A Purr-fect Design!

When I first launched The Michigan Mom last year, I had no idea what I wanted it to look like in terms of design. I did know that I wanted to hire Lindsay of Purr Design to make it happen– whatever IT was.

Way before launching, we drew up some plans. I filled out a detailed questionnaire so she could understand my design preferences a little more– color schemes, patterns, fonts, images. Then we worked on the structure and layout. She sent me mockups, we made some changes, and then BAM! we launched.


I was so happy with my design. It was mellow and it was fun– just how I like it.

But, then the Winter came around and literally sucked away my inspiration and creative juices. I needed a change.

I go through this phase every year when Spring rolls around. I find myself spring cleaning everything. My closet, my body, my online presence, my mind.

So, I got back into touch with Lindsay and asked her if she had any openings for a redesign. She is a busy bee and is booked out to 8 months, so I was very excited when she said yes.

She asked me what I had in mind for the changes I wanted to make, and I honestly had no idea (again!). I just knew I wanted something different. I wanted more contrast, more bold colors, more organization.

So, I opened up photoshop and started working on a design template. Those web design classes didn’t go to waste after all! I started playing with the header image design first. I wanted to play off of the word “michigan” in terms of having 5 lakes, which lead me to the blue color and then I worked on the rest of the structure and layout details.

I sent Lindsay my design and she quickly sent me back mockups for my blog and we went back and forth changing and rearranging things until we reached this purr-fect design.


I LOVE IT. It’s just what I’ve always wanted in my mind, but now externalized. I love that she was able to take my design inspiration and literally make it come to life. It’s amazing.

It’s clean, bold, fresh and it’s just the change I needed this Spring.

Lindsay was (and is always!) so great to work with. She is diligent, hard-working, and really knows how to pull it all together. I am so pleased with my first design and now my current design! I highly recommend Purr Design for your web design and branding needs. You won’t be disappointed!

I’m seriously so picky and it’s because of all the design classes I took in college. Every little detail has to be perfect and that makes me a totally PITA to work with, so I really have to thank Lindsay so much for putting up with my craziness. THANK YOU!

*This is not a sponsored post. I paid for the services and was SUPER pleased with it and now I’m writing about it because that’s what bloggers do.

49 Responses to “A Purr-fect Design!”

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    Robin (Masshole Mommy) — March 28, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    It looks really nice. I remember when I got my first facelift. Very exciting.

    • Aly replied: — March 28th, 2014 @ 10:59 pm

      I was so excited I couldn’t sleep the night before LOL

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    Wendy — March 28, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Your blog looks GREAT! I love how fresh and clean it is!

    • Aly replied: — March 28th, 2014 @ 11:03 pm

      Thanks Wendy!

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    Sandra — March 28, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Wow, i love it. So clean and easy to navigate. Love the quote at the top.

    • Aly replied: — March 29th, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

      Thank you Sandra!

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    Freda Mans — March 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Lovely new layout and design!!

    • Aly replied: — March 29th, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

      Thanks Freda!

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    Jessica Beal Harlow — March 28, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I love the bold colors, contrasts, and all together design of your blog! And, I’m definitely in the market for a makeover! I’ll have to check out Purr Design!

    • Aly replied: — March 29th, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

      Thanks Jessica! She will defintiely take care of it!

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    KatyRose — March 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    A great design makes all the difference. The designer did a great job of making it look fun and professional, while still having a very simple, easy to navigate design. – Katy

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    Helene Cohen Bludman — March 28, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Love the new look. Your designer really made this look professional and fun at the same time.

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    Jennifer B — March 28, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    It looks great! It’s always nice to get a fresh new design!

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    Brett — March 28, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Looks fabulous!! I love having any updates on my site too :)

    • Aly replied: — March 29th, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

      Thanks Brett! It’s always very exciting!

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    Annie {Stowed Stuff} — March 28, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    It looks fantastic! I’m glad I’m not the only one who goes through this! I always want to change things up!

    • Aly replied: — March 29th, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

      Thank you Annie! Haha, it’s nice to change things up!

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    Kimberly Grabinski — March 28, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    It looks great, it’s nice and clean and easy to find everything.

    • Aly replied: — March 29th, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

      Thanks Kimberly! Organization was definitely an important part I wanted to focus on.

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    Debbie Denny — March 28, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    A very good design. I really like it.

    • Aly replied: — March 29th, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

      Thank you Debbie!

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    Amy Desrosiers — March 28, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I love your clean site look, and her apparently awesome, clean, and modern work.

    • Aly replied: — March 29th, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

      Thanks Amy! (:

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    Trisha — March 28, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I’m loving this new design! It’s very clean and a great look!

    • Aly replied: — March 29th, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

      Thanks Trisha!!

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    Mariana — March 28, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Love the new look! It’s definitely fresh and clean looking. Lindsay did a great job!

    • Aly replied: — March 29th, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

      Thanks so much Mariana!

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