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Thursday, September 5, 2013

I Want Your Opinion

Yesterday I spent over 12 hours overhauling the Décor To Adore blog. By 8 pm I felt a bit like this:

Somewhere on the blog it should read “Designed By Marty”. She was amazingly helpful and I could not have updated Décor To Adore without her. I wish we could have had a “Marty and Laura change HTML code” cam on us yesterday because I am sure we were pretty hilarious given that each one of us only knows enough to be dangerous. :)

Three cheers for Marty!

Although I added some additional ads, overall  I don’t think they take away from the blog content which was my main goal.

You might notice that my header is a bit smaller. I am going to be updating it for a cleaner look within the next few weeks and also adding a single row of social media icons to the right of the header which is why there is currently a vast empty space. But it should make it easier to then contact me by email, click on my Pinterest page or send me a tweet on Twitter. Given that two days ago I didn’t even know the official name of “those button thingies” it might take a week or so to implement this cool tool.   :)

You can also see that directly under my header there are a row of tabs where I have been painstakingly collecting almost 6 years of blog posts and organizing them in an “easy to find” fashion. This is for one purpose, to help you the reader.

Home   Design Styles   Parties   Favorite Holiday Projects   DIY Delights

There are a least two more tabs to go~ “Royal Posts” which will cover the Royal Family posts written over the years and remain consistently popular and “Travel” which will include my trip posts such as France of which I get emails weekly asking “Where is that post on Versailles….”

I would like to ask you, “Are there any other easy to find tabs you would like to see on Décor To Adore?”

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Directly underneath the tabs there is now a week’s worth of posts you can see at a glance. Just click on the image under the tabs and you will be taken directly to that particular post.

So tell me everything (in a kind and respectful, and perhaps humorous manner).

Are there any other tools you would like to see on Décor To Adore?

Did you transition smoothly and automatically from viewing to ?

Are there more of a certain type of post you’d like to see here?

Perhaps a tab collection of posts titled “Inspiration”?

I’m all ears.

Thank you for your input,



ImagiMeri said...

Uh, yeah, I'd like you and Marty to come overhaul my blog......I'm too lazy to do it.

Love ya'

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

You popped right up on my sidebar!
Kudos to you and Marty!
Where is the tab for your Sunday "always feed the spirit" posts?

AshTreeCottage said...

My you are a brave one. I have been wanting to update my blog for a while but decided to wait until our big move from Idaho to Texas was complete. From what I have seen, I would say that everything is easy to find and I am not at all bothered by the increase in ad space. Good job!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Rita C. said...

This looks great, just great! Congratulations! Feedback to your questions:
- I do not see Designed by Marty, perhaps I overlooked it.
- A completely smooth transition - your blog post popped up on my roll of new posts, I clicked on the old link ( and it leads to your new site (.net).
- Your categories are great, all seem to be working ( I clicked on each one). I agree with another reader - you may want to have one for your Sunday posts. :)
- I can't think of anything else, other than it may be a really good idea to make some notes after the fact, because a tutorial for this migration would be certainly helpful for those of us contemplating it!
Thank you, and have a great day!

Carol said...

It looks so fresh and clean, Laura. Kudos to both you and Marty!

Karen Albert said...

Laura I love what you and Marty have accomplished! Very nice, very uncluttered,(a big deal to me) You have made me think that I should ask my readers what they would like. I have no tabs at the top at all! I also have very few ads and would not mind making a bit of $ from the work I do.

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KaseyQ said...

I love the red! Maybe a tab for fashion? :-)

Joani said...

Kudos to you and Marty for changing to this great blog. It looks great.

Jenny Romaine said...

Everything looks beautiful!!

black sabeth said...

looks great shawty!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Your blog transitioned well for me, and I like the tabs and new design. The blog post itself is a bit wider on my screen, but perhaps that is more how my browser is set than any changes you've made. Good for you!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love it. I had such a great day, you are so fun to be with. I think your blog looks amazing and you have so many great posts to see. Hugs, Marty

Vel Criste said...

Lov the new look Laura! I think the current tabs you have is enough for now. :-)

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

It's looking great Laura! You are doing all the right things! I totally know how you feel - when I moved to wordpress I spent almost 4 months designing and tweaking the new blog before I was ready to switch. And any time I do any updating it can take hours or even days!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I think it looks FABULOUS!!!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Everything looks great! Very clean and quick loading for me. How sweet of Miss Marty to help you!!You make a great team and you did a fantastic job!

Liz Hockamier said...

Maybe a tab for royal posts?
Those are some of my fav!


Traci Creel said...

I am in the process of updating my own blog so I noticed pictures under your header but I didn't realize that I could click on them and go to that post.
I am adding an about me tab on my blog so that it doesn't get lost among the sidebar items.
I find working with the code a bit challenging but I am learning more each day.
I think you site looks great.

Jen said...

I think you and Marty have done a wonderful job! Changing up a blog and keeping it your own is a lot of work. You have managed to showcase your highlights in an easy to access way which that most important.

Have a great weekend!

openid said...

Your blog makeover looks great. Kudos to you and Marty! Truth be told you could write your posts on a paper bag, post a snap shot of it and you would still be one of my favorite reads.
Your Friend,

Ral @ARTbyRT Seascapes and Island Life said...

It looks terrific, you girls did a good job. I do like the pinit tabs, it let one know it's ok to publish the image and gives you more exposure. Sorry, Im not more hightech for any advise, Aloha Ral

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Laura, I'm feeling sooooo like that first picture! My blog re-design is taking longer than I'd thought, but hopefully it will be worth it. Yours certainly is! I definitely love the user-friendly navigation bar. :-) I will mention, though, that I first went directly to, but I got a 404 error -- whatever that means. Anyway, I'm glad I found you. Just stopped by to see if your progress was faster than mine. Glad to see it is!