somewhere I lost touch, but back again. Adding you to my blogroll now.


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