House TalkN is a fun lookiloo at houses, houses, houses. It will answer pressing questions like, "When folks build a McMansion on a small lot, what are they compensating for?" or "Was the real estate agent drunk when they staged this house?" or "Why don't the Smiths' ever leave their drapes open when I am on a harmless walk-by?"

Friday, April 13, 2012

A New Blog Design For HouseTalkN!

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a blog that well...looked just like mine! Ok, not exactly. There weren't any photos of the blogger drinking and house stalking, but still! They had the nerve to be using the same stock Blogger template that I use. Twin blogs? Not for me.

Olsen Twins

I tell my kiddos on a regular basis:
"Be your own woman/man!" 
"Be the first, not the second!"
"Go big or go home!"
I didn't want a blog that looked so similar to anyone else's. 
AND, THEN!
Brooke from Get Outta My Head Please contacted me about a blog redesign, I did what I always do. 
I FREAKED OUT! 
Wasn't a redesign exactly what I had been hoping to do?
Wasn't this perfect timing?
Yes and yes. 
BUT.
Not only do I hate change and hate to give up control, but also, what if everyone hates it and my comment section explodes with ugly comments? 
I decided to go for it.
Brooke was so knowledgable and helpful and most importantly, she was patient. 
In answer to her professional emails, I would respond with a lot of "SHUT TO THE UP!" and "I LOVE IT- WILL YOU MARRY ME?" and "YEEHAW!" 
Word went out yesterday that HouseTalkN would be MIA for a few days while Brooke made the big switch-aroo. I woke up from a fretful night of "What if it is all GONE?"  and "OMG- is it Friday the 13th??" dreams and VOILA! There it was- shiny and new and organized and ALL MINE!
At the end of the day, I am my own woman. My blog doesn't look like anyone else's. 
I hope y'all like it, but most importantly- I LOVE IT.
If you are contemplating a makeover, contact Brooke. Tell her the hillbilly at HouseTalkN sent you.

59 comments:

  1. Oh Kerry...LOVE it! Fun and gorgeous just like you. I hear you about change and control, I am exactly the same way. So glad you took the chance, it looks fabulous...I predict MANY great things to come. Have a great weekend,
    xo,
    Alexis

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    1. THANK YOU, Alexis! My lamaze breathing finally came in handy!

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  2. Love it! words that come to mind... FRESH, CLEAN, SIMPLICITY, CHIC, CITY (in a country kind of way)...

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    1. GOD BLESS YOU, Kerrye! Thank you so much.

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  3. Hey HouseTalkN Hillbilly- I LOVE IT! Seriously, it's amazing and it really suits you and your style. Brooke did an amazing job.

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    1. THANK YOU! My breathing is finally back to normal.

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  5. Awww I love you my Hillbilly BFF .. Im beyound Thrilled you LOVE it ..

    Im so glad your friends all like it too ..
    <3
    Brooke

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  6. It's beautiful! I didn't want to hurt your feelings but I was getting so SICK of reading on your lame old layout ;) Just kidding, it looks fantastic!

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    1. You better just watch it! I'll come after your blog next!

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  7. Omg, you like won the blog lottery with Brooke! This is so easy to read, so GORGEOUS. WOW. well done.

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    1. I'm in love. Can't have drinks with the girls - too busy staring at the new layout.

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  8. I love it--very stylish! And a touch retro! Great look. I was so happy when I had someone redesign mine...I felt like a new woman! (Just wish I had new knees to go with it.)

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    1. I loved the retro look! She is a miracle worker!
      If you get new knees, grab me some new b**bs.

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    2. You can have mine. I'd ask for my money back, but they were free.

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  9. Love it! It's so much fun and will make all your visitor's smile:)

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  10. Gorgeous! LOVE the new look!!!!

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  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new look! It's fantastic!! I can't believe that someone copied your blog . . . nothing is more frustrating! I am glad you took action and made your blog even better! :)
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Camille! WooHooooo! Just in time for your par-taaay tomorrow!

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  12. Seriously...I have had the same problem!!! I just contacted her after seeing yours...LOVE, LOVE IT! -Kim

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    1. YAY! You will love Brooke- she is so super easy to work with and has been very indulgent of my 87 emails per day!
      Can't wait to see yours!

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  13. Woo to the hoo!! Kerry it looks so awesome and I will echo what someone else said up above that it totally captures the essence of House TalkN so perfectly!! Congrats my friend!
    Vanessa

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    1. THANK YOU, Vanessa! I am just over the moon happy with it!
      I was afraid that I was going to have to skip your party this week, but she was so speedy!
      Have a great weekend!

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  14. Love it! Good size font too! Bigger is the new better.

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    1. Bigger has always been better, my dear.

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  15. LOVE the change- she did a great job.

    Now isn't it time you quit yer worryin and get to looking at some more houses to share???!!????

    Hugs of happiness for y'all.

    Yes, this Yank was chanelling her inner Southern Belle fer just a sec there, whew, it was fun...,.Yeehaw!!!

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  16. Love it! As long as it still has you with your sunglasses and wine, I'm happy to follow you anywhere!

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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    1. Thank you, Jessica! BUT, I am following you all the way to that kitchen and bath!

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  17. It looks great! Love the header. I just got a blog update myself and it's so refreshing!

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  18. Love it! Its fresh and totally you :) Not to mention that its unique and you won't find aonther blog twin :)I love the header, but my absolute favorite new thing is your social media buttons! Using littkle houses was BRILLIANT! Love it all!

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    1. I was over the moon for the "house" icons! Just wait until you see the "Bloggers Dance Off" button! Brooke is a magic maker!
      Thank you, Jennifer!

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  19. I love it, it's perfect. Perfect timing is always wonderful!!!!!!!!!! Have a fabulous weekend. XO, Pinky

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    1. Thanks, Pinky! I can always count on you!

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  20. It's beautiful Kerry. I love how clean it is and nice accent colours. Congrats.

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    1. Thanks, Terry! I am over the moon.
      BTW, I love your par-taaay!

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  21. Looks great!! So fun and so you!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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  22. I think it's fantastic! And the social media buttons are SO unique- I haven't seen them before! Lovely m'dear, just lovely. I still could care less about houses but I adore you1

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    1. Um- being Blogger and all this is me, Farrah. You know, the mom with three young small people :)

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    2. Farrah! Just wait until you see the Bloggers Dance Off button!

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  23. Perfect! How can you not feel happy looking at your blog!
    Cheers! - Shelley

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    1. I am so excited that it has a HAPPY feel to it! Thank you, Shelley!

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! I feel like such a big girl!

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  25. LOVE it! Great, clean look - love the color scheme!

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    1. Thanks, Kerstin! Brooke really hit it out of the park!

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  26. Love it, Kerry!! So fun, cheery, and chic...just like you!! :)

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  27. Hot DAY-YAM, honey! It is FABULOUS! Love the new design and the colors and EVERYTHANG. I am jonesing for a bloggity makeover myself. Expect many questions coming your way from me to you!

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    1. THANK YOU! I am on a run of freakouts, so I thought I should just go for it. Brooke was fantastic and very understanding of my neurosis.
      Current freakout: http://www.housetalkn.com/2012/04/my-guest-blogging-freakout.html
      I CAN"T WAIT TO DANCE IT UP!!!!!!!!!

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  28. Ooh. It looks delicious. Like that amazingly delicious vanilla cake that isn't meh when you make it at home, but orgasmically fantastic when you taste it at weddings, so you stalk the announcement board at church hoping to crash a reception that will have it. Yes. That good. Love it!

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    1. YES! JUST like that! Thank you, funny one.

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