Pick the Best Nose Graze Blog Redesign

Nose Graze Blog Redesign Drafts

I’m lost in a sea of blog designs.

I’ve had the “want to redesign Nose Graze” itch for some time now, but I can’t seem to decide exactly what I want. I’ve been drafting tons and tons of redesigns and I’m not sure that any of them have really clicked for me.

Today I thought I’d share some of my half-finished designs and you can let me know what you think! Some of these are kind of complete, whereas others don’t have much designing beyond the header because I wasn’t sure if I was liking it so far or not.

Dandelion Love Design

Nose Graze dandelion love blog design

Flower Doodles Design

Nose Graze flower doodles blog design

Flower Doodles Design #2

Nose Graze - Brown flowers design

Girl With Butterflies Design

Nose Graze girl and butterflies blog design

Green Blog Design

Nose Graze green blog design

Birds and Mason Jars Design

It looks like I’ll be selling this design to someone else!

Nose Graze blog design with flowers and mason jars

Pink and Grey Design

Nose Graze pink and grey design

Green and Blue Design

Green and blue blog design

Which one do you like?

Have you ever been really indecisive about your blog design?

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  1. AHHHHH. They’re all so pretty! “BIRDS AND MASON JARS DESIGN” is my favorite but if you’re selling it.. the first and second listed are my second and third favorite!! Though I really like the sidebar in the third one too.

    1. I really like the mason jars one too, but I think I decided to sell it because I wasn’t clicking with it for me. I love it overall, but I’m not sure it’s right for Nose Graze, you know?

      1. I get you! Nose Graze has a really professional design and these are all very minimalism, I’d say that the pink and grey design (the header) would fit the blog more than the others. It’s one of the more incomplete ones too so it has definite potential in my opinion!

  2. JESUS, ASHLEY. These are all insanely gorgeous! No wonder you’re having a hard time deciding! πŸ˜€

    My top three favorites (in no particular order)!
    1. The flower doodles design. The flowers + the font = sooo beautiful!
    2. Girl with butterflies design. That graphic is soooo pretty!
    3. Green and Blue design. The colors compliment each other very well. And that font, Ashley, SO IN LOVE!

    (Psst, tell me these font names! ;D)

    1. Thanks! πŸ˜€ I really like that one too. I have a feeling I may have to code like 3 of them and then see which one I like best lol X_X

  3. well if you think you’re indecisive, then double that for me. I like elements from ALL those designs. But I think the “girl with butterflies” would be my favourite…i really dig the title font for “nose graze” and the girl design is VERY cute. On the other hand, I really like your current design – I find it bold and colourful and not too eye-gouging. LOL. I’m trying to come up with a redesign myself right now, so I feel your indecisive pain. I just signed up at this new hosting place…Book Hose..perhaps you’ve heard of it? *grin* And yeah, right now, I’m going down the same path as you…trying to come up with a design that is eye catching and won’t blow out anyone’s eyeballs. πŸ˜€

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      1. LOLOL I laughed so hard at Book Hose! I think it’s time to rebrand my hosting service into that… haha.

    1. Thanks Jaki! I really like my current design too… That’s why I’m so indecisive. On the one hand, I’m very happy with my design. But on the other hand, I feel like it’s time for something new. But that also means I have very high standards and I feel like I’m not sure if any of these new designs are good enough!

      #sigh

  4. 1. Birds and Mason
    2. Dandelion
    3. Pink and Grey

    I always feel fussy with my blog design! Luckily the lovely Ula @ Blog of Erised makes what I want come to life haha. These are absolutely beautiful designs, Ashley! πŸ™‚

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  5. I reeeally like the Girl with the Butterfly! It’s gorgeous! But they’re all quite fabulous. πŸ˜‰ I’m having trouble deciding what style of design I want right now, too. Except I know nothing about blog design or css and I’m working with picmonkey, lol XD I can’t wait to see what you pick!

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  6. I like the “girl with butterfly” header the most, maybe with the highlight box (the module with the tabs) of the “dandelion” design. Though I think the nav is easy to miss and overall, it might not be as special a design as the one you have now. The current design is quite classy (with the texture in the back) and sparkles with energy thanks to the high contrast of cyan over dark grey.
    In my opinion, the “birds and mason jars” shows more personality but it rather makes me think of a cooking blog than a book blog, so I wouldn’t vote for this one for Nose Graze.
    Maybe if it didn’t click, give it a bit more time. Sometimes, it helps to forget about it for a little while and then look at it again with fresh eyes.
    … but you know that already :))

    1. You’re right, sometimes it does help to forget about it for a while! Another thing that helps me is to actually code the design as if it’s going to be my new one. I find that I actually do a lot more designing, tweaking, and refining during the coding process than the graphical mockup process! My original mockup for this design was a stupid mess. But once I got to coding it, that’s when I really started tightening it up and making it look a lot better!

  7. I know that personally it’s always so hard to choose a new design for my blog, so I can only imagine what it must be like for someone with your talent to be able to make so many!

    Really and truly they are ALL gorgeous, so whichever you pick will look amazing no matter what.

    Will you be selling the themes that you don’t end up choosing? Love the birds and mason jars one, but also the dandelion one and the flower doodle #1.
    The green and blue is kinda simplistic and cool, too.

    See, I can’t choose just one. They’re all so lovely!

    The girl with the butterflies is awesome but it would be nicer if she was holding a book instead.

  8. My two cents – Birds and Mason Jars, but if you’re selling it that’s off the table. Second choice – Flower Doodles #2.

  9. My vote would be either birds and mason jars or girl with butterflies! Love love love these, Ashley. You’re seriously such a talented web designer! I’ve never been particularly indecisive when it comes to my blog design because I never have these many fantastic ideas! Mostly, I just get one idea and I enhance it from there. πŸ™‚

  10. They are all great, I especially like that they have a header, sort of, built in – that is my biggest problem. I like them all, but I really, really like your current blog theme. It is eye catching and easy to navigate. I love it.

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  11. I know the feeling so well! I really like a lot of these designs, but I definitely understand what it’s like when you bust out a ton of ideas and many of them are good, but none just *click*. If I had to choose from these, though, I think I like these three:

    1) Dandelion Love: I like the font used in the header — it’s different and interesting to look at. I like the simplicity of the design and color palette. It’s nice to look at without being distracting.

    2) Girl with Butterflies: Again, that same font in the header! But I think the girl with butterflies image is a bit more eye-catching and colorful. I like the way it blends into the header a bit, too. I feel like it says a bit more about the blog, adds a little more character, you know?

    3) Pink and Grey: I like the decorative header at the top, and that it looks recognizable compared to your current one, but with a new spin on it.

    I hope you can decide on something that you’re happy with, and I can’t wait to see what you end up doing! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Kelley! I think I agree with all your points, and those three are definitely my favourite too. I might be leaning towards the Girl with Butterflies design. I might code it and see what happens! Oftentimes I add most of my final touches that really pull a design together during the coding phase. So maybe once I have it all coded up it will totally scream “Nose Graze” at me!

  12. Okay, first of all I love all of them. I actually really love your design that you have now. It’s very unique and I love the color scheme, especially the light blue which is close to my favorite color so I’m a bit biased.

    I really like the Flower Doodle Design. I also love the pink and grey design but wish is was blue – again I’m biased πŸ™‚ The Birds with Mason Jars and the Girl with Butterflies are really nice too. The Green and Blue design is very nice too and still feels like what your site is now. Sorry I’m not much help, I like them all.

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  13. I love your current design! You could update this one, possibly? I love your header and menu.

    But saying that, all these redesigns are beautiful too. I honestly wish I has your web design talent. πŸ˜› My favourites would be Green Blog, Birds and Mason, and Pink and Grey. They’re simply beautiful.

    I hope you come to a decision! I know whatever you choose to do, you’re blog will always look amazing. πŸ™‚

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  14. All of them are gorgeous! Pink and Grey and Dandelion match you and your blog perfectly (to me) because they remind me of what you have now, just different in design. Everything is where I am familiar with it being and nothing is hard to find.

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  15. Girl with Butterflies!

    Then again, I don’t know that it screams “Nose Graze” at me. It’s pretty frickin adorable though!

    For your blog, I think my favourite is Pink and Grey. But I really like the font treatment from Girl with Butterflies.

    I don’t know how you’ll ever decide! Haha

  16. I think GIRL WITH BUTTERFLIES DESIGN is the coolest in my opinion πŸ™‚ It’s very different from what you have now though, so maybe you could carry over some of the colours from this one for continuity? I can see that you’re generally moving away from the blue/grey of this design to a whole different colour scheme, so maybe this isn’t an issue?

    I also love PINK AND GREY because it uses a very similar header to what you have now, but uses new colours, and I luuurrrvveee the divider under the menu bar (so much that if you DON’T choose PINK AND GREY, I might try and do a similar under my menu bar).

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  17. Oh, I really like the pink/gray ones! Either the dandelion or the girl with butterflies! But I do like the divider on the flower doodle # 2 design? Also, that mason jar lantern design is gorgeous!

    And lol, if I had more time I’d probably be redesigning my blog every 2-3 months haha.

    What do you use for the doodles, if you don’t mind me asking? πŸ˜€

  18. I’m sorry but I really don’t want you to change your design! They’re all so gorgeous and you should definitely sell them on Creative Whim, but your current design is so perfect! It really makes you blog stand out from all of the run-of-the-mill “pretty” blogs. They’re gorgeous but they don’t really stand out against all of the other gorgeous designs that a lot of book bloggers have.

    I think your current design is very pretty but professional. I’m afraid that I associate your current design with your blog too much to let you change it without a fight!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! I really appreciate your input. πŸ™‚ I think part of me feels the same way!

      1. I can understand why you’d want to change it though. I think most bloggers want to change their theme every few months no matter how much they might love it, so I can definitely see where you’re coming from.

        But for me, you’ve really built a brand with Nose Graze and it’s current design is your logo. It would be like McDonalds getting rid of the gold M!

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    2. I think I have to agree with Jennifer and was what I was thinking but didn’t say. I love the colors, I love your logo which is simple and elegant and I don’t know, I just know this place by sight and I like it. It’s sort of like any good logo, you just recognize it immediately and it stands out in a crowd.

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  19. My first choice goes to GIRL WITH BUTTERFLIES DESIGN.

    Second choice goes to DANDELION LOVE DESIGN.

    You got talent! I actually quite like the others too. What a struggle you must be going through just to decide. Lol

    Btw, I love your current design as well. And I haven’t gotten bored of it yet. πŸ˜€

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  20. Oh, wow, there’s so many pretty designs *O* My favorites are the Girl With Butterflies Design, the Birds and Mason Jars Design, the Pink and Grey Design… and the Green and Blue Design. Eek, I really didn’t help at all, did I? D: I’m sorry! But all the best with picking a new design! They all look wonderful ^^

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  21. Oooooh!! πŸ˜€ These are all so pretty!! :3 I absolutely adore the Mason Jars and Birds design, and the Girl With Butterflies design is so adorable!! πŸ™‚ However, I think the Pink And Grey design really screams NOSE GRAZE!!! and ASHLEY!!! so it would seem to be the best pick for Nose Graze to me ^^

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  22. I have a blog redesign problem. I have been frequently changing my blog around and I really should stop.
    As for Nose Graze, I love how your blog is right now! But if you want to change it, I vote for the one with butterflies. Pretty!

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