Notice Anything Different Around Here?

by hookedonhouses on September 4, 2012

Hooray! My new blog design finally went live this morning. For the last few weeks you may have seen things moving around as my tech genius Zalary helped me reorganize, remove the clutter, change the header, switch sidebars around, and get everything running more smoothly.

It’s been 3 years since my last blog design, so it was time to freshen things up! More than just giving the blog a new look, though, I wanted it to be easier for you to find what you’re looking for.

Check out the Info Box in the right sidebar that now has links to my About page, FAQs, Topics I’ve covered, Most Popular Posts, and more. Just click the tops of those tabs. Easy, right? And the Search field is right below the Info Box if you want to look for something specific.

Hope you like it! Many thanks to all of my loyal readers who have stuck with me for the past 4+ years through all the evolutions of my blog. Hooked on Houses wouldn’t still be here if you weren’t!

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Shannon Fox September 4, 2012 at 9:51 am

Congrats on the new design. It looks fresh and lovely :) I’m sure the change is nice too. It’s fun to jazz things up!!

Emily@remodelingthislife September 4, 2012 at 9:51 am

It’s beautiful, Julia!! So clean and fresh and happy!!

McCall September 4, 2012 at 9:51 am

I DO like it! Congrats on the new look! Keep up the great work! :)

Sherry September 4, 2012 at 9:52 am

The new design looks great! Great job!

Misty September 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

Looks great! I like this much better!

Mrs. Pear Tree September 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

What a lovely, clean look! Autumn feels like a good time for change, I think. Looking forward to lots more tantalizing content ;-)

Jennifer September 4, 2012 at 10:06 am

I love the new site, it looks so crisp and clean! I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and often get house envy too! Congrats on the redesign!

Kathy McCann September 4, 2012 at 10:07 am

This looks fantastic! Love your blog!

Beth@UnskinnyBoppy September 4, 2012 at 10:11 am

Yay! Looks great! So fresh and so clean!

Christina from Dallas September 4, 2012 at 10:12 am

It looks fanstastic! So fresh looking. Love it!

imjacobsmom September 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

Oh yes! Very fresh and clean!

Jessica September 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

Love the new blog. Congrats on the new design.

Linda@limeinthe coconut September 4, 2012 at 10:25 am

Groovy new digs, Julia!! Me like. i need to freshen things up a bit too…

laura @ the shorehouse September 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

Love what you’ve done with the place! :-) It’s been so fun watching you grow.

Katherine @ Grass Stains September 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

I love it, Julia! Such a clean, fun look. Kudos! :)

Kimberly September 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

The new design looks great! I love the light and modern look and feel. Give yourself a big pat on the back!

Susan B. September 4, 2012 at 10:37 am

Looking good!

Claudia September 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

I love it, Julia. Any idea what the name of your info box is? Is it a plug-in or a widget?

hookedonhouses September 4, 2012 at 10:44 am

My tech person referred to it as a “tabber widget.” That’s all I know! :)

Dean September 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

The new design/layout look great, especially the new typeface. I miss the little house graphic that used to be incorporated with the blog name though.

hookedonhouses September 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

It’s still between the posts but I had to remove it from my logo because several other house blogs were using it (or something very similar), and I thought it was creating confusion. I kept getting emails from readers saying, “Did you know ___ blog is using your house logo?”

Kim September 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

Too bad there’s not another house graphic you can use. If I knew how to make one I would. It’s ok your blog is still very welcoming.

Dean September 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Well, it still looks great with the revisions.

House Crazy Sarah September 5, 2012 at 9:34 am

I noticed that too – it’s unfortunate, but you made a smart decision to recreate your design. Your “brand” and content are so strong, I think they stand on their own without the little house logo!

hookedonhouses September 5, 2012 at 9:42 am

I really wanted the content to be the focus of the blog and not my header. The original logo was so big that it pushed all of my posts far down the page and you had to scroll to see the first one. So that factored into it, too. Also, every house blog has a house logo, and since I have “House” in my name, I figured it might not be necessary. I might work one into the logo later, but I designed this one myself and have limited graphic design skills. :-)

Melissa Daly September 4, 2012 at 10:51 am

I agree with Dean. But, understand! Nothing could make me not read and enjoy your blog! Love the color combination. As with everything, well done! So is this “Fall Cleaning” instead of “Spring Cleaning” ;-).

65andcounting September 4, 2012 at 11:01 am

Clean. Neat. Pretty. Light. To the point. Easy to find things. Perfect.

Your tech person should take a bow. It’s not easy being the person behind the curtain.

maile September 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

The orange and yellow make me think of fresh citrus like lemons and oranges, which is one of the happiest combos I can think of. So nice!

Kristie Feeback September 4, 2012 at 11:16 am

Looks wonderful~congrats! I can certainly appreciate all the hard work that goes into re-vamping your blog, my is a work in progress…Keeping blogging, your such a great read!

paula soares September 4, 2012 at 11:22 am

Changing anything always has a big profit! Congratulations,Julia!

jennifer September 4, 2012 at 11:29 am

I love the redesign. It looks so clean and simple, fresh and inviting! The colors are so vibrant. Just beautiful Julia!

Judy September 4, 2012 at 11:29 am

Simply put…you’re my favorite site.

The Other Sue September 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

Sorry, I’ll be the stick in the mud… I really liked your old header/logo. It seemed to say more about the blog, than just the sunburst behind a name. But don’t worry, I’ll soon get used to the new one. The blog, as always, is fantastic and I do appreciate the time and effort that you put into it.

Kim September 4, 2012 at 11:41 am

What a nice new design. I love the colors. They are so cheerful.

Vicki Archer September 4, 2012 at 11:57 am

It looks fab… xv

Jane September 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Lovely reno!

Andrea Worley September 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Love the new site design! Everything look streamlined and clean! great job!

Amanda @ Serenity Now September 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Has it really been 3 years?! I remember the last one and how nervous you were about the new design. I love the new look. The sidebar is very easily navigable, and I love the “profile” box at the top with your photo/social media stuff. Nice work!

Parnassus September 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Much less cluttered-looking. I am looking forward to many more great posts.
–Road to Parnassus

excitingLA September 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

LOVE the new blog design! it’s so chic and really easy to find what i’m looking for! great changes! (:

Christine Bewley September 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

It looks lovely!

Judy MacDonald September 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I love the new design, Julia. It’s so cheerful and nicely organized.

Miss E September 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Very clean! Hope the new look works out well for you. I have to admit that your blog jump-started me back into the stuff I love: interior design. As a designer it’s easy to just get wrapped up in the design necessities of work and forget about just having fun. I finally got my blog up and running last week (right after we bought our first house together!) and I’d love to share some of your posts once in a while!!! Again, best of luck and thanks for relighting my fire =)

hookedonhouses September 5, 2012 at 7:34 am

That’s nice to hear! Glad I could inspire you a little. Best of luck to you on your new blog–and house! :)

Susan September 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm

It looks so much better!

Destiny September 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I love it! And … you’re stuck with me!

Xenia September 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I noticed yesterday that your banner header was different. I love the entire new look. It is fresh and clean as so many have stated already. There is also a lot less clutter.

Kristen @ Joyfullythriving September 4, 2012 at 5:59 pm

The new design looks fabulous, Julia! I love the simple yet classy design. I’m ready to spruce up my design, especially seeing how great yours looks!

CottageGirl September 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Love your new site! It has a sleek, tasteful feel about it …
Great job!

edith September 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Love it, looks so fresh and clean!

Traci September 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Love the new look, Julia! So clean and fesh!

Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage September 4, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Way to go girl! Love the streamlined look of your new design! Here’s to 4 more (and then some!) years!
Kelly

Beckie September 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Love it girl…so clean and classicly you!

Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads September 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Love your new, clean design!

Kelly @ Talk of the House September 4, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Looks great!! 3 years is a long time to live something in the design world. I really like the little box with the tabs – very handy! And the color scheme is cute too.

e. george September 5, 2012 at 3:17 am

Hi Julia – great new look…. love the happy colours. Regards Esther from Sydney. PS I’m here to stay….

Gloria September 5, 2012 at 5:52 am

Change is the only constant thing. Nice new look. Love your site.

Sandi Skeels September 5, 2012 at 7:47 am

Awe~~SOME !!!

Valerie September 5, 2012 at 8:35 am

Love the re-design!

House Crazy Sarah September 5, 2012 at 9:36 am

Yes, I did notice and I got all excited about the new design! It is very clean, sophisticated, and eye-catching, and… well, very optimistic! I love it! Much cleaner on the sidebar and easier to navigate. You done good!

Maria September 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Congratulations! Miss the house, but once you explained it’s totally understandable. Seriously loving the content shifted back to the left. I never got use to the main content section shifting to the far right. Love it! Very fresh and clean looking.

Screendoorgirl3 September 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Yes! I noticed it right away.It’s like when you rearrange the furniture in a room, and you have to get used to it. I love being your loyal reader! Thanks ..Jodi

The Country Girl September 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm

It’s certainly cleaner and easier to navigate, only I miss the old banner… so retro and darling— and an image I associated completely with your blog. I don’t like the sun graphic and hope you replace that in your next redesign.

hookedonhouses September 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Aw, sorry you don’t like it. This is my sunny, happy place. That house always felt like the sun at the top of my blog with the rays coming out of it. So I wanted something that felt like that to me again. And I wanted more yellow. Also, it just looked too plain with just the words. I’m not a logo designer or graphic designer, so I’m sure it won’t win any awards and may get a professional overhaul eventually, but it makes me smile to see a little sunshine when I open the blog in the morning. :-)

Angie September 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Looks really nice!

Jenny September 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Cute!

Rebecca | MidcenturyModernRemodel September 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm

AWESOME! I really like the new design. It is really easy to find things and super clean. I love the tabby widget. Wish blogger had something like that. I may have to make the big jump someday. I love your advertising widget things and how easy it is to upload an ad. So super smart. The advertising is cleaner and more viewable. Overall, this is just a really good job.

Ryan September 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

Love the new changes, keep up the great work! I always look forward to coming home and reading your blog!

Genna Cannon September 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Aaawww! I gotta say it. I loved the little house logo. Don’t like to see it go. It represents. Well, the new is simple and clean, yet I liked the charm of the other. It’s you blog so you have to be happy with your stamp.

gretchengrant September 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

Love the clean look!
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Nathan September 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I really like the new design. I’ve been a fan for a while. I’m not sure how long, but definitely a couple years. I discovered your blog somehow and made my way back through your posts until I got to the very beginning, commenting as I went, haha. I remember you replying to one saying I must be nearing the beginning of your posts :D

Things That Inspire September 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Love the new look! So sorry you don’t have the top 10 referrers section anymore – I was wondering why you went from one of my top referrers down to 0!

Best of luck with the blog-
Holly

hookedonhouses September 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Yeah, sorry about that. I ruthlessly edited my sidebar down to as few things as possible. I’ll probably be linking to my Top Referrers in regular posts from time to time instead, like I did last month. I think they get more traffic that way, anyway.

Julie B. [Holland] September 8, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I love it!! Its so eye pleasing, not so much clutter ! Good choice Julia! I think a few years back this was how the blogs started out, then it from nothing to so much on a page you dont know were to focus. I hope more follow back this way. I think its more about the blog and what it has to say then all the awards and such down the sides. Thanks for all your time and effort you put into your blog Julia ! Love it so much.:)

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