A New Look: Inspired by Old Favorites

by Jackie D on January 25, 2014

villa ephrussi de rothschild

As you may have noticed, things are looking a little different around here. I should have known that when Hannah asked me to think of the inspiration for my new site design, I would eventually settle on France. The French Riviera, of course. If it’s at all possible for someone to become a stereotype of herself, I think I’ve finally done that.

There are non-French aspects here too, though. One thing that I love almost as much as France is architecture, and I think Hannah did a lovely job of capturing all of the qualities of the architecture that I’ve loved around the world.

The windows you see in the header and between each post are all French Riviera, mostly from the art museums I explored for an entire summer a few years ago –

matisse museum

But the bright, vibrant colors are more reminiscent of the houses I loved when walking along the one sandy road on Little Corn Island, or when riding the bus through rural Guatemala, or wandering the streets of various little towns in Mexico:

little corn island

At first I thought I wanted this bold, patterned design with all of these different colors and things going on. I love designs that are made up of all these disparate little elements and colors that don’t seem to match at first glance, yet when you look at them, they’re ornate and beautiful. One of the most intricate and beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen is the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem:

dome of the rock

But as it was coming together, I realized that what I really like is the look of something simple and elegant overall, with a few quirky details here and there, something like the buildings in the south of Portugal –

faro portugal

And so we have it. A simple, clean design with a few bright colors here and there and a couple adorable windows to remind me of my favorite place in the world.

A few new elements in my sidebar:

A fancy “Featured By” section! This makes me look important and therefore I require that you admire it.

“Jackie’s Sister Travels.” Clicking on that icon will take you to my little sister’s blog, where you can read about her adventures with the Peace Corps in Guinea, Africa.

Instagram and Pinterest thumbnails. Because we all know how great I am at photography.

“Reading.”  I have really good taste in literature so you should probably pay close attention to this.

“Where I’ve Been.” A really cool map that shows how much of the western hemisphere I’ve explored and how much of the eastern hemisphere I’ve neglected. Click on the icon for a bigger map with all of the countries listed.

This is exciting, guys. Even with all of the pink. I have to admit, the pink is something that I’ve had to get used to. As some of you know, the apartment I’ve been renting for the past few months has a bright pink toilet and pedestal sink, and so I’ve recently adopted the new motto “Just go with the crazy pink toilet.” I’ve found it applies to a surprising number of situations in life — or maybe just my life? Is that worrisome that I find pink toilets to be so relevant?

I’m not sure. But we’re just going with the crazy pink toilet until further notice. And we’re doing it in style!

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Caroline Eubanks January 25, 2014 at 8:52 am

Looks great!
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Jackie D February 3, 2014 at 1:29 am

Thanks! I love it.
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Hannah January 28, 2014 at 8:41 am

It’s so great to see the new site live, and I love all the photos in this post – they illustrate your style ideas perfectly. It has been lovely working with you on this, and I’m so happy that you chose us to help bring your vision to life. Enjoy your new online home!

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Jackie D February 3, 2014 at 1:30 am

You’re truly the best and it was so fun and easy to work with you :)
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Colleen Brynn January 29, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Gorrrrgeous!!! Love the little touches.
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Jackie D February 3, 2014 at 1:30 am

Thanks! My blog is grown up!
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Jamie January 30, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Day-um gurl, this site is hawt! Really though, gansta aside, this design is amazing and perfect for your blog!

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Jackie D February 3, 2014 at 1:30 am

Thanks! I really love it. Hannah is a miracle worker
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Jenna February 6, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Love the new site. Looks great. Also, I miss California.

J

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