Saturday, March 22, 2014

The “New” Uptown Acorn


Yesterday, I was so excited to debut my newly designed blog. I did it with little fanfare to see what readers would notice and send their thoughts.


From this tired header….


To this timeless, fantastic one….

logo uptown acorn

Thanks for all the positive comments I received from my readers. I appreciate them all.

  • From Theresa of Dallas: “LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. your new "header" for your blog.   ULTRA SOPHISTICATED!”
  • From Liz: “I like your new blog look- very handsome!”
  • From Sara B.: “I love the new Uptown Acorn!”
  • From Anna Kate of Leapfrog & Ladybugs: “Love your new banner & congrats on being so close to 800 FB likes!”

Thanks to Linda of the blog Life and Linda for being so patient and helpful and designing exactly what I had envisioned. I asked for a masculine, traditional blog style and that is exactly what I received. Herringbone is my favorite fabric. Linda used my logo that I had designed by Alexa Pulitzer in 2007 for The Acorn at Wisteria Hill as part of the newest header.


Thanks too to Liz of Infuse with Liz for her recommendation of Linda.

“Hi Ron-

I was telling Linda (my friend that does my blog makeovers) that I thought perhaps yours could use a little tweaking.  She's done a lot of them and each one is different and unique.  I have been bouncing around letting her create new looks for mine for a while, but I finally decided to settle in with one look so we plugged away at some ideas.  She tweaked mine up with the social media buttons and a few other things. 
There are lots of ways a page can be presented with different templates and layouts.  Anyway, I hope you don't mind my bringing it up…”

What started out as a simple email from Liz ended up being one of the best things for my blog growth. I definitely needed and deserved a blog redesign.

Linda was easy to work with, and she is so knowledgeable with the ins and outs of the world of blog design. Her work is also very affordable. Several blog designers I had checked with before Linda wanted to charge me over $1000.00.

Linda even guided me in the process of owning my own domain name. I now own

Believe it or not, I am not a techie. I definitely like someone like Linda who knows the field and works on perfecting the blog for me. Linda did just that!


If you are in need of a blog redesign, I recommend Linda at Life and Linda. You will not be disappointed.

life and linda

Let me know what YOU think of the “new” look.


Do not forget my giveaway…

1. “Like” Carlyle Avenue on facebook and leave a comment that I sent you over. I hope you also check out the Carlyle Avenue website.

2. “Like” Uptown Acorn on facebook.

3. Leave me a comment on the original post telling me where you would use your diffuser.

4. Follow Uptown Acorn on Google Friend Connect or bloglovin’.

5. If you do not have a facebook account, let me know that in the comments section. You can still enter by leaving a separate comment. I will not leave you out. If you are an anonymous entrant, please leave a contact email address in your comment.

6. The contest is open to residents of the continental U.S. only.

7. TWIST! You may leave a comment ONCE a day until March 30 for more chances to win.

A winner will be drawn on Sunday, March 30 at 7:00 AM central time.

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“New” Uptown Acorn, y’all! 


  1. Definitely love the new look! Good job Linda.....I've been reading Uptown Acorn since the beginning and I think this design perfectly captures the Ron I envision in person!

  2. Your new blog design is perfect for you, Ron! Absolutely love it! Have a great day! xoxo

  3. Thank you Ron, what a lovely review and I so appreciate the shout out! You were a pleasure to work with and I think between us, we definitely got the look of Uptown Acorn you had envisioned.
    I makes me very happy to share my design skills and create something that bloggers love. The domain name is the icing on the cake. Enjoy, my friend.....xo

  4. Hi Ron, Coming over from Linda's to check out your web design project. Looks fantastic ;) and I like your blog content. Your home is beautiful and I like all your seasonal touches. Enjoy the weekend! leslie

  5. I truly love your new header as it is such a reflection of "you"....Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. It's perfectly you and Uptown Acorn! Great job by Life and Linda!!

  7. Hey Ron,
    I love your new look, but to be honest, you could have a plain white header and it would not matter because what is in your blog is what is so awsome. I so enjoy seeing your home, your decorations, and reading about your adventures.

  8. It is gorgeous and represents you much better than the old version. Your good taste deserves the best presentation, and this is a winner!

  9. I really love it! So glad that you were able to find someone you liked working with and that could give you what you wanted. She did a fantastic job!

  10. Anything you do, Ron, is always the epitome of style! Your new design is no exception! Very classy!

  11. I love it! Perfection. Very clean, yet still traditional and classic. Great job.

  12. Ron- I have been so busy that I haven't even gotten here to comment on it. I LOVE your new design and I adore Linda! If I ever do a blog design I will certainly look to her. Besides being talented she is a very sweet lady. I love the header- very, very cool-it matches YOU perfectly. (although I certainly would have expected to see two martini glasses crossed with a pink elephant coming out of them-but whatever).

    It really looks so professional...but the truth is I come her to see YOU and even if it looked like a mumble-jumble I would still be hanging in here! Love ya, Ron! xo Diana

  13. Ron, I LOVE LOVE your new blog design, LOVE the acorn/antler graphic, and the herringbone menswear background. Perfectly you!
    Linda is amazing! She designed my blog header,too, and sorted out some blog problems for me.

  14. Ron! This is perfect for you. Linda sure knows you. She nailed it.

  15. Love your new blog design, Ron. It is very classic and sophisticated!

  16. It looks a lot more professional, Ron. Linda did a super job. Kudos.

  17. Very classy Ron..Thanks for missing me..I apologize..I had been spending several hours a day commenting on blogs and it was/is overwhelming some days...Hope all is well in your life...Thanks again..I do stop in on occasion..I was running out of new ways to say how great things look..:)

  18. Ron, I love the look of the blog Linda also revamped my blog and it's just as good.
    Congrats it looks fantastic.

  19. WOW!!! I love your new blog design....the back ground, the header, everything is just fabulous!!!! Now you have really inspired me to revamp mine!!! Have a great weekend :o)

  20. Ron, your new blog design is gorgeous! Love the new classic, sophisticated style!! It reflects you perfectly!

  21. Love the new blog design. Linda did a terrific job on it.

  22. Hi Ron! Oh, I love your new look! Super classy. I love Linda and she just recently helped me get my .com too! So nice to have such wonderful knowledgeable ones in blogland! I came through your town a few days ago and yelled and waved to you!! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  23. Between YOUR great ideas and Linda's great knowledge, ya'll came up with a true WINNER. :)

  24. I had missed the first post! However, I love the new design and adore Linda. The new design is so you!!

  25. I love the NEW design, Ron! Linda has worked wonders. She is such a doll. XO, Betty Lou

  26. LOVE the new design! I especially live the herringbone. It's perfect and reflects who you are!

  27. LOVE the new design! I especially love the herringbone. It's perfect and reflects who you are!

  28. Thanks to all of you for the nice comments! Linda is the one who made it all possible. She took my vision and made it happen. If you are looking for a blog redesign, please see Linda at Life and Linda.

  29. I'm so happy you gave Linda the opportunity to do this for you Ron. The new look is very sophistcated and definitely handsome. Thank you for the shout out- XO XO...Liz

  30. Hey Ron, I really love your new design!!! It has a sophisticated/tailored look to me. It is so nice to view. This is the first time I'm commenting on your blog and would like you to know that I enjoy it very much.

  31. Ron, The new look is fabulous...very sophisticated and polished! Linda did a wonderful job.

  32. Love the new look. Love the logo.

  33. Ron, the new look is fantastic! I love the design and yes, very masculine. I think it is perfect for you! Linda is just amazing isn't she? So perceptive and easy to work with. There is not an ounce of technical knowledge in me so she's a lifesaver. :)



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