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New & Improved

Well hello everyone!  I’m baaaack!!  I had a very lovely and incredibly relaxing break, but now I’m back, I’m energized, and I’m ready to start plugging away at my condo and getting some rooms finished (with lots of DIY projects, of course).

I did start on one pretty big project, which I’ll share with you tomorrow.  Here’s a hint…it’s the last BIG project that I need to complete in my kitchen and breakfast area.  It’s the one project I’ve been procrastinating on for a year-and-a-half now.  It’s the one thing that I always strategically leave out when I take pictures of my kitchen or breakfast area.  Can you guess it?

But this morning, I want to bring your attention to the project that I spent the most time on during my break.  I started completely revamping the photo galleries on my website!  I realized that this was an urgent need when I was on Pinterest the other day and was looking through all of the pictures that people had pinned from A2D.  A pretty sizeable number of the pictures that people pinned were from the photo galleries, but with the old format, they were only able to pin the thumbnail size pictures.  What a bummer!!  What good does a thumbnail do?!

So like the good little website owner that I am, always looking out for my readers, I got right on it and found a fix.  So far, after about 25 hours of work, I only have the kitchen gallery finished.  Yeah…it’s a huge job.  But I think it looks better, it’s more user-friendly, and best of all, the big pictures are now Pin(terest)able.  I’ve also added some pictures from newly added designers, as well as some great bloggers (and have many more that still need to be added).

Anyway, now when you click on the kitchen gallery, it’ll still take you to a page of thumbnails…

new photo gallery thumbnail page But now when you click on a thumbnail, rather than opening a larger picture on the same page, it opens a new page…

new photo gallery large photo

Above the large picture, you can navigate to the next picture, the previous picture, or you can return to the thumbnails page.  Below the large picture there is a row of thumbnails, showing the two previous pictures, and the two pictures following the current picture.  Below each picture is a link to the designer’s website if you’d like more info on that designer.

And again…the best thing is that these large pictures are now Pin(terest)able!  No more pinning tiny thumbnails that don’t show any detail.

I added some great new designers to the gallery (new to the gallery, not to designing), and I still have several more to add, along with pictures from many talented bloggers.  But so far, here are a few of my new favorites from the kitchen gallery…

 

This kitchen designed by Buckingham Interiors & Design definitely ranks among my favorites.  I’m always drawn to kitchens with butcherblock countertops, but I also love that pendant light and the antiqued black china cabinet.

 

 

When I saw this kitchen by Caitlin Wilson Design for the first time, I’m pretty sure I let out an audible gasp.  In my mind, it’s perfect in every way.  I love the touches of pink in an otherwise monochromatic (but far from boring) kitchen.

 

 

Isn’t this kitchen gorgeous?!  This is the work of Giannetti Home, and I love everything about it, from the ceiling, to the pendant lights, to the ladder.

 

So those were my favorites, but there’s plenty more to see (and pin)!  And I’ll be adding many more in the near future, and also changing the other galleries over to the new format.  And please, if you come across any mistakes (broken links, misdirected links, etc.) let me know so I can correct them.

Alrighty, tomorrow I’ll show you my last big kitchen/breakfast room project that I’m working on.  Have you figured it out yet?

 



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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Terri Roberts
    August 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Glad you're back!  I've missed my daily "addiction".  Looking forward to exploring the site again and checking out the gallery. 

  • Reply
    A Creative Spirit
    August 1, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I love this… I guess I never realized the difference between pics that are thumbnail size or in a good format for Pinning. I love all the pics… some of them will make it on my Pinterest Pages for sure….

  • Reply
    Nik
    August 2, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Interesting Light fixtures I tried to creare a few rooms like these on mydeco.com's 3D room planner .

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