I’ve got a new blog design you guys. And I’m very excited about it. This change has been a long time in the making. I’ve been unhappy with my blog layout for a while. At first I liked how whimsical the Koi theme was but I soon found it to be too distracting. Instead I was looking for a theme and color scheme that would be more sophisticated and sleek.
Over the past couple of months I spent countless hours trying different themes and playing with all the customization options. I finally settled on the Suits theme which is pretty streamlined and masculine. By adding the Customization package to WordPress I was able to change the fonts and colors to bring a feminine touch to it to be better suit the topic of this blog. I decided on Fertigo Pro for the headings and Museo Sans for the body text which I think go really well together.
The final inspiration for a color scheme came when I purchased a new orchid last week. Orchids are my favorite flowers, as you all probably know by now. My new phalaenopsis now gained a spotlight position on this blog by becoming part of the header image. I used the posterize tool at picmonkey.com to add a watercolor effect to the photograph. I then used Gimp to add the text and a transparent background. The font I used for my logo is Bilbo Swash Caps. I pulled the accent colors, various shade of a dark fuchsia pink, from the picture of the orchid.
I also spent some time updating my sidebar widgets to fit the new theme, adding different social media icons and changing the color of my twitter feed. I updated my blogroll with some awesome blogs I’ve been reading regularly. Go check them out whenever you have a minute. Lastly, I added some more categories to the menu so that they’re more easily accessible.
I hope you all like the new design as much as I do. There are still some small things I want to change like updating my avatar to fit the new color scheme. I’d love to hear what you think about the new design so feel free to leave me a comment.